Replacing the camera
cdevers at pobox.com
Sat Feb 25 04:00:25 GMT 2006
On Thu, 23 Feb 2006, Dave Cross wrote:
> Jason Tang wrote:
> > £429 for a Nikon D50 with 18-55mm lens. It is a dSLR tho. Not
> > everyone's cup of tea
> > http://www.warehouseexpress.com/
> Oooh. See, now you've got me looking at the body-only version for £350
> and wondering if my old F70 lenses will work ok.
> And wondering how much I can get for an F70 body on Ebay.
I got a D50 a couple weeks ago, and tried a couple of my parents' old
Nikkor lenses from the late 60s / early 70s. They fit just fine, and the
camera was able to take photos with them when set to manual mode, but it
was a pain to get any kind of recognizable image to come out.
The lenses in question were used with pre-auto-anything SLRs, but the
glass should still be fairly good quality. I'm sure it would be possible
to get good pictures with them with one of the current cameras, but
you'd have to use all manual settings, compensate appropriately for the
fact that the DSLRs have sensors smaller than a 35mm film frame, and
figure out how to override the built-in light meter, as everything I
tried was coming out way underexposed when using what the camera thought
were useful settings.
That said, these are 30 or 40 year old lenses I'm talking about. If you
have anything slightly newer, and it's at all capable of auto-anything,
then you should more easily be able to get decent quality results.
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