Opinions on Nikon N80 Please

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by gator, Feb 16, 2004.

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    gator Guest

    Hello All,

    I'm looking for an auto-focus Nikon (currently use a FE-2 and FTN),
    and I'm considering the Nikon N80. I'd like to get some feedback from
    other users before I make a commitment.

    I can't afford a F5 or F100 at this time, and the N90 has been
    discontinued, so I'm expecting the N80 to be a "high-end" amateur
    camera with the latest electronics (speed of auto-focus, metering,
    etc.), is this correct?

    How do you like your N80, does it replace the functionality of the
    discontinued N90? How does it compare to the F100?

    Thank-you very much for any advice to help me make a decision.

    Thanks... Bill
    gator, Feb 16, 2004
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    ThomasH Guest

    Observe that cameras like the N90/F90 would not allow you
    to use VR function in VR lenses and that you would not be
    able to adjust aperture of G-mount lenses.

    Detailed reviews and compares of F100 versus F80 may be found
    on http://www.nikonlinks.com/.

    ThomasH, Feb 16, 2004
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    jriegle Guest

    Do you have many older manual focus lenses with your current bodies? They
    will fit the N80, but won't meter as there is no meter linkage - not the
    reason you'd buy the N80. You want more automation, not less!

    The N90 was a great camera in its day, but it will not work with Vibration
    Reduction (VR) lenses, the N80 will. VR lenses are likely to be a popular
    product as many Canon lenses have gone IS and sell well (IS is Canon's
    version of the technology that reduces blur in photos due to camera side

    The F100 and F5 retain all the compatibility with old and new lenses. If
    possible, I would hold off and save for the F100.
    jriegle, Feb 16, 2004
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    JR Guest

    Well the N80 is a great little camera, but it has it's limitations.
    Number one is the ability to meter non AF lenses. Nikkor AI and AIS
    lenses will not meter with the N80, the will with the N70, N90 and F100.
    The N80 will use the G type AF Nikkor lenses and the VR AF Nikkor
    lenses, the N70 and N90 will not, the F100 will. The N80 AF is good,
    but I think the N70 and N90 has a faster AF motor(not 100% sure on
    that). The N90 was not replaced by the N80, the N80 replaced the N70,
    so it is on par with that camera. The F100 price was reduced to fill
    the gap the N90s left. So if you want the N90s performance and
    features, the F100 is the better camera to get, and it's better in EVERY
    way. The N80 is a compromise. You might wanna look into the N70
    especially if you have any AI, or AIS lenses. There are some excellent
    AI and AI-s lenses available at very resonable prices, so if you want
    professional qualiy at budget prices then you are better of with a
    camera that can better handle those lenses. I have an N70 as a backup
    for my F100 because I use a few AI- and Ai-S lenses. N70's are pretty
    good values...$150 gets you a good one, then you spend your extra cash
    on lenses. The N90s in excellent condition can be had for about $375.
    The N80 new is $350, used at $250. In my opinion none of them compare
    to the F100 in terms of AF speed, metering, functionality...

    JR, Feb 16, 2004
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    gator Guest

    Thanks for the feedback, sounds like a used F100 might be the best buy
    for my needs, heading to KEH to check out prices,

    Thanks again... Bill
    gator, Feb 17, 2004
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    The N80 is an excellent camera. Yes, it has some limitations, but
    these are typically blown out of proportion by the Nikon bashers
    and the snobs. Yes, it doesn't meter through anything older than
    AF glass, but...do you really want to buy a bunch of Ai/Ais lenses? (*)
    If not, why should you care? The CAM900 autofocus system has
    become such a standard of reliability, it is actually used on virtually
    all prosumer-level DSLRs with Nikon mounts. The N80 also includes
    the built-in 30,000 photo reference library, which greatly helps getting
    a correct exposure. Only N55/65/75/80 and F100 have this neat feature.
    The only limitation of the N80 that really annoys me is the lack of MLU,
    but unless you shoot at low shutter speeds (1-2 secs) with super-long
    telephoto lenses on a tripod or you do a lot of macro photography
    trying to maximize DOF (again, on a tripod), it won't bother you at all.

    Yes, after buying the F100, my N80 started to get less and less use,
    but what dramatically reduced it was the purchase of the D100, which
    also greatly diminished the amount of F100 action. But I still love my
    N80 and if I want to pack light, it's my #1 choice.

    Like I said, if you don't mind the afore-mentioned shortcomings, you
    will find the N80 to be a great camera.

    (*) If you intend to use old lenses, then get a used N70 or N90. They
    will meter even through coke bottles. Be aware, however, that these
    cameras won't be able to handle G lenses or the VR system.
    Paolo Pizzi, Feb 18, 2004
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    gator Guest

    Thanks to all for the input, it's between a new N80 and a used F100,
    I'm heading to KEH as soon as I post.

    Thanks again... Bill
    gator, Feb 19, 2004
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