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After several years of using a pretty old-fashioned Nikon, I decided to upgrade to something slightly more modern, and bought the F65. It performed many of the same functions as my old camera (an F3000?) but had a much newer design and some handy functions like the auto-focus. I don´t use the camera so much now, as point-and-shoot digital cameras became much more affordable and practical soon after I bought it (good timing ...), but it´s still fun to get it out every now and then when I want to practice with real film and a wider range of control.
Although it cost around four hundred pounds when I bought it, you´d only have to pay around 150 now, which is pretty good value for a good camera, plus it comes with a 28-100 zoom lens. I find the lenses attach really easily (something I couldn´t say about the previous camera) and it´s no trouble swapping them over. There´s a digital display panel on the top of the camera by the shutter button that displays shutter speed, aperture etc. and is a useful addition, and I find the camera generally runs very smoothly and is quite intuitive, although I don´t push it a lot.
Picture quality is generally very good - focusing is quick and accurate, and I rarely find I´ve failed to get a good, sharp image of what I want. The colours are also nice and vivid, and it´s rare that I find a difference between what I think I´m taking and the reality.
Obviously, cameras have moved on somewhat since this was released, and you´re not going to buy it instead of a digital camera, which is so much more portable and easy to use. However, if you´re an amateur photographer who enjoys using film but doesn´t want to spend too much, this is still a good buy and a nice entry-level SLR.
An excellent introduction to SLR Photography. This camera has all the capabilities of more expensive Nikons but without the hefty price tag.
To start with, the quality of prints you get from the F65 is superb. Colours are beautifully matched and the focus, even on Automatic, is excellent.
The camera itself is easy to use once you've had a quick read of the manual because there aren't so many buttons.
Don't let this fool you into thinking that the camera lacks functionality. Of course being an SLR it is fully manual if you want it to be - changing the shutter speed and the aperture size. But its preset modes such as Macro, Sports, Night, Landscape and Portrait are very effective and available easily by swivelling a knob.
Whilst being top quality in film production, the build quality is also pretty good. Mine has suffered attacks by snow during a snowball fight and never faltered.
Finally, it is very adaptable with thousands of aftermarket accessories available. There is a spare socket on the camera if you don't want to use the built in flash, which incidentally is very good up to 10m.
In my opinion, you can't get a better first SLR that will progress as you do. If only it were digital.
Is this camera the step up from point & shoot? I am a complete novice when it comes to picture taking. It took me a couple of days on the net to read up on all the technical jargon surrounding the different camera's and where to head off if you're tired of your point and shoot £10 camera. Needless to say if you don't look at the makes then there is a lot of opinions on what to get. The advice is headstrong not to go for APS camera's. I like to fiddle with things so I started to look at SLR camera's and what a minefield. Believe me there's a lot of reading one must do on this. Simply saying everything everyone has already said about this camera I would rather point you to the right web site. This guy knows what he's talking about. And by his web site you will see what I mean. www.bythom.com The step up from point and shoot looks to be the Nikon F65. It is somewhat pricey but what you will get is really good for the starting amateur photographer. There's a lot of features that is simply to much to mention here. If you're looking to give your point and shoot camera to your kid and buy a decent camera then buy this camera. It's automatic features are excellent and when you go to manual mode you will enjoy this camera even more. See the Nikon web site as well. www.nikon.co.uk