NIKON F50, F60, F70
Someone is selling 3 Analogue - Nikon camera's (F50, F60, F70) for each 60 euros. Now, as i'm a beginner, i'd like to know which one of the three camera's is recommended and maybe why?? I'd appreciate some help and thanks in advance! Can't wait to start experimenting with the beauty of analogue!
F50 and F60 sell for €30, F70 is the only one worth €60 in good nick. You can check out the EU price level for used camera gear from www.ffordes.com. While you are there you might look at F80 and maybe a Nikkor 50mm/1.8 AF-D lens to accompany it. That is my personal choice ;-)
I recently picked up an N50 (F50) essentially for free (it came with another item I wanted and I bid what that item was worth to me.) After receiving it, I realized it's not a bad camera at all, and I'm going to keep it and use it. On the other hand, I wouldn't pay $70 (which is less than 70 euros) for one or even replace it at half that price. If you want to spend that kind of money, look for an N90s/F90s, which probably is worth 70 euros, not that I paid that much for either of mine.
If you are planning to add some MF lenses in the future, neither F50 or F60 is a very good choice as they don't meter with them. F70 is a very fine camera, but it has uniquest (some would say strangest) operation style among all the Nikon SLRs ever made. Some say it's excellent while others say it's total devastating.... With the budget of 60 Euros, maybe I would look for other bodies like F-801 or F90.
I use the Nikon F70/N70 and here are some of the things I like about it:
1. Works well with auto focus lenses.
2. Works well with my inventory of older AI Nikon lenses (from 18mm to 1000mm)
3. Works with my 28mm f/4 perspective control lens even though the instruction manual says it does not
4. Uses same motor drive cable release as F2
5. Uses same motor drive cable connection for Quantum Radio Slave II as F2
6. Very quiet built-in motor drive
7. Small size (compared to the F4 or the motorized F2)
8. Reasonably priced (if needed, it can replaced it for less than $100 on eBay)
9. Auto and manual exposure feature
10. Auto and manual focus feature
11. Electronic focusing aid
12. Built-in flash with flash coverage for 28mm lens
13. Seems to be durable and dependable
14. Auto bracketing feature
15. Exposure meter compensation feature
16. Spot, center-weighted, and matrix exposure meter options
17. Three custom settings that are user controlled
18. Ability to change size of auto focus area
19. Provides rear curtain flash sync with any flash unit
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Here are some of the things I do not like about the F70/N70:
1. Does not work with pre-AI lenses
2. Unable to control time light meter turns itself off due to inactivity
3. No provision to automatically turn camera off after prolonged period of inactivity
4. Batteries are expensive ($10 for a pair at Wal-Mart)
5. Camera will not operate without battery power
6. No illuminated control panel (must use pen light instead)
7. No mirror lock up (I rarely use this feature However, when needed, I use the F2)
8. No multiple exposure mode (I rarely use this feature. If I need this feature, I use the F2 or F4)
9. No depth-of-field preview (rarely use it anyway)
10. No interchangeable screens
11. No interchangeable viewfinder
12. Viewfinder does not offer 100% coverage
13. No way to rewind and leave the leader out of the cassette
14. Does not accept standard cable shutter release
15. No PC flash connection (solved with Nikon AS-15 hot shoe to PC converter)
16. No built-in diopter eyepiece correction
17. Unable to change automatic f/stop increments from 1/3 stop increments to half stop increments or to full stop increments
18. Unable to change shutter speed increments from 1/3 stop increments to half stop increments or to full stop increments
19. No provision to store camera with an un-cocked shutter
20. Cannot use bulk film loaded in Nikon F2 AM-1 film cassette
21. Difficult user interface
22. Control panel difficult to read under certain lighting conditions
23. Control panel difficult to read without my reading glasses (I normally shoot without eye glasses)
24. Unable to change the location of the auto focus area
Here are some of my notes on the N70/F70:
1. Camera operations are not intuitive; therefore, I need to review the camera operations before I shoot an important assignment.
2. Exposure meter is very accurate
3. Unless lens has its own motor, auto focus is too slow for fast action shots. However, the auto focus is still faster than my F4.
4. Makes a great close-up camera for fieldwork because built-in flash produces good fill light even at a 1:2 reproduction ratio with 105mm macro lens.
5. Rear curtain flash sync feature is great for balancing room light with flash for large group shots.
6. Makes a great available light candid camera with 50mm f/1.4 auto focus lens.
7. Makes a great travel camera with 35-70mm f/2.8 and 75-150mm f/3.5 plus 50mm f/1.4.
8. Works well in situations where a lightweight body needs to be mounted on a long and heavy lens. For example, when I mount the lightweight N70/F70 on a telescope, it is much easier for me to obtain the proper balance I need for the telescope’s motor driven tripod to work properly.
9. Makes a great expendable camera with a Tamron 28-200mm AF.