Nikon F60 Review

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Humanhoover.'s review of Nikon F60

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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!

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50273_Duc Quang.'s Response to 31712_Humanhoover.'s Review

Written on: 12/11/2002

Help! Anybody can give me suggest to choice between Nikon F60 and F65? Please. What beter than? How about Sigma lense 28_105,does it fix with Nikon F mount? Please again.Thank you.

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50871_Humanhoover.'s Response to 31712_Humanhoover.'s Review

Written on: 14/11/2002

Reply to Duc Quang:-
Choice between F60 and F65:- I would recommend going to F65 since it has more features than F60. Although F60 is a fine camera and well made (Made in Japan), the disadvantage is that it doesn't have multiple exposure capability, depth of field preview, manual ISO over-ride, and it has no adapter to take AA batteries. It is also discontinued in production, having been superseded by both the F55 and F65. The F65 has multi-point focusing, depth of field preview, multiple exposure capability, AA power pack adapter, auto-exposure bracketing, and can take Nikon's vibration reduction VR lenses. However, the F65's flash-synchro shutter speed is 1/90 sec, whereas the F60 is 1/125 sec, and the F65 isn't made in Japan.
The lense makers Sigma, Tamron and Tokina all make lenses compatible for Nikon, just ensure that it is AF-D compatible for Nikon. The "D" means that it has a CPU in the lens which takes the distance to the subject into consideration.

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