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Help with Apples and Oranges (not still life)

Cadfael_tex

Fort Leavenworth, US
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Cadfael_tex Registered since 06th Apr 2008
Thu 17-Apr-08 04:43 PM

Ok, been doing a loot of reading here. When I first start perusing I was thinking of getting a D40 to go with my F2. Now I've changed course because I decided to stay with film a bit longer and see what happens in the next year or two with digital and FX bodies.

Here's where the apples and oranges come in. I want to get a second film body but not spend too much money on it (less than $100 - less expensive is better with the better half). but I'm torn about getting another manual focus like my F2 - been eyeing a few Nikkormats at KEH or Adorama. While I was browsing I also discovered I can get an N80 or N75 for about the same money.

Here's the pros and cons I have in my head for the N80:
+ Autofocus with manual mode so I can have my cake and eat it too.
+ Can invest in lenses that will work (especially VR) when I do finally get a D-SLR.
- Lenses won't interchange as easily with F2.
- Reliability? - at least compared to a mechanical manual focus like F2
- figuring out menus etc on another camera
+ Works well with modern speedlights

Here's he pros and cons for Nikkormat or older F
+ Simple and Rugged
+ Enjoyment from the satisfying mechanical click
- Lenses won't as readily move up that I'd buy for this (VR)
- limited or difficult interaction with modern speedlights.

Please help me break the deadlock in my head...

TIA,
Tony, Army Nikkonian

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