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Best Nikon SLR?

thewilliam 9 6.1k
16 Mar 2009 9:05PM
For personal work, I use a 30 year old F2 with a non-meter prism. It's so tough I could probably hammer nails in with it! Best thing is that all my Nikon lenses will fit, from the most ancient to the newest AFS.

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digitall 11 238 6 Wales
17 Mar 2009 9:27AM
For me the D300, it can produce excellent images.
I can't:-(
User_Removed 10 736 4
17 Mar 2009 9:51AM
D3 with 28-70mm 2.8 and D300 with 70 - 200mm 2.8 - best of both worlds - true 28mm on the full frame body and 350mm equivalent on the cropped sensor body. Sorted! But then that's just me with my PJ head on - no time for lens changes.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
17 Mar 2009 11:28AM
But film has soul and digital don't!
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
17 Mar 2009 11:56AM
Nikon F2 with 50mm 1.4 circa 350, 1,080 developed and printed 10x8, 780 or D300 1,000 50mm f1.4 lens 279, 2GB Sandisk CF card 23 ... do you want a camera or prints?
Geoffphoto 12 13.5k United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 12:49PM
My F4S..............totally reliable after nearly 20 years service !

It's also great as a door stop !!!
thewilliam 9 6.1k
17 Mar 2009 2:24PM
riprap, you should including the film and dev cost because you'll need prints however you originate the image.

Some of us shoot for the result rather than minimum cost!
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
17 Mar 2009 2:42PM
film and dev costs inc; can't be for the minimum costs otherwise i'd have suggested something like a 60 F50!
Krakman 11 3.6k Scotland
17 Mar 2009 2:49PM
I nominate two:

Nikon FM2


Nikon D700.
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
17 Mar 2009 3:27PM
can't argue with any of those, although a colleague would swear that his S3 2000 is the best cam ever made!
peterjones Plus
16 4.7k 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 6:09PM
Theoretically the Nikon D700.

Practically whatever is in your hands.
SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
17 Mar 2009 7:33PM
Interesting, couple of nominations for the D700 there rather than D3/D3x. I guess it wins on value for money!

The D700 is certainly - technically - the best camera I've owned. Can't fault it. So versatile too, pro quality without the bulk. But I do have a soft spot for the FE/FM series. Had an FE, used an FE2 for a while, currently have an FM3a. When I was burgled and had my FE & D200 stolen, I was more upset about the FE! I replaced the D200 but it's just electronics, not the 30 years of history the FE had.

Are they the best? Don't know, I've never even used a professional 'F' film body.
NikLG 12 1.7k England
17 Mar 2009 7:37PM
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Mar 2009 7:40PM
Unless you want the frame rate of the D3 I can't see why anyone would opt for the D3 over the D700 as its essentially the same beast, apart from the 95% viewfinder (still got live view at 100%) slightly slower focusing (i think) and the forementioned frame rate.

For me a non pro the D300 has a lot going for it - just ordered my second after my "accident". Still the most import feature in any camera is your eye and your index finger (Ok cable release Wink ).
peterjones Plus
16 4.7k 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 10:18PM
The chief advantage of the D3 over the D700 for me is the dual slot capability meaning sleep filled nights for wedding photographers Smile zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Grrrrrr @ Nikon for not putting sensor cleaning in the D3.

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