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#31 Rebel

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:40 PM

My first camera of my very own was a Kodak Instamatic.

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When I got serious about photography and had money of my own I bought a Zenith E, a Russian made camera.

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It was rubbish and I sold it quickly and bought a proper Japanese camera, a Mamiya 35mm with a Pentax screw mount. This was a good camera but my dream camera was a Nikon, unfortunately I couldn't afford it at the time.

At this time most pros used Nikon gear and Nikon was the leader of the 35mm format. Canon was always in second place until digital worked to their advantage. (Canon is not principally a camera company but an electronics giant so they had a bit of a head start when cameras became mini-computers.)

My first Nikon was a Nikon F.

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It was a great camera and I was pleased with how well made it was. No gimmicks just solid and reliable. I was now a Nikon man.

I had a Nikkormat FTN for quite a while until I sold it.

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Again it was an excellent no nonsense work horse. Totally reliable and rugged. I was still a Nikon man. I did dabble for a while in the eighties with the Olympus OM system, it was peer pressure that made me do it. But I soon went back to Nikon because I wasn't happy with Olympus.

I bought a black FM (the second production model). Another no nonsense manual camera that was totally reliable. This came out when lesser manufacturers were putting all kinds of electronic gimmicks in their cameras. Well the others got good reviews in camera magazines and seals of approval but those cameras were quickly replaced and manufacturers are, sadly, all gone. The FM though has lived on for decades in various incarnations.

When I bought an F3HP I thought I'd reached the ultimate in 35mm cameras and maybe I had. It was beautiful and so incredibly well made. I loved it.

Here they are looking a bit worn, but there's a lot of history in those two cameras.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:47 PM

I am evaluating a F3 in great condition and a F4. Gonna do a lot of testing this weekend....Like the manual (no battery option of the F3) :)

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 01:25 AM

Not exactly beauties (to my eyes) thank god Nikon improved their camera design :) (donīt tell me off as being ignorant - iīm obviously a 100% digital photog and therefore canīt see the beauty in those bricks :)).
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Posted 16 December 2006 - 02:47 PM

I just shot a few pictures with a Canon 350D today. It quickly reminded me why I use Nikon.
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Posted 19 December 2006 - 05:07 AM

Why do I choose Nikon? Build quality mainly. I can be rather hard on equipment, my last body was a D100 which I traded in for the D200. The D100 had chunks missing from the body and was knocked around quite a bit during hiking weekends, it even found itself in a puddle of water in the bottom of a canoe once and it kept on shooting. Anyway, my first real camera was a Nikon way back when some 20 years ago. All it had was a meter and the rest was mechanical. I can't even remember the model number of it. It survived for about 10 years only to fall down a cliff while I was out shooting photos in the mountains of British Columbia. This episode taught me the importance of a heavy duty tripod. My camera was on one of those 20 dollar Wallmart tripods when I went to the "boys room". I found myself staring at my camera / tripod as a gust of wind came along and blew the whole thing over the cliff.... Every Nikon I have owned since has proven to be a solid durable piece of equipment regardless of my stupidity.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 08:28 AM

