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Old November 8th 05, 02:39 PM
Norm Dresner
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and a
D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy the
N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the camera
indicates "ERR".

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in addition
to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic lenses (like
a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows) with the film
bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this flawlessly as does
IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had for about 6 months did
not and I got rid of it, partially for that reason.

A new F6 body is close to $2K. While I could probably come up with that
much money, I'm not a professional and probably couldn't effectively use the
additional features it possesses beyond the F100 & F5. (For reference, I do
shoot a lot -- on a recent two-week trip to Italy, I shot over 2000 digital
images and 14 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm film, along with a few rolls of
120).

A new F100 is $750 (marginally within my self-imposed budget) and a
reconditioned (by Nikon) N90s is $375. I haven't gotten a quote yet for the
repair but based on recent experiences with other equipment I'd expect it to
be in the $100-200 range. (Note: because of the Nikon $200 rebate, the new
F100 body and the current used F5 offerings are running about $750 so
there's no price advantage of a used F5 over a new F100.)

What to do? Yes, I'd love a new F6 -- I'd certainly be happy with an F5 too
and even the F100 has features beyond what I have with the N90's as well as
faster focusing, ... But as an amateur, there's always the money issue.
I'm quite pleased with the N90s and I certainly wouldn't cry too much if I
simply got a second one but the F100 is very appealing. Is it really worth
twice the price?

Your comments, opinions, and constructive flames will be graciously
accepted.

Norm

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Old November 8th 05, 08:15 PM
Gordon Moat
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

Norm Dresner wrote:

About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and a
D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy the
N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the camera
indicates "ERR".

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in addition
to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic lenses (like
a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows) with the film
bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this flawlessly as does
IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had for about 6 months did
not and I got rid of it, partially for that reason.

A new F6 body is close to $2K. While I could probably come up with that
much money, I'm not a professional and probably couldn't effectively use the
additional features it possesses beyond the F100 & F5. (For reference, I do
shoot a lot -- on a recent two-week trip to Italy, I shot over 2000 digital
images and 14 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm film, along with a few rolls of
120).

A new F100 is $750 (marginally within my self-imposed budget) and a
reconditioned (by Nikon) N90s is $375. I haven't gotten a quote yet for the
repair but based on recent experiences with other equipment I'd expect it to
be in the $100-200 range. (Note: because of the Nikon $200 rebate, the new
F100 body and the current used F5 offerings are running about $750 so
there's no price advantage of a used F5 over a new F100.)

What to do? Yes, I'd love a new F6 -- I'd certainly be happy with an F5 too
and even the F100 has features beyond what I have with the N90's as well as
faster focusing, ... But as an amateur, there's always the money issue.
I'm quite pleased with the N90s and I certainly wouldn't cry too much if I
simply got a second one but the F100 is very appealing. Is it really worth
twice the price?

Your comments, opinions, and constructive flames will be graciously
accepted.

Norm


I think the new F6 has a slightly better balance to it, and slightly brighter
viewfinder, than an F100. However, the difference in price could buy a nice
lens or two. The F5 is very different, quite heavy, a real tank of a camera.

Ciao!

Gordon Moat
A G Studio
http://www.allgstudio.com

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Old November 8th 05, 09:40 PM
Bjørn Pedersen
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

Norm Dresner wrote:
: About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
: amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
: It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and a
: D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy the
: N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the camera
: indicates "ERR".
:
And you have tried to replace the batteries? On my F801 this is a normal
symptom of nearly exhausted batteries.

-Bjørn
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Old November 8th 05, 10:10 PM
Father Kodak
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Default how digital + film work together was: Broken Nikon N90

On Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:39:58 GMT, "Norm Dresner"
wrote:

[snip]

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in addition
to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic lenses (like
a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows) with the film
bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this flawlessly as does
IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had for about 6 months did
not and I got rid of it, partially for that reason.


Norm,

You seem to be about a "year ahead of me" in your photographic
experience and I'm hoping I can learn something from your experience.

I own 2 Nikon F2 bodies, a motor drive, and eight Nikon lenses, only
two of them D-series. The others include a 500 mm f8 mirror, and a 55
mm Micro Nikkor, plus a PB-4 bellows and PS-4 slide copier. I'm also
coveting a PC lens, but haven't decided yet whether the 28 mm is worth
the extra scratch over a 35 mm.

I also own an N90s body, and I really like tt he exposure/focus
automation,. but not enough to stop using my F2 bodies.

I'm also planning to get a full-frame digital body when Nikon has it
available. (Caution: rumor here. on a web site, I read that Nikon
will announce their full-frame digital camera at Photokina late next
year.)

So I'm wondering why you would need _two_ film bodies in addition to
the digital, when the digital gives you the ability to change ISO
ratings. Also, do you have any problems because of the 1.5
multiplier effect on lenses on the digital body?

