Nikon N80 Review

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Humanhoover.'s review of Nikon N80

★★★★★

“Nikon has a winner with this little beauty, the N80....”

Written on: 15/10/2002 by Humanhoover. (1 review written)

Good Points
5 Multi-point focus,
Range of metering options (matric, CW & spot),
In-built flash,
Depth of field preview,
LCD screen illuminator,
Good build, handles comfortably,
Gateway to using Nikon system of lenses & accessories,
Metal lens mount,
Easy to use, gives great shots,
On demand grid lines.

Bad Points
Doesn't meter with Nikon's older lenses.

General Comments
Nikon has a winner with this little beauty, the N80. It is packed to the brim with features galore. You can use a variety of metering options (3D matrix, centre weighted, & spot), so it has got enough ground for the beginner to expand to intermediate level. You can vary the focal point with a selector at the film back door, and lock it so you don't change the setting accidentally. Many photographers love the depth of field preview with allows you to see how much is in focus in front of and behind your subject. I found the LCD screen illuminator VERY handy for night photography, where one press of a button, you can check your settings. As expected, it has exposure compensation, exposure bracketing, and even flash compensation. The in-built flash comes in very handy without you having to carry around a separate flash unit. The build quality is good for a camera of this price. It isn't flimsy, although it doesn't have the full range of sealing that the Nikon higher priced professional models have (like the F5 or F100), however, this being an advanced amateur / intermediate level camera, the build quality is more than sufficient. It has 2.5 frames per second advance rate, which is sufficient for most users. Not terribly fst, but not snail pace either. Nikon has a vast range of lenses and accessories, and the F80 is well placed for the owner to enter into the Nikon system. Apart from professional camera bodies, there are many SLRs which now have polycarbonate lens mount, but not on this baby! Still has the metal lens mount, which allows it to undergo frequent lens changes without the owner having to worry about wear and tear. One of the most useful features is the on-demand grid lines. Set using the custom dial, this lays a grid over the viewfinder, greatly assisting in composition, especially for architectural shots. There are 18 custom functions which can be set.



This camera is feature packed, and is a testament to Nikon's strength as an SLR builder. The ergonomics are equally impressive, the grip feels great in the hand. In summary, this is an excellent camera, with plenty to keep the keen photographer amused. Having some features passed down from its higher end relatives like the F5 and F100 means that the F80 will not disappoint the owner. As for reliability, well, my F80 has done about 100 rolls of film and is still going strong. Definitely recommended!!!!!!!!

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50520_Tom.'s Response to 43792_Humanhoover.'s Review

Written on: 13/11/2002

I could not agree more. I bought an F100 soon after it came out. A couple of months ago I bought an F80 for my daughter. I prefer it to the F100, even though you can buy 3 F80's for the price of one F100 (and still have change!). I prefer the F80 because it is lighter, has a handy built in flash, on-demand grid lines, better thought out viewfinder display, conventional threaded cable release, and a quieter shutter. It seems to focus just as fast, and judge exposures just as well as the F100. The areas where it is obviously weaker than the F100 (lens compatibility, slower shutter, slower autowind, not so toughly built) do not matter to me. I am about to replace my F100 with one!

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51868_Jaye.'s Response to 43792_Humanhoover.'s Review

Written on: 19/11/2002

Hey, very nice review. The reviewer hit it on the head. This camera, sometimes referred to as the "little F100",is loaded like a "millionaire". It does it all, at an affordable price. Nikon did a splendid job in the
development of this camera. A "gem", I must say. Hey, I look at it as the N80, being what the N70, should have been. Hey, Nikon got it right. A entry_level, pro_camera, as I would call it. This camera is no "chump", it fits into the camera game. And, it holds it's own, very well. I do mainly weddings with mine, and it really performs. Done a lot of shooting with this camera, never been disappointed, just mystified. Hey to make it short, this N80, is 4real. And, yeah "I love it"........2_death.

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