F80 verses Dynax 60

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by paul Norris, May 26, 2004.

  1. paul Norris

    paul Norris Guest

    I am looking to buy myself an AF SLR camera and had pretty much
    decided on a Nikon F80 with a 28-105 lens (I think it is called an N80
    in the USA). However, I have just seen the specification for the
    Minolta Dynax 60 (Maxxum 70 in the USA I think) apart from the
    substansial difference in price can anyone comment on the strenghts
    and weaknesses of these two cameras? I am interested in a wide range
    of photgraphic topics ranging from photographs of the family to
    landscapes but I am unlikly to be taking fast action shots such as
    sports. As I the Minolta appears relativly new I am struggling to
    find any reviews of it. I look forward to hearing everyones comments
    and thanks in advance for any advice.
    paul Norris, May 26, 2004
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  2. paul Norris

    Alan Browne Guest

    In www.photozone.de you will find charts for each that will make a
    specification comparison easier to do.

    From that, you'll find the Nikon F80 is better in several ways:
    -Faster shutter speed (1/4000)
    -2nd curtain flash sync (not sure about the Dynax 60)
    -Flash exp. compensation (again, not sure 'bout the Dynax 60)
    -slightly larger viewfinder area (quibble)

    The Maxxum 60 is better in a couple ways:
    -wireless TTL flash control
    -High speed sync flash (for what it's worth, eg: a minor advantage)
    -stronger built-in flash (FWIW, better to use an attached flash)

    Having said all the above, you would be better from a body POV to look
    at the Maxxum 7 (Dynax 7). Much more complete camera than the F80 at
    about the same price. (The Nikon is prob cheaper these days). Mary the
    Maxxum/Dynax 7 to the 28-105D and add a 3600HS or 5400HS flash and
    you've got a very versatile piece of kit.

    Alan Browne, May 26, 2004
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  3. Paul, I can't compare them because I only use the F80 and an older Ricoh

    I love the F80. It's very versatile. Fits to all your needs. If you make
    nature photos you might prefer the black body.

    One point that Paul raised: "lighter" - I don't know if that's better.
    However the additional MB-16 battery pack makes the F80 a professional
    looking and _very_ ergonomic piece of technology. It lies really perfect
    in your hand.

    The viewfinder is not that great. That's one difference to the real
    professional F-cameras of Nikon. If the Dynax has an even worse
    viewfinder I would stay away from it.

    The zoom lens the F80 shpis with is just for your first shots.

    IMO the additional lenses you buy are more important than the model and
    manufacturer of the body. The rule is to spend as much for a lens as for
    the body. There's one exception: a good and cheap lens to start with is
    the Nikkor 50mm/1.8.

    Peter Eisenburger, May 26, 2004
  4. You just KNEW I was going to chime in. I have a Nikon N80, and it is without
    a doubt the best camera I've ever owned.

    Understand--I haven't owned all THAT much. No Nikon F3s or F2s, Hasselblads,
    etc. However, I did once own a Nikon FE--a highly respected classic--and I
    always wondered what the fuss was over those new AF, autoload, autowind
    SLRs. But using the N80, I'm a believer (though the FE was a very pleasant
    camera to be sure). It really is a great camera. What very few nice photos I
    have managed to take with it are wonderful; more would undoubtedly come out
    if I were better at this hobby.

    I can't compare it to the Maxxum 70 PERSONALLY as I've never used it. But
    the N80 does seem to be a bit more "upper crust," just my impression--could
    be wrong.

    A couple of observations, though--and these are again just me observing what
    I've read, nothing more. I derived this from reading the Maxxum 70's online

    N80 advantages:
    Faster X-sync (1/90 vs 1/125)
    On-demand grid lines
    Auto-bracketing--Maxxum has you toggle through preferences everytime; N80
    allows you to set preferences once and engage it with one simple action
    Uses standard cable release
    Separate aperture/shutter controls (Maxxum 70 requires you to press and hold
    "shift" button to change apertures--in manual mode anyway)
    Handier AF selector--nice thumbpad for this (Maxxum 70 uses the "press
    button, turn wheel" approach like the Nikon N65)
    Remote release--since it's a cable release--doesn't "cancel" if you fail to
    act within 5 minutes (Maxxum 70's remote release disengages if you fail to
    fire within 5 minutes)

    Maxxum 70 advantages:
    Can leave film-leader out (yes, N80 can be modified--but it's better to have
    it arrive ready to do that period)
    "Clutch" MF button--lets you manual focus with AF still on (N80 can only do
    that with proper lenses--it's not a CAMERA feature)

    Not sure how you pick the AF sensor with the Minolta; the N80 has a VERY
    handy thumbpad on the back.

    There is a link to it here:



    Hope those help.

    Larry R Harrison Jr, May 27, 2004
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