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1994 to ??. I wanted a more controllable Nikon than my EM, so I got this. It's an entry level camera also, but more flexible. It has auto focus and motorized film handling. There are 4 exposure modes including manual. It's made for AF-D lenses, but I think it can use the lenses I collected for the EM. Most reviewers advise avoiding this model. It's an entry level model, plastic covered, and Nikonistas seem to hate it, which keeps the price down for me. It does have manual ISO setting, as well as that pesky DX coding. An LCD on top displays modes, devided into Advanced and Idiot Proof by a switch on the left. It can't meter or focus AI-S lenses, which is what the EM likes. You have to be very careful selecting Nikon cameras and lenses, the wrong combinations can break things. To make things more interesting they use the same lens mount for all of them. My N50 came with a Nikkor 35-80mm F1.4-5.6 AF lens, and a Promaster 100mm F3.5 lens.
5-12-23: Moved this one to the top of the film test list. Removed the film that came with the camera, to find the shutter was destroyed. To the junk box with this one.

5-18-23: Fixed the broken shutter today, without taking anything apart. Used tweezers and dental tools to gently ease the shutters back into position. Took about 15 minutes. Did not think that would work, but it does. They ride up and down in slots. Just have to get them back in place. The autofocus works ok, so it's in line for film.

5-21-23: Installed a roll of DX coded Kodak Gold 400 for testing. I found a few rolls in the camera bags bought at auction. I have a closet full of camera bags now.
6-3-23: Never shoot expired film again. Results were terrible, see below.

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Results of first test roll, shot on expired Kodak Gold 400. Here are some "fixed" shots, with increased contrast, exposure and saturation. They show the shutter does work OK after my fix, there aren't any light leaks, and the meter seems OK. The grain shows the processor pushed it to get an image, and I think there's a lot of lint and hair from them also. I won't mention who processed it. Threw the rest of the expired stuff away. Expired film is no bargain, even when free. Since I usually shoot the same park over and over, and can't remember what went on which roll anyway, I shoot a white board on each roll to identify which camera it came from. I also record a "shoot sheet" for each roll, showing which lenses were used on which shot, the exposure settings, and a note on each image of what it was. This helps me identify what went wrong on some images, bad hardware, and what I was trying to shoot. I use lens serial numbers to identify them, because I've collected several of some models, and it's just easier by number. Bad hardware is taken "off the shelf" until it's fixed.

10-19-23: Here's a roll of Arista EDU 100 ASA, developed 16 minutes in Caffenol-C. Images are un-retouched. Lenses used were a Nikkor AF D, 35-80mm shooting in program mode, and a Vivitar 70-210mm manual lens. This camera doesn't meter in manual mode, because it can't communicate with the aperture. I should have brought the TTArtisan Meter II, but used the exposure settings from the metered lens.

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