As I evolved to Lomography from dig*censored* photography as a Nikonian, I had to obtain a Nikon film SLR to indulge in my addiction to lenses.
The Nikon F80 is not the top Nikon film SLR. However it comes pretty friggin’ close! With the dig*censored* craze these babies are going for as low as 50 Euros, like I bought mine ( and I paid another 100 Euros for two used Nikkor lenses for it, both in good condition!). You have to liberate these cameras and give them the love they deserve!
The Nikon F80 is supposed to be a serious amateur SLR. Sporting the Nikon F mount it is compatible with the vast majority of the about 300 Nikkor lenses and all those third-party lenses for the Nikon F mount PLUS, now, the awesome Diana F+ Lens Adaptor :D :D :D
The F80 has matrix metering, a pop-up flash and hotshoe (I bought a SB-23 external flash for mine for 5 Euros (!!!)) and all the modes you want. Aperture-priority/Shutter-priority/Manual mode/Program mode, it’s all there. Automatic film feeding and respooling goes easy on your fingers. DX (overridable) scanning sets ISO automatically. It operates with batteries and they last for quite some rolls. I can’t say I miss any feature. This camera has all you could possibly want AND taking good pictures with it is like cheating. Autoexposure, autofocus, no parallax when composing, the freedom of zoom lenses… A world of creativity is unlocked.
If you can find one, grab it now or you’ll be sorry later (especially when everyone starts posting their great pics with the Diana F+ Fisheye etc. ;P) !!!! Oh, and you just saved yourself 700 Euros on the fisheye alone !!!!!!!!