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My N80, retired
04-SEP-2003 20030904_001

My N80, retired

My trusty N80, which I barely got to know. Bought it in early 2001 and retired it in late 2003.
It replaced two worn-out Nikkormats that I bought in 1972. It was such a change from my "manual"
cameras that I joked that it was a computer to which one could attach a lens. Buying this body
involved a severe case of sticker shock: it was four times the price I paid for each of the
Nikkormats (which I got at a discount at a military audio-photo club in Germany). In 2013 I sold this to my friend the film fanatic Kris Frederick.
This is my first digital picture.

Nikon D100 ,Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AF
1/60s f/3.5 at 20.0mm with Flash full exif

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1moremile28-Apr-2009 00:35
I am a Nikon. I do not even THINK any other brand.
Jason Anderson01-Apr-2009 02:03
Dave, thank you for clarifying about the "magnification." I also migrated lenses from an N80 to my digital, and though I read that, it didn't seem like magnification was what was going on. I kept the N80 because I loved film and wanted to keep using it -- but haven't touched it since 2004.
Monte Dodge25-Apr-2007 01:43
No!!! I still think you should go back to your roots " That Least Sometimes" and go find another manual Nikon. Today , I took my New/old Nikon F3 which had a ebay specail Tokina 35mm-200mm F3.5-4.5 lens with a red filter and loaded with Ilford's Delta 100 B/W film. Still love film, even though the ened result with my Canon is much better 95 percent of the time...
Dave Beedon05-May-2006 11:22
One answer: yes, but film lenses on a digital body like my D100 produce only about 2/3 of what they would on a film body because the digital image sensor is smaller than the image frame of 35mm film. The industry incorrectly calls this the "1.5 X magnification factor," but that is misleading. There is no magnification, only cropping.
1moremile05-May-2006 10:04
One question. Were you able to use your lenses on your new digital Nikon?
Kelly Clark Moncure04-Sep-2005 14:11
I too am a complete convert to digital and have been SOOOO happy with my new Nikon D70s. Took me years to finally go digital but was converted when I did a shoot for an ad using my 35mm film Canon and a relatively inexpensive digital camera- the Canon A-95. The digital camera completely overtook the large camera for quality, colors, detail and everything else, so I decided then and there to bite the bullet and a digital SLR. I am thrilled, as I see you are too!
Bill Taylor03-Sep-2005 00:30
I agree with you about good-bye film. I have no desire to ever go back , and I started with a Pentax Spotmatic in about 1964. I just replaced my Nikon F100 last year with a D70.
dan dunn31-Aug-2005 04:54
Nice camera-instantly obsolete!........DD
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