I have been buying film camera outfits on eBay to gather a collection of lenses to use on my D90. I have not shot film in years and years. Last SLR I owned was Pentax. I have now collected the following list of Nikons. Two manual focus. a black FM and a FT Nikomat. I plan on keeping the FM for no other reason as I know it was a better camera than I could afford back in the day and it just feels right in my hand. I will sell the Nikomat on eBay perhaps.
What I would like to know is which is the best camera of this group if I was going to keep a AF Film camera. I have a N60, N50, N55, N75 and a funky looking N4004s with it's covered wheels. I am sure I have a n80 that is sticky and somewhere. I know marketing and a new camera needs a new number. A lower number camera might be the gem of the group. Can you all rank them in your opinion? Thanks JB
Thanks, where does the N4004s fit in? So the N80 is the best of the bunch? I guess I have to really figure out what I did with it when I got it and tried to remove the sticky feel of the rubber grip. JB
I would put the N4004 below the N50. It had a generation older technology (AF and metering) than the N50.
The N80 body can be cleaned with some careful scrubbing (clean lint free cloth...like an old t-shirt) and 70% isopropyl alcohol. There are several threads that you can look up to see how to clean the stickiness. Sadly this effects the N80, N90, F100. Not sure why, though.
I have owned a F(N)50 and F(N)60 and would go for the F50 - I lugged one round Australia for 6 months and it didn't let me down once... I played with a F(N)80 a couple of times and hated it - it felt like a Canon to me - too light and flimsy. JMHO...
I would rate the N80 first since it was refered by many as the baby F100 and I kept my N80 until I got a F100, then the N75 since it was the last produced consumer film body so it is the most up to date of the small consumer bodies. After that I would N55, 60, 50 then the N4004. I had a N75 and N55(actually my daughter did when she was a kid) they were nice little film bodies and the N75 has a functional battery pack with a potrait shutter release the N80 has just a battery pack no portrait shutter release.