hi, the 20-35 and the 180 are excellent lenses for film or digital and I would keep them. Pick up a 50 1.8 and use them all to see what other lenses you might need. I have kept my film cameras because the value to me was more that the market value, plus I like to take film pictures from time to time. Good luck on your decision.
I found the F4 to be a very desirable camera. The switch-for-everything design resonated with my idea of a "machine".
I would definitely keep the lenses at least until you have some time on the new camera to determine if they are of a useful focal length. When I switched from film to digital, my most valued "asset" was a DX kit lens. Your 20-35mm comes very close to filling that role.
I'd be tempted to keep the F4s as a reminder of the era when mechanics married electronics. Put a 35mm f/2 AIS lens on it and maybe a roll a year until the seals break down. A great reminder where we've been.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
The 20-35mm and 180mm are optically excellent and will work very well on your D7000. My F4 only gets a roll or two of film run through it a year, but I won't part with it. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Yep, don't fall into the vicious cycle that I've been in since 2005. Buy something, use it for a while, decide to sell it, then, a few weeks later, buy back either the exact item or one just like it. I'm hoping I can stop it. But, I don't know.
F4s, F2AS, F FTn, Nikomat FT2, FTn, Nikkormat FT - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
I don't usually post much, mostly read and learn. But, this topic hits close to home. I went thru the same thing and after selling several bodies I stopped before I got to the manual lens. I've since repurchased an F2a and had it reconditioned by Sover Wong and a mint F5 that was seldom used. I really like them both (a lot) but would give anything to get my old F3hp back. It wasn't as good as either of the two film bodies I have now but I carried all over the US and Canada on motorcycle trips, it had years of memories.
You've been given a lot of good advice above and I'd offer the same comments. Keep the lens, you'll use them and be amazed at the results. I'd suggest waiting at least a year (or two) on the F4. Getting to run a few rolls of film every now and then is nice. I've got 4 rolls due in this week and had forgotten about the anticipation ...
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I owned an F3HP, an F4E, and 12 MF lenses all "fast" primes except for the "mirror" lens. Then I bought the D200 and one zoom, but kept all the film equipment believing that the two formats would co-exist with each other. Then I really got "hooked" on digital, and sold all of the MF/film equipment to finance purchases of three zooms, tripod, monopod, etc.
If I did it again, I would have kept some of the MF lenses, such as the 16mm full-frame fish eye lens (which I will probably replace), 28mm PC lens (which I will replace with the tilt/shift lens), and 100mm macro lens with the extension ring (which I did replace). I would also keep the PB-4 bellows.
My tendency is to sell assets to finance new assets. That's how I financed most of my stereo equipment and vinyl record collection with the sales of all my model railroad equipment. Now I sold somem of the stereo equipment and the entire record collection (6,000 records) to finance new or upgraded camera equipment.
As much as I would like to see a resurgence in film and/or the continuation of film, I seriously doubt that will happen. Many film stocks have been discontinued due to a lack of sales. Kodak has discontinued the production of its entire slide projecto line. (When I visited B&H photo, the film counter tucked off in a corner of the store had this hand-painted banner proclaiming, "Film shall rise again, buy now!") Also, the manufacturing/developing costs of film may become prohibitive due to the expense and availability of raw material and due to environmental concerns.
Last night, I looked at some of my slides shot with my Nikons on Kodachrome, Velvia, and Ektachrome VS film and marveled at the colors and visual texture of the photos. And felt inspired again.
There's no absolute here. If you like the F4s, etc., then keep it, use it, and enjoy it. (I know of a person who still shoots film only with a Nikon rangefinder and there's a camera store close to the Cal-Berkeley campus that proudly supports film.)
My F3Hp was my first professional Nikon, with the MD4 moto and the MK1 grip. I think I shot 45,000 slides with it and I loved that camera, but sold it. Now I wished that I had kept it plus one lens for sentimental reasons.