Nikon N60

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  1. theNIC macrumors member

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    I'm trying to upgrade my camera from a Sony CyberShot DSC-S650 to a nicer one, and was wondering if a Nikon N60 with the following specs would an upgrade, or a waste of money:

    Quantaray 28-80 mm, 1:3.5-5.6
    Sigma 75-200mm, 2.8 -3.5

    Keep in mind I'm not a professional photographer, but just getting into it more.
     
  2. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

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    Are you asking about N60 as in 35mm film body?

    Or are you asking about D60 as in APS-C DSLR body?

    If it's the D60, definately worth the upgrade. If it's the N60, I probably wouldn't, but only because I wouldn't want to deal with the film. Digital is so much more convenient.

    SLC
     
  3. theNIC thread starter macrumors member

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    It's the N60. I didn't know if it was digital or not so I guess I won't be "upgrading". By any chance do they make digital versions of the N60 do you know?

    Thanks
     
  4. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    The N60 was a low end and now undesirable film body. Perfectly usable, but not something you would choose. Read Thom Hogan's thoughts here: http://www.bythom.com/Bodies.htm . As it happens there was an early digital SLR which was based upon the body - the Fujifilm S1 pro. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujis1pro/

    There is no chance that an 'N60' would be digital however. All of Nikon's digital SLRs are called 'Dx(xx)' as in D1, D1h, D100, D70, D50, etc. Current models are the D3000, D5000, D90, D300s, D700, D3 and D3x.
     
  5. theNIC thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, thanks. Can you suggest a camera, it doesn't have to be the newest model - just whatever you think would be a good starter.

    Thank you.
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I THINK what you are asking is this...

    I own an N60 (it's a film based auto focus Nikon SLR body) and I have two lenses. Can I upgrade the SLR body and use the lenses I have with the new digital body?

    If that is the question, then the answer is "yes". (but see below about focus motors)

    However you will almost certianly want a wider lens in addition to those above. The new digital body has a sensor that is smaller than the 35mm film frame. But any camera body you buy will come with a 18-55mm lens which goes down to 18mm and will be "wide enough"

    The current low-end Nikon digital bodies all lack an in-body focus motor. They can only auto-focus with lenses that have their own in-lens motor. All older Nikon bodies (including your old film body) and all of the higher end current bodies have in-body motors. It is only the current generation of low-end bodies that lack this feature.

    I'd bet quite a bit that none of your lense have internal focus motors so if you'd like to use the auto-focus feature yu will need to buy a body with motor. A used D50 would be a great option. Price on the used market is about $300 to $350. If you want a new camera then youd be looking at the D80 or above.
     
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    As Mr. Hogan says, avoid the N60. The N65 is the lowest Nikon autofocus film camera that is fully compatible with all Nikon autofocuses lenses, meaning that it can use VR and AF-S normally.

    Better to go with the N80, which is a slimmed down F100. I have it and it has been great for me.
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you are looking to go digital. Any of Nikon's cameras are a decent buy. Whether your old lenses will work is not something I know of...
     
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    If you're not interested in the N60 then, the next cheapest option you'll have if you want to use your quantaray and sigma lenses would be to buy a used Nikon D80. The D80 is a very capable camera, you could do much much worse. It's not going to be cheap though.

    My move would be to get rid of the two lenses you have now and find a used D60 or a new or used D40 from Nikon. They won't autofocus with your lenses you already have, but those lenses aren't really worth hanging on to IMO. Get the D40 with the 18-55 kit lens, and if you can spring it, some other AF-S tele zoom such as the 55-200 (VR if you can afford it).

    Other lens options that I'd buy under your situation would be to scrap the 18-55 and 55-200 and just buy an 18-105 or 18-200 and use them as the all-in-one they were intended to be.

    DSLR's aren't cheap, and having a DSLR hobby isn't cheap either.

    SLC
     
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    So you are NOT looking to replace the film SLR with digital?
     
  12. theNIC thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions, but you guys aren't understanding I don't have a Nikon N60. I have a Sony Cybershot.
     
  13. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Sorry. I guess people are wondering why you're asking about a film camera in a Digital Photography forum thread.

    Nikon SLR's are great - I ended up with that system before going digital. I still have my N70 and kit lens as I couldn't give it away. I use the lens on my digitals. Here's online pricing for it:


    http://www.adorama.com/US 312191.html?searchinfo=Nikon+n60

    The camera is around $30 and lenses around $60 each if you need sort of a gauge.
     

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