Go for the N90s. Mine from KEH was $ 27.00 (BGN). Out preforms the N80 I have. I had a pair of them (80s) and one day my son walked off with one. I used them for weddings, I loved the lightness of them that was it.
The 90s is quite bit more of a real camera. It can take just about every Nikon lens on it and still function. Has the screw drive in the mound for older D style lenses that the N80 does not. So just about what ever I put on it I can meter, auto focus, or manual focus with a spot metering feature.
Considering they were $ 1000 to 1200 new they are a hell of a buy now and they take AA batteries without buying a grip like the N80, it takes 123 batteries unless you buy a grip. I did, had two until my son did a disappearing act on one rig.
I've had an N80 for about six years, and it is easily my most used 35mm camera. It has virtually every function as the higher end Nikons... read a review here. Don't let the "lightweight" label fool you. It is a surprisingly robust camera, and with an MB-16 battery pack, it can take AA batteries. I got one for my daughter a year or so for $42. Pretty hard to beat.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
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Hmm, N90s vs. N80:
Pros of the N90s (as I see it):
- AA w/o necessary grip
- Compatible with more lenses
- More heavy/sturdy (?)
- Slightly newer AF
- Frame rate (?)
Pros of the N80:
- Cheap grip available
Anything I missed/am wrong about?
N80 is one of the last models Nikon made before making a corporate wide switch to digital. You are likely to find very lightly used bodies on the cheap. N90 do not work well with G lens (the ones that doesn't have aperture ring) and VR will not work at all. If you already have or intend to buy later lens, it may be a deal killer for you.
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
So, just use AF and AF-D lenses, then, once you've money, get an F100 or an F5. It's not like the D lenses are hard to find...
Get the N90s.
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You can use G lenses on the F90/N90 series - I have - but you're stuck with program mode and shutter priority. Not optimal, but not fatal either. Program mode can be overridden to the combo you want by spinning the command dial.
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?
N90/F90 can use AI'd and up MF lenses, important if you have a lot of older lenses available.
N80 Deal Breaker(i.e., missing) Features<<drum roll>>
Originally Posted by Toffle
The N80 can't meter with MF lenses. Case closed.
Only 1/125 top synch speed--good bye outdoor/action fill flash.
Durability issues--it's really plasticky...and lightweight, too!
No PC terminal=no synch cord connection for studio flash.
Uses not-available-everywhere-cheap CR123 batteries.
Get an N90s/F90x...
Agreed. Find a solid n90s.
N90 if you can find one for your price... bullet proof camera, just look out for dented up shutter blades...
I wouldn't be shy to buy and "ugly" one if it performs well.
I moved up to F100, which is as good as an F5 in my book and LIGHTER.... I shot a lot of film at the time and liked the in-body aperture control of the F100... but the N90s was no slouch and aside from the aperture control that at the time was important to me the N90 is a very nice package.
the 8008 was a troublesome camera for me... owned 4... and they all were in and out of Nikon service from time to time.