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Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:30 am

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


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RE: Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 9:04 am

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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RE: Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 9:27 am

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.

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RE: Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 12:28 pm

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.
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RE: Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 1:21 pm

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

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RE: Nikon Question?

Fri Jul 23, 2004 7:44 pm

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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