Father Kodak
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Old November 8th 05, 10:16 PM
Norm Dresner
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

"Bjørn Pedersen" wrote in message
...
Norm Dresner wrote:
: About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
: amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
: It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and
a
: D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy
the
: N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the
camera
: indicates "ERR".
:
And you have tried to replace the batteries? On my F801 this is a normal
symptom of nearly exhausted batteries.

-Bjørn


I've replaced the batteries, I've switched from the MB-10 to a plain battery
holder with new batteries and there's no change. It may be a problem in the
power supply circuit but just changing batteries doesn't help.

Norm

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Old November 8th 05, 10:21 PM
Scott Schuckert
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

In article , Bjørn Pedersen
wrote:

: About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
: amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
: It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and a
: D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy the
: N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the
: camera
: indicates "ERR".
:
And you have tried to replace the batteries? On my F801 this is a normal
symptom of nearly exhausted batteries.

-Bjørn


Yeah... I've seen that on my N90 as well. All it took was to pull the
batteries out, LEAVE them out for a while, nd put in a fresh set.
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Old November 8th 05, 10:25 PM
Norm Dresner
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Default how digital + film work together was: Broken Nikon N90

"Father Kodak" wrote in message
...
On Tue, 08 Nov 2005 14:39:58 GMT, "Norm Dresner"
wrote:

[snip]

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in
addition
to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic lenses
(like
a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows) with the film
bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this flawlessly as
does
IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had for about 6 months did
not and I got rid of it, partially for that reason.


Norm,

You seem to be about a "year ahead of me" in your photographic
experience and I'm hoping I can learn something from your experience.

I own 2 Nikon F2 bodies, a motor drive, and eight Nikon lenses, only
two of them D-series. The others include a 500 mm f8 mirror, and a 55
mm Micro Nikkor, plus a PB-4 bellows and PS-4 slide copier. I'm also
coveting a PC lens, but haven't decided yet whether the 28 mm is worth
the extra scratch over a 35 mm.

I also own an N90s body, and I really like tt he exposure/focus
automation,. but not enough to stop using my F2 bodies.

I'm also planning to get a full-frame digital body when Nikon has it
available. (Caution: rumor here. on a web site, I read that Nikon
will announce their full-frame digital camera at Photokina late next
year.)

So I'm wondering why you would need _two_ film bodies in addition to
the digital, when the digital gives you the ability to change ISO
ratings. Also, do you have any problems because of the 1.5
multiplier effect on lenses on the digital body?

Father Kodak


Let's be honest. The D70 is only 6 MP and that's only at the low ISO
ratings. When the ISO is raised, the image quality falls -- only somewhat,
not drastically, but it's still degraded. ISO 100 color negative film is
"rated" at about 24 MP and 400-800 film runs more than half of that, still
considerably more than the D70 can deliver. Also, I feel that the dynamic
range of good film still exceeds that of the digital sensors.

When we were in Italy -- before the N90 died -- I had the N90 loaded with
400/800 film and the N90s loaded with 100/160. I switched between the two
depending on whether we were inside or outside of the churches and other
buildings. Fortunately, with my Bronica, all I had to do was switch film
backs.

Another reason that I'm still using film is the 1.5x multiplier on the
effective lens focal length. When I want really wide angle shots, the Sigma
14mm on the film body is better than anything I can get for the digital that
will also work on film bodies.

On other trips, I've loaded one film body with 400 color negative and the
other with Kodachrome 64.

Norm

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Old November 8th 05, 11:05 PM
Matt Clara
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

"Norm Dresner" wrote in message
...
About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and a
D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy the
N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the
camera indicates "ERR".

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in
addition to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic
lenses (like a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows)
with the film bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this
flawlessly as does IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had for
about 6 months did not and I got rid of it, partially for that reason.

A new F6 body is close to $2K. While I could probably come up with that
much money, I'm not a professional and probably couldn't effectively use
the additional features it possesses beyond the F100 & F5. (For
reference, I do shoot a lot -- on a recent two-week trip to Italy, I shot
over 2000 digital images and 14 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm film, along with
a few rolls of 120).

A new F100 is $750 (marginally within my self-imposed budget) and a
reconditioned (by Nikon) N90s is $375. I haven't gotten a quote yet for
the repair but based on recent experiences with other equipment I'd expect
it to be in the $100-200 range. (Note: because of the Nikon $200 rebate,
the new F100 body and the current used F5 offerings are running about $750
so there's no price advantage of a used F5 over a new F100.)

What to do? Yes, I'd love a new F6 -- I'd certainly be happy with an F5
too and even the F100 has features beyond what I have with the N90's as
well as faster focusing, ... But as an amateur, there's always the money
issue. I'm quite pleased with the N90s and I certainly wouldn't cry too
much if I simply got a second one but the F100 is very appealing. Is it
really worth twice the price?

Your comments, opinions, and constructive flames will be graciously
accepted.

Norm


Hi Norm,
If you're using a tripod much, a model with mirror lockup could improve your
images, depending on what you're shooting, of course. My next 35mm will
definitely have mirror lockup--in fact, I find myself favoring an old beat
up F3HP over my F100 because the former has mirror lockup. That only leaves
the F5 or F6 (or F4, if you're interested in old technology). Personally,
I'm waiting until the F6 is within my price range, as I don't need a brick
like the F5. Of course, I've got the F100 to shoot with in the meanwhile...

