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  1. #1
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    What attracted you to Nikon?

    Just curious as to how and why people became Nikon users. I took a long time to get here having been with Zenith, Pentax and Minolta(all film cameras) prior to the arrival of digital. At that moment in time it was a toss up for me between Nikon and Canon, only choosing the latter due to a larger selection of lenses. Over the years I was becoming more and more impressed with what Nikon was producing in the way of DLSR's. Only 12 months ago I decided at long last to make my first Nikon purchases and have no regrets. So much so that I am at the stage of considering selling all of my Canon gear and becoming a full Nikon user.
    So how did you Nikonites come to be a Nikon user and were you ever using another system or even still do?


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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    My wife started a small business in 2017 and the pictures she was taking with her cell phone were not good enough to be included in trade magazines and blown up into 8 1/2 x 11 display posters. She also needed macro capability because part of her biz was reproducing historical antique stiched samplers, and she had to have pictures of individual threads in order to be accurate. So she gave me a couple hundred dollars and asked me to get a camera and lens that could handle it, since she knew I was a film (Olympus) shooter back in college. Like all good modern persons, I hit up YouTube and searched for 'best entry level DSLR'. I happened on Tony & Chelsea Northrup's channel almost immediately, and they recommended the D3300 because of its superior sensor compared to other brands, for the price. Found one used at B&H for $250, and a used Nikkor 40mm micro for around a hundred, and away I went. It was everything the Northrups (and others) said it was, and when I upgraded I stayed with the brand. And intend to when I upgrade again (hopefully a D500).
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  3. #3
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    My wife started a small business in 2017 and the pictures she was taking with her cell phone were not good enough to be included in trade magazines and blown up into 8 1/2 x 11 display posters. She also needed macro capability because part of her biz was reproducing historical antique stiched samplers, and she had to have pictures of individual threads in order to be accurate. So she gave me a couple hundred dollars and asked me to get a camera and lens that could handle it, since she knew I was a film (Olympus) shooter back in college. Like all good modern persons, I hit up YouTube and searched for 'best entry level DSLR'. I happened Tony & Chelsea Northrup almost immediately, and they recommended the D3300 because of its superior sensor for the price compared to other brands. Found on at B&H for $250, and a used Nikkor 40mm micro for around a hundred, and away I went. It was everything the Northrups (and others) said it was, and when I upgraded I stayed with the brand. And intend to when I upgrade again (hopefully a D500).
    Thanks for sharing and hopefully one day I will join you with a D500.
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    I had two Minolta 35mm bodies and a few basic lenses that I shot a few hundred pics with. I shot on AUTO and struggled putting the needle in the hole of the light meter. Some pics turned out "good enough" for me and I got hooked enough to research decent digital cameras when digital was just coming out, more or less. I ended up getting a Nikon Coolpix 5700, shot AUTO and jpegs a few hundred times and used Paint Shop Pro to edit (yes jpegs) to something that I was more happy with. I just loved the camera, but didn't understand how to set it up to use it better and it was cheaper than film to shoot! The Coolpix ended up getting stolen, so I went without a camera for years, other than pretty cheap/basic digitals and phone cams. When I moved to Alaska, after having been here on vacation a few weeks, I was really driven to get a DSLR. I found a used D3000 at the Stewarts in downtown Anchorage and bought it with a kit lens. Shot with it on and off for a few years, on AUTO and jpeg, until a year or so ago. I think I switched to RAW around then and started using aperture priority a few months later, or the other way around. Decided to upgrade and pretty much just used a comparison tool online to look at features. The one feature I really wanted was exposure bracketing and found a D5300 with a good price and snatched it up, and still haven't bracketed exposure hehehe. Bought a bunch of other Nikon bodies that I intend to resell. I like Nikons since I bought the Coolpix, but have nothing to compare them with really. I am learning the way they operate more and more, finally figuring out the method to the madness with their menu system to some extent. They have never taken a bad pic but their operator has! Switching, I would have to relearn a lot. I am happy with what I have, to say the least. I may someday upgrade to mirrorless, but who knows.

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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeegRhob View Post
    I had two Minolta 35mm bodies and a few basic lenses that I shot a few hundred pics with. I shot on AUTO and struggled putting the needle in the hole of the light meter. Some pics turned out "good enough" for me and I got hooked enough to research decent digital cameras when digital was just coming out, more or less. I ended up getting a Nikon Coolpix 5700, shot AUTO and jpegs a few hundred times and used Paint Shop Pro to edit (yes jpegs) to something that I was more happy with. I just loved the camera, but didn't understand how to set it up to use it better and it was cheaper than film to shoot! The Coolpix ended up getting stolen, so I went without a camera for years, other than pretty cheap/basic digitals and phone cams. When I moved to Alaska, after having been here on vacation a few weeks, I was really driven to get a DSLR. I found a used D3000 at the Stewarts in downtown Anchorage and bought it with a kit lens. Shot with it on and off for a few years, on AUTO and jpeg, until a year or so ago. I think I switched to RAW around then and started using aperture priority a few months later, or the other way around. Decided to upgrade and pretty much just used a comparison tool online to look at features. The one feature I really wanted was exposure bracketing and found a D5300 with a good price and snatched it up, and still haven't bracketed exposure hehehe. Bought a bunch of other Nikon bodies that I intend to resell. I like Nikons since I bought the Coolpix, but have nothing to compare them with really. I am learning the way they operate more and more, finally figuring out the method to the madness with their menu system to some extent. They have never taken a bad pic but their operator has! Switching, I would have to relearn a lot. I am happy with what I have, to say the least. I may someday upgrade to mirrorless, but who knows.

