Nice little camera (and I do mean little!) I also got an SB-25 to go with it. Between the two it's like trying to figure out one of them digital wonders. Come to think of it, it looks an awful lot like my wife's D90. Hmm.
F80 is very interesting used with SB-50: the built-in flash can be used for frontal fill-n while the external one can be directed to the ceiling, and both are TTL-controlled - the only combo supporting the trick, very helpful shooting people indoors.
Vladamir, just confirming (and I believe you are correct, though I have not used it):
The Nikon N80/F80 can support TTL flash using both the pop up flash and an SB-50DX attached to the body by the hot shoe. To use both, you must slightly tilt the head up (SB50DX) to clear the pop up flash. this would have the benefit of increasing light ouput.
Again, I haven't tried this as I do not have an SB50DX (and my N80 no longer functions.)
It is possible, but not necessary to tilt SB50 up - it is shaped not to block the pop-up flash... SB50 can be used together with ANY pop-up flash, but ONLY F80 can work with two flashes - pop-up and SB50 - in TTL mode, when SB50 is tilted. With any other camera (F50/55/60/65/70), when you tilt SB50 - it automatically switches to manual mode, if the pop-up is open.
One congrats on the N/F80!!! And yes you can use the SB-50DX with the pop up flash at the same time as the main flash. It works very well I used it all the time when I had the combo that now seems light years ago. I use the flash with the diffuser over the pop up flash and the main flash in the bounce position it was the best of both worlds. I used to know the combined GN number but time, age and my brain have all data dumped that info.
Again congrats on a great camera. I also had the battery pack MB-16 for it but be warned it is just a battery pack no additional functions or portrait release. But it sure does make holding the N/F80 a lot easier. B&H has a used one for $29 bucks.
I second - MB-16 is very practical: it is the best-shaped external grip Nikon has ever designed - it looks like an integral part of the original body - and gives F80, being a bit too small to be hold comfortably by itself, better balance with a flash and a big lens. This compact and silent combo - F80 with MB-16 and SB-50 - used with 24-120 lens - was my favourite outfit for shooting people indoors (office, restaurant, private party etc.) - when I was a participant of the event rather than a photographer on assignment. And children also loved it - it looked so much similar to my F5, just smaller and lighter
I've been using one F80 with MB-16 and its a very confortable/nice combo with any lens (my biggest one is th 75-300). The best photos i have of my daughter were taken with that camera. Didn't know about the SB-50X performance with the pop-up flash. It works only with that flash, or with others too? I might look for an used one.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
I too just got an N80, it arrived today! Pristine condition from eBay, only a slight stickiness to the grips and otherwise it looks and feels like it's a new in box item, and came with a 28-80 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens (I have more glass coming my way in the next month, all FX sized). No film yet, but I ordered two rolls of Kodak 200 (read: cheap) to get started with, and then five each of Ektar 100 and Portra 160, for once I'm done with them, and I can't wait for them to show up.
It's been a long time since I used 35 mm film, and that was only on a P&S, so I can't wait to take this out and use it.
Question, and I'll repost this elsewhere in a few days when it might start to matter, but where would you guys recommend processing at a lab that does high quality scanning in the US? I don't mind sending it out for developing (okay, the first cheap rolls are going to Walgreens), and although I'm outside of NYC I'd rather send it out for better quality than any sort of instant gratification. I'd like scan resolutions high enough to be reasonable for 20"x30" enlargements, if possible.
>Nice little camera (and I do mean little!) I also got an >SB-25 to go with it. Between the two it's like trying to >figure out one of them digital wonders. Come to think of it, >it looks an awful lot like my wife's D90. Hmm. > >Ulysses
I really have a lot of fun with my N80, I shot this yesterday Foma 200 @ 125 in Rodinol.
I just recently started shooting film again, and wanted something with more control than my old n65, so acquired an N80 because I thought the f100 was over the top (and too heavy) for my needs. I also acquired a Tamron 28-200mm (A03) as a walk around lens and also an SB-23 flash as an alternative to using the pop-up or my SB-600 on that rig. I am in the process of doing some test shots at various focal lengths, with and without the hood, but haven't got them back yet and am wondering whether I will get vignetting at any focal length on the Tamron with or without hood since the SB-23 doesn't sit very high on the camera. I am also wondering how well the SB-23 works with that camera since you can't bounce or diffuse it. Any observations from experience welcome and appreciated. I really like the 28-200 with the N80, but when using flash, if I have to limit myself to a 28-80mm or 50mm, I can do that but would prefer the flexibility of the extra focal length.