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#1 wlchandler

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:46 AM

Sometime in the future I want to get a film camera. I am looking at a F2A or F3. What are you favorite film cameras. I have never owned a Nikon film camera. Always wanted one.

 


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 11:06 AM

I should be more specific. Your favorite Nikon film body, pre auto focus. Thanks


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Nikkor 135 mm 3.5 AI'D

Nikkor Series E 50mm 1.8

Nikon Nikkor 35-80 f/4-5.6d

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 11:56 AM

Pre-AF?

 

That would be the FA.

Lots of clever tech but still very mechanical feeling.


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 01:23 PM

pre AF, it's the F3.

three features that put it ahead of the F2 are

faster film loading, slightly better viewfinder, and aperture priority for lazy days.


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:20 PM

Nikon F4e


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 08:48 PM

Tough question. I love my F3 but it's a bear to use in low light 'cause I can't see the meter display. I love the FE and FE2 but they have the same problem. The FM and FM2 have an LED display. I don't know what the FA or FM3A have.
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 08:54 PM

FM3a by far but my FE2 is a second. My FM3a has the best of the FM series and the FE series with a very clever shutter that is both mechanical and electronic controlled. Plus it was the last of the great MF bodies to be designed. :D
 
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 09:24 PM

FM2n.  But only 'cuz that's the only film 35mm Nikon I've ever owned.


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 10:20 PM

That's a difficult question to answer. I'd have to say the F2 because it's my personal favorite. But the most practical manual focus Nikon is probably the N6000. It has a built in motor drive. There's M, S, A, and P modes available, however only A and M when a non cpu lens is used. Type K focus screen like the older MF bodies had. I prefer that focus screen to the green dot that lights up like the more modern AF bodies have. It has selectable shutter speeds from 1/2000 all the way down to 30 seconds + B and the shutter speeds light up brightly in the finder making it a great low light long exposure camera. It also has TTL flash capability(however no built in pop up flash like it's close cousin N6006). And it's not too big or heavy. It even offers matrix metering when a cpu lens is used.The worst thing about the N6000 is it takes a hard to find expensive battery. But the 6000 was not popular in the USA and it's hard to find one on the used market. It took me over a year to find mine. I passed up a couple of others before I found mine-one was overpriced and the other was beat up.


Edited by LightMeter, 13 April 2015 - 10:21 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 09:22 AM

I have had several non-Nikon's before I got a Nikon. I have two right now, and will probably keep them. An FM2n and a FM. With the motor drive. I liked them over the others, as I could set the camera the way I was thinking. I had the FM first, and then got the FM2n later. I shot my fair share of weddings with both. Took them to Arches and everywhere else. I never really worried about messing them up. With digital, I'm a bit more careful with them. Even though my D200 got hit by a bike rider and landed on some rocks. It still works fine. I even dropped the D4 on the sidewalk three weeks after getting it.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for the very helpful info. Got a lot to think about. But I am in no hurray.


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

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 05:22 PM

OOPs, answered incorrectly. FE2 is mine.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 09:35 PM

OOPs, answered incorrectly. FE2 is mine.

The FE2 is still the bomb! :D

 

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 10:16 PM

And u know that!!!!!


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I photo-shoot with film, digital and medium format cameras, which includes the following:
Nikon D605, D200, F4E, F5, FE2 (Black & Silver), EM
Mamiya C330 Professional, M645 1000s, RB67
Bronica ETRSI

iPhone 8+
And I have some lenses.

 

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