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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:10 pm 
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:? I would like to buy a Nikon body which will work with my old Nikon lenses,i cant spend a lot so couldn't think of D7000 D3 D300 etc to expensive but what about older models perhaps with only 12 meg pix sensor but still full frame?

I upgraded :shock: My Nikon F and Nikormat FTN as the replacement batteries are not easy to find?Ditto for my gossens light meter,which replaced my weston meter 2

I now use a Nikon F3 .I use mostly B&W which i develop myself,when i had the Nikormat i would have color film which the local mega store would process with varying results

I would like to go digital.I bought a Nikon D5000 which was rubbish focusing when it woke up worse i couldnt use any of my lenses.The 18/55mm gave excellent results

I have yet to see a digital lens that can produce a result as those produced by my 55mm f3.5 (pre Ai) or my 135mm f2.8 Q lens for example

I know there are excellent lenses made with auto everything but they cost soooo much id rather remain with my current lenses and buy a secondhand Nikon digital body for $100/--200 but which :?:

My main camera has been(and still is) a Sony NX3 which fast to use and gives amazing results

I will just add that i have a 16mm &30mm both are very good but not as good as my Nikon 35mm50mm(f1,4) 55mm 135mm 200mm 80-200mm

By now i imagine there are Nikons with which i can use my lenses at there focal length not plus 50%
Which Nikon should i look for :?: :roll: :(


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:02 am 
"Little older, 12mp, full frame, can't afford D300". Sorry no camera fits what you want. The only affordable Full.frame NIKON sale is the D700. Otherwise get a D200. That is not full frame but will metre fine with your so/ais lenses. Used of course. That's pretty much your cheapest option.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:55 pm 
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The Nikon DSLRs did not have 12 MP until a relatively short few years ago, and finding the least expensive model among them in really good condition for much less than $1000 US is not so easy. I do believe the first reply above is correct, in that a 10 MP D200 is the oldest Nikon consumer/semi-pro DSLR that will meter with AI and AI-s lenses. A D2x is slightly older than the D200, and will meter with the older lenses, but is going to cost twice+ as much as a D200.

There is the option of stop-down metering, in manual mode, of course, with the Nikon DSLRs which will not meter with the manual focus lenses.

Film is not dead! I shoot digital Canons at work, but on my own time, can opt to enjoy my film Nikons. Film processing may cost a bit, but the computers needed tp process digital images are not cheap, themselves. I am no Nikon expert, but have done some Internet research on the older Nikon
DSLRs. It is possible I have remembered something incorrectly, so please do
verify what I have typed.

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Sounds about right Rex. My D2H also meters with with ai lenses, but does not meet OP's megapixel requirements.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:23 pm 
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Ah, yes, the D2h And D2hs will meter with AI and AI-s. I should have remembered, as I had very nearly purchased a D2hs, when my only Nikkor lens was my 50mm 1.2 AI-s.

Please do read Citruspers' excellent user review of his D2h in that section of these forums! High MP are mostly needed by those requiring quite large prints. I am considering older Nikon DSLRs with as low as 6 MP, in order to get a flash sync speed of 1/500.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:44 am 
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The D2 dose sound good

I looked on ebay but there are none :shock: Nothing except a F2 and 1961 F plus a few FEs

Are there lots for sale from time to time or are they sold to shops/friends :?:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:52 am 
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Not sure where you are, but they have a couple of D2x's here; http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/pro ... at1=4&pg=1

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:03 pm 
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For reference, I bought my D2H for 350 euros. That may have been a good deal though.

I still use my D2H professionally. it lags behind in noise performance and dynamic range, but due to it's weak AA filter the perceived edge sharpness should actually still rival 6-8 MP bodies.

Heck, if given a good deal I might consider trading my D90 fot another D2!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:33 pm 
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:( Greys of Westminster :shock:

They have top prices :? :shock: Im in the euro zone (back there next week)where i will be spending all my euros between now and march when the euro will go :D Then the French franc will be devalued by about 10% the spanish by 30%

Grays of Westminster have pre 2008 prices today and the British pound will not be devaluing soon since i only have 10 pounds i think ill wait until a French person puts a D2 on ebay 8)

:shock: :shock: D2 725 British pounds (My USA laptop hasnt a pounds sign or euro only $ 8) )

A few months ago i was in Zurich Switzerland & just by the train station are several second hand camera shops (not the banhofstrasse) while i was looking the owner showed me several interesting nikons one may have been a D2 :?: none were more than half the Westminster prices :roll:

I was looking at Leica :shock: i asked then about using my nikon lenses so perhaps it was a D2 :?: i think he said 4 meg pix?I will try to go there next week or next year :)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:54 pm 
sounds like you want a film camera.


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