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#1 Virgil

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 11:33 AM

I thought it would be nice to know what stimulated photogs to choose Nikon over any other brand (don´t think i´m curious ... i´m not ;) ) Looking forward to read your personal story and learn about your buying decision.
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Posted 13 July 2006 - 12:02 PM

Virgil

I was recomended the Nikon F2 Photomic as a replacement for my Exacta Varex IIA and the F2 gave good service for 30 years, being recently sold for more than it originally cost as a classic camera to help buy my D200 on upgrading to digital. If it was not for changing to digital the F2 would have probably lasted me out, being the last mechanical professional Nikon, with only it's light meter using a battery.

I upgraded to the D200 because another friend of mine had a D100 and he took thousands of images with it in desert conditions with no mechanical problems, only the usual digital sensor dust!

Need I say more then why I continued with Nikon? However, I don't think the electronic cameras will last like the mechanical ones did because LED's and LCD's do not seem to have a 30 year life span, and "blacksmith's" don't seem to be able to repair them anymore!

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 01:09 PM

Me...I have always had a D50. :P I started out with a couple of Fuji P&S and then brought a Fuji S7000 (which I still use). I was looking for a digital with interchangeable lenses and after many hours searching the internet, reading reviews, found this website and Nikonians, I decided on the fantastic, marvelous, award winning (did I mention fabulous) Nikon D50. :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 01:25 PM

Well my Dad bought me a EM in 1979 or 1980(can't remember) and that was it Nikon for life(even though I had a minolta in the middle 80's). I have always enjoyed the feel and interface of Nikons. I now have several(F100, N80, FM3a, FM2n, EM, D50) and love everyone of them. Plus my digital foray is the most(Okay Jazz here we go) wonderful, perfect, fabulous most affordable and bang for your buck D50!!!!(did I say wonderful D50) :lol: This was one of my first shots with my D50 you can still see the DVD guide under my loved FM3a.

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D700 w/MB-D10, D605 w/MB-D14, D200 w/MB-D200, D50, Coolpix P330.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 03:23 AM

The dynamic duo strikes again!..Very impressive picture there my comrade! Maybe we should start our own D50 language.......u know like english, german, spanish...Can you feel me? B)

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 01:03 PM

Yea us D50 users have to stick together! B)

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Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG HSM, Tamron's SP 70-200 f2.8 LD Di IF/Macro BIM, Kenko Pro 300 1.4 TC DGX, Tokina 100 f2.8D Macro At-X.

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Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:33 PM

Darrell persuaded me to cross over to Nikon after wallowing in abject ignorance among the Canon crowd. I started with several N70's, added an N80, moved on to a D100, then the D70, and now shoot with the amazing D200. Nikon technology bowled me over - first with its metering, image quality, and overall camera design. Gladly, I was onboard by then when digital SLR's showed up. Now with iTTL flash and all the other Nikon coolness we have today, I can't imagine shooting with anything else.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 12:20 AM

I was dissatisfied with the Canon 10D I was using. It was probably all user error. I contemplated buying a 20D [then at a pretty high price still as it had'nt been out long] but then thought of the D70. When I got my first DSLR [300D] there was a long waiting list for the D70 and, as it was summer, I decided to go for what was available. I was able to pick up the D70 and just take pictures - it felt and responded so much better than the 10D - only thing I missed was the feel of the body and the quiet shutter of the 10D. Only problem with the D70 is that the D50 [if you don't need the extras] is probably a better camera! D50 is the best point and shoot camera you can buy - but also functions as a fully manual photographic tool - two cameras in one body!
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 01:23 AM

Thanks for the interesting replies so far. Guess i should add my own story as well. Back in 2003 there were two choices - Canon 300D or Nikon D70 - i got both for testing. What in fact made me a Nikonian was the handling. I couldn´t get arround the command dial on top of the C and i immediately knew "this isn´t my machine". The D70 felt like custom-tailored for me and so it was clear when i returned the body on friday that i want to have my own which i got on the same friday :-) That leads me to the conclusion that - even if another vendor would offer a body technically superior - i would still choose Nikon over it cos of the handling i love that much :-)
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 07:42 AM

