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 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 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

    Per Stromgren, Dec 26, 2003
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