Nikon F301

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Back in 1985, I first saw the Nikon F301 and fell in love. £250 with 50mm lens was the right price for this camera. No LCD display was apparent, but this was good for me as I upgraded from a Nikon FG20. The F-301 was the first Nikon to have a polycarbonate chassis, and to have a built-in motorwind ... Read review

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Community Level 1sillyconguru

sillyconguru

Nikon's first polycarbonate SLR

Advantages2.5 FPs motor wind, TTL flash metering, DX decoding

DisadvantagesManual film rewind, AAA batteries as standard, offset tripod mount

"...1985, I first saw the Nikon F301 and fell in love. £250 with 50mm lens was the right price for this camera. No LCD display was apparent, but this was good for me as I upgraded from a Nikon FG20. The F-301 was the first Nikon to have a polycarbonate chassis, and to have a built-in motorwind (2.5 fps). Shutter speeds from 30 secs - 1/2000th sec (in any auto mode), 1 sec - 1/2000th sec (in manual mode) + B, flash sync is 1/125th sec. The camera features ..." Read review
27.11.2005

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Community Level 1Hal_the_St...

Hal_the_Stereo_Nut

A great vintage feel, with improvements

AdvantagesPower winder, program modes, very intuitive if you grew up on older Nikons

DisadvantagesNo stop-down preview mode

"...of shooting with an autofocus Nikon F60, I wanted to get back to full control using my excellent manual focus Nikon prime lenses. I had a Nikon FE for many years, but its auto-exposure capabilities had broken. I was very sad to see that old friend start to decline. While the FE continued to have accurate shutter speeds, I didn't want to carry around a separate light meter or guess at exposure using the "sunny 16" rule. I picked up an F-301/N2000 ..." Read review
08.07.2007

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Community Level 2boooon

boooon

I tempted again....shall I buy another?

AdvantagesNikon name, rubust, performance, compact, looks

Disadvantagesnon really..

"...I went Autofocus (Canon then Nikon F90x) this was the camera for me. I don't know if its just me but I have not been able to capture the same brilliant 3D type of image this camera gave me with all my other cameras. Maybe it is just me..I was into photography in a big way back then and had more time and patience to get it right, fiddling with the settings. (before I got lazy and just let the camera do the lot!) But I am tempted to buy another ..." Read review
30.03.2004

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Community Level 1Genesis77

Genesis77

Great!

AdvantagesEase of use, picture quality, automatic roll-on

DisadvantagesMaybe a bit heavy

"Abosolutely great camera. I got one of these three years ago and it was the first SLR I had owned. Upgrading to an F55 soon but I still love this camera. Brilliant picture quality, and a lovely noise when the shutter closes! I've taken this camera to Tunisia, France, Cornwall, Spain and New York and in every situation it has produced some fantastic photos. I have had a 28-200mm vivitar lens with this since I got it with a skylight and it has survived ..." Read review
06.06.2007

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Community Level 1Photo_grap...

Photo_grapher

Entry level SLR

AdvantagesRobust construction, compatibility across the Nikon Family

DisadvantagesNot very ergonomic grip

"...use a vast number of Nikon fit lenses, enen AF (disabling the AF cabability obviously and focusing manually). ..." Read review
05.02.2004

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