Well... I started off with a Brownie Hawkeye (620 format) in 1967. Moved up to a Kodak Instamatic (127 format) in 1973. Then in 1979 I bought a Fujica STX-1 (35mm format) from a friend for $75.00. I liked it so much that I went and bought a Nikon FM in 1980. So, my first Nikon was an earlier version of the FM3A shown above. Since I held that first Nikon, I was hooked. I looked at the Canon AE-1 really closely, but did not like it as much as my FM. Next, starting in 1986, I bought an FE, F, FE2, EM, FG, F4, F5, N80, N70, D100, N65, D70, D2X, D50, and D200, in that order. I've not told you about the CoolPix line yet, of which I have owned a bunch. Nor, the folder cameras, view cameras, medium format cameras, etc. You would not believe my camera shelves upstairs, which are two 2.5 x 1.5 meter tall and wide bookcases full of camera goodies. I choose Nikon because the cameras feel good and take great pictures.
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Posted 15 July 2006 - 08:21 AM

The first camera I used was a Yashica in the 70's. That was a nice body I enjoyed it and learned a great deal. I was a grade school kid. It was my dad's. From there, in the 80's I got the first AF camera. It was a Minolta Maxxum. That one I used for almost 8 years. I shot anything and eveything I could and spent a great deal of my parents money running film. I really enjoyed that camera but I was always in awe of the higer end Nikons, the F4 in those days. Those were my pre-Nikon cameras. I had learned to work a wet darkroom in the late 80's but had limited access to them. I really enjoy the few times I could get in there to work my own prints. Unfortunately, most are gone now. I was a kid, what can I tell you.

In the mid-90s I went to the first Nikon. The Minolta was still around but the Nikon was used mostly. It was a N4004S (F401 outside the USA) I shot that one for a while but used mostly 3rd party lenses. I had no Nikon lenses. :angry:

That camera was left behind for and the Minolta came back into use. (Dont' ask, it's complicated and involves an ex-wife) and then bought a used lens or two for the minolta. During that time I shot many Nikons, mostly renting bodies, borrowing a relative's F3, etc. I shot with any Nikon I could get my paws on mostly F's. Everything was processed in labs at this point but I scanned and edited some photos using Photoshop 4. I've upgraded to each new Photoshop version since as soon as it's released.

My return to the Nikon world was the Coolpix 990 in early 2000. When I shot the first 20 frames digitally, I put the Minolta away and never shot a roll of film again. As far as I am concerned I agree with a quote from Vincent Versace... "Film is what you get on your teeth when you don't brush." I bought every concieveable option for the 990, including an SB-28 flash and bracket to run it tethered in TTL. I had all the accessory lenses... EVERYTHING was Nikon. I don't make mistakes twice. B) I started processing everything myself now in my digital darkroom which was setup, as mentioned. This got my fever for photography back b/c now everything was in my control! To this day I have shots from the 990 up on my wall including a 13x19 print in my bedroom.

In 2002 I bought the D100. That was done by selling the 990 and Minolta (18 years old at that point) and all the related options for the cameras. The lens was a 28-200mm D lens since I could only buy one on the budget at that time. Over these last 4 years I've owned 10 different Nikons and have shot with, at least 20, to get to the stable that I have now. In 2003 I started to sell prints from the D100 and in early 2005 I started Fine Art Photography by Luis, Inc.

In mid-2005 I bought the best camera in the world today, the D2X, and made the move to the last lens in the stable the 17-35mm.

Now I bleed YELLOW.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 06:20 PM

I have had Nikon gear since I was 16. Everything from an S-2 to all of the F's thrus the F-3. Made a lot of money as a newspaper photog, etc. Forty years ago I was shooting weddings as a "day in the life" of the bride -- photojournalism weddings -- before it became popular. I didn't know any other way. Then I found I could make more money and have a retirement, etc., by working in an office for the state of Calif. I got away from photography. Digital came along and I bought a Canon G-1 point and shoot. I got interested in photo again. I bought a Canon 10D and various lenses, then a 20D. They performed very well for my needs and again, I made some money shooting weddings, funerals, etc. BUT I FELT "UNCLEAN!!!!" - A TRAITOR, less of a human by using a Canon!!! So when the D-200 came out wit h the 18-200 VR, I realized that I would switch and again lose money by horse-trading my gear! I really needed the "do-all" 18-200 as I am having some serious back, hip and knee problems. I just can't carry 15 pounds -- much less the 35 pounds I used to carry with my film Nikon gear. So I am no longer a leper and really love the D-200. I wish I could afford the "professional" lens -- he ones hat cost $ 4,000 and up, but I want to be able fully retire in three years. Anyway, with my health the way it is, the D-200 with the Sigma 80-400, the 105 Macro and the 18-200 is really all I need. SHEP

