Saturday, June 26, 2010 I am looking for thoughts about film Nikons for students. Below, I've sketched some of my experience. I know other Forum readers have a world of experience. Any other thoughts? I teach film photography to about 6o high school kids a year. They mostly love the darkroom, making prints, and sharing them. The students used to supply their own cameras---usually their “grandfather’s camera.” But in the last few years—acquiring film cameras is more and more problematic. Consequently, I have started buying up cameras that work. Here’s what I’ve discovered. Forget about everything with electronics from the 60’s thru the 80’s---- a lost cause. ( Of course there are a few exceptions.) The mechanical models from that same period continue to work—even with stiff glue! I can depend on the Pentax K1000, Nikon F, F2, and F3. FM’s usually are OK. Fe’s forget ‘em. The N models seem to holding up ok. I see lots of N6006, N,8008. The N90 is still reliable, as are the N70 and N80. When I see these models, I buy them. Canon modes—the hugely popular AE series; seldom work. The lovely little Olympus modes---forget it. About new film models. Freestyle and others started selling the old Vivitar. Last year we put five of these in service. I think three broke apart. The Nikon F10 seems to be bit more hardy; One of these lasted two sisters for five years! Our high school students like film; but they wish someone would make a good one.