    Rob
    I also had two Minolta 35mm bodies in the 90's, a 7xi and a 500si.
    Alaska sounds like a fantastic place to be with any camera!
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    My first digital camera, back in 2000, was a 3MB Casio QV-3000EX with 3X zoom that took CF Type II cards . I used it with an IBM (340MB) Microdrive. I was totally clueless about what might be possible if I delved into the menu system. It used it strictly as a full auto Point-and-Shoot camera. A bit later, I gifted the Casio to a friend and got a 6MB Canon SD600 Elph with 3x zoom that took SD memory cards. Again, I used it strictly as a full auto Point-and-Shoot camera. I bought it for mainly for its small size and weight because at the time I mainly vacationed by motorcycle. I still have the camera.

    Several years later, my brother showed me his new Nikon P510. I was fascinated by the idea of having that much zoom (42X). I bought my first Nikon, a P530, and decided to learn how to use its full capability - no more just full auto Point-and-Shoot. It was a great camera but as I used it more and more, I realized I wanted something that shot both jpeg and RAW. I gifted the P530 and bought a B700 (60X zoom) - great camera! Still hooked on zoom, I added a P1000 (125X) and later an A1000 (35X) as a "pocket camera".

    As the novelty of mega zoom waned and my interest in photography grew, I decided that I'd dip my toe into the DSLR water. I bought a D5600 just before going on an extended vacation. It's a fine camera but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for so I bought a D7500...much better IMO. Along the way, I've sold the P530, B700, P1000 and the D5600 with several lenses. I've used that $$ to help fund a Z50 with the two kit lenses and a D750.
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    My gateway was the Coolpix 995. I had gone through a couple of Minolta and Pentax point-n-shoot 35mm film cameras, and did acquire a 20+ year-old Minolta xd-11 SLR kit in the later 1990's. While attending/competing in some regional yo-yo contests around 1999 and later a friend showed up with a Coolix 990 and I fell in love with the swivel-lens design. DSLR was primarily for pros at the time, so I bought the Coolpix 995 the year it was introduced. And I just stuck with the brand as I was used to the interface. D80 bought in 2007. Bought a 2nd used D80 with accessories a couple of years later. D7000 about 2013. D750 in 2019. Along the way I also bought a Coolpix 2200 that I did an experimental DIY infrared conversion on to see if it suited me. Then I replaced the 2200 with a Lumix point-n-shoot with a really nice zoom-range lens that I still carry in my go-bag I always take on car trips. I sometimes have to use it to this day.

    Today the Coolpix 995 is still in the home. I converted it to infrared some years ago and brought it out from time to time. I traded in a D80 when I bought the D750, and kept the older and crappy D80 which was in turn converted to infrared to replace the 995. That D80 died last autumn and I will eventually discard it I think. As for the future, I don't want to make long-term plans for Nikon gear. Their money problems have me concerned. When I eventually see a mirrorless body I have to have, it could just as easily be a Canon R-mount as a new Z-mount. I would be acquiring new glass anyhow.
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    When I got my first DSLR (D5000) the choice was between Nikon and Canon and it really came down to which one felt better in my hands. I liked the ergonomics of the Nikon over the Canon Ti, so Nikon it was.
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    What attracted me to Nikon initially was the Christmas present my wife got me in 2007, a Nikon D40x with the kit 18-55 & 55-200. The body is still going strong, but the lenses died years ago. I have always enjoyed the pictures I've been able to capture with a Nikon. I like the menus, they have a familiarity I appreciate. I thought a step up to a D5300 would satisfy my needs a few years ago. Even though it was a big step up from the D40x, it still left me wanting. I wanted something I didn't have to worry about in the rain, something I could take with me everywhere without having to baby it too much, something that had a similar menu to other cameras so I am not learning with each new body, (the menu on the D5300 was awful). I am not hard on my gear, I just hate the idea of dropping all that dough to be lost to a rainstorm I didn't plan for or jostled around too much and not work anymore. So I got a used D800 off eBay and quickly found out its a horrible idea to buy a camera from just anybody off the internet. The body came cracked and the seller tried saying it wasn't even the same body he sent me, (lies). Anyways, I decided to fix the D800 as best I could, (pretty darn good job if I do say so myself) give it a run through the spa with a pro sensor cleaning and a once over and then went out and bought a D7500 to get that true protection from the elements I needed. I hit the sweet spot with that camera. It just about ticks all the boxes for me. I have a bunch of lenses for Nikon I have acquired over the years, mostly FX and a few DX lenses. Now, I feel like I am all in despite the fact I have 0/3 of the "Holy Trinity". I guess what draws me now is what is comfortable. I have all these lenses that work with whatever Nikon camera I get. I might loose a couple if I jump into a Z mount, but the thought of scrapping all the lenses and bodies I have acquired and starting from scratch seems too daunting of a task for what I use my cameras for. Maybe if I was a pro, I would be more concerned about having the newest and the best. For me and my needs, I like a good full frame camera and a good crop camera that I can interchange the lenses as I want to and the menus and buttons are very similar so I don't get lost using one body or the other. Even though some of the fancy newer cameras have drawn my eye, I have a huge love for Nikon because that is what I have always used and I don't see a need right now to learn a whole new system. Will I feel the same way after Nikon's money concerns turn into money problems? Probably. Sorry Nikon, I'm definitely a stage 4 clinger. Don't try to go anywhere, Nikon because if you do, I will find you! Plus, maybe then I would be able to afford a D850 and a D500! (not holding my breath though)
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    Re: What attracted you to Nikon?

    Bought a 2nd hand F501 with a nifty fifty lens from a local 'Cash Converters' store.

    It wasn't a conscious decision to go Nikon - It was just what the 2nd hand store had at the time. I got used to the layout of buttons and things and because all the lens' I purchased all fitted the new bodies - it just made sense to stick with it.
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