Wanted an N90s, but couldn't afford it, but I did get was a slightly better AF module (albeit in body with a slower AF motor). Didn't get an N80 (used) until later. For the way I shoot, I loved the Wide and Narrow AF sensors, bright viewfinder, and Quick Recall (QR) functions; metering with AI and AI-S lenses.
Yes it had that funky user interface, but it kinda worked for me.
Having said that, the N80, F100 and D70 (my office's) and current D700 have a pretty similar layout in that it isn't too hard to figure basic functions...terminology changes as do the custom menus, but then again, they are all still Nikon.
I just got my D700 but don't see myself dropping my F100 completely just yet.
My first AF Nikon was a N70. In early 1997 I was given my choice of gifts for 20 years of service at my company. I think the limit was $1000. I selected the camera with 2 consumer zooms.
The N70 revived my lagging interest in photography. At that time I had a Nikon FM, my original Nikon F from 1965, and several manual lenses, but I hadn't been taking many pictures. The N70 fueled my NAS which was at the time in remission. Getting me started on the AF path, the N70 led to a F100, then a second F100. The F100s got replaced by an F6. Then I later added a D300. Of course a lot of AF glass got added, including some pro f/2.8 lenses.
Some time in my F100/F6 period I started to yearn for the simplicity of the manual focus bodies. The FM was replaced by a FM2n and I added a FM3a.
I think my $1000 gift 9.5 years ago ended up costing me a lot of money.
When I got my first F100 the N70 and a couple lenses went to my daughter who was getting frustrated with the impossibility of doing selective focus with her P&S cameras. That led her to a business photographing infants and children. She has moved up to 2 D200s and a D700 and of course more glass.
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I know I was late getting into autofocus in 2000. I bought the N70, AF 28-105mm and AF 70-300mm lenses to go with it. The interface was very strange. Of course I was coming from an FTN, Nikkormat ELW and FE which I shared with my wife. Within a very short time we had two N70's and 28-105mm zooms. I still have one of each today. A year later I bought my first digital camera, the Fujifilm S traded in very shortly by the D1H.
>I know I was late getting into autofocus in 2000.
I don't think it was late: IMHO before introduction of AF-S in 1999 there was no reason to do it. That year I started with F90x with AF-S 28-70/2.8 to try the new technology, liked it - and upgraded to F5 literally in a couple of days. Oh, I had F4 with AF 35-70/2.8 earlier - but still preferred to focus manually (even now I consider F4 the best body - for MF glass).
My first AF camera was the compact Nikon L35 AF in 1983, for my wife. She and the kids dropped it so many times, it had to be replaced with the Nikon L135 AF the following year. I also got a N2020 for my son in 1986. After shooting a long time with FE2 bodies, for my own (and exclusive) personal use I had the Nikon N4004s (in 1989), the N6006 (in 1990) and then the great N8008s (introduced in 1991). It was not until the winter of 1991 that I bought the glorious F4s, almost 5 years after it was out in the market. Then I knew what 'pro body' really meant.
I started with an F2s in the 70's and added an F2As and F3 before the F4. Every Nikon body I have ever owned was built like a tank with the possible exception of the D70s. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Around 1990 or so I bought a new N8008 after having used a Nikon F since 1970. I didn't like the "feel" of the N8008 and my eyes were still sharp, so I took it right back to the store and bought a F3HP instead. Fast forward 20 years, and I have a F100. Bill D300, F100
For me, my first ever Nikon was an FM back around 1980 or so, my memory has lost the exact time period. I miss that camera and for the last 10 years I have been trying to get around to getting another. But, the N4004s was given to me by my wife for an anniversary gift because I was missing too many shots of the kids...they were too fast.
As it turns out, that camera has been around the world, shot every kind of film and I am still using it alongside my Leicas and other Nikons. These days, I use it for slide film and I am still blown away by the results.
I don't remember what year I moved from my F2 to my F100, but the F100 was my first AF camera.
The great outdoors, an F2 and an abundance of KodaChrome. Paul Simon was right.
Sadly I've sold all my old MF lenses but my 50/1.2. I also still have a 105/2.5 Gauss type P (AI version). But everything else is AF and I have no film bodies. Selling the F100 was a very difficult decision.
I started with a Canon AE-1 back in the late 70's and used it up until the late 90's. I was having more and more trouble focusing as my eyes started to get older. Not really a problem for still life, landscape, macro, etc. but was a real problem for people/travel photos.
