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#61 Arlon


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:43 PM

Compatibility with CHEAP vintage lenses is the only reason I have 3 nikons (D50, D70 and D200).
Have a canon that gets a lot of use too. It's my A530 "pocket cam"..

Well, that was in 2007 when this post was only 1 year old.. The D70 and D200 were stolen about 4 years ago. I replaced the D200 with a D700 and it was replaced last year with a D800E..

Edited by Arlon, 05 May 2014 - 12:44 PM.

D50, D90, D100 IR, D700, D800E and a bunch of old manual lenses..
D70 IR (stolen), D200 (stolen)

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:43 PM

In 2000 my friend wanted a camera like his boss had. He thought it was a Nikon, so he got a N60. I wanted one, so I got an N60 like his. Funny thing is the "Nikon" the boss had was a Minolta! Who knows, if he knew that I may have ended up a Minolta guy. But I'm glad I started with Nikon. The others except Pentax changed their lens mounts and the manual focus lenses can't be used on those.


I would say.... "Lucky you!" :lol:


I think it worked out good for you in the end.  Great story.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:45 PM

. Hope I am not too long winded!! :)


Not at all, that is the point of the thread!


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Posted 31 January 2015 - 02:49 PM

Ease in finding lenses.

Nikon F5, 2-N90s, D70, D70s, D90, D5100, D7000 w/ MB-D11,
Nikon 300f4, 80-200 f2.8, 28-200 f3.5, 18-35 f3.5, 35-70 f2.8 MACRO,
DX18-55 f3.5, DX18-105 f3.5, DX55-300 f5.4, TC-14B
Sigma 105 f2.8 macro
Tamron 24-70 f3.3, 28-300 f3.5, 1.5, 2.0 extenders
Nikon ME1, Nikon GP-1, Nikon P600, Nikon Coolpix 5600 with u/water case,
Sony DV405 with u/water case
Bogen 3001 w/ 3160 head, Bogen 3001 w/ 804RC2 Head


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 12:20 PM

I started with a D70s because a friend had one, too. Once I got more and better lenses it made no sense switching to something else. I guess I could've switched when I went to FX, but I was already so used to Nikon... :)

Nikon D810

Nikon "Holy Trinity" 14-200/2.8, 105/2.8, AF-S 50/1.4, AF-D 85/1.8, Sigma 35/1.4 Art

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 01:11 PM

this one is easy...

way back when I went to college, all the great photographers used one of four cameras.

Adams and Wesson used field/view cameras.

the rest used Hasselblad, Leica or Nikon.


my budget, or lack there of, narrowed it down to a used Nikon.

"First we have to make you pretty"


Pixels are like beans, it doesn't matter how many you put in the pot, it's how well you can cook that counts.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:31 PM

Way back in 1981, fresh out of bootcamp with a pocket full-o-money, I got a Canon AE-1 program from the PX. It was fun lugging it around in a huge camera bag along with a huge Canon flash and enough Cokin filters to make a rainbow. After a few years I got an Olympus XA-1. I pretty much stopped using the Canon because the pictures with the little camera were so good and I always had it with me. I had a number of digital point and shoots but I read about camera RAW files and decided to get something better. My first Nikon was a used P7000. The lens stopped extending after a few days so I went with a P7100. From there, I wanted something with a faster start-up and a way to get better control over macro focusing. Then I tried a Sony NEX-5 which has a fast start-up and focus peaking on the screen. I still wasn't getting the focus control I wanted, so then I got the D7000. I like hiking with my camera so I picked the D7000 because it has some weather sealing, buttons access instead of menus, a big selection of manual lenses, and a DX format to be lighter when I'm hiking. In retrospect, I would have been happier with a FX and three fixed lenses (28, 50, 105 macro) which would weigh the same as what I usually carry.
D7000 + D750
SB-28 * SB-600
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S * Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR * Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AIS Manual Focus * Sigma 24mm f/1.8 * Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:34 AM

Well, my first truly own camera in 1990 was the Nikon F601M (in United States: N6000) .
Before I've made pictures with borrowed cameras.
With the F601M I only had the AF-D 50mm f/1.8. Later I switched to digital.
The first was the D90 and it was a mispurchase, because I did not know that by now the APS-C era had begun.

So I changed to D700, followed by the D600, D610, Df and finally the D750. In between I also had the D5200 as a small secondary camera.

There were always Nikons and will remain so in the future. I just like the look of the Nicons and consider their menu as the best.

In addition, Nikon's colors are identical to the colors of my home-canton of Uri. Well, I was still a bit patriotic ...