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 03:21 AM

Hi Luis, thanks for your story - impressive ... i know Yashica as i see them often in the second hand section of the one retailer in my near surrounding but that´s all i know about them. Btw - not that i want to harm you but can you deliver a proof of bleeding YELLOW? It´s just to satisfy my curiousity :D Hi SHEP funny to read that obviously a lot of Nikon(ians) started with a C-Product to switch to the REAL THING :-) Thanks for sharing your story ... anyone else?
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 07:03 AM

I have no idea why I chose Nikon. I started photography with a Zenit B before progressing to a Chinon CM and too many lenses to carry around. Then gave up taking photos for 15ish years. When I came back to it I bought a digital Canon Ixus, because I liked the design (shallow huh!). Next came a D100 (perhaps because it was the D200 of its day) and a couple of Sigma lenses, but was not happy with the constant under exposure it gave nor the lenses. I then went back to basics i.e. film; a 35mm lens and Leica M6 TTL until earlier this year. Now the mighty D2X and again too many lenses and heavy kit to carry around! I have not even used the 300mm or Manfrotto 475 tripod yet and I have had them a month. Next weekend, next weekend I promise to myself :D

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:35 AM

I just wanted to show off another view of my loved FM3a, even in this digital world I still feel like my FM3a is the perfect balance of art and machine and thats what drew me to Nikon. When ever I want to keep it simple and take beautiful pictures I load up some Ilford BW and one prime and off I go. Jim

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D700 w/MB-D10, D605 w/MB-D14, D200 w/MB-D200, D50, Coolpix P330.

Nikon 1 stuff: Nikon V1, Nikkor 10mm f2.8 pancake w/HN-N101 & HC-N101, Nikkor 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 w/HB-N101 Aspherical VR,, Nikkor 18.5mm f1.8 w/HB-N104, Nikon 1 FT-1, SB-N5 w/Polaroid Diffuser .

F100 w MB-15, N80, FM3a, FE2(Black and Silver) and EM.

Nikkor 24-85G ED AF-S VR, 70-300G ED AF-S VR, 28-105 3.5-4.5 AF-D, 50 1.8 AF-D, Nikkor 18-35 f3.5-4.5 AF-D ED.

Nikon Series E lens, 28mm, 100mm, 135mm, 75-150mm, 70-210 f4.

MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

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MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX DG HSM, Tamron's SP 70-200 f2.8 LD Di IF/Macro BIM, Kenko Pro 300 1.4 TC DGX, Tokina 100 f2.8D Macro At-X.

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 09:37 AM

@ Marc - exact that reason (heavy gear) kept me away from buying this manfrotto tripod set i got recently offered for a very reasonable price :) I got a monopod for birthday - 615B manfrotto and used it (i guess) once or twice which makes it my most useless gadget :D @ James - to me to be quite frank - it simply looks like old stuff and even if i try very hard i can´t see the beauty in it - sorry. Totally different if i look at my X ... i like to look at her curves ... everything rounded and soft ... nearly no hard edges ... when i grab her she fits perfect into my hand ... the perfect body for me :)
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 09:47 AM

See for me Virgil the X(DSLR's in general and some AF film bodies) are more like a computer the FM3a is a fine mechanical machine. More like a fine swiss watch, tight and smooth milled copper edges. But to each is own I understand the beauty of a DSLR(I love my D50) and its advantages but sometimes I like to use something that doesn't require a battery. Something from a simpler time, something that makes use of my brain computer not the cameras. Jim Plus my EM is 25 years old and works perfectly I doubt my D50 will still work in 25 years.

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 10:32 AM

James, i grew up with very modern design and computers which explains the different view. But - as an analogy - i drive a 17 years old Jeep Wrangler (YJ) and wouldn´t even think changing it against a current model. My YJ never let me down this long time and i bet it will still run when those new models will be long gone :D Guess everybody has a certain field where he relies on robust technology of the past.
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 01:00 PM

Hmmm old jeeps are great they run and run and they are alot of fun. :lol:

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:19 AM

With me it was:- Prinzflex SLR -> Nikkormat FTn -> Nikon FE -> Nikon One Touch -> Olympus Camedia ??? -> Canon S50 -> D70 -> D70s ->D200
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 09:28 AM

James said:-

"Plus my EM is 25 years old and works perfectly I doubt my D50 will still work in 25 years."

I agree, electronics will never outlast proper springs and gearwheels. I bought an F2 Photomic secondhand (two years old) ran it for over 30 years and sold it early this year for more than I originally paid for it!

