Help Needed - Need Good Nikon Film Camera for College Course

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  1. Lumpmister

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    Hey All,

    So next semester I will start taking some photography classes, in order to do this I have to take the first photography class which requires a Film Camera. Now I am all digital, so I am not sure which one to get. I have a Nikon D3 so all my lenses are full frame and should work fine with a Nikon Film Camera.

    I don't want to spend a lot of money on one, but also would like a decent one. I have been researching and discovered that the Nikon F100 might be a good choice for me.

    Any Advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Daniel
     
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    F100 is an excellent choice, or if you want something that feels exactly like your D3, go for an F5.

    F100's can be had in next to new condition for $200, F5's are running about $350.

    I personally would want a ultra-light camera if my other body was a D3, so I might go with an Fe or Fe2 manual focus--just be sure that your lenses all have aperture rings on (non-G) if you plan on using them on an older film body (The F5 and F100 will work fine with G lenses).
     
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    f100 :)
     
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    The Nikon N90s is around $80 to $100,and has simple controls and a big, bright viewfinder,and is very easy to get to know. It is a buyer's market,so do not pay too much for any 35mm film camera now.
     
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    I did look into the F5, but I would rather have a smaller camera. I think I will try and find a good priced F100.

    Thanks for your Help!
     
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    Look at local pawnshops, and on your local Craigslist.

    In my area, I could find any number of Nikon 35mm AF film bodies for under $50.00, and manual focus bodies for even less than that...

    It is most definitely a buyers market out there.
     
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    After reading an article on KenRockwell.com, it does seem the F100 may be the best route to go. You will find he has done a compatability chart for lenses in the manual focus arena that WILL work with the AF series film and digital SLR's (and vice versa!). WARNING: Even though it is stated that some lenses will work okay or gives functionality with various bodies; it is through his experimentation, NOT necessarily what the manufacture indicates as being safe to use.

    And to Patrick: I wish the AF bodies were going under $50 on Craigslist in my area!! People are really asking some hefty prices for their older equipment to where eBay is going to be a better route.
     
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    OK thanks, I will just have to try my way ahead with the lenses.
     
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    I love the FM and the FM2 but we are talking about much older cameras.

    Michael
     
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    Most beginner's photography courses with which I am familiar, require an all-manual film camera. Most do not want you to use an automatic that can be set to run manually.

    The reason? You will never get to know the interrelationships of f/stop and shutter speeds without having to do the work manually and see the results. the same goes for manual focusing with a side trip into depth-of-field studies. When I was a kid, I bought an Ansco Regent 35mm camera. I could open the back of the camera and click the shutter, hold open the diaphragm, etc.--watch the thing work and, along with the numbers on the outside, I really got to know the ropes. You should, too.

    Go cheap--get a Nikon FM or some such fully manual camera with a built-in meter that takes a modern battery (not a mercury type) and buy a standard Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. You can buy such an outfit on KEH.com or BHphotovideo.com for a pittance and it will serve you well.
     
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    I have the f100 and the f5. Unless you are really going to need a tough strong fast camera get the f100.
    It is perfectly capable, build quality is excellent, much smaller and lighter than the f5....but still....I love my f5!
     

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