Summary: The Nikon N80 has everything you want for its price. Each feature that the camera offers is easily accessed and can help you make the perfect image. The lighting meter, which can be seen in the viewfinder, is very sensitive and accurate, which also will be very helpful, espeially in full manual. The colors are perfectly saturated, even on cheap CVS brand film. It's fast, easy to use, and fun to shoot. All you need is a little background research and not much money.
Summary: This is a great camera for the money. Many features of the more expensive professional cameras for alot less. I wanted an auto focus camera because my eyes are getting older, along with the rest of me, and I don't focus as well or quickly as I used to. Still need my reading glasses to read the control dials, but autofocus helps when I can't manually focus fast enough. overall, I've been very pleased. Have had my N80 for about two years now, with no mechanical problems.
Pros: need poorly written manual in field to figure how to change any custom settings
Cons: need poorly written manual in field to figure how to change any custom settings
Summary: I have used this camera for the pas one year and it has neve let me down. Many useful features like DOF preview which were missing in its predecessor N-70 makes it a wonderful buy for the budget minded amateur. It also supports most nikon lenses with inability to use some functions in non-AF lenses. Good metering with center,spot and matrix. I think it is one of the best cameras around for the price.
Summary: Overall, I am so glad I bought a Nikon product. The name and reputation should be enough to sell this camera on its own. So many great features, and endless array of optional equipment. I have found you can pick this camera up much cheaper through mail order. I actually bought a second through mail order istead of a dealler and saved hundreds. Look in the back of any photo magazine if your not sure where to look..
Pros: Could be confusing for some, with all the photo options
Cons: Could be confusing for some, with all the photo options
Summary: I use this camera mostly in an underwater housing for marine photography. The quality of my images have improved enormously over using an Nikonos V camera. The autofocus works well in low light and responds quickly. I use a 60 mm/macro Nikon lens. Overall with a little practice it is easy to master all of the features of the camera. It can do about anything an advanced amateur or professional would want. The matrix metering works well in tough lighting situations.
Pros: This is a camera that is easy to learn and use.
Summary: Well, ok, the F6 is better. So what? If you can afford an F6 you can afford a D300, and the D300 stomps the F6 into the ground for everything you would normally use a 35mm camera for anyway. The only things most pro's still shoot with film are usually done with larger formats nowadays. Like me, for instance. Some of my clients like black and white film.