Getting a Nikon F75 for 16 euros is it a steal?

Posted: March 7, 2015 in film, greece, lucky shd100, Nikon F75, rodinal, Uncategorized

I recently bought a Nikon F55 and a Nikon F75 for 32 euros (the pair) including postage that’s 16.00 euros (18$) each. Is it a steal? For that less than the cost of going out with my wife and son for coffee and ice-cream i got a film camera that only the body in 2003 cost new 190$ which is 2015’s value 241$. So less than 1% of the original value,not bad.

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

So what is this camera capable to do?Lets compare it to N65 and N80.

N65 N75 or F75
Five autofocus sensors under user control (single button) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad) Five autofocus sensors under user control (direction pad)
Auto DX ISO coding only Auto DX ISO coding only Manual or DX ISO coding
Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash Multi-Sensor Matrix Balanced Fill Flash
Infrared remote control only (optional) Infrared remote control only (optional) Standard cable release option only
Matrix and Centerweighted metering Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering (latter two controlled unusually, though) Matrix, Centerweighted, and Spot metering
P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes (some are only way to get certain features) P, S, A, M plus 6 special exposure modes P, S, A, and M exposure modes
89% viewfinder coverage 89% viewfinder coverage 92% viewfinder coverage
+/- 2 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/- 3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops +/-3 EV compensation, 1/2 stops
1/90 flash sync 1/90 flash sync 1/125 flash sync
No custom settings 12 custom settings 18 custom settings
2.5 fps 1.5 fps 2.5 fps
30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/2000 shutter speeds 30 second to 1/4000 shutter speeds
CR2 batteries CR2 batteries CR123A batteries
Short load time, long rewind time Long load time, short rewind time Short load time, long rewind time
No grid lines No grid lines On demand grid lines
13.9 Oz (395g) 13.4 Oz (380g) 18.2 oz (515g)

 Nikon F75

Nikon F75

Ken Rockwell writes for this camera “…The lens mount is metal. If you can get over the plastic, and especially if you love light weight, it is among the best 35mm cameras ever made. It’s a plastic F5 or F6. The N75 has a metal lens mount.

No one knows about the N75 because it came out just as digital had replaced film for most people. That’s too bad, because the N75 has every trick Nikon has ever learned to put in cameras, at a very low price.

It’s designed for people’s moms, and it also works great for serious photographers on a dollar or weight budget. It’s a better camera than older, more expensive Nikons like the N90. The N75 is a very competent film camera, sadly no one paid much attention because it was introduced in February 2003: a year after the D100 and a year before the D70.

The N75 has every feature I actually use, like depth-of-field preview, illuminated LCDs, full VR, flash, AF and AFS compatibility, every exposure mode, program shift, and just about every feature one might want in a film camera.

The only things missing, compared to today’s newer professional F6, are durability (the N75 does have a metal lens mount), speed and fast frame rates, slower 1/90 sync, metering with manual lenses, and the high price. The N75’s finder is bigger and brighter than any DX camera like the $1,800 D300, but it’s not as good as better film cameras…..”   Full review Here.

So I thing you get a lot for 16Euros/18USD. It is not pro,it is not amateur its mid-range ,easy fun capable camera. Its cheap enough to not cry if you carry it around as a second film body and gets busted.It has almost all the things you will ever need without almost all  the stuff you don’t need.Hell yeah its worth buying one.

I am going to run few rolls through it and see how it performs. Some shots that I took on the cheep Lucky SHD100 developed in Rodinal 1:100 are following. I am not very happy with them because the roll was labeled 100 but had been coded in DX 200 (recycle power!). I knew that, used EC (exposure compensation because you cant set ISO manually) but EC  didn’t work perfectly and the weather wasn’t helpful.

NIKON F75 (22)NIKON F75 (21)

NIKON F75 (17)

NIKON F75 (13)

NIKON F75 (9)

Nikon F75 Lucky SHD 100

  1. Joe Figg says:

    I’d say you got a steal, I’m a little jealous!


    • N.Douralas says:

      I guess I did. Still there are thousands of good cameras that because of the digital age are changing hands of sometimes end up in the trash.Our Quest for saving them has began…In a Monty Python Way…..


  2. […] recently developed a roll that I had shot with my F75 that I had bought for a steal price of 16 euros. I had shot this film in two locations that had written in two separate posts.At the Old Train […]


  3. […] had a run again of the extra cheap B&W film Lucky SHD100 using the F75 with Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm, Home brewed Rodinal and here are some results that I am no ashamed off. Added some Lightroom 5 […]


  4. Incredible, my humble F50 is still going strong…
    Great article!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. […] than 15 days Ago I had a nice morning walk with my son, where I had my D7200 and he had the Nikon F75 with him to capture anything he felt interesting on Kodak ProImage 100 film. Here are some shots […]


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