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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review of the Nikon N60/F60

General

Based on the view count of film camera reviews, as well as from individual comments on AmateurNikon's Facebook and Twitter accounts, I've come to the conclusion that there are still many film shooters out there. So, here's another Nikon film camera review for you! Today I'll offer you my opinion of the Nikon N60 film camera. It's also referred to as the Nikon F60 in Europe - it's exactly the same thing.

The best thing about film is that the image quality
never depends on the camera. Whether on an N60 or
an F6, the result is the same.

Pros/Cons

+ very cheap, which means very expendable
+ very simple to operate, it's basically point & shoot - still, with enough custom functions
+ modern ergonomics (i.e. button layout similar to digitals)




- no autofocus with AF-S lenses. Whoops.
- only one focus sensor
- not as light as you would expect for such a cheap entry-level camera




Intended Users

Great for:
  • a very cheap, very basic and uncomplicated way of trying film
  • looking for a film point & shoot for your AF lenses? The Nikon N60 can do the job
  • coming from digital, this will feel similar enough - most controls are something you can relate to.


Not for:
  • advanced film shooters. This tool isn't for you (look for recommendations below)
  • AF-S lens owners. Manual-focus only.
  • traveling? I'm not sure a traveler would use a film camera (of this category anyway), but its weight would be a no-no for me.

Final Verdict

Thinking of the prices these things go for, it's not a bad deal. With about $20 you get a perfectly fine camera (sometimes with a complementary basic zoom lens, like the AF-D 28-80mm), which can autofocus, expose a film, do the job. On the other hand, if you're passionate about film, something tells me you'd like a bit more control over your camera. In that case, for just a bit more money, the N80/F80 is a far better deal. Alternatively, if you're a beginner looking for a very basic, very simple, very cheap and uncomplicated model, you might also wanna take a look at the F55. It has the same issue about AF-S lenses, but it's lighter and sometimes even cheaper, so I think it's probably a better deal than the N60


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