Back in the mid-'70s or so I went into a camera store to buy my first SLR, a Nikon, because that was THE camera to own. I walked out with an Olympus OM-10 because the sales guy talked me into it. That was followed by an OM-2N and then an OM-1 mainly for astrophotogrpahy since it could hold a shutter open forever without even a battery installed. I always regreted not buying a Nikon but I soon had a collection of mid-priced lenses (nothing pro level). I'm stubborn and back then there was no E-bay and I got lightly buried in the OM system, which really isn't a bad system. It's only prblem is that it isn't Nikon :) When AF came out, Olympus was, at some point, the only major body manufacturer that did not have autofocus and nothing was imminent. My OM-2 meter failed and I needed a new body. At that point, Olympus had more or less withered and the only body they were selling was the OM-3 "pro" body, which was more money than I wanted to spend and I didn't understand what it would do that an OM-2 wouldn't do. After all, we are talking about a crude light meter and holding a shutter open for a certain period of time. How much $$$ should it cost to do this? Oly had discontinued all the consumer bodies. I didn't think they would even stay in business. I got mad and bought an N8008 and a few lenses, but no high end glass. I finally had my Nikon! I bought a 6006 just for spot metering and when I wanted a popup flash for snapshots. When my son did the ritual summer tour of Europe, I let him take my 6006 and 50 1.8 AF. He left it in a pub somewhere. I bought a Coolpix 950 for the absurd price of $1K, and I thought I was nuts but I wanted to experiment with digital and I needed to shoot a lot of images meant mainly for ditial media and the camera paid for itself verses film. For what I thought was basically a toy (compared to the 8008), it did a nice job and had some decent manual control over exposure and whatnot. I watched the DSLR thing from a distance, mainly bcause of the price. At the time, I thought $2K+ for a D100 was simoply too much money. Little did I know.... :blink: When the D70 came out I got very interested because at $1K this was a good psychological level for me. I really didn't have a lot invested in Nikon gear and this was the time to make a switch if there was some reason to do so. I looked very carefully at Canon's offerings as well as the D70, and I came to two conclusions: 1) The D70 was a better piece of gear than the Rebel 300D, which felt like a plastic toy to me, being used to the metal N8008. And, of course, the Nikon ergonomics really haven't changed since the 8008, they have just evolved with the complexity of the control systems. Although the D70 is technically plastic, I don't think it feels like plastic. I think Nikon did a great job wrapping the bodies in a plastic that actually feels good in my hand. 2) I had really serious concerns about Nikon's viability in the digital age, especially after my Oly OM experience. At that point in time, we had a more or less defunct and long on the tooth D100 (not viable or cost effective), the D70, and the D2H. Nikon had nothing that really competed with the Canon 1D lineup, and really nothing directly to compete with the 20D or 10D, whichever had just come out. It seemed like Nikon just couldn't keep up with Canon. To be clear, I was concerned with Nikon's long term viability, not with what gizmos and megapixels were available on a particular day. As is often discussed, these DSLR bodies will have short lifetimes and I didn't want to get buried in new gear and see Nikon fall by the wayside, as I more or less did with Olympus. Did Nikon have the financial wherewithall to seriously compete in this new technology? Did they have the technical expertise? I decided to take a shot with Nikon again, and bought a D70, shortly followed by a D2H when they blew those out at $2K for a couple months early last year. And this time, I really buried myself in glass! Definite case of LLD and NAS. In the 2 1/2 years since I bought the D70, I am very impressed with Nikon's progress and this has allayed all my original concerns. I think the tables have flipped, at least for the moment. Along with a blizzard of new bodies, I think the D200 just has no peer, FF aside, which is not a big deal with me. I go shoot wildlife and I see Caonon shooters with 5D's if they aren't in the Pro bodies and that just isn't the right camera for that job. I'm shooting 8FPS and the guy next to me is shooting 3FPS with his 5D and all that FF is worthless since no one can afford a lens long enough to fill the frame. A new acquintance that is shooting a couple of Canon Rebels wants a D200 but he likes his Canon glass. He's waiting for something new to come out. He even talked about switching, which I think would be foolish but that is his state of mind. He shoots with a large group of people on a regular weekend basis and sees a lot of gear and the resulting images from both camps. He thinks the D200 has the best IQ of any of the cameras he has seen among his friends. The above is not meant to start a Canon-Nikon debate; it is mainly to illustrate how, at least in my mind, things have turned 180 degrees in the last couple of years and cemented Nikon's leadership role (along with Canon) at the front of the pack. I have no doubt that Canon and Nikon will take turns as each new wave of development comes to market. The important thing, I think, for all of us, is that Nikon is firmly on the front end, both technologically and, more importantly, in market share. Regardless of the numbers, each of the past few years I have seen a steady increase in Nikon shooters (on a relative basis) at the middle level and that is important because that is where the money is. I wish Canon well because competition is driving this market and C's next wave of products will just drive Nikon forward to compete. That's my story.... Regards, Neil

