Faster auto focus.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Mike Kennedy, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Member

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    I've been using my Nikon F60 lately mainly because I've developed a bit of an eye infection and it's my only auto focusing SLR. Bought it new many years ago,and it works like a top except the auto focusing is slow & the fps isn't quite what I'd like.
    Any suggestions for a faster Nikon? One that wouldn't break the bank.

    Thanks
     
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    Not sure what the used camera rates are up there, but in Minneapolis you can get a used F4s for about $300, an F5 for $500 or an N90s for $175.

    Keh has N80s for less than $100.

    I think on the bang/buck ratio, the F5 is top of the curve but that assumes you have the 5 bones to lay out for a 35mm body (although, it could well be your last if they hold up as reputed).
     
  3. Mike Kennedy

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    I wonder if Santa shoots with a Nikon?
    An F5 under the tree.That would be nice.
     
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    How fast are your lenses? That might be part of it.

    The F100 will be cheaper then the F5. The F4s autofocus may be slower then the F5 but are you shooting sports etc? If not I can't imagine the F4 slowing you down.
     
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    The N90s would be a good choice in its price range of under $200. Also keep in mind that fast lenses focus faster than slow ones.
     
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    An N80 (or F80 depending on where you purchase it) is a great camera. It is compact, light, very advanced in terms of technology, and can be had for little money. I love mine. The only reason I don't use it too much recently is because I'm currently in the middle of a manual focus phase; I have chosen to go fully manual with a meterless Nikon F/standard prism using the sunny 16 rule. :smile:
     
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    I don't think he does Mike, from my experience he mainly uses socks, aftershave and other mundane items.
     
  8. film_guy

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    I think having a good lens will help more with AF. Primes generally focus faster than zooms, and faster, F2.8 zoom lenses normally focus faster than slower, F5.6 zooms.
     
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    The F100 is currently the best bang for the buck in Nikon AF SLR's. You can get into one for ~$250-ish from KEH.

    Understand that you will also want to upgrade your lenses if you currently are using the sort of consumer zooms usually sold with the F60.
     
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    Another vote for the F100 or N90/s.
     
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    Hi,

    I have an F4s, a F100, a N90s and a N80 and like them all. What I use most often though is the N80 because it is light, focuses very quickly and is the one I worry about losing the least. Although it is somewhat heretical to say so I have also found that the el cheapo 28-100 G lens is just about as sharp as my 24-120 Nikkor.

    Jay L
     
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    Having both a F5 and F4...might votes are for either of these!
     
  13. GeoffHill

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    Can I vote Canon? I've found the lens makes a huge amount of difference to focusing speed, preferable f2.8 or faster, and an ultrasonic motor

    My eos1n with a 24-70 f/2.8 focuses very very quickly