Hello all! I’ve added a couple of very nice Nikons in my shop recently – both film and digital.
This Nikon D80 (pictured below) was recently purchased by me from the original local owner. They’ve kept in in excellent condition and I’ve fully tested it. The D80 was released in 2006 and features a 10.2 MP CCD imaging sensor in the DX format. It’s a true DSLR and uses all Nikon F-mount lenses.
The camera only has 8,475 shutter actuations which is considered to be about 18% of the cameras capability.
Test images (see below) with the Nikon D80 and AF Nikkor 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D lens.
If you’re a fan of Nikon and Nikkor lenses then these cameras are for you. I’ve been very impressed with the ruggedness of the N60 as it was built with a metal frame. The lens mount is a metal Nikon F-mount (not plastic).
The D80 is a joy to use as it doesn’t feel like a rock hanging around your neck. The color LCD screen is super bright and clear as is the optical viewfinderwhich features a diopter adjustment and padded eyepiece.
Recently Graham acquired a previously unknown exposure meter from what appears to be the 1960s.
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Although this meter has a shoe for mounting on a camera’s accessory shoe its long strap indicates that it also was designed to be worn around the neck and used as a hand held meter. It’s a CdS meter which requires a 1.3 v battery. Graham states the meter is fully functional!
My question to my readers. Has anyone seen a meter like this with Yashica markings? It has no model number and we haven’t found it in any sales brochure from that era. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
2003 seems like a lifetime ago with what all that’s happened since then. In the field of electronics, specifically digital photography, the changes and advancements have been monumental.
Take this groundbreaking digital camera from Canon. Released towards the end of 2003, the Canon IXY Digital L as it was known in Japan (Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH here in the US) listed at an amazingly high price of $349! For that amount of money you got a sharp fixed 6.4mm f/2.8 Canon lens and 4.1 megapixels. The images were recorded on a standard SD card (only the second Canon digital to do that) hence the US name ‘SD10’.
Canon’s ultracompact digital beauty.
What surprises me the most about this camera is the quality of the images. It’s amazing what 4 MP can do with a tiny CCD sensor and high-quality Canon optics. Here’s a few samples below.
If you like collecting older digital cameras then this one is a must. I’m not quite sure how I ended up with the Japanese market model vice the common US model. In markets outside Japan and the US the camera is known as the Digital IXUS i.
Nikon Nikkor lenses have been praised since the dawn of time (a slight exaggeration) and in some cases rightly so. This Nikkor lens is right up there in its reputation as a fast quality lens that’s as relevant today as when it was made.
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens made between 1977 to 1981. Don’t confuse this with the later AIS lens which immediately followed this lens.
It takes 52mm filters and caps, has a seven blade aperture, features seven elements in six groups, close focusses to 1.5 feet, and weighs in at 255 grams. It uses the famous Nikon F-mount.
This lens functions perfectly and the front and rear elements are clean and clear but there is some dust specs inside and some light haze. In my test shots with my Nikon D800 the lens performed well with the imperfections not visible in the final images.