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    I sold all my Nikon DX lenses and get ready to go to FX . In fact, most of my flashlight pics shown here were taken by my trusty D200 with a Nikkor 35mm F2.0.

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    Hello.

    I have a D40 and a gripped N90S, AF 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor, AI-S 105mm f/4 Micro Nikkor, and AF 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor. This summer I picked up and a Nikkormat FT3 with a 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor-S Auto, Vivitar Auto 28mm f/2.5, and a Vivitar 75-205 f/3.8 "Close Focus." There's also the Minolta HiMatic 7S rangefinder I got as a birthday present about 1974.


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    Hello. I started out with a Pentax K1000 waaaay back in 1976. Other than the 5mp Sony camera in 2002, everything else has been Nikons. In order, Nikon N2020, Nikon N4004, Nikon 8008 that I used for about 10 years. Took a LOT of film through that camera. First digital camera was the Nikon 950. 2MP that cost more than that N8008. Moved on to the D70 for a year or so, got a D200. Couple years later got the D300 and thought that would be the last Nikon I'd own, but then a year after the D800 came out I couldn't stand it and got the D800. Now that's a LOT of camera. Present lenses are 70-200 2.8 VRI, 80-400 VRI, 28-70 Nikon, DX lenses 18-200VR, 12-24 WA. This will be the last camera I will have bought.

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    Pentax K1000 - classic film camera
    Nikon N2020 (AKA F501 outside of the US) - my brother had one. Early autofocus Nikon. Nice.
    N4004 - no experience with this model
    N8008 - my cousin had an N8008s. Very nice camera.
    I've lusted after the D200 and D300, but, could never win the argument with the wife that I needed one.
    The choice for me came down to the D610 or the D800 and I decided on the D610 because it fit my needs better. File sizes and slower continuous frames were enough for me to decide on the D610 instead of the D800. I don't need the larger file sizes and I sometimes use the faster frame rates so I went for the faster camera. That's also why the Df wasn't even a consideration: it's a deliberately slower camera to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexster314 View Post
    ...<snip>... Present lenses are 70-200 2.8 VRI, 80-400 VRI, 28-70 Nikon, DX lenses 18-200VR, 12-24 WA. This will be the last camera I will have bought.
    The lenses really sound nice! The 80-400 would be quite handy at airshows!

    I'm intrigued by the possibility of it being your last camera, though. I got a Nikon D40x after decades with the same two Canon film bodies. The newer of the two bodies was developing a small crack in the plastic housing, but the older one was nearly all metal and nearly zero electronics.

    Looking at the D40x, and the recently acquired D5200, I do wonder how long the mechanical bits will hold up, how long the electronics will last, and how fast the memory cards will be obsolete. As an electrical engineer, I know that the modern I.C.'s use very small features (i.e. incredibly tiny conductors and transistors) that just wear out faster than the larger features from 20 years ago. What are the odds that my shiny D5200 will even be functional in 10 short years? And will I have replaced it in 5 years with a shinier model with a more sensitive sensor, faster shutter, better user interface, etc??
    Does the industry ever mention stuff like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve K View Post
    Looking at the D40x, and the recently acquired D5200, I do wonder how long the mechanical bits will hold up, how long the electronics will last, and how fast the memory cards will be obsolete. As an electrical engineer, I know that the modern I.C.'s use very small features (i.e. incredibly tiny conductors and transistors) that just wear out faster than the larger features from 20 years ago. What are the odds that my shiny D5200 will even be functional in 10 short years? And will I have replaced it in 5 years with a shinier model with a more sensitive sensor, faster shutter, better user interface, etc??
    Does the industry ever mention stuff like this?
    I've had my D70 for about 9.5 years, now. Still works fine. I've rolled the counter once (the picture name numbers reached 9999 and went to 0001). I wanted newer, faster, and larger (full frame) so I bought a new camera. In theory, unless your D5200 has a mechanical or electrical failure, there should be no real reason for replacing it as megapixels above about 16MP just isn't needed. Your D5300 has a lot of features that should hold you over for awhile. What more can they put into these cameras to make them work any better than what is available today? More speed, video, and WiFi are about the only things I can see upgrading for, but, would you really use them?

