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    Nikon F55 Should I or shouldn't I?

    I've been looking for a cheap way into Nikon cameras for a while. At £179.00 new, I can now afford a Nikon F55 with a 28-100mm AF lens.

    Should I go for it? Are there any problems etc I should look out for? Any advice from experienced Nikon owners would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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    I've bought 2 for presents in the last year, they are really good IMHO
    You can get them even cheaper than that. About £150 in Warehouse Express.

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    Thanks Fintan. The only thing making me unsure is the 'polycarbonate' lens mount. I would prefer metal.


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    Howdy,

    I know over the years that I worked in photo stores, there was concerned express over the poly lens mounts, and I even had concern about a Minolta with a poly mount that I purchased for my wife, but in many years of using it and working with customers who purchased the cameras with the poly lens mounts, I have never seen one fail, I imagine it could be damaged easier than a metal one, I have just never seen it happen.

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    I borrowed a friend's F55 for a day a while back. It wasn't my cup of tea as it is very light compared to my OM and I like my cameras to have a bit of weight, but it done the job. I don't have much expereince with autofocus but it seemed quick enough in daylight conditions. One thing I was less sure about was the controls in full manual mode, I found them less intuitive than the EOS300V I tried at the same time. I'm sure i'd have got used to it over time but, at the end of the day, I decided to stick with my Olympus for now.
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    A major problem is that you can't manually set the film speed. This will make shooting black and white a real pain. I would look for a used N/F80 instead, which is the cheapest AF Nikon with user settable film speed. I have a N80 and I can also say it is a very nice camera.

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    The things to look for, as in my opinion they are important depth of field preview, manual overrride of filmspeed, manual exposure programme and manual focussing.
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    I currently have all those in my Praktica BX20 and my Olympus OM10...

    However I wish to move on to Nikon, for the great lenses. They now have an entry level camera I can afford, the F55, however having read more about it I am now not so sure, for example it has no cable release socket, instead it has a little 'remote', this is getting too 'gizmo-ish' for me.

    So I shall revise my question. What is the lowest priced/most readily available Nikon camera which has fully manual options for everything? ie, focus, speed, ISO, wind and rewind? DOF preview is not so important as I can calculate that.


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    I misread that you are going to use it. I think you would find this basic, you have to remember that this is Nikons entry level SLR and for beginners to photography. I think you should look at the second hand market for a higher spec nikon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy K
    I currently have all those in my Praktica BX20 and my Olympus OM10...

    However I wish to move on to Nikon, for the great lenses. They now have an entry level camera I can afford, the F55, however having read more about it I am now not so sure, for example it has no cable release socket, instead it has a little 'remote', this is getting too 'gizmo-ish' for me.

    So I shall revise my question. What is the lowest priced/most readily available Nikon camera which has fully manual options for everything? ie, focus, speed, ISO, wind and rewind? DOF preview is not so important as I can calculate that.
    New, I think the lowest priced camera that meets your listed requirments is the FM10 (all manual). If you also want autofocus then you need to go to at least the N80.

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