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Camera Help

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:36 am

Hi guys

I was wondering, do any of you have a F55 Nikon,Is it good for photography?



Any info on the F55 would be great!
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RE: Camera Help

Sun Oct 03, 2004 2:12 am

"Is it good for photography?"

Well it IS a camera Big grin

Although I'm not familiar with Nikon I'm sure it's a fine camera, and can certainly be used to get shots accepted here if coupled with the right film/lenses/scanner.

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RE: Camera Help

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:35 pm

Here you have some info about it...

Our Price: $149.95

Nikon N55 35mm SLR Camera Body


Nikon's smallest and lightest 35mm SLR provides superior performance in a classic Nikon design with buttons and dials conveniently placed to facilitate use

Auto mode setting removes guesswork from picture taking. Five Vari-Program modes tailored to specific scenes and subjects, such as portrait, landscape, close-up, sports continuous and night portrait

Large LCD panel with easy-to-read characters simplifies mode selection and monitoring

Complete selection of exposure modes including Auto-Multi Program, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual settings deliver precise exposure control, expanding creative potential

Exposure Compensation and Auto Exposure Bracketing are extremely helpful when shooting under complicated lighting situations, or when experimenting with different exposure settings

5-segment 3D Matrix Metering supported by Nikon's on-board DataBase of over 30,000 stored images in all Auto Modes ensure proper exposures

Full-time AF operation with every AF Nikkor lens. Nikon's exclusive Dynamic AF technology with Closest Subject Priority automatically selects corresponding AF sensors at 1.5 fps

World-class autofocus system features three separate AF areas, enabling wide horizontal coverage

Built-in Speedlight automatically pops up to fire in low-light or backlit conditions in Auto and Vari-Program Modes (except landscape and sports continuous). Comprehensive features include Slow Sync, Red Eye Reduction and Red Eye Reduction with Slow Sync

Matrix Balanced Fill Flash fills in or eliminates shadows in bright-light situations and automatically balances foreground and background illuminations for stunning results

Other Controls - Exposure Compensation from +/- 2 EV in 1/2 EV steps, 3 Frame Auto Exposure Bracketing in 1/2 EV steps, Built-in Diopter, Multiple Exposure Control and AF Assist Illuminator for low light shooting

Lens Mount - F Bayonet lens mount accepts AF Nikkor and AI-P Nikkor lenses (except AF Nikkor for F3A and IX-Nikkor)


Type of camera: Integral motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex with electronically controlled focal-plane shutter and built-in Speedlight

Exposure Modes: Auto mode; Vari-Program - Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports Continuous and Night Portrait modes; Auto-Multi Program and Flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority (S), Aperture-Priority (A) and Manual (M)

Picture Format: 24mm x 36mm (Standard 35mm film format)

Lens Mount: Nikon F Mount with AF coupling and AF contacts

Lenses: AF Nikkor and AI-P Nikkor lenses (except AF Nikkor for 3AF and IX-Nikkor)

Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level penta-dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment

Eyepoint: 17mm

Focusing Screen: B-Type Clear Matte V with focus brackets

Viewfinder Frame Coverage: Approximately 89%

Viewfinder Magnification: Approximately 0.68-0.60x with 50mm lens set to infinity

Viewfinder Information: Focus indications, focus area, shutter speed, aperture, electronic analog exposure display/exposure compensation value display, exposure compensation, flash-ready light/flash recommended/fill flash output, three sets of focus-area brackets

Autofocus: TTL phase detection, Nikon Multi-CAM 350 autofocus module with AF Assist Illuminator (approximately 0.5m to 3m)

AF Detection Range: EV-1 to 19 at ISO 100

Lens Servo: Auto Servo AF: camera automatically chooses Single Servo AF or Continuous Servo AF operation according to subject status, i.e. stationary or moving (including directional information)

AF Area Mode: Dynamic AF Mode with Closest Subject Priority; Dynamic AF Mode; Single Area AF with M Mode

Metering System: TTL full-aperture exposure metering system; Three metering systems selectable (limitations with lens used) - 3D five-segment Matrix Metering: with G or D Type AF Nikkor; Five-segment Matrix Metering with AF Nikkor other than G or D Type (except AF Nikkor for F3AF and IX Nikkor), AI-P Nikkor; Center Partial Metering automatically selected with manual exposure mode

Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps (except in M, Auto or Programmed Flash)

Auto Exposure Bracketing: +/-2 EV in 1/2 bracketing steps for a sequence of three photographs (except in Auto or Vari-Program Modes)

Film Speed Setting: Automatically set to ISO film speed of DX coded film in use (manual not selectable); Film speed range - DX: ISO 25-5000, automatically set to ISO 100 with non-DX coded film

Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter

Shutter Speeds: Automatically set between 30 seconds and 1/2000 sec. in Auto mode, Vari-Program Modes, P, and A; In S and M: 30 seconds to 1/2000 sec. (in 1/2 EV steps); Time provided

Built-in Speedlight: Automatically activated in Auto mode and Vari-Program Modes (except Landscape or Sports Continuous modes); In P, S, A, M: activated by pressing flash-lock release button; Guide Number 12/39 (at ISO 100 ft); Flash Coverage: 28mm or longer lens; Film Speed Range: ISO 25-800

Flash Control: Matrix Balanced Fill Flash: built-in Speedlight or optional Speedlight and CPU Nikkor lens (except in manual exposure mode); Standard TTL: in Manual exposure mode; Programmed Flash (Non-TTL Auto Flash) with optional Speedlight and CPU Nikkor lens (except in A or M exposure modes)

Flash Sync Mode: Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), Slow Sync, Red Eye Reduction, Red Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Flash Cancel

Ready Light: Flash fully charged: lights in red; Full output warning: blinks in red

Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO-type hot shoe contact (sync contact, Ready Light contact, GND); safety lock provided

Self Timer: Electronically controlled; timer duration 10 seconds

Film Loading: Film automatically advances to last frame when camera back is closed; film recedes into film casing as photos are taken thereby protecting exposed film against accidental opening of back of camera

Film Advance: Automatic advance with built-in motor; continuous shooting possible in Sports Continuous Program (built-in speedlight can not be used); Film advance speed approx. 1.5 fps

Film Rewind: Automatic rewind with built-in motor; Rewind speed with fresh batteries approx. 20 seconds with 36 exposure film; approx. 16 seconds with 24 exposure roll of film

Multiple Exposure: Selectable in P, S, A, M

Power Source: Two 3V CR2 lithium batteries

Usable number of 36 exposure (24 exposure) film rolls per set of two fresh 3V lithium batteries: (After lightly pressing the shutter release button for 5 sec., autofocus operation using an AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G lens, covering the full range from infinity to the closest distance and back to infinity before each shot, with a shutter speed of 1/90 sec. or faster, after the exposure meter automatically turns off (2 sec, or 5 sec. w/ flash), the same operation follows the next shot.) Without Flash At 20°C (68°F) - Approx. 45; Without Flash At -10°C (14°F) - Approx. 27; With Flash and AF Illuminator for 1/2 of all exposures At 20°C (68°F) - Approx. 11; With Flash and AF Illuminator for 1/2 of all exposures At -10°C (14°F) - Approx. 10

Dimensions: Approximately 5.1 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches

Weight : Approximately 12.3 oz. (without batteries)

Optional Exclusive Accessories: Soft Case CF-62

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RE: Camera Help

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:47 pm

I think airliner photography doesn't demand much from the camera body, you need a good lens (and usually a zoom will be useful  Smile and it should have only a small delay between the time you press the shutter and the time the actual picture is taken. Ofcourse fast autofocus, high fps (frames per second) is nice but not necessary. It's also nice if you can set the aperture value and shutter duration, but that should be no problem at all on a F55. I think it's mostly the photographer who makes the difference, then the lens and then the film/sensor/scanner.

Both Nikon and Canon are good brands to 'buy into', especially because both brands have lenses ranging from cheap to outstanding, and both have good to excellent digital SLRs if you decide to upgrade (or sell) later.
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RE: Camera Help

Mon Oct 04, 2004 1:30 am

I think the F55 might be good..but get the F75, it is much better. It has spot & center weighted metering along with Matrix. I don't remember what all the different features it has, but it is a really good camera. I've had mine for a month and love it. My camera with the kit lens cost only $250. Get the F75.
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RE: Camera Help

Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:59 am

Hi all

Thanks for all the help

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