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    When I was considering the D5200, I was considering getting a body that would let me change the ground glass. I miss the focusing aids of my old film Canons. Sometimes the Nikon D40x just didn't know what to focus on when things were changing fast, and it would have been simpler doing it by hand. However, judging the focus on a plain ground glass is just not very precise. Only the pro level bodies let you change the ground glass, and I wasn't prepared to pay that sort of money. The extra focusing zones of the D5200 help, but I've still run into situations where it focuses on the wrong things.

    I do like the HD video capability of the D5200. Very handy.

    What would I still want? I could use a RF remote shutter. Especially one that would let you pre-focus on the subject (IIRC). At airshows, I like to hold the camera up on a monopod to get a higher viewpoint. I just use the timer to trigger the shutter now.

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    This is a somewhat negative post about the newer Nikons. I bought a new N80 around 12 years ago. This is a film camera. I still have it , but do not use it because I switched to DSLRs - I bought a used D70s about 7 years ago and recently a great D90 - my primary camera these days. All these cameras work great, but the problem that has started to occur with the N80 and the D70s is that the bodies have become 'sticky', This is the rubberized coating that has replaced the old leatherette coverings on the bodies. There are various posts all over the internet about fixing this. The most popular seems to be to rub the coating with alcohol. I have ordered a specialized product which claims to remove this sticky feeling. Apparently this coating starts to break down over time.

    I also have an N90s with a data back, film camera as well. The back got so sticky. I removed the coating completely with lots of rubbing with alcohol. This left a really shiny finish on the plastic.

    I wonder if the other camera manufactures have this problem as well.
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    RE: sticky feeling of the camera bodies. The D300 I have had since 2006 when they first came out. So 7 1/2 years of use. The rubbery/leathery material is still in great shape, is not peeling. This camera has been in salty air environments more than I can count, hot car trunks, wet hands, you name it. The paint has rubbed off the bottom of the MB D10 grip but that's about all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexster314 View Post
    RE: sticky feeling of the camera bodies. The D300 I have had since 2006 when they first came out. So 7 1/2 years of use. The rubbery/leathery material is still in great shape, is not peeling. This camera has been in salty air environments more than I can count, hot car trunks, wet hands, you name it. The paint has rubbed off the bottom of the MB D10 grip but that's about all.
    I don't know if it is due to time or the environment. If you google sticky nikons - there are lots of hits. Nikon will replace the parts, but it is expensive. I don't know if it affects all, or just some. I have mine stored in a camera backpack, maybe if they were open to the air, it would not happen.
    Now I can see the darkness .

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    Just got my first dslr, a nikon d3100. Came with the 18-55 kit, also have the 55-300 dx, and just ordered the 35mm 1.8 prime. Pretty happy with the kit lense but it'll be nice to shoot wide open and experiment with bokeh and low light shoots. The telephoto seems slow and dull. Ordered filters, another sd card and a shoulder sling strap also. Oh well, won't be buying that zl 18650, not that I could find it instock anywhere anyways...

    Looking forward to some walking around Barcelona with the prime.

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    I'm a D300 user, along with a Contax 35mm camera and having previously owned a Bronica ETRSi medium format set-up.

    I shoot lots of different subjects, including commercial shoots for promotions, school proms, motor sport, pet portraits, etc...

    Studio wise, I have a large collection of Elinchrom kit, monoblocs and power pack, various backgrounds, stands, still life equipment, etc...

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    Just picked up a WU-1B for the D610. I bought it mainly for posting images on forums as using my iPhone leaves a lot to be desired, but, using the DSLR can be such a pain to transfer the data since I primarily use an iPad. My PC stays shut down for the most part during the week and it takes a lot of time to boot it up then sign on so getting the data off the D610 is difficult at best. Doing so using the WU-1B and a free iPad app it's Apple simple.

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    I started with a film Nikon back when I got my first real job . It was a F65 (N65US) and it came with a kit lens and a 70-300 zoom. That lasted while I figured out what the buttons did and how to use it.

    Upgraded to a D70s when I could and have gathered a few more lenses; 12-24, nifty 50, got some pelican cases and tripods and had a good time taking photos.

    We've just had our second little one and needed a better family camera- of course it's going to be a Nikon so we bought a D3100.