Will I be able to do that with my D200 should I live another 30 years - I doubt it! Cameras, like computers, are no longer built to last, at least from the electronics point of view. Obsolescence is planned into them. In 10 years time will you be able to obtain the printed circuits or the LED and LCD displays for them?

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 03:35 PM

Hi All, Last year my Son bought a D50, he brought it over to the house to show me. I made several comments about how nice it was.... several months later he got me one for my birthday. Let me tell you I was speechless, I really treasure the camera, it has a lot of sentimental value to me. Trust me the D50 is the only thing that made me put down my flyrod. Michael

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 03:57 AM

Hi Michael, that´s a touching story ... hope you enjoy your D50 for very long.
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 06:21 PM

Wow, that's very coincidental Michael that you mention laying down the fly rod. My experience was the very same. In the mid 90's I spent some $5,000 acquiring Orvis and Sage fly rods along with several bins full of assorted animal parts for fly tying - I was obsessed with flyfishing. 3 Years ago I bought my first D70, then the lenses starting coming in followed by more bodies (D2Xs just last week).

Now when I go to Alaska to areas that boast some of the best river fly fishing in the world for King, sockeye and Coho Salmon - I rarely touch my fishing gear. I find myself running around with my Nikon gear photographiing grizzly bears, eagles and magnificent landscapes instead.

As for why I decided on Nikon is a good question - probably their reputation for quality, their look and feel was the initial draw for me.

I sometimes wonder if I will ever come across an inexpensive hobby that I enjoy as much as fly fishing or photography.
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Hi All, Last year my Son bought a D50, he brought it over to the house to show me. I made several comments about how nice it was.... several months later he got me one for my birthday. Let me tell you I was speechless, I really treasure the camera, it has a lot of sentimental value to me. Trust me the D50 is the only thing that made me put down my flyrod.
Michael



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Posted 06 August 2006 - 04:48 AM

Don't try playing the drums...I own six kits...now five kits, I sold one!..and now I am looking for another camera.....that will be 7...Mens toys are sure expensive! :rolleyes:

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 08:09 PM

Honestly my big interest in photography didn't start until just the past few years. I loved the Kodak point and shoots until I got my hands on a Canon digital Elph, which takes the best P&S shots I've found so far. That's as far as I go with Canon though... I always knew I wanted a Nikon if (when) I ever got a DSLR - partly for the looks and comfortable handling, but mostly for Nikon's awesome reputation for reliability and photo quality. With my D50, I can take some great shots (when I actually get time *to* go and take some ;)) I think my next Nikon would be the D80 when it goes down in price. I'd love to have a 10mp model - not because I plan to blow up photos to ridiculous sizes, but more for the creative control you get with a higher resolution image....better cropping options, for example. For my DSLR, I'll never get anything but a Nikon :) -Bryan
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:41 AM

In the mid 1960s I had just started my first real job after college, wasn't married, had no debt and a lot of disposable income. I decided to move up from my Kodak Instamatic to a SLR. I looked at the Pentax and Nikon product line. As an engineer I liked the Nikon bayonette lens mount better than the Pentax screw mount. Also Nikon seemed to have a more complete system. So I got a F-FT and within a few years had 7 Nikkor lenses as well. Since then in sequence I've had the F-FT, F-Ftn, NIkkormat EL, FM, N70 (F70), FM2n, F100, a second F100, F6, FM3a, and another FM2n. I stll have and use the last 3 bodies. I also still have and use (after AI conversion) 6 of my 7 original lenses too. One of my original lenses was dropped and damaged beyond repair. I've added a couple AIS lenses and 3 AF zooms as well. I guess my assement of the Nikon system was right on 40+ years ago. I've never had reason to look at any other brand. When I make the inevitable transition to digital, all my lenses and many of my accessories will still work with Nikon D200 and up bodies.
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:38 AM

@ Bryan - funny thing - i know a lot of photogs who started with a C and ended up with a number of Nikon´s - mine was the S45 :) @ Gary - thanks for sharing your story - 40+ years buying/using Nikon that´s pretty long. (Nikon should issue a badge for the car or so saying "40 years anniversary - hardcore Nikon user" :) ).
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:47 PM

Virgil: I still like the C Digital Elphs better than the Nikon Coolpix series, but like I said, that's as far as I go with those other guys...I don't even like their printers that much ;) (Epson all the way.) -Bryan
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:25 AM

I have NAS...Probably always had it but refused to admit it...Now I want a F3 or F4....when will it end? The greatest cameras on planet earth!!! IMHO...that is!!! :P

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