Quick question for you film people: What's the cheapest Nikon film camera that can set the aperture on G lenses and use AFS?
Nikon Film Cameras(13 posts) (6 voices)
N65... I think.
I know that the N80 is pretty cheap and I think AF-S works on it.
N80 is cheap on Adorama (100 ish last I looked), "full-sized" body - full featured, and always black.
Downside is that it uses an IR film advance tracker and might mess up IR film.
N65 and N75 both work fine with both G lenses and VR lenses, but are smaller bodies, and 80% silver. They are cheap as dirt on Craigslist, but for some reason more expensive at Adorama,
F100 does fine too, but is more than the F/N 80 and does about nothing more.
Prices go F/N65 / 75 / 80 / 100 / Fx (where x >=4 for G lenses and >=5 for VR lenses)
F90 - The 6006 and 8008 also will do G lenses, but not VR. 6006s are cheap as dirt, but worth little more IMHO. They were a popular required camera at many schools, so if you can't pick one up for under 50$ (in the US) you're not trying.
In a nutshell - for D200/D300/D700 level Nikon lens compatibility you want a 65/75/80/100 or 5 or higher.
If you never plan on doing IR the 80 is your best deal - the F100 just isn't worth the weight, IMHO, unless you can't stand the D40 sized bodies of the 65 and 75 and the D100 sized body of the N80.
The F5 is still outrageously expensive IMHO.
If you want IR capability the 75 is your more-that-good-enough body IF you like the dinky size. 100 if you must have the larger size.
S version of many of these bodies are out there, but rare, and printed aperture and shutter info on the interframe space. I don't have the software to auto OCR this when scanning negatives but that should be possible with a little scripting so long as you don't let your scanner software auto-crop until after you run your OCR script.
Thanks Soap... just the info I needed. I'll probably grab an N80. I don't have a whole lot of interest in IR, although If I ever upgrade to FX, I might have my old D80 converted for IR.
I thought you already had a film camera Willis?
Not one which can use G lenses.
You know which camera Willis uses?
Based on the fact he's talked about shooting film before and he's specifically asking about a film camera to do the newer G lenses I think it is a safe assumption.
I've got a film Camera... its the N6006. I bought it for $20 off eBay. It works great with my 50mm 1.4, but I'd like to have one that works with all my lenses.
I'm married so I've been trained not to assume things :^(
I caught an error I made earlier. Willis contact me if I screwed you.
N/Fxx = no meter on AI/AIS lenses. N/F X and XXX do.
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