I'm new to the Nikon 8008S
Hi, I've owned a Canon A-1 since 1984. I love the photos it shoots. It's a manual focus camera with two modes of automatic and program. I have several lenses ranging from 17mm to 200mm. I use them all.
I'm not ready to shell out the cash yet for a quality DSLR camera so instead I finally decided to get a auto focus camera and start giving my 54 year old eyes a break. I know I'm way behind the times with this technology and worse I'm an IT professional so one would think I'd be into anything digital. Nope, I love the old film SLR cameras! They take great photos.
I remember the reviews for the Nikon 8008S back when it came out in the late 80's and how I wanted one but, due to other issues I was never able too. Well, today I purchased my first 8008S camera body. I'm now searching for a couple of good lens for it. I know next to nothing about Nikon. I did some reading this afternoon and I'm finding out there's some do's and don't regarding lenses for this camera. As far as I can tell, to take full advantage of the 8008S auto focus and automatic exposure modes, I should be looking for a Nikon AF, AF-D, AF-I, or a AF-S. I know that the camera doesn't measure distance so with that being said, are there other issues I would encounter with AF-D, AF-I, or a AF-S lens attached to the 8008S besides no distance information through the lens for TTL flash?
#1. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 0ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Mon 18-Oct-10 02:45 PM | edited Mon 18-Oct-10 02:49 PM by ZoneV
Welcome, and the N8008s is an excellent camera. It's one of the classic Nikon AF bodies. I enjoy using mine very much. The N8008s was the Nikon I wanted when I was using a Canon AE-1. They were $650 back then, equivalent to $850 today.
You are correct that AF Nikkor lenses (non-D, D, AF-I, or AF-S) are what you need to look for. Note that G lenses will only work in program mode and shutter priority. Also, VR lenses will not offer VR on the N8008s. Finally, DX lenses are only for small sensor DX digital SLRs, and won't work optimally on 35mm bodies. You can also use AI and AIS manual focus lenses, but you will have to focus manually and use either aperture priority or manual. The N8008s does offer an electronic rangefinder when focusing manually.
Check KEH.com for a large selection of used Nikkor lenses in great condition.
I'll keep my eye out for a man using an N8008s.
Nikon user since 2000
#3. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 1sluggomagoo Registered since 17th Oct 2010Mon 25-Oct-10 12:44 AM
Thanks, I cheeped it out and ended up buying a Nikon AF 24-50mm 3.3-4.5 for now. I got a PDF 8008S manual and read through it. I forgot about the exposure features this camera has over my old Canon A-1. I've functioned tested everything with some Kodak Extar 100. Mostly I used it on manual with matrix metering but, I did try P(h) and A on a couple of shots. I totally fell in love with the meter gage which makes using manual mode a cinch! Fall is here and now is the time I typically shoot a lot of landscape. Living in Connecticut the foliage is at full bloom. All I can say is WOW. I had no trouble at all and not once did I have to compensate for backlight. My A-1 takes nice photos but I have to always be aware of backlight situations and play with the compensator. This camera is hands down superior! Not once did I have to make a backlight adjustment. All the photos came out perfect. Next test will be with a lower grade film and at higher ISO and some center weight metering.
#4. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 0
Hi well done for getting one of the greatest film cameras I have ever used. In the UK it is known as the F801s. I had this camera in the late 80's with a standard 35-70mm lens and the 70-210mm f/2.8 and I had stunning results every time. I recently purchased an F801s body on ebay for £40 uk in A1 condition and am really enjoying using it again. I also have an F80 and a D200 but I would still say the F801s is my favourite camera as it feels so good in the hand and is so easy to use.
#5. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 4sluggomagoo Registered since 17th Oct 2010Mon 01-Nov-10 09:47 PM | edited Mon 01-Nov-10 09:48 PM by sluggomagoo
After I used this camera for two weeks, I've noticed an issue this weekend that didn’t occur before. Maybe someone has seen it before. When I first turn on the camera and take a shot, the camera goes into an error condition and I have to trip the shutter button one more time to get it to release the mirror back to home. I can then shoot an entire roll of film. I changed the batteries to a new set but no change. I guess that's what you get for cheap.
Oh btw I picked up a Nikon F100 Film Camera, mc-20 remote, and a vertical grip today for 220.00 American Green Backs. I got it home now and I'm reading through the book. I'll shoot a roll of iso200 tomorrow.
#6. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 5Netnomad Registered since 11th Oct 2010Tue 02-Nov-10 06:42 PM
>After I used this camera for two weeks, I've noticed an issue
>this weekend that didn’t occur before. Maybe someone has seen
>it before. When I first turn on the camera and take a shot,
>the camera goes into an error condition and I have to trip the
>shutter button one more time to get it to release the mirror
>back to home. I can then shoot an entire roll of film. I
>changed the batteries to a new set but no change. I guess
>that's what you get for cheap.
Sorry to hear of your problem. I have never come across this before, the only time I get an ERR message is when the lens is not locked in to its minimum aperture.
#7. "RE: I'm new to the Nikon 8008S" | In response to Reply # 6petie3 Registered since 29th Jan 2011Sun 30-Jan-11 04:56 PM
Just got one off Ebay for about $20. Sounds like it might be a lens issue; try another AF lens and see if the problem goes away. BTW 24 exp Japanese ASA200 film can be had for .99 at the .99 cent store and it's pretty good.
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