Page Type Gear Review
Object Title N8008S
Manufacturer Nikon
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type May 6, 2002 / May 6, 2002
Object ID 274
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N8008s/F801s Specifications

Type of camera: Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single lens reflex.

Picture format: 24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format.

Lens mount: Nikon F mount.

Lenses: Lenses with Nikon F mount with some limitations.

Focus modes: Autofocus and manual with electronic rangefinder.

Autofocus modes: Single servo AF with focus priority and continous servo AF with release priority.

AF detection system: TTL phase detection system - Nikon Advanced AM200 module.

AF detectionrange: EV minus 1 to EV 19 at ISO 100.

AF lock: Possible in single servo AF mode once a stationary subject is in focus as long as the shutter button is depressed; in continuous servo AF, focus can be locked with AF-L button.

Electronic rangefinder: Available in manual focus mode with an AF Nikkor and other AI-type Nikkor lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.

Exposure metering: Matrix metering, centre-weighted metering (75/25) and spot metering.

Metering range: EV 0 to 21 for matrix and (at 100 ISO center-weighted; EV 4 to 21 for spot with f/1.4 metering. lens):

Exposure meter: Activated by lightly pressing the shutter release button; stays on for approx 8 sec after finger leaves button.

Exposure modes: Programmed auto-multi, shutter-priority auto, aperture priority auto and manual.

Programmed auto exposure control: Both shutter speed and aperture are set automatically; 1 EV increments of aperture is possible.

Exposure compensation: Use exposure compensation button within +/- 5 EV range in 1/3 EV steps.

Auto expsosure lock: By sliding the AE-L lever while the meter is on.

Shutter: Electromagnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter.

Shutter release: By motor trigger.

Shutter speeds: Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled speeds from 1/8000 sec to 30 sec; stepless in programmed auto and aperture-priority auto exposure modes; 1 EV steps in shutter priority auto and manual exposure modes; electromagnetically controlled long exposure at B setting.

Viewfinder: Fixed eyelevel pentaprism high-eyepoint type; 0.75x magnification with 50mm lens at infinity; 92% frame coverage.

Eyepoint: 19mm approx.

Eyepiece shutter: Provided. (DK-8)

Focusing screen: Fixed Nikon advanced B-type screen BriteView screen; interchangeable with E type screen.

Viewfinder information: Focus indications, exposure mode, shutter speed/ISO, aperture/exposure compensation, electronic analogue display, exposure compensation mark and flash-ready are all shown in LCD readout; also shows flash recommended/ready light LEDs.

LCD panel information: Shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering system, film speed, DX mark, electronic analogue display, exposure compensation mark, frame counter/self timer/multiple exposure, exposure compensation value, film advance mode, film loading, film rewind, self timer.

Viewfinder/LCD panel illumination: Viewfinder and LCD panel illuminated by pressing button.

Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film; ISO 6 to 6400 for manual setting.

Film speed setting: At DX position, automatically set to speed of DX-coded film; manual setting available.

Film loading: Film automatically advances to first frame when shutter release button is depressed once.

Film advance: In single-frame shooting mode, film automatically advances one frame when shutter is released; in continuous high or continuous low shooting modes, shots are taken as long as shutter release button is depressed; high speed 3.3 fps; low 2.0 fps.

Film rewind: By pressing buttons with red rewind markings simultaneously; rewind stops auotmatically when film is rewound.

Frame counter: Additive type; counts back while film is rewinding.

Self-timer: Electronically controlled; timer duration selectable from 2 to 30 seconds in one second increments; blinking LED indicates self-timer operation; cancellable.

Depth-of-field preview button: Provides visual verification of depth-of-field in aperture-priority auto or manual exposure modes.

Reflex mirror: Automatic, instant-return type.

Camera back: Hinged; interchangeable with Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-21 or World Time Data Back MF-20.

Accessory shoe: Standard ISO-type hotshoe contact; ready light contact, TTL flash contact, monitor contact.

Flash sync control: