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1/13/2013 - Time for some more neck pain...

by John L., skirted freelance nature photographer from Duvall, Washington, United States

6 comments · January 13, 2013

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John Laughlin - Nikon Fm2n Camera, Nikon F2a Camera, Nikon F2as Camera, Nikon F Camera, International Concepts Ruffled Skirt, Bottle Green Kilt Socks, Asolo Power Matic 200gv Backpacking Boots - 1/13/2013 - Time for some more neck pain...
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  1. fm2n camera

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    Nikon

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    Kenmore Camera

    , in Tech
  2. f2a camera

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    Nikon

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    Glazer's Camera and Kenmore Camera for lens

    , in Tech
  3. F2as camera

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    Nikon

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    Glazer's Camera

    , in Tech
  4. F camera

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    Nikon

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    Kenmore Camera and eBay for lens+motor drive

    , in Tech
  5. ruffled skirt

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    International Concepts

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    thrifted

    , in Skirts
  6. bottle green kilt socks

    , in Socks
  7. Power Matic 200GV backpacking boots

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    Asolo

    , in Boots

Decided to get another shot of a bunch of Nikons hanging from my neck. Still have three not shown in the pic.

Comments (6)

Ania Zarzycka
great collection of cameras :)
John Laughlin
Thanks, Ania! They get used fairly regularly, so they aren't just shelf queens.
Illy Noise
I LOVE YOU always <3
John Laughlin
Thanks! Likewise! :-) <3
Massiel T.
To think that i'm earning some money to buy a camera,... you're so cruel :'(
Nice Photo, and yeah, amazing collection :)
John Laughlin
Thanks! Yeah, it's analog gear, so, fairly cheap to buy...
Massiel T.
ooohhh, ignite me with your knowledge please!!!!!
John Laughlin
Film gear isn't as desirable to the masses, so it's cheap to purchase, and, in some respects, can be cheaper to take photos with, if you have to upgrade your computer, etc to take advantage of a digital camera.

So, something that I would've paid $900 for 10 years ago can now be had for $125-$150. About 8 years ago, the value of film gear dropped like a rock. I remember looking at a Nikon camera back in 1991, wanting it badly, but being unable to afford the $650. In 2004, just before the market crashed, I snagged one just like it for $200 or so.

For digital, what are your requirements? Most of my digital photos (lookbook pics, etc) are taken with a Canon PowerShot S70. A $60 camera.
Massiel T.
Wow, that's really useful, thanks for sharing this with me, you're very kind :) I'm looking for a good camera to take photos since i'm interested on improving my skills.
John Laughlin
Oh, not a problem.

SLR camera-wise, if this is for a class and you're expected to use film, I'd choose either a Pentax KX or a Nikon FM. Either one with a 50mm f/2 lens. Affordable and better than the recommended K1000. Both cameras have the ability to have the light meter turned off, whereas the K1000 uses the lens cap as the on/off switch. They also have a depth-of-field preview which was omitted from the K1000.

If you're looking for a DSLR, then I'd look at a Nikon D80, D90, or D5000/5100. Any of those will do the job and, for the most part, grow with you. The D80 and D90 can autofocus with older AF Nikkor lenses, whereas the D5100 (and D5000) requires AF-S Nikkor lenses for autofocus functions. All four use SD cards, which are more affordable than the Compact Flash cards used in the higher end cameras. Lens-wise, if you want something equivalent to the 50mm f/2, get the 35mm f/1.8 DX Nikkor. Like the 50mm, it forces you to use your feet as the zoom function, and is fast enough that you can avoid using flash as much as possible.
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