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★★★★☆

“Nikon's reputation as a producer of fine photographic...”

Written on: 03/08/2002 by Humanhoover. (1 review written)

Good Points
Solid build quality, accurate metering, ease of use.

Bad Points
None really.

General Comments
Nikon's reputation as a producer of fine photographic gear is evident in this piece of engineering. The camera body is solid, well made, ergonomically comforting, aesthetically svelte, and is a breeze to use. This was meant as a bottom end auto-focus SLR replacing the F50 in the Nikon range, and as a bottom end price point item, I'm willing to forego certain items like depth of field preview. Basically it does what it should, it takes great pictures! The trend has been to make SLRs smaller and smaller (as with other makes), but making it smaller doesn't necessarily mean better. It is better from the weight point of view, and for travel purposes being light to handle. However, there is a limitation to size - smaller doesn't mean easier handling! The F60 feels good in the hand, and fits the hand well such that I didn't have to worry about not holding it properly and dropping it (think about the latest mobile phones, they're not easy to hold if they're too small, right?). In summary, the Nikon F60 is a well made basic SLR, perfect for beginners, amateurs, and those who wish for a second Nikon SLR body to their other bigger toys! It isn't meant for professionals, judging from the lack of more advanced features (eg. DOF, spot metering, multi-focus points), but it wasn't meant to be. For those who complain about it lacking features, they should've bought other models further up. Don't knock it! This is supposed to be a beginner / amateur auto-focus SLR which takes great pictures with minimum of fuss, and is a perfect introduction to the Nikon system of lenses - and it DOES THE JOB PERFECTLY!