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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

My boss at work today gave me some of his old camera equipment. I have always used a Pentax that I've had for around 20 years.

I am only a beginner and wondered if this camera & lenses will be good enough to take clear/crisp shots while spotting?????

This is what he's given me...

Nikon EM Body/50mm
Makinon x2 Converter
Makinon Zoom - 1:4.5 f=80 - 200 mm

Thanks!  Big thumbs up


[Edited 2004-07-23 01:34:12]

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User currently offlineBigden From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

The EM is an older NIKON that can use a lot of aftermarket lenses. The lens you mentioned will give crisp shots under perfect conditions but with the teleconverter will be a bit slow. The EM is not autofocus, which is a definite advantage when taking moving shots. Try the combination with K64 slides or Kodacolor on stationary AC or slow taxi shots where it is easy to focus and judge for yourself. Check the lenses for fungus; a byproduct of long storage and make sure the light seals are tight. I suggest it is easier to get started with a digital SLR outfit on this site. Good luck!

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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Bigden, thanks for the info!! I'll be sure to check out the camera and maybe have it cleaned. I bought a digital HP R707 a while ago... it takes nice pics but its no good for spotting.

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

Hey Phyllis,

I used to have a Nikon EM which I used for airliner photography until may 2004. With some practice you will be able to take top notch pictures. I would suggest however to stay away from the 2X converter if you can, as the quality of your pictures will drop significantly.

Good luck.

User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

Hey Crank! Thanks for the advice....as I noted I am only just starting so it should be fun!!!  Big thumbs up

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

And don't forget you can mount ANY Nikon lens on that EM except the G series lenses (which you can mount but you will not have aperture control).

I'm not familiar with Makinon lenses myself but from what I hear they used to be quite decent.

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