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 01:48 AM

It was the F-mount and the AF. I had a Maxxum 2xi, and it was an okay camera, but it had some interface features that drove me nuts (multiple button pushes to change the aperture and/or shutter in A, S, or M modes, no LCD digits in the viewfinder, etc.) and it had what I call the "whine-whine-flash-flash AF system," meaning it would rack the lens out to it's extremes and then flash the AF led to let you know it had given up. It did this way too much for my tastes. At the same time, I tried an N6006, and its AF blew the Minolta's AF out of the water. The 2xi was a LOUD camera, and it definitely got the attention of animals I was trying to shoot in the woods. Because of the noise, I thought a manual focus camera might be better for wildlife, so I wanted to get a Minolta MF camera to use for wildlife. Imagine my chagrin when I found out I couldn't use my AF lenses on the MF camera :angry: . Now enter the "Channel Ray Incident." I was at the Tampa power plant photographing Manatee (they love the warm water in the plant's cooling water discharge channel), and there was a large, dark channel ray jumping out of the water here and there. I reloaded the 2xi and it sounded a little funny when I took the first two shots, but I had no other camera so I kept shooting. I set up on a tripod, pointed the lens to where I thought the ray would jump next and presto, it jumped right into my viewfinder. I fired off a few shots, and felt pretty smug. Later that day I got to the end of the roll and checked out the odd shutter sound only to discover that the shutter was only opening about 1/8" :o . That was when I decided I wanted a backup camera. Given that I still believed the MF camera would be better for wildlife, I wanted a manual focus backup camera. Minolta was out, so I checked out Canon and found it had the same lens mount incompatibility between AF and MF equipment (double :angry: ). The guy who would turn out to be my photographic mentor was gently nudging me in the direction of Nikon the whole time. When I found out that you can mount a brand new AF lens on a 1959 camera and vice-versa (with the appropriate modification), that was the clincher. I sold the Minolta and got an F3, followed by an N90s B) . Later I bought the D70, and then the F100 (I wasn't convinced I really wanted to do the digital thing in `04 when I bought the F100). I've also had an FE2 and various lenses, and am looking forward to a second digital body, probably a D200, but maybe a used D2X. My philosophy to this day is NEVER go on a shoot that's important to you without a backup camera that's ready to go -- EVER!! Stuff happens, especially when you're under pressure and if you get the shot on a spankin' new D2Xs or a dinged up F-Photomic, you still got the shot. The rest is details. If you can't shoot with what you want, shoot with what you got -- just get the shot.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 08:06 PM

I had a nice box camera in 1964 and I took a class in school in developing. I tryed color, but I could not screw down the lid on that round black box in total darkness, so I really liked B/W because it was less exspensive and I could do everything at school, and I can see with the red light on, and not having to do everything in total darkness was cool.(I remember now this was just the print) I am not saying I have the same experence as most of you, I never was into knowing all my stops and all, I was just into taking pictures. It was only a few months ago I wanted to have my same good feelings with photography as I did when I was young, so, I got the Hasilblad 500-C/M. I loved the quility, the color and it was the closeist feeling to my box camera. Then I really started to hate music! I sold off all my studio gear and when my friend came over to take the E-bay pictures, he used a "Digital Camera"! To my suprize, it was fast and quick! No more waiting for the lab! Well... Now the good part. I was going down to Sammy's in Hollywood to check out cameras. I knew I coudn't spend the $$$ for a "Digital Hassy", I considered getting a digital back ($5000.00) for my Hassy, but why? I knew I could get a Nikon and I could put it in auto mode and just enjoy! Well I thought I was just going to get an average dslr nikon when the salesmen reached to the self and showed me this mint cond. Nikon DSLR D1X Camera! One ferm hold on that baby and I was hooked! I knew a "pro-camera body" was going to be great even if they improved to pixels count on the new ones. And I think I was right, for I never even considered another kind of camera! To tell you the truth, I never even knew Cannon still was making cameras when I got mine, in-fact every where I ever went, the pro's always had Nikons. It wasn't till I found this place "Planet Nikon Forums" did I ever find out Cannon was making pro DSLR cameras. Ha! How is that for irony???

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:12 PM

Yea us D50 users have to stick together! B)

Hey, I am going to steal your D50 Dad, unless you want to buy me a D40 :lol: :P ..

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 11:08 PM

Sure your not Tony sure your not! :P Felicia you can have the D50 every kid should have a D50 or D40! Hey Jazz now are you going to give PhotoConnie a D50 or a D40! :) Not trying to start anything Jazz really but she needs that to further her creative side!(see Tony got me and I got you now you get to get someone else) :D You know this thread has been revived several times since 2006. :D Jim

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 01:46 AM

Why did DD choose Nikon? I was assimilated! They are standard eyepiece implants where I come from...
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 04:41 AM

thatīs what i say all the time "resistance is futile" :D
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 07:42 AM

Virgil, Well I could go into the list of cameras that I have had, at one point or time I think I had used almost all of them except Nikon. I considered it outside my budget capabilities. When I retired my staff bought me a N60, Tamron 28-300 and an SB21 flash. NAS has been the rule, with one exception and it's only a partial. I have a FinePix S3 Pro, but then that's on a Nikon body, using Nikon lenses and a SB600. BTW I still own a N60 and 2 N70s. I have been throughly pleased with the "BIG YELLOW" and which I had started earlier. ODNT
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:25 AM

