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    Well, for my price range I've narrowed it down to the N8008s or the N80. I know the 8008s has the advantage of AA batteries, are there any reasons that the N80 is a better camera?

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    My reasons for preferring the F90/N90 family:

    - as mentioned above, they use cheap, easy-to-get AA batteries
    - interchangeable focusing screens
    - fast autofocus with a wide sensor
    - fast motor advance (3.6 fps F90/N90, 4.3 fps F90x/N90s)
    - meter coupling with AI and newer manual focus lenses (you lose program mode and shutter priority, and matrix metering doesn't work, but that's livable). Many of the bodies suggested above do not meter at all with manual-focus lenses.
    - available inexpensive vertical grip with its own shutter release (works with the F90x/N90s only)
    - 1/250 flash sync speed and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed

    These were semi-professional cameras and, for the price, are fantastic.

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    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJim View Post
    My reasons for preferring the F90/N90 family:

    - as mentioned above, they use cheap, easy-to-get AA batteries
    - interchangeable focusing screens
    - fast autofocus with a wide sensor
    - fast motor advance (3.6 fps F90/N90, 4.3 fps F90x/N90s)
    - meter coupling with AI and newer manual focus lenses (you lose program mode and shutter priority, and matrix metering doesn't work, but that's livable). Many of the bodies suggested above do not meter at all with manual-focus lenses.
    - available inexpensive vertical grip with its own shutter release (works with the F90x/N90s only)
    - 1/250 flash sync speed and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed

    These were semi-professional cameras and, for the price, are fantastic.

    Jim
    I agree with everything that Jim has said but wish to add:

    N90s/F90x;N90/F90 will not do VR and should not be used with any "G" series lens.
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    Nikon F2a (semi-retired), Nikon 28mm, Sigma 500mm f8, Vivitar Series I 70-210 zoom
    2 Nikon N90s one 70 - 300 AF Macro, one 100 - 300 AF)
    Nikon N90 w/ 100 - 300 AF lens, 24-50 AF, 35-70 AF
    Mamiya C220 80mm f2.8, 180mm f4.5, 135mm f4.5, 65mm f6.5

    Three Sony Mavica Digital cameras, and a Fuji FinePix S2800HD I got after the partner died.. HP Photosmart E327
    and some Bushnell Binoculars with digit camera built in.
    Omega Super Chromega C-700 6X7 enlarger with 50mm and 80mm lens

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    My 2bits - N90s! Best bang for the buck

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    Get a Nikon 8008s Bgn off Keh for about $30.... you won't go wrong
    Logan

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    Hmm...the 90s is very tempting I'll have to see if I can swing the extra money (student!) hahah but thanks all for the advice.

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    N8008s. 30 bucks; maybe
    " A loving and caring heart is the beginning of all knowledge " ~ Thomas Carlyle ~

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    I recently picked up a $25.00 KEH bgn grade N90. Just put one roll through it so far but it seems a pretty nice body. It does everything I wanted this one for, focuses and takes a nice picture. Seems to have excellent metering, I tried to fool it but it won every time. Does a fantastic job with my SB-28, and its small enough to easily fit in a tank bag on my motorcycle. The last is why I got this body. It and a cheap zoom lens will live on my bike, pounding down dirt roads and exploring rocky mountain passes and trails....I expect to kill it eventually, the question is just how soon. For $25 bucks I figure what the hell....
    Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)

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    +1 on the N90s, a whole lot of camera for very a few $'s

    http://www.bythom.com/n90.htm

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    N80 or N75 I have two of each and battery grips so I can use AA Batteries. Autofocus that will track a race car and great metering.

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