When we married, both my wife and I had early generation Nikon 35mm film SLRs with autofocus. She has an N8008 (aka F-801) and I have an F-4. Between us, we have an extensive collection of Nikkor and Sigma AF lenses for these cameras. BTW, both of these cameras still function as if new.
After using point and shoot digital cameras for years (me an Olympus and she a Canon) we finally bought a DSLR in August of 2008. The choice was obvious that it had to be a Nikon in order to permit the use of our older AF Nikon f-mount lenses. In order to use the AF features of the older lenses, it also had to be a Nikon camera body that still has a focus motor in the body since many modern AF lenses have the motor in the lens only and the focus motor has been eliminated from many camera bodies.
We ended up with a Nikon D90, which we got in package with several modern lenses, and with which we can also use our older AF lenses. It was purchased within days of them hitting the market in August of 2008. We have loved the camera, and it's features, and it served us faithfully until April of this year. When we had our last exceptionally big late snow of the season, I pulled it out to take some pictures, turned it on and it displayed "err" in the LCD display on top of the camera as well as in the viewfinder and would not take images. After trying all the reset and troubleshooting steps noted in the manual, as well as on the Nikon support site, I finally accepted that it needed to go to the "hospital". I finally got it packed up and shipped off to Nikon Factory Service in El Segundo, CA yesterday.
We have a big event coming up with our astronomy club, the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) at Big Bear beginning on the May 22nd. If it's not repaired by then (which is doubtful) my wife will use her newer Canon point and shoot and I think I'll go "retro", buy some film and play with the 35mm cameras. Could be fun.
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Yesterday, I finally bought my 1st DSLR after much research and getti g advice.
I bought the Nikon 7000 body, Nikon 55-300 VR, and Tokina 11-16 f 2.8.
I' m not feeling the buyers remorse I thought I would, but maybe because I'm too excited.
The down side is it is not in stock until the weekend!!
GREAT CHOICE . . . . . . The Nikon 7000 is a great camera. I have the D90 and love it, but the 7000 is a step up. You will have to get a book on operating the D7000, It is easy to use, but has a lot of features that you will never use. Great photos.
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"So many questions, so little time."
YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL using old lenses on the new digital cameras. The problem is that the new cameras have small pins that connect the lens to the cameras for various controls, like autofocus and f-stop, etc. If I were to take one of my old Nikon lenses and connect it to the D80 it would bend up about 7 pins on the camera body. Big repair bill!!!
If new to digital photography I would suggest getting either Lightroom or Photoshop Elements for your computer. Also read about "workflow" and how to use Photoshop and you'll be POWERFUL!!
Thank you Apopka. I had barely gotten the camera when it was onto more research, of how to download the photos. I have a 3-4 yr old computer with PS Elements 6 on it from our son.
I used it afew times, and did enhance some colors ona few photos. Then it would 'forever be searching' for 'file' when I chose to view other photos, so I got away from it.
Any ones thoughts?
Thank you all, Nancy