I have a Nikon N65/F65 with a 28-200mm lens on it; I bought the kit from another A.netter just before Christmas 2004.
It takes great quality pictures (much better than the digicam I tried for a few months). It has both manual and automatic settings for focus, aperture, as well as high-speed, night, portrait, auto, etc. Thus, it would be great for you as you are starting out in photography, as you can use either automatic or manual settings. The manual tells you clearly how.
I also like the lens that came with it, because you can get closer to aircraft as they shoot approaches to LHR
. It's a bit harder to get aircraft at higher altitudes. The quality of the prints themselves is very good. If you are trying to upload them, it takes a bit of learning and trial and error to scan them directly from prints or use the CD
version you get from some photo shops (although those are mostly low-resolution on CD
; sometimes you can get a CD
with both hi- and low-resolution files on it).
My MyAviation.net photos (since Dec. 11, 2004) show quite a quality difference compared to my earlier photos (also on that site) taken with the digital camera. For example, the photos taken in December onwards are sharp enough to show the registration numbers on the aircraft, while the majority of the earlier (digital) photos are too blurry to show the numbers. (My MyAviation.net photos are listed under the photographer search for Francis J. Smith, if you want to see the difference in quality between the two cameras).
My advice is to look at my photos, but much more importantly, ask others on here if they have Nikon N65/F65 cameras for their opinions on them (they may vary with the user).
Hope this helps!
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