Pretty often these days I receive questions in regards to cameras, photography, tech etc. Earlier today I received a Facebook message from a college friend who wanted and needed Nikon advice. Here’s what he had to say:
I always see your status updates about cameras, so maybe you’re the right person to ask about this….I have a Nikon N55, and something is wrong with it, I ended up buying up to a used N75 just so that I can keep using film, until I decide to spend some serious money on a digital camera…But, should I look into fixing the N55, or should I bury it, and say my prayers?
hope all is well man.
I’d be grateful for any help you could provide.
Truthfully Camilo, you’re much better off replacing it with something along the lines of a D90, D300 or even a D700 depending on your photography habits. There are chances that Nikon may not support those cameras anymore as they try to focus mostly on their digital photography and replacing units like that is hard to do as pieces and specific parts aren’t made anymore. I had a similar problem while trying to fix/replace my mom’s Olympus OM77.
If you go with a digital Nikon DSLR then you’ll be able to pick and choose your shots much better on top be being able to use your current investment of lenses that you may have. That will mean that when you go to purchase the new body you may not even need to buy a kit lens of some sort unless you really wanted to. Of course, there can be more to worry about with digital vs. film. It can be argued that film cameras are sturdier in construction vs. digital: even the film cameras with electronics in them. However, digital will allow you to quickly snap photos and share them amongst friends on Facebook. Further, you won’t have to take your film in for development all the time either.
You also don’t necessarily need to spend, “serious money” on a Nikon DSLR. Nikon D40 cameras still sell as do D60 cameras if you really want something cheap. If you want something mid-level but a bit more complicated, you might want to check out the D90.
If you want a camera even more advanced than that then your best options are the D700 or D300. If you shoot more things that require telephoto shooting, then the D300 is your best bet. Otherwise, the D700 will not magnify the zoom on your lenses and you will be able to shoot as you did when you used your film cameras.
If you really want to be Rockwellian and stay with film cameras then Nikon’s higher grade film cameras may be an option for you. The Nikon F6 rivals the D700 in price value very closely. With an F6 you’ll be able to continue to shoot with your film (if you really want to stay with it.) Otherwise a D700 can still give you very beautiful prints at 12MP and you will most likely not find a reason to upgrade for a while unless you shoot professionally (even then I find it hard to convince current Canon 5D users to upgrade to the Mk II.)
What’s Your Advice?
Do you have any additional or different advice for Camilo?
Do you think he should bury the N55 and step into the Nikon DSLR world? If so, which camera do you recommend?