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Best Nikon SLR?

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
17 Mar 2009 10:37PM
I could understand that 12 months ago - but with 16 gb cards now ... how much storage do you need ?

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cliffez 9 140
27 Mar 2009 11:08AM

Quote:But film has soul and digital don't!

Shades of Vinyl 'v' Digital music reproduction? . . . had feet in both camps. We had digital music foisted on us in the early 90's they got it sorted by the turn of the Millenium, going backwards now by the way . . . IMHO ?

Digital pictures . . . personally I think they have it pretty much sorted for the amateur-amateur . . . best camera for me is my partners D40X coupled with an old kit 18-70 or my 18-200VR. It was a cheap, second hand, as new, shop gt'd, impulse purchase at 150, I go along with 'Rocking Ken', its a joy to use, uncomplicated, producing great snaps, and equally good amateur comp pics when needed.

We (thats the Royal 'we') dont need more than this, no one to impress. I use a D80, over all, no better than the D40X, I wish for a D90 as a true improvement for me, but that original 150 bargain price for the D40X still takes some beating!

If you are a pro its about knobs and whistles and more power to the elbow, if an amateur . . . is it who you are going to impress?

Manufacturers, will they be following the way of the music recording industry and disappearing up their own . . . **** ? Seen signs of it already in digital processing, some of the new 'whiz-bang' options are awful, you want lack of soul ??? . . . IMHO of course.

Hands up for the D40X . . .
cliffez 9 140
27 Mar 2009 11:22AM
I remember a few years back a similar question posed, 'what has been the best motorbike' produced in the last 25 years? the list went on and on, but finally the 'Honda 50' and out tops . . . Simple its got 2 wheels, gets you from A to b (just as wet!!) cheap to buy and run, easy to maintain and its bullet proof . . .

Fastest, biggest, most expensive is rarely the best . . . ????????????

JeffDahn 9 4 United States
1 Jan 2011 5:28PM
As the OP asked about SLR's rather than DSLR's, I'd have to go with any variant of the F2. I have them all with the exception of the F2SB, and wouldn't trade any of them.

I also like my F3's. Just bought a mint F3T.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
1 Jan 2011 7:06PM
Gee. How did this thread get resurrected? I wonder if the OP is still alive and using his D200.
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 3:18PM
lol..... to the webmasters at EPZ.... PLEASE MAKE THE POSTED DATE IN THE CORNER BIGGER !!!! ha ha ha ha
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
2 Jan 2011 3:50PM
The F5 for me. Awesome tool.
jken 12 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 3:59PM
D700 for me, tried a D3 and loved it, but I want to be able to turn my head at the end of the day without my neck aching
Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 4:45PM
Its the D700 for me....for the price anyway....Mind i have only have D70 ..S2pro.. Spro5.. D200 and the best D700 ...
redken60 9 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 6:23PM
On my introduction to digital,I purchased a Nikon D60,then after finding that none of Tamron M/F lenses metered on it I bought a D200,MAGIC!Worked a treat.Then a Pro.freind of mine offered me his D3 at a good price WOW!I'm bitten,FX crop,DX crop,A/F,M/F Lenses.ISO? What would you like to use eh?
I could never see Digital being as good as film in my Rollies!Now I wonder why I waited so long? I have both my D3 and D200,both are amazing for different reasons!
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
25 Jan 2011 7:16PM
When I was doing freelance sports, I bought 2 Nikon F3's with the MD-4 motor drives attached (listen to "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran to hear it!!) - the cameras were indestructible and the MD's made a glorious noise!!

One day, on the way home from a local match, I stopped for a paper. My Ford Escort was pilfered in the 5 mins I was away, and off went the cameras along with a 300mm f2.8 lens and a 180mm lens, never to be seen again.

Though I've had many cameras since, the F3's were easily the most enjoyable to use and look at. Anyone got a mint example for sale???!...
cathal 13 492 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 11:10PM
I've owned a few Nikon cameras in my time. Leaving aside digital, my favourite cameras were the F5 (I had two, one of which was a limited edition model) and the FM2n. The F5 stands as the best 35mm SLR ever made, in my opinion, and the F6 didn't really add anything substantial to the mix, but took things away. The FM2n is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering, and as good as any Leica. A joy to use!
filmforever 10 751
26 Jan 2011 2:54PM
The FM2n for me, lightweight, compact, reliable, battery only needed to power exposure meter and lasts for ages. My two have never let me down.
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2011 9:33PM
even though the thread started over two years ago.... the OP asked what SLR is the best.... NOT what DSLR is the best, and nearly all the replies have been answered with DSLRs'.... Wink
snapbandit 14 2.3k 3 Northern Ireland
28 Jan 2011 1:56AM
But 'SLR' is simply 'Single Lens Reflex' it does not specify whether film or a digital sensor is the recording medium, so both are valid, DSLR just specifically refers to digital SLR's!!

P.S. D3s is the best Nikon I have used! (but I never had any film Nikon's, much preferred my Olympus SLR's!!TongueTongueTongue )

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