SLR purchase: help

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by /* frank */, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. /* frank */

    /* frank */ Guest

    I want to switch from my Nikon FM 10
    to a SLR with autofocus.

    Budget is around 150-180$

    I already own a 50mm/1.8 AF (non D) Nikon
    that I would still use with this new camera.

    Someone suggested me to switch to Canon.

    What do you suggest? Sell 50mm Nikon
    and purchase a new Canon camera (which model?)
    or purchase a Nikon camera (N55 can use
    this lens?).

    Thanks in advance
     
    /* frank */, Jul 18, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    The N55 isn't much better than the camera you have. Everything below the N80
    is sub-bottom of the line in Nikon -- Cameras that lack essential features.
    I would hang onto what you have until you can afford and N80.
     
    Tony Spadaro, Jul 18, 2004
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  3. A used N8008 is well within your budget. KEH have an F801S- what we
    Europeans call the N8008S- for $179, and they have non-S N8008 bodies for
    $139.
     
    Martin Francis, Jul 18, 2004
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  4. Agreed; MUCH better than what you'd get new for that money. The 8008 is
    a wonderful if somewhat heavy camera. I sold mine to get an N90 and for
    the life of me can't figure out why.
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jul 18, 2004
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    columbotrek Guest

    B&H only sells the N55 in a Kit with a slow 28-80G lens. Pass. Keep the
    50mm f/1.8 as it is an excellent lens. B&H sells the N75 body for
    $190ish. Which is in your price range. Well just about. If you keep
    the FM10, you have a second body with self timer mirror lockup, a
    slightly faster flash sync speed 125 vs 90, plus the ability to do very
    long time exposures without gobbling up CR2s. If you stay with Nikon
    your AF lens will work on both your Mechanical Body and an Electronic
    body. Canon offers no mechanical bodies. You need to decide if that is
    important to you. I value my FM2n body a lot. And I like that I can use
    any AI or newer non "G" Nikkor on it.
    Your price limit suggests that if you are going Canon, you are looking
    at a rebel. There is no advantage there vs the N55 except you have
    access to Canon's line of lenses. Although given the budget you will
    not be able to get into any Canon lens except for their excellent 50mm
    f/1.8! The same lens you already have in the Nikkor.
     
    columbotrek, Jul 18, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Yes, but he wants autofocus, and an 8008 or 8008s would deliver nothing but
    disappointment in that respect. Great cameras otherwise! I still have and
    use my 8008s, but it's back up to an F100 now.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 18, 2004
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    Sander Vesik Guest

    Consider used N65. Its much more future proof than
    N55 and better camera besides.
     
    Sander Vesik, Jul 18, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    [SNIP]
    That's an advantage??

    ;-)


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jul 19, 2004
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  9. Ah, so they don't AF at all then?

    Surely he'll be disappointed only if he wants fast, silent AF?
     
    Martin Francis, Jul 19, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    They do AF, but my 8008s--an autofocus improvement over the 8008--hunts with
    most of my lenses and is less than tack on for the most part when it does
    settle down. It acutally works pretty good with my 80-200 AFD lens, but it
    has a limit switch and a much more narrow angle of view. Won't AF with any
    AF-S lenses, so that route is out of the question, but then someone looking
    to spend $200 on a camera isn't likely to plunk down a grand on a lens!

    So, fast silent AF aside, the N8008/8008s are practically worthless as AF
    cameras. When I bought my wife an Elan IIe with a 50 1.8, I thought, AF's a
    joke, but let's see this one's routine. I was immediately impressed with
    the af speed and accuracy. In fact, for $200, I'd look for a used Elan II
    and a 50mm lens.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 19, 2004
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  11. Not enough. You need $500-1000 or forget it.
     
    Michael Scarpitti, Jul 19, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Smart ass...
    ;-)
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 19, 2004
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    Alex Wilde Guest

    In message <cdeskk$7r9lh$>, columbotrek

    B&H only sell() the N55 in a (k)it(,) with (the) slow 28-80G lens.
    (I'd) (p)ass. Keep the 50mm f/1.8 as it is an excellent lens. B&H
    sell() the N75 body for $190ish, (w)hich is in your price range, (w)ell
    just about.

    If you keep the FM10, you('d) have a second body with self timer mirror
    lockup, a slightly faster flash sync speed (of 1/)125 vs (1/)90, plus
    the ability to do very long time exposures without gobbling up CR2s. If
    you stay with Nikon(,) your AF lens will work on both your (m)echanical
    (b)ody and an (e)lectronic body.

    Canon offers no mechanical bodies. You need to decide if that is
    important to you. I value my FM2n body a lot (a)nd I like that I can
    use any AI(,) or newer(,) non "G" Nikkor on it.

    Your price limit suggests that if you are going (to get a) Canon, you
    are looking at a (R)ebel. There is no advantage there vs the N55(,)
    except you have access to Canon()s line of lenses. Although given the
    budget(,) you will not be able to get into any Canon lens except for
    their excellent 50mm f/1.8! The same lens you already have in the
    Nikkor.
     
    Alex Wilde, Jul 19, 2004
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    /* frank */ Guest

    Thanks everbody for the suggestions.

    I made the choice: sell the FM10 (but not the 50/1.8 AF,
    only the Cosina 35-70) and going to purchase a new N75.

    Best regards.
     
    /* frank */, Jul 19, 2004
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    Sander Vesik Guest

    essential features? like what?
     
    Sander Vesik, Jul 19, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Dof preview, film speed setting -- stuff like that. You know the stuff that
    makes the difference between an SLR and a P&S.
     
    Tony Spadaro, Jul 19, 2004
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  17. As an alternative, if you are on a tight budget, look into used Minolta
    Maxxum 5 series. On ebay they sometimes go for under a hundred for a whole
    kit. Not sure why, they are an excellent camera (better than the Minolta 70
    in my book). Small, fast and light. All the features Tony was referring to
    also. And you could probabbly sell your gear to help cover the change (and
    maybe get the 70-210 F4 zoom, excellant and cheap).

    Good luck!
     
    Robert Meyers, Jul 19, 2004
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