Manual focusing on F80

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Ian Hodge, Nov 8, 2003.

  1. Ian Hodge

    Ian Hodge Guest

    I am thinking of re-taking up photography after a few years break (quite
    a few). I used to use an F3 and an FM (not too sure, memory starts to go
    around 30) but am thinking about trying out a more modern camera, like
    the F80. When I ask about manual focus I get somewhat confused replies,
    like 'why do you want to do that'. And when I try it in the shop there
    appears to be no viewfinder assistance when it comes to manual focusing.
    Anyone know any different? And, does anyone know if there is such a
    think as a rechargable CR123A battery?


    Ian Hodge, Nov 8, 2003
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    Jim Guest

    I have an F80 and use it mostly with my 24-85mm AF-S lens
    which has a MA/M switch on the side. In manual the focus
    "dot" in the viewfinder works. Is this what you mean? The
    Guernsey stores sell CR123A batteries very cheaply but I
    don't know of a rechargeable version. The F80 takes an
    adapter for AA batteries however...

    Jim, Nov 8, 2003
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    howard Guest

    LoL !! Dixons, right ?
    howard, Nov 9, 2003
  4. H Ian,

    The only thing about manual focus on modern slr's is that the focusing ring
    is usually pretty small and near the end of the barrel. It helps if you get
    a lens hood, but not all manufacturers provide them.

    Also, seeing as you like Nikon and had an F3, there is an F3a and you could
    always look out for 2nd F3's and the F2a.

    Welcome back and get snapping. Also, if you a pc you may want to look at
    film scanners for the digital darkroom, the Minolta Dimage 5400 being the
    current leader though Nikon have just launched a Coolscan 5 and I've not
    seen any reviews.

    Saying that, its a big layout so check and see if there are any camera clubs
    nearby as one in Edinburgh (Lasswade, Midlothian Camera Club) has a digital
    section, providing scanners and so on.

    Stephen Leslie, Nov 9, 2003
  5. Ian Hodge

    Ian Hodge Guest

    No, Jessops actually. I refuse on principal to use Dixons. Fortunatley
    the one near me has just closed.
    Ian Hodge, Nov 9, 2003
  6. Ian Hodge

    Ian Hodge Guest

    Thanks for the advice. I was looking at scanners, as it would save me
    having to do contact sheets. I've seen one by Benq (2720 I think). It
    appears to be a bit old so am I being unreasonable to think there must
    be something better around? I liked the idea of if being able to take a
    strip of negs, rather than one at a time. Would I be able to make a
    reasonable assessment of negs and slides using a 2700 dpi scanner?


    Ian Hodge, Nov 9, 2003
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    Hugh Spence Guest

    2700dpi would be fine for up to 10 X 8 prints (or A4). If you want near
    photo quality on a bigger image you need to go to 4000 dpi or more.
    Hugh Spence, Nov 9, 2003
  8. Just to say I have a Canoscan 2720 and have produced very satisfying
    scans of 35mm negs which enlarge to A3 (and one A2 monochrome from an
    old FP3 negative). However, they should be viewed at appropriate
    distances, not gone over with a magnifying glass.


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