Realizing this thread started a long time ago and is still continuing, it's interesting. Like others, I started with the other cameras, the Polaroid Swinger was the very first gift camera I received....various Kodak instamatics and then a Minolta P&S film camera. I enjoyed it but wanted more creativity so I got a Minolta XTsi SLR and learned to use manual exposure. When I finally wanted to go digital (which I resisted for a while) I got a Samsung P&S (nice little camera) but wanted even more creativity in a digital like I had in the SLR, so I chose the KM 5D so that I could utilize all of my lenses. I shot with this for about a year, until you, my friend, convinced me there was a better camera....and I bought my first Nikon, the D70s. I'm still learning, but I love it.
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:30 AM

I started with a Sony DSC F-717 and was happy with the features and the image quaility, however I was extremely unhappy with the shutter delay when trying to capture moving objects. I saw a Japanese couple at Lego Land shooting with the a D100 and was hooked! I went to Ritz camera and was going to buy a Canon 20D but they were out of stock, the salesman put a D70 in my hands and it felt "perfect". I looked at and handled several other Canon cameras in the same price range and was completely sold. My D70 was my major learning experience and my motivator to move up to my D200. The thing that totally sold me with Nikon was the build quaility and funtionality. My D200 balances very well with my 70-200mm VR lens and the buttons and dials are perfectly situated, "It Handles Like A Custom Made Tool In My Hands". The D200 gets me "Excited" about photography! My keeper rate has moved up tremendously with this body and the knowledge I've aquired here on the Planet. Does the camera body make the difference? No, but I sure feel confident when I hoist up this solid well built hunk of finely tuned equipment. Like my salesman said, "if you take a bad shot with tihs camera it's your fault". Regards, Frosty

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:55 AM

When I was in Jr high, my dad gave me his range finder cammera. I don't remember the brand other than it was german made and he got it during the erly 50's. I used this for my phtography classes in high school. We all then moved to Malta for a while where I worked in a studio/lab. I purchased my first SLR, A Fujica, a screw lens mount. I took a lot of pic's with this. I would go to the hill climb races just to take pc's for myself. Several of the drivers saw me becuase I had the only SLR with a very long lens on it, a 200 mm. so they came to the shop and purchased pic's of their cars, I like to sit on one of the tight turns and the pic's was mostly of the car slding into the turn. When I got back to the states, I was working in a color lab and wanted to upgrade the body becuase I could not find lenses for it. saw most of the pro's comming in with Nikon. There was a girl that was sellng a FM with a 50mm lens for $100. She broke up with her boy friend and was going out with another guy who had a canon, so the Nikon had to go. I still have that FM, I was 19 at that time. Since then I grew lenses another FM2 and then the F100. Now, I have the D200 and learning all over again. I guess it was fate at first, but I am glad for it becuase I still am able to use all my lenses.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:11 AM

