Nikon F-65/N-65 as first autofocus camera for "experienced" photographer?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Per Stromgren, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Hi!

    Excuse me for just stepping in a ask for advice, but here goes.

    I have had and used a Pentax SLR (ME) for some 20 years and also used
    my wifes Nikon FE2 a lot. I really prefer the Pentax for weight and
    size, but the Nikon lenses are better. I am sometimes bad at focusing
    so I thought I should buy one of the modern autofocus Nikons. After
    some shopping around I have found that a Nikon F-65 (N-65 in the US?)
    with a 28-80 zoom perhaps would be the thing.

    1. Will our other lenses (Nikkor 50/1.4 and 80-200) that are used with
    the FE2 fit and work on a 65? I realize that the autofocus won't work
    but apart from that?

    2. What are the drawbacks with a modern cheap Nikon compared to the
    FE2 or the really old Pentax ME? Anything that will shock me?

    3. I'm satisfied with the 35-70/3.3-4.5 standard zoom that we use on
    the FE2, are the modern ones of comparable optical quality?

    4. I don't understand the product sheets, what will I get if stepping
    up to '75? '80?

    The cameras are used mostly for travel and interior photography,
    nothing spectacular. I usually use whatever exposure the camera says,
    but of course sometimes compensate for direct sun light.

    I'm grateful for any advice.

    Per.
     
    Per Stromgren, Dec 25, 2003
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  2. This post was perhaps a bit too fast. I found some of the answers
    myself, see below.
    Yes and no. See http://www.bythom.com/Bodies.htm where Thom Hogan
    explains that the old old lenses will mount, but can't be metered,
    i.e. you have to use a handheld meter and set speed and aperture
    manually. The N100/F100 can use the old lenses as intended.
    Build quality seem to be only thing. The newer bodies are not as tough
    as the old ones.
    That is still a relevant question. Do you know?
    This is perectly summarized by Thom Hogan, again see
    http://www.bythom.com/Bodies.htm

    Per.
     
    Per Stromgren, Dec 26, 2003
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