    I've been impressed with every Nikon I've had.

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    My first digital was a Canon G3. Now I use a Nikon D600 as a DSLR option.
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    I made the mistake of walking into a large camera store near my work today. They had a few Nikon F2A's there for $100 as-is. Tested two of them for function and they appear sound. Damn, now it want one! I've always had a soft spot for the F2 since I was 12 or so.

    MUST. NOT. THINK. ABOUT. NIKON. F2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCC View Post
    I made the mistake of walking into a large camera store near my work today. They had a few Nikon F2A's there for $100 as-is. Tested two of them for function and they appear sound. Damn, now it want one! I've always had a soft spot for the F2 since I was 12 or so.

    MUST. NOT. THINK. ABOUT. NIKON. F2!
    If it makes you feel any better, I went through the same thing with bicycles that I wanted when I was young. When one popped up for sale in excellent condition, I bought it... and have been happy with the purchase since then. It's sooo shiny and cool!

    I'd say buy the F2A and give it a good home. You'll save it from a potentially horrible fate, and you'll have scratched that itch. The worse case scenario is that you sell it to some other Nikon fan at a loss.

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    Yeah, but, that'll make two film cameras that I won't use much, if at all. With bicycles, you have the option of riding a classic steel frame bike with old school shifters and brakes, a manly man's ride, or a modern carbon fiber wonder bike with brifters and dual pivot brakes that'll stop you on a dime with one finger, and you'll be happy either way. With cameras, especially when choosing between film or digital, it's completely one-sided: the digital wins for speed, simplicity, ease of use, frame count (36 exposure roll vs 64GB for 1000+ pictures shooting RAW), and a few other things my sleep deprived brain cannot muster at the moment.

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    for me, the cure is to look around at all of the parts and things that are already cluttering up my space. The urge to buy something else is quickly squashed.

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    Envision me standing in my garage looking at 9 bicycles, assorted car parts, assorted R/C cars, fishing rods, flashlights in various states of disrepair, a miniature mill, tabletop lathe, with a D610 over one shoulder and an F4s in my left hand taking a deep breath and letting out a sigh...

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    I just bought my first, a Nikon d5200. I'm still tinkering and learning when I get the time. Also picked up the Nikkor 105 mm micro lens and a 12-24 1.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNaB View Post
    I just bought my first, a Nikon d5200. I'm still tinkering and learning when I get the time. Also picked up the Nikkor 105 mm micro lens and a 12-24 1.4
    mmmmm.... a 12-24 f1.4 would be nice too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCC View Post
    Envision me standing in my garage looking at 9 bicycles, assorted car parts, assorted R/C cars, fishing rods, flashlights in various states of disrepair, a miniature mill, tabletop lathe, with a D610 over one shoulder and an F4s in my left hand taking a deep breath and letting out a sigh...
    okay, I appreciate that... and I feel better.. I have 8 bicycles.

    Can I sell you any vintage bike bits? SunTour derailleurs? Brooks Swift saddle with titanium rails? NOS Detto shoes with oak soles?
    But I really do love the shiny old bikes; polished aluminum and leather, waxed paint and chrome. Does it get any better?

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    We need to start a classic bicycles thread! LOL! I need to take more photos of my '86 Colnago International with full first generation Campy Chorus components. It's a neo-retro so it's not true to the era (modern saddle, modern seatpost, modern wheels, compact cranks, 20 speeds) but it rides like a dream.

    Back on topic. I have one less lens as of today. Gave the 28-80 mm to my daughter's school to use with their D70s. They only had a 50mm f/1.8D to use with it and the 28-80 was a freebie (okay, okay, I spent $3 buying a reproduction Nikon lens cap off the 'Bay for it). Guess I'll start using the 35-70 and hunt for a 20mm f/2.8 AI. Don't really need AF at that focal length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCC View Post
    We need to start a classic bicycles thread! LOL! I need to take more photos of my '86 Colnago International with full first generation Campy Chorus components. It's a neo-retro so it's not true to the era (modern saddle, modern seatpost, modern wheels, compact cranks, 20 speeds) but it rides like a dream.
    There is a web site with a Google group that started as an e-mail list that deals with "vintage lightweights", although anything newer than '82 or '83 is considered too new and fancy to be discussed.
    http://www.classicrendezvous.com/
    I've kept my classics equipped with 5 or 6 speed freewheels and 42/52 cranks for those equipped with all Campy gear. Other bikes are more practical, with old SunTour and Sugino stuff that provides low gears.
    Fun to ride and to play with.