--
Regards,
Matt Clara
www.mattclara.com


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Old November 8th 05, 11:37 PM
Matt Clara
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

"Matt Clara" wrote in message
...
"Norm Dresner" wrote in message
...
About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s and
a D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to Italy
the N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position and the
camera indicates "ERR".

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in
addition to the digital and I need to be able to use older/non-automatic
lenses (like a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro or the PB-4 bellows)
with the film bodies in Aperture Priority mode. The N90/N90s does this
flawlessly as does IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6, but the N75 that I had
for about 6 months did not and I got rid of it, partially for that
reason.

A new F6 body is close to $2K. While I could probably come up with that
much money, I'm not a professional and probably couldn't effectively use
the additional features it possesses beyond the F100 & F5. (For
reference, I do shoot a lot -- on a recent two-week trip to Italy, I shot
over 2000 digital images and 14 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm film, along
with a few rolls of 120).

A new F100 is $750 (marginally within my self-imposed budget) and a
reconditioned (by Nikon) N90s is $375. I haven't gotten a quote yet for
the repair but based on recent experiences with other equipment I'd
expect it to be in the $100-200 range. (Note: because of the Nikon $200
rebate, the new F100 body and the current used F5 offerings are running
about $750 so there's no price advantage of a used F5 over a new F100.)

What to do? Yes, I'd love a new F6 -- I'd certainly be happy with an F5
too and even the F100 has features beyond what I have with the N90's as
well as faster focusing, ... But as an amateur, there's always the money
issue. I'm quite pleased with the N90s and I certainly wouldn't cry too
much if I simply got a second one but the F100 is very appealing. Is it
really worth twice the price?

Your comments, opinions, and constructive flames will be graciously
accepted.

Norm


Hi Norm,
If you're using a tripod much, a model with mirror lockup could improve
your images, depending on what you're shooting, of course. My next 35mm
will definitely have mirror lockup--in fact, I find myself favoring an old
beat up F3HP over my F100 because the former has mirror lockup. That only
leaves the F5 or F6 (or F4, if you're interested in old technology).
Personally, I'm waiting until the F6 is within my price range, as I don't
need a brick like the F5. Of course, I've got the F100 to shoot with in
the meanwhile...


I should add, the F100 is the nicest Nikon I've ever owned in terms of
ergonomics, and the camera is a pleasure to shoot with--I don't hesitate to
use it for pj style work.

--
Regards,
Matt Clara
www.mattclara.com


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Old November 9th 05, 04:39 AM
Jim
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Default Broken Nikon N90 -- Repair, Replace, or Upgrade?

On 2005-11-08 09:39:58 -0500, "Norm Dresner" said:


It may be batteries, it may not. I think this should be a simple
repair in any event (less than 200 US) but you never know. Worth an
estimate anyway.

Jim



About 8 years ago I abandoned the Minolta XK SLR system that I'd been
amassing since 1975 and bought my first AF/AE camera, a used Nikon N90.
It's given me good service since then and I've finally added an N90s
and a D70 along with 7 lenses to the system. But on a recent trip to
Italy the N90 failed -- the mirror's not returning to the down position
and the camera indicates "ERR".

SO ... I have to decide whether to repair, replace, or upgrade. I
definitely want (and many times "need') to have two film bodies in
addition to the digital and I need to be able to use
older/non-automatic lenses (like a 500 mm mirror or a 55 mm AIS macro
or the PB-4 bellows) with the film bodies in Aperture Priority mode.
The N90/N90s does this flawlessly as does IIRC the F100 and the F5/F6,
but the N75 that I had for about 6 months did not and I got rid of it,
partially for that reason.

A new F6 body is close to $2K. While I could probably come up with
that much money, I'm not a professional and probably couldn't
effectively use the additional features it possesses beyond the F100 &
F5. (For reference, I do shoot a lot -- on a recent two-week trip to
Italy, I shot over 2000 digital images and 14 rolls of 36-exposure 35mm
film, along with a few rolls of 120).

A new F100 is $750 (marginally within my self-imposed budget) and a
reconditioned (by Nikon) N90s is $375. I haven't gotten a quote yet
for the repair but based on recent experiences with other equipment I'd
expect it to be in the $100-200 range. (Note: because of the Nikon
$200 rebate, the new F100 body and the current used F5 offerings are
running about $750 so there's no price advantage of a used F5 over a
new F100.)

What to do? Yes, I'd love a new F6 -- I'd certainly be happy with an
F5 too and even the F100 has features beyond what I have with the N90's
as well as faster focusing, ... But as an amateur, there's always the
money issue. I'm quite pleased with the N90s and I certainly wouldn't
cry too much if I simply got a second one but the F100 is very
appealing. Is it really worth twice the price?

Your comments, opinions, and constructive flames will be graciously accepted.

Norm



--
Jim

 




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