The last straw came on a trip to Italy. We were in Rome at the colosium taking the usual record travel shots but I always keep an eye open for something different. All around were the usual guys dressed up as gladiators and the like where you can pose the wife with one in front of the monuments, colosium, etc.
I happened to notice one in an alcove in full regalia on his cell phone next to a statue. I thought, "What a fun shot!" Well, I coudn't focus fast enough with my older eyes and lost the shot. That was when I decided I really should go Autofocus.
I looked long and hard and ended up jumping in feet first with a F5. I now have that F5 as well as an F6 and am very happy I choose Nikon. Sold the AE-1 to a good friend and have never looked back.
Sun 15-Jan-12 11:50 PM | edited Mon 16-Jan-12 12:00 AM by glxman
Due to chronological reasons, (geriatric ) After many years with RB67 Pro-S, FMs and the FE, went straight to a D700, The "backwards compatibility" with my Ai lenses got me over the line, (as well as the salesperson saying many times, "yes it will be as good as film") Even now, the only AF lenses I have are 14-24 and AF-S 300 f4, only thing stopping me adding to the list is the all important cash flow Father Xmas got me a Kenko tube set, my birthday is next month, will check the budget then, if I don't keep spending on more fly-fishing toys and electric stuff for my boat Regards, Gary
I used to have a photographic memory but never got it developed
My first was the N80 and still have it, though I haven't used it for quit some time. I do, however, pull out the film cameras at least once a year, install batteries where needed, and actuate the them. I know, I know; I should get some of that film I have in the frig and put it to some use!
D70s for me back in 2005 or so. For film bodies, I stuck with manual focus with my F2A for longer, before finally getting an F801s for about £10 in 2007. I enjoyed it so much I almost immediately added an N90s to the collection (again bought - with an MB10 grip) for next to nothing.
I registered to read some threads about whether or not I could use all my Nikkor lenses on a new digital Nikon body, (and posting gives me more free time so Hi!)so that got me devouring info on the D700 and D3.
I started with an F4s in 1993 I think. I bought the body used and gradually added some used lenses, I had a camera guy I really liked at the time. I ended up adding an 8008s and an N90s as backup bodies, and would use the F4 as my primary shooter with the N90 as my backup, usually hanging off my shoulder with the lens tucked backwards so I could keep it safely out of the way but ready to grab if I ran the F4 out of film or just needed a different focal length, though I pretty much stuck with the 75-300. I had an 80-200 ED AF 2.8 that I used in tandem with the longer lens a lot, one on each camera. I was shooting equestrian sports, just as an amateur but I was in demand and it was fun. I want those days back!
I was using the 8008 only as an emergency camera, the price was too good so I picked it up, and I was mad about Nikon. My first SLR camera that was all mine was a Canon AE-1. So now I would love a D700 but they are still so high, even with the D800 coming out. I had a couple of friends raving about their Canons but how could I turn my back on all my lenses? I have 7 decent lenses. I can't afford to sell them for a little and then start over. I did sell the N90, the 8008 is barely worth $50 now.
So I guess I have to wait for more D700s to enter the market used as people upgrade. I also wish there were less issues with the digital Nikons, I was considering compromising with a D90 even though I would really prefer a full frame camera because that's what I'm used to with the F4. I wish too that they could incorporate better video capture, I always use that in my cheap Canon Powershot.
How many of you are still actively shooting your film cameras? I haven't bought film for so long all my film expired in 2006 and I don't even remember what I might want to use, though at the time I liked Fuji Velvia for transparencies and Kodak Gold for prints.
My husband wants to go to the LA Zoo and I have never gone without a camera, so need to battery up the F4 and find film.
Any general suggestions or ideas please let me know. I'm not really a camera nerd anymore but I love reading and talking about cameras with cool people who understand, and I really do want to replicate the ease of shooting the F4 in a new to me digital body.
I just got it. F5. I shot Canon since 1995, started with an AE-1. I kept with Canon till 2010. Then made the switch. We got a few 2DX's and a D5000. I loved them all,,,but...
When I went to school, I went to the Hallmark Institute of photography in 1996. There was this guy there who had an F5. I couldn't believe that thing,,,SO FAST! And it just looked so PRO. I was drooling over it but couldn't justify it, so I let it go. I spent years with Mamaya and Hassie, but that was for weddings, not for me.
