auto? manual?

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  1. kimbie05

    kimbie05 TPF Noob!

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    in my last post ("nikon! film to digital"), everyone suggested the n80 to me, and i looked it over and it seems pretty perfect for what i'm going for (thanks, everyone)! however, i noticed that it doesnt have manual...and considering that the only camera i own now is ONLY manual, i'm a little weary. i just feel like i NEED that manual option...just in case.

    so, i guess does anyone have suggestions? i want nikon, no matter what. and i want the lenses to be compatible when i (eventually) get that d70. and since i'm a super poor recent college grad, i'm hoping to stick to 300-ish in the price range. but, if everyone still insists that the n80 is the way to go, i'm not totally opposed to it. i guess...i just...will miss my manual.

    thanks!
     
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    I can't say for certain but I'd be extremely surprised if there is no manual option. It's not always listed because it's pretty obvious. I remember feeling the same way you do now what I was picking out my first SLR. You should be able to switch off the auto-focus, set it into shutter priority, aperture priority and fully manual.
     
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    The Nikon N-80 has both manual focus and manual exposure options.
     
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    oh, thank goodness! my information that i found on epinions must have been a little off. thanks again!
     
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    Not only can you manual focus the N(F)80, but it has a full manual mode for shutter speed and apeture setting.

    I also believe I read somewhere that the N80 body is what was used to create the D70 body.

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    As others have mentioned, this camera *definately* offers manual mode. There's a little switch lever thing on all models from the 55 upwards. It's located next to or opposite the lens release button and it'll say A and M. This allows all of the Nikon bodies to support most of the lenses (the exceptions are generally pre-1970's, check it yourself before you buy if there's any doubt!)

    Don't forget that with most Nikon AF lenses, there will be an auto-aperture lock - normally it's colour coded orange. You normally move the aperture to the closed limit (e.g. f22) and move the tiny lock switch and the camera controls the aperture and focus; or you leave it unlocked and change the aperture and focus on the lens and the camera will do the auto-exposure bit. I shoot all my images on a Nikon F3 which only has auto-exposure, so in many ways you will be emulating this method - which I think is the best way to control the shot for day work.

    If budget is tight, possibly you should consider either a lower-end model body, or an older model body and save the money for better lenses. Athough a Nikon fiend, I really don't like their AF G zoom lenses and can easily see the superiority of the crisper, faster glass in the prime lenses. There is less flexibility in prime, but more light and generally a sharper image. It all depends on your budget and priorities.

    Good luck with the camera, and post some pictures for us all to look at when you get it!
     
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    thanks so much for all the tips, robhesketh. i cannot believe how much help i get here. it's almost overwhelming! but so so so useful. thanks again, guys! i'm gonna begin my search right now for that n80.
     
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    Yes, as ppl already said it has four modes
    Manual -- M
    Aperture Priority -- A
    Shutter Priority -- F
    Auto -- P

    You can also select 3 types of focus: manual , Auto with priority to focus and auto with priority to trigger.This last one keeps focusing in a moving subject till you take your picture.

    As Rob said, I would stay away from the G series.I prefer to use D ED lenses.
     

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