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Nikon N8008s - My first autofocus SLR

Sadanand S , Apr 18, 2011; 12:50 p.m.

I have been searching for an autofocus SLR. The search ended (at least for now) with a Nikon N8008s(aka F-801). This is my first autofocus SLR. Having used manual focus so far this is a change and with N8008s I must admit it is a pleasent change. I was actually targetting F4. But when I found N8008s from KEH at $12.00 I thought I will give it a try. Agreed that it may not compare with F4/F100/EOS. When you read up the reviews for this camera one common factor you are bound to notice is that many say that its autofocus is slow. But I found it does its job very well. For a camera that came in the late 1980s it still is a solid performer. I found that it has everything that I could ask for - DOF preview, flash sync of 1/250, will accept manual focus lenses, high point view finder, small size and uses AA batteries - all for a princely sum of $12.00.
Interestingly below is a New York Times review dated 04-17-1988 which mentions the list price at $857.00 - 23 years ago !
Below are some of the shots with this camera. I used a 50mm f1.8D AF and Tamron 90mm adaptall. Film used is from Walgreens 200 ISO, processed at Target.
Thank you for looking. As always, appreciate your comments.

Nikon N8008s


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Sadanand S , Apr 18, 2011; 12:52 p.m.

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Flower bud

Sadanand S , Apr 18, 2011; 12:55 p.m.

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Trees blooming

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Yellow bud

Rick Drawbridge , Apr 18, 2011; 04:31 p.m.

Ah, Spring...Winter's just arriving, for me...Nice photographs, Sadanand. "Flower Bud" is dramatic, and I like the bokeh in "Yellow Bud". While I'm not familiar with the camera, it certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles one would require, and the lens is obviously up to Nikkor standards. Many thanks for posting.

Andy Collins , Apr 18, 2011; 04:38 p.m.

Very nice shots, Sadanand. Even though the 8008s is 'old' by today's standards, it's still a camera with an outstanding reputation. I remember when I bought my Canon EOS A2 in '94 the 8008s was one of the cameras I'd frequently see in the bylines of many of the pictures I viewed in my favorite magazines. It, along with the N90s, seemed to be one of the most popular cameras for those who didn't want to lay out the big cash for the F4 or F5. I think it's a good looking camera and I'm sure it's a pleasure to use. Unless you're shooting sports professionally it should be more than sufficient. Enjoy it, and post more pictures from it when you can!

John Seaman , Apr 18, 2011; 04:50 p.m.

Great shots Sadanand. But how are the mighty fallen. Twelve dollars for such a fine camera - I think these high tech AF camera are the biggest casualties of the digital era. I've got a Minolta 700si and Minolta Dynax 7, two of the best film cameras ever made in my opinion, both worth virtually nothing.
I'm intrigued to know why you didn't use the lovely Nikkor f1.4 lens pictured on the camera.

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