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 10:36 PM

It was simple, money. I could get a D7000 and use any Nikon lens ever made pretty much. Also it's reputation. When i was younger i always wanted a nice film camera, i lusted after cameras like the F2 and F2s etc.But could not afford them. Now I can own many of the cameras I always wanted and use the lenses on all my cameras.

Nikon D7000                                                                              

Nikon F-4

Nikon N90

Nikon Nikkor 20 mm 2.8 AF-d

Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.8 AF                                                 

Nikon AFS f3.5/5.6 18-55 GII

Nikkor 135 mm 2.8 AI

Nikkor 200mm f/4 AI

Nikkor 300 mm F/4.5 AIS

Nikon AF 60 mm micro f/2.8

Nikkor AF 70-210 f/4-5.6

Nikkor AF 75-300 f/4.5-5.6

Nikkor 105mm micro f/4 AI

Vivitar 120-600 f/5.8-8 MC AI

Vivitar AF 100-400 F/4.5-6.7 Series one

Nikon 105mm 2.5 AI

Nikon Nikkor 105mm f2.5 P-C AI

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AI

Nikkor 135 mm 3.5 AI'D

Nikkor Series E 50mm 1.8

Nikon Nikkor 35-80 f/4-5.6d

Nikon 50mm 1.8 AF-D

Nikon  Nikkor 28mm series E

Nikon Nikkor 35 mm AIS

Nikon Nikkor 20 mm AF-d 2.8

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 05:26 PM

I didn't care for the fact that Cannon makes Larger primes white. So far Nikon has not let me down. So my reason was aesthetics. Now that I've got a few chances to run my new bodies I'm happy as heck. 

(1) Nikon D4 body fitted with leather grip (2) D3s bodies fitted with leather grips
Mamiya 645 with Lenses| Bellows | glass filters
Cambo Legend 4"x5" kit (Lenses | bag bellows | loupe | Sheet film holders..etc.)
Sony HVR-Z7U HDV Camcorder & DCR-DVD D650 HandyCam (just in case)
Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 f2.8 AF-S G ED VR Nikon Nikkor AF-S G IF-ED VR 300 mm F/2.8G VR IF G ED| AF Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 G ED | Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm|Nikon calls this the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED | Fotodiox Pro Nikon Large Format 4x5 Adapter Minolta Flash Meter IV and Flash Meter III with various diffusers and a 5 degree spot meter attachment | Bogen 3051 tripod with 3047 HD 3-way head | Manfrotto 679B Monopod | BEIKE BK-45 Gimbal Head Neewer 110CM 43" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Reflectors (2) | Opteka RH-42 Reflector Holders (2) | Paul C Buff 22" Silver Beauty Dish & Diffuser | Photoflex medium and large Multi-Domes | Fotodiox 12"x 80" Strip Boxes with Egg Crates (2) | Shoot & DSLR Kit Wireless Flash Triggers | Zeikos White Balance Card Trio (white, black and 18%) | Calumet 32" and 44" Umbrellas (2 sets) | 5 White Lighting (P.Buff) Ultras with grids | barn doors | light stands | background stand | various seamless papers | Bogen 3085 Boom arms (2) | OCF: Nikon SB800 | Electronic and Manual Cable Releases | Tamarac MXS536801 & MXS536901 Memory/battery management wallets | 8-10 SanDisk CF Cards | Background Projector Box with patterns | HP Laptop (carried to location in camera case) | Calumet Pro Series RC1188 Rolling Camera Case | Cleaning kit | Muslin clamps | Color Gels | USB Cables | Lots of other stuff to keep this list shorter

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 06:37 PM

Like Kervin, my first real camera was a Canon AE-1 but not the Program.  I learned all the tricks to make it work the way I wanted.  My switch to Nikon came when AF cameras first hit the market.  A good friend was shooting Nikon and we were both looking at AF cameras.  The big deciding factor was that I had to sell all my MF lenses and he did not.  We both bought Nikon 8008s cameras and I started collecting lenses both MF and AF.  I still have and use some of my original lenses today.  I eventually picked up an FM2n as a second body and moved up to the F100.  When Digital came around, the D100 did not quite cut it but the D200 quickly replaced it.  During the CCD/CMOS battles, I was a hard core CCD fan and was disappointed when Nikon went CMOS.  The CCD was one of the deciding factors in my move to the Leica M9 and I still kept my Nikon system for long lenses.  Now that I have moved to Colorado, I have traded the Leica system for some Nikon big glass and a Df to go with my D800E.  What I like most about Nikon is being able to use all the old classic lenses which were just waiting for a camera like the Df & D800E.

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