Wed 18-Sep-13 03:33 AM | edited Wed 18-Sep-13 03:43 AM by James23p
Was thinking when I first joined Nikonians my main camera and first serious camera was a N80. The N80 forum was a fast paced hopping forum and it was the place to be.
It is sad in some respects we don't even have a N80 forum and I understand why but was just thinking of the good old days of the N80 forum. If there is one camera that I no longer have that I miss is my N80.
I still have my N80, in fact I have two with battery grips. I take 'em out every so often and play with them and think back how easy things were back then. Better still I think back to my first Nikon, an F2 Photomic. The instruction book was probably only around 30 or so pages. My 800 has to be around 800 pages. Times have changed.
I use mine twice a year, when not using my F100. Mine has a grip and i love to shoot with it. This month it's been used by my GF. We shot a lot together and she´s finding the love of film photography, after she saw some pictures taken with it. I have no plans to get rid of it,... it's a nice pair with the F100 (shooting B&W and color at the same time).
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I don't have the N80 anymore, but from 2001-05 mine got used alot. I even bought the grip for it so it could use AA batteries and no need to buy those expensive CR123's. At that time I had about 5 film bodies, but the N80 and FG got the most use. The FG was better with non cpu lenses.
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
I still shoot mine regularly, alternating between it and my old Canon A series, for B&W film. It really has an ideal feature set for a film camera, IMO, and an excellent example can be had for well under $100.
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I picked one up a few years ago, and it's not one that I use a lot, but it gets used when I need something quiet and light. No eye-level/optical finder SLR--film or digital--is quieter, at least those I've used. This makes it worth having. Unfortunately the AF is loud with traditional lenses even though the shutter/mirror/lens stopdown are quiet.