HELP! I was thinking of selling all of my manual equipment that is gathering dust and replacing with a AF body for backup purposes only. I have a N90s, and a N80. I have read that the N80 will not function properly with infrared film. Can anyone confirm? Even if the N90s DOES work with infrared, it is a primary camera and would be used for color and B&W. I would like this 'backup' to be loaded with infrared and maybe shoot a roll (or just a few shots) throughout an entire wedding. Any help on what AF bodies will work with infrared? N70/N60/N50/N65/N80? Should I keep my MF systems currently collecting dust? It would be nice to have a backup body, instead of a backup 'system'!
Too much manual stuff! FM, FE2, 50mm (2), 28mm, 100mm, 80-200, SB16b, SB24... etc..... I called Nikon USA and they said (if I understood) that the N80 will 'FOG' the film. Hmmm. They said the only bodies that were not compatible with infrared are the N60, N65 & N80. I just may try it anyway on my N80, and if I sell my manual stuff, either get a N70 for a backup or?????
I feel awkward jumping in here after the N80 debate, but don't part with your FM, if you can avoid it!! I know you live in a warm, sunny state, but one day you'll surely find yourself in freezing weather somewhere and you'll see a beautiful sunset! It'd be awfully nice to at least have ONE body that didn't rely on frozen down batteries...
Mike - thanks for the note. HA - Absolutely no hard feelings. I have thought about it, but it is making less and less (financial) sense. I could sell all the manual stuff and get an N70, another SB28 and maybe a slave unit. All things that would get use now. I guess I could keep the FM and use AF lenses on it manually? You can do that, right?
your AF lenses should work fine. I just went back to Wendy's (bbleigh's) office and tried out one of our old FM2s with a brand new 60mm f-2.8 D Micro Nikkor, setting it to manual focus. Works like a charm! Aperture connects, the depth of field button works, and even the focus feels a bit like the old AI manual lenses. I think the only difference between your FM and ours is the sync speed - ours redlines at 1/250th.
I know you'd regret selling it, because the price used goes up continuously and it would cost you a fortune to replace it three years from now!
However, I appreciate the idea of getting rid of equipment. My office at home looks like a camera museum, and there's hardly a shelf in the house that doesn't have some piece of photography equipment on it. I'm not really a serious collector, but sometimes I'll see a camera for sale and kind of feel sorry for it and give it a new home...