    My cameras have always been in support of other interests, so I've never gotten emotionally involved in the same way. Yeah.. it was a bit traumatic to get rid of the film cameras that I'd had for 20 years or more, but I've been happy with the change to digital.

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    I'm just now getting back into photography after a break that lasted a few years. I slowly worked my way up from a D40 to the wonderful D200, which I had for some time before stepping up to the D600. I had to sell it and all my other gear to pay some bills a while back. I'm at a point now where I can afford to jump back into the game, but with a limited budget. I recently acquired a mint D2X with lots of life left on the shutter. I'm primarily a low ISO shooter, or else I would have given the D7K a more serious look. I've got a 12-24 f4 lens on the way, and now I'm trying to decide on an older 80-200 f2.8, or the wonderful 180mm prime. Leaning towards the prime at the moment, and filling in the mid-range with an older 35-70 2.8D.

    Hopefully in another two to three years, the D3s will be below the $1k mark! I have to admit, the Fuji X system looks very nice, though.
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    Going on a somewhat related rant about Nikon's mirrorless cameras, the Nikon 1 series: I believe that they've made a large mistake going with the 1" sensor that they've done. Why in the world would they go with such a small sensor? They've alienated folks looking for a large sensor camera like some of the newer offerings from manufacturers like Fujifilm. Nikon Rumors has a comment about a rumored D2300 camera, a mirrorless (presumably) DX factor camera that uses Nikon F-mount lenses. What Nikon should have done was to make the Nikon 1 use a DX sensor to begin with and retain the shorter lens to film distance like they had done with the 1. Sell a separate adapter to allow AF (and even MF) lenses to be used and they'd have a winner on their hands. Yes, I know, they went with the smaller sensor to allow for a smaller camera system. Maybe a Nikon 2 series with DX sensor? Even better, make the Nikon 2 series lenses with an image circle large enough to allow a larger FX sensor and a Nikon 3 series camera with full frame sensor.

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    Recently decided to try out using the intervalometer feature on the D610. Punch in the interval then the duration and the camera does the rest. Took a photo every ten seconds for fifteen minutes. At 30 FPS, you get three seconds of video doing this (5 minutes gives you 30 frames which gives you one second of video). Turned out pretty good taking time lapse photos of clouds drifting over San Francisco.

    On a related note, bigC gave me an old tripod last year and it turned out to be a Bogen 3046 made by Manfrotto. It also has a 3063 fluid head with a broken lever. Works just fine after figuring out what all the knobs and switches do. Hoping to use it to shoot some video with the D610 this year.

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    Keep in mind that's a mechanical shutter. Nice to play with but not intended for lots of slow month work.

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    Same here. except for the D5200 part. I am looking to buy a new Nikon Next month. Baby on the way. The D40x has served me well. I need one that does video & pics. I am a huge Nikon fan. I find them easier for me (tech challenged) to use. I also would like it to connect to my PC via wifi and upload the pics. Any of the pros have a suggestion as to what kinda Nikon I can get?


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve K View Post
    I've got a D40x, purchased 5 or 6 years ago, and a new D5200. Switching from film to digital was worthwhile, and digital tech has certainly advanced enough that I don't feel like I've given up anything.

    I had been using Canon film cameras, so there were no qualms about getting rid of my old lenses. I haven't bought many lenses, and probably won't need to. My main lens is a 18-135/f3.5-5.6. I've got a 70-300mm for aircraft and birds. The third and last lens is an older 50mm f1.8 lens for portraits, which is nice, but requires manual focusing. It does make me miss the focusing aids that were common in my old film cameras.

    I do miss the large apertures of my old lenses. Are the new lenses slower just to save money on glass? Practically speaking, the new cameras are pretty sensitive and I can bump up the ISO setting enough to compensate for the slower lenses, so it's not a real problem.

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