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Help Recommend a Birthday Gift for Photography Student

zurf

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zurf Registered since 05th Apr 2003
Sat 05-Apr-03 11:19 PM

My 19 year old son has been shooting with an N80, a Nikkor 20mm 2.8 and a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 for the past 4 years. He recently added a Nikkor 16mm fisheye and a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 to his collection. He shoots for the school paper is having his first "exhibit" at his college.

Now we want to buy him a birthday gift next month. He mostly shoots people, skateboarding, night shots - lots of black and white. He really enjoys photography and spends lots of time in the school darkroom although he does use a Canoscan 2710 and Epson 870 at home.

My question is what to buy him. We are considering a used F5 or a new F100 so he can can take advantage of 1/250 flash sync and more frames per second for skateboarding. We are also considering an Epson 2200 printer so he can print larger and more long lasting. Finally, we are also considering a D100 but we don't know if he should move completely away from film at this point. In addition, the D100 seems more like his N80 and doesn't offer the F5 and F100 features mentioned above. Also, he would lose his fisheye effect with a D100

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

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