Well, here's my story. It's not too long and not really that interesting... It was in about 1978 that I sold a racing bicycle that my parents bought me to fund the purchase of my first SLR - a Praktica LTL3. It was a good sturdy camera and did everything I wanted of it. My folks went nuts when they found out what I'd done. That was until our annual vacation came and they saw the results the Praktica had given me. Thankfully then they changed their tune. <img src="http://www.collectio...mages/ltl3.jpg" border="0" alt="IPB Image" /> I owned the Praktica for a year or so before beginning my apprenticeship as an aircraft engineer. I was now earning money and could afford to spend some real cash on a camera. For me Nikon was the only brand to choose from. Most of the photographers I saw on the TV, at football matches etc were using Nikons. I even read a story of one photographer using his F3 to beat off football hooligans and using the same F3 to take pictures of the mess it had made of his assailants heads! So I headed off the University Audio and Cameras in Cambridge and spent the princely sum of £229 for my new silver Nikon FM. In 1979 that was a lot of money! From that point on I was hooked. <img src="http://nikonimaging....mg/pic_001.jpg" border="0" alt="IPB Image" /> I had this for 8 years or so and, in 1987 I went to work in Abu Dhabi, a place where I earned good money and consumer goods were pretty cheap. Within a year or two of arriving I purchased a Nikon F-501. I got some reasonable results from this. <img src="http://www.mir.com.m...es/F501Big.jpg" border="0" alt="IPB Image" /> However, as money wasn't an object, I soon decided to upgrade to the F-801. However, I was becoming lazy. My now fully auto camera was being allowed to do all the thinking for me. I rarely moved the camera out of auto and, in spite of having the Nikkor 35-70 and 70-210 lenses to complement the F-801, my pictures were slowly getting worse due to me using my Nikon as a very expensive point and shoot. When upgrading my PC about 5-6 years ago, I did a deal with PC World that included a Kodak DX4900 4mp camera and, form that point on, my F-801 was consigned to the study, never to see the light of day. What was I thinking? Well, having got into digital photography with the humble Kodak, after a couple of years I decided to upgrade. I thought long and hard as to what to buy. Should I buy another point and shoot or go back to my SLR roots. I opted for the Canon Ixus 750. I have to say this is a great little camera. 7.1mp, a pretty decent lens for a P&S. At that point I thought the F-801 would never see the light of day again so I opted to sell it via eBay. I broke it into its component parts and sold the body, data back, 35-70 and 70-210 all separately and got a pretty good price for them all. <img src="http://www.biosmagaz...IXUS-750_1.jpg" border="0" alt="IPB Image" /> The Canon purchase was a good move. It got me back into photography. My images were coming out pretty good. I could do a little macro work with the Ixus. It gave me back a little control until, finally, just before Christmas 2006; I decided there was room in my life for two cameras - a P&S and an SLR. Knowing I had a limited budget (£600) I set off into my local shopping mall to do a deal. It was a was a toss up. Nikon was calling me back. "Be loyal to us!" they cried. However the write ups in the press of the new Canon EOS 400D was swaying me that way. I nearly crumbled until I went into a store that stocked both the 400D and the Nikon D80. Having held them both there was, in my mind, no contest. It was Nikon all the way! So, as the shop that let me handle both cameras would not let me haggle, I found a shop that would. Finally, after several hours walking, haggling and thinking, I parted with £579 and walked away with my brand new Nikon D80 with the 18-55 lens kit. <img src="http://www.ritzcamer...SLR1146_bg.jpg" border="0" alt="IPB Image" /> The rest, as they say, is history. Did I say this wasn't gonna be a long tale? Well I lied! <img src="http://www.planetnik...#>/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Edited by Art, 22 July 2013 - 04:53 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:51 AM

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"..
D50, D90, D100 IR, D700, D800E and a bunch of old manual lenses..
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:28 AM

I still have a few original F bodies, and they still work. From the F, I went to the F2, then skipped over the F3 and instead began using the smaller, cheaper FE and FM cameras. This was because I wanted to use the MD-11 and MD-12 motors on my cameras. Nikon has always been a "system" and has kept the same basic SLR mount from the beginning.

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Nikon manual ai and ai-s 20 f/4, 24 f/2, 28 f/2.8, 55 f/2.8 macro, 105 f/2.5, 135 f/2.8, 180 f/2.8

And a bunch of film cameras and stuff.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:23 AM

I still have a few original F bodies, and they still work. From the F, I went to the F2, then skipped over the F3 and instead began using the smaller, cheaper FE and FM cameras. This was because I wanted to use the MD-11 and MD-12 motors on my cameras.

Nikon has always been a "system" and has kept the same basic SLR mount from the beginning.


Edo - Impressive amount of Nikon hardware there!

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:25 AM

With me it all started with my dad who was a keen amateur photographer. The first camera I remember him having was a Pentax Spotmatic but it was his shiny, black Nikkormat FT3 that caught my eye and the one I eventually ended up with. My first 'real' camera was a Konica AutoReflex A that had been my mum's, I loved it and after being showed how to dev and print stuff fell madly in love with photography. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me and helped my interest grow. I have been with Nikon ever since getting the FT3 with a whole heap of different bodies and outfit combinations along the way. My only blot in a otherwise perfect record was a two year gap with a Contax G1 outfit which I traded a FE2 system in for. Went back to the same camera afterwards but still have a thing for Contax and that beautiful, titanium jewel. I went digital just after my first son was born six years ago firstly with a couple of compacts to get the feel then a D70, I've never used a roll of film since and never looked back. My D200 is well over two years old and just about to clear 30,000 shots - I still love it and untill I win the Lottery it does everything I ever want.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:53 PM