When Digital caught on, I was shooting Canon, like I said. A few things went down hill, I won't get into it here, but I had just had enough. WHY WAS I REPLACING CAMERAS EVERY FEW YEARS? My 645 lasted 10 years and I never had to replace it. I decided I'd had enough. I sold all my digital equipment except the one's I needed for weddings and bought the camera I always wanted. My "New to Me" F5. I'm bring film back baby! And I got my "Dream Camera" for $400. Ha! Now for some new prime lenses...
I gotta say, I originally had no interest in the F5, but finally got around to getting one. AMAZING aren't they? Do you have an F100 as well? Might look into one if you ever want a camera that is a bit smaller or don't need some of the F5 features; the F100 in some ways is better than the F5. I've got both and really like them.
IMHO F80 is the best choice for the first film AF SLR from Nikon. If you decide film is not for you - you have spent not too much to try; if you decide you need a higher-class camera like F4, F5, F100 or F6 - your F80 will perfectly serve you as the second body. I advise you to add SB-50DX flashlight (best for F80) - and power grip (if you use big lenses).
My first was an FM, which I loved. Then an F3, which I loved even more. I took all the UCLA extension photography classes in late 70's/early 80's with that F3. In early digital era, I got a d70, which I still have and which still takes a fine picture and remains fun to use. d5100 these days with lots of lenses, to replace losing the FM, F3, a 70-200 VRI and a bunch of other great Nikon lenses lost to a burglary last Fall while our home was being rebuilt. I have now replaced everything lost and gone a lot further . . . life goes on . . . .
I haven't shot film in a long, long time - all my old film is well out of date - come to think of it, I don't own a film camera anymore - but I used to do all my own B&W printing - we had a great rental studio nearby where you could use all their fancy, expensive equipment and spend the hours watching photos appear like magic in their trays. Both my kids were little back then and they used to love to come with me - they are 28, going on 29, and 25, going on 26, now, and both fondly remember going to those darkrooms and having fun with me. I miss it, but the world has moved on, and today, I do whatever is possible on my Mac. A staggering amount of change in just a few decades.
Sun 20-May-12 03:48 PM | edited Sun 20-May-12 03:51 PM by Lolrogge
N6006 sometime around 1990. That led to a N8008. I used both for years and finally replaced the N8008 with an F100. I still have the N6006 & F100. I have used both within the pst few weeks. Both still give excellent results.
It was an N2020. Really liked it, but got rid of the camera to trade up to a very slightly used FM2N. Didn't have another AF camera until 1996, when I traded my F3 with a faulty clutch straight up for an N8008s. In retrospect, it was a terrible trade, but I loved the 8008s, and still have it.
My introduction to Nikon autofocus cameras was a bit of a traumatic experience. My wife and I were touring the US for 2 months and I had a Nikkormat FTN. In LA I decided that I needed a tele lens as the only lens I owned was a 50mm lens. I purchased a 70-210 lens at Fishermans Wharf and we carried on with our tour. During the last week we ended up at the Motel 6 in Kissammee where we took in Disney etc. I decided that as the holiday was almost over I could afford to buy an auto camera and ended up buying a N5005 from Victor's in Kissammee. The next day we went to Cape Kennedy to see the space station I took a spool of film there and I was impressed with the camera and the 70-210 lens. Got back to the motel and handed the film in at the gas station at the motel entrance for processing. We went across the road to visit a shop and when we returned to the room we had been cleaned out and all we posessed were the clothes we were wearing, our personal documents, money and airtickets. 2 Months of photographs gone and the only photos to show were the ones taken at Kennedy. Next day we went into Orlando and at Wolf Cameras I replaced the N5005, 70-210 lens and bought a 50mm lens as well. I told the salesman that I wish that I could get another FTN and he sold me his personal one along with a 35, 50 and 135 lens. I still have this equipment. A couple of days later we flew out from Orlando on 4th Luly 1993 for home.
Thu 12-Jul-12 09:04 AM | edited Thu 12-Jul-12 09:07 AM by Leatham
I bought an F75, only a few years ago, soon after my D300. I was returning to photography after a 15 year break. This was my first DSLR and way too much camera for me for the first few months. I wanted to go back to what I had known about photography "back in the day" when I owned an Olympus OM4 and a Bronica 645.
The F75 is an exceptionally clever camera and rarely misses an exposure. I read Thom Hogan's guide and set up the AEL button as a Spot Meter which helped in tricky lighting. I was very happy with the results, especially with flash fill. It is a highly capable camera in any situation unless you need a fast motor drive. On eBay it was the best $50 I ever spent.
