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Nikon F80 sample photographs

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Nikon F80 to use as a film camera when I’m out with my Nex 6 and today I received my first test film back from processing so this post is to publish my Nikon F80 sample photographs.

It has always been my belief that the quality of a film camera really comes down to the accuracy of the exposure measurement and the quality of the lens, and that if you have a poor lens the results will be poor, but I think I may need to re-evaluate that belief. Although these pictures were taken on cheap film (£1 agfa vista+ 200 from poundland) and were taken with a slow, standard zoom lens some of them are outstandingly good – from a technical photographic point of view.

All these were taken around Stevenage during a sunny lunch break apart from the last few which I took on a trip to Bennington Lordship at the weekend. The majority were in Aperture priority, with a few in Program mode to test how that performed. I tried a few with backlight and a few in poor lighting and they have all come out very well.

These have been imported into Lightroom simply to resample them to 1600 pixels on the longest edge and add a copyright notice – otherwise they are unprocessed.

Overall I think the Nikon and I are going to be good friends.

Nikon F80 sample photographs


I’m a software developer by profession but I’ve been taking pictures since I was about 8 years old. In that time I’ve owned cameras of all types and sizes from 120 roll film thro’ 35mm to my current Pentax K-5, Ricoh GXR + P10/S10/A12 28mm/A12 50mm, Canon S95 and recently acquired Sony NEX 6.

  1. Steve says:

    How much was your F80? I actually purcahsed a Nikon F65 for about $10 a few months back. Very nice camera. The trouble is that I have a Nikkor 50mm 1.8d attached and while it theorteically should autofocus, it doesn’t. This isn’t a deal breaker, since manual focus with confirmation seems to work ok, but a little annoying. The rubber grip on mine was also a sticky; a common problem with these models. But some iso alcohol and some extensive rubbing got rid of it no problem.

    1. It cost me £34 which was quite reasonable as it turns out to be fully functional. Mine too was sticky – as you say seems to be a common problem. I did a write up here

  2. Kjell Arvid Skjelvik says:

    I have a Pentax MZ-5N and I think it is a great camera. It needed a repair because it didn’t wind the film correctly, this was under warranty, later it has never given me a problem. After the digital age I have gone back to manual focus, concerning film, so the MZ-5N is currently only on display.

    Regarding your test shots I don’t think you should reevaluate your thoughts about lenses. You need to test them in poor conditions to clearly see the difference between a good and a not so good lense, in good conditions there is not that great difference. Just my thoughts.

    1. Kjell Arvid Skjelvik says:

      I mistakenly commented on the wrong page, I meant to coment on your “Vintage camera collection – Nikon F80” blog.

    2. Hi – yes that is a good point, I’ll probably get a better idea as I use the camera more and try it in different conditions.

      I too have a pentax mz-5n but the mirror motor gear is broken on mine so it’s waiting until I get a couple of hours to strip it down.

  3. I had forgotten the look and contrast of film. Good to see it again!

  4. I got one N80 camera (is the same F80 in some countries), mine is a black one.
    I bought it just for $15 on Ebay. Great little camera. Very capable and light weight to carry around. About the Agfa Vista 200 film, it’s incredibly versatile film! I did use it once pushing it to 800 and 1600 ISO, and the results were great! Even pushing the film “that much”, it will retain fine grain. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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