I worked as an industrial photographer from out of high school in the 70's till the mid 90's. We had a Canon 35mm, I can't remember the model, a Calumet 4x5, an 8x10 from somewhere and a Hassellblad that we rented for the good stuff. My boss and I would go out to look at new equipment and always drooled over the Nikons but they were at that time so much more expensive that it was just wishfull thinking. My personnal camera were Minoltas, an XG-7 and an XG-M, both of which I still have, but I always said that one day I'd get a Nikon. Af few years ago I bought a Coolpix 3200. It was only a P & S but at least it was a Nikon. Then this year for Christmas, my missus bought me the D60. My goodness it sure feels good to hold a well made camera again. Nikon's quality, even in the less expensive models like the D60, is far and above anything else out there. Except maybe that Hassellblad but a new one I just saw costs more than I paid for my house.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:11 PM

In the 90's my first decent camera was a F401.......I was hooked to Nikon for life. They just feel so right.
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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

My first Nikon experience was with the D50 which I purchased in 2005. Why Nikon...? Simple the grip felt just right in my hand. I initially looked at Canon's 350D too, but the grip felt to small and uncomfortable for my hand. The D300, unique for it's time has never let me down (neither the D50) and I look forward to a potential D400... Last but by no means least, I have absolutely no regrets! :)

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

Great thread. Why Nikon? I used to work in a Camera store for years as a student, earning money to pay my way through school. In those days, any serious Photographer used Nikon, the rest of the cameras, good as they may have been, did not stack up. Nikon had a reputation for lens quality, and general quality overall, for of all their equipment and their brand was synonymous for excellence! So, aside from having a healthy respect for the brand, I liked the way they looked and felt when holding them. Over the years, they refined their look, which ingratiated them to me even more. The style of the body, especially the profile of the built in flash, flat front and over all look really appeal to my artistic sense. When I could afford to buy one, I did. And, that almost completely ruined my Love Affair with Nikon!! The Nikon 5700! <_< Woof, Woof. Took a great picture, light, nice to hold, great zoom.... piece of JUNK. Then, I met a really nice customer service rep at Nikon Canada who stood on his head to make me happy when that worthless piece of junk gave up the Photographic Ghost and I purchased a D90. Love Affair reignited. Since then.... I am slowly going broke paying for my NAS fix. It is an awful addiction. B)

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:23 AM

Boy, someone dug deep for this old topic.

Edited by Arlon, 23 July 2013 - 08:24 AM.

D50, D90, D100 IR, D700, D800E and a bunch of old manual lenses..
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:39 AM

Yeah, I like to see these old one come back to life. Some of us are so old, we can't remember why we selected Nikon. I have been a Minolta, Canon, Fuji and Nikon shooter. First serious camera bought in 1966--a Minolta Hi-Matic 7 range finder--last serious camera purchase D800e. On wish list: http://www.dpreview....ampaign=generic I can say without hesitation, the D800e is the finest camera I have ever owned.
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 11:03 AM


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I can say without hesitation, the D800e is the finest camera I have ever owned.


I know the feeling well, even without the "e". :)

I like these old threads, they still have legs. This is a good one.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:31 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.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:52 PM

I  started out 1975 when I purchsed my first camera. Pentax KX with the 50mm F:1.4 lens. I still have this camera and lens, but the light seals are starting to fail.  From here I wondered around buying cheap P/S every few years as I usually broke them in one way or another. My wife finally purchased an exspensive Sony P/S. It was a great little camera, but never really gave me the same pleasure as my Pentax did. I finally purchased a Fujifilm S5700 bridge canera and fell in love with photography once more. I loved the zoom for my wildlife photos and used this tough camera everywhere. The beach, snow storms and even light rain storms. Of course the quest for better quality photos was starting to kick in and I purchased my first DSLR with the 2 kit lenses. I have to tell you I was so unhappy with this camera with all the dark banding in sunset shots and noise etc, I sold it after one year and purchased a Pentax K-x. This beautiful little camera started supplying me with much better photos than what I as accustomed to. It even allowed me to use the other K mount lenses I owned. I was looking to upgrade to an Pentax K5 when one of my daughters said she wanted to buy a DSLR to take photos of her new family. We drove around checking the different camera brands and she decided she liked the D3100 feel the best. So I told her if she purchased the D3100, I would buy a D7000 so that we could share equipment between us. Thats what we did.  I purchased a Nikkor AFS 70-300mm and thought I was set. To be bruttaly honest, I was very unhappy with that camera lens combo. It provide sharp photos from 70 to 200, but was so bad at 300 I was thinking of selling and going back to Pentax. I have finally sold the K-x and the 70-300 lens about 5 months ago and purchased the Nikkor AFS 300mm F:4. I am now pleased with the camera purchase and this lens really makes the D7000 sing. Hope I am not too long winded!! :)






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