My wife uses the F75 now and I have "upgraded" to an F90x, for another $50. It's as fast as I need and gives me good control when I need it, but the SB-23 makes it more bulky than the F75. I use the F90x for family snaps and save the digital for airshows, birds in flight and theatre work. Again it was a Thom Hogan book that unlocked the mysteries of the camera for me.
Using film slows my shot rate, forces me to calm down, look more closely at the world through the viewfinder and gives me a far greater percentage of keepers. I have settled on Ektar 100 since the local shop stopped selling Reala 100. Is that film still made?
My first Nikon AF-first Nikon, period was a N60 with Sigma 28-80 lens. Before that I had a Canon AE-1. The N60 was a nice little camera, but was limited in features. It had no way to fire shutter by remote, no DOF preview, and did not do multiple exposures. A year later I got the N80 with MB-16 grip so it would use aa batteries, and it was awesome! Since then I have had many Nikon bodies, both AF and MF. Lets see, N8008, FG, black FM3A(I miss it), F3HP(I wanted to like it, but mine was a lemon), EM(hated that one), N90, black FA(I miss that one too), Nikomat FTn, and the mighty F100(yes I should have kept it). And DSLRs D100 and D50. Today all I have is 2 N6006's and D300.
D7100 D300, F4e, N90s, N6006, N2000, N6000, D40, N5005, black F2 eye level, chrome F2AS, black Nikomat FTN
Non Nikons: Pentax 645, Pentax ME Super, Pentax Spotmatic II, Minoltas SRT 102, SRT 202, Maxxums 7000 and 7000i, Praktica LB, Kiev 4 rangefinder, Canons TX, A1, FT QL, EF, EOS 630
For me it was the F-801 (=N8008). It replaced an FA and FE, and was joined later by an F-801s (=N8008s), before being replaced (much later) by a couple of F80's (=N80). All of them were bought secondhand.
I got into autofocus relatively late. I bought a D70S in 2006. I marveled at how quickly I could take a picture without having to worry about manual focusing, like I had to do with the Canon AE-1. I then moved up to the D300 which is my main camera now. I hope to move up to the D700 soon so I can have a full frame body.
I also own two Leica cameras (the M3 and the M6) and I find I can manually focus rangefinder cameras without too much difficulty, even with my aging eyes. But when I need autofocus I use my D300.
N90 was my 1st autofocus Nikon body. I was very reluctant to go to any type of automation. I liked being in total control and it gave me a sense of accomplishment when the pictures came out the way I planned. The automation took that control away from me and I never really felt the same about capturing a nice shot.
I still feel that way to a large degree. I now tend to say that the camera takes good pictures. Whereas before with full manual controls I believed that I took good pictures.
My first was back early in 1998. Thought of myself as a purist when it came to cameras and lens. None of that auto focus #### and bells and whistles for me! Wanted to buy a wide angle to telephoto zoom but by that time all that was available were auto focus lenses. So bought a Tokina 28-70mm ATX pro lens figuring that I would use it in manual mode. However, once I had the lens my wondering and imagination got the better of me. A month later broke down and purchased my first auto focus camera, a Nikon N90s. Still have it, still works! My purist attitude would be diluted later when I purchased my first DSLR, the D70s.
My first Nikon AF camera was also my first AF camera: N60 in 2000. I bought an N80 in 2002, and if digital had never happened, I would have been happy with that camera for a decade. That was the beauty of film. The camera was basically a light box - so you could take the exact same picture with an N80 as with an F5, assuming lens, film, and exposure settings were the same. I also had two Olympus Stylus cameras, with the clamshell lens cover. They were gold special addition cameras that cost me about $80 each. They had an awesome f2.8 28mm Zeiss lens, and they fit in a shirt pocket. I used to carry one of those and the N80 on trips, the Olympus with print film, and the N80 with slide film.
I took some of the best photos I've ever taken with that N80 and Fuji Velvia 50 and Kodak EVS 100. I loved the bright full frame view finder (I've only shot DX since). It made you think more, and therefore made you a better photographer, because throw away shots cost real money. I still have that N80. Haven't run a roll through it since 2005.
Nostalgia aside, there are things I can do with my DSLR's that I couldn't dream of with the N80, like shooting sports, and changing ISO with the flick of a switch. And, the cost of owning a DSLR is far less than the cost of owning a film camera, with no film or developing cost. I often say, I should throw a roll of film in the N80 and shoot it for old time sake, but I never do. I've just gotten too lazy to do the processing thing. Though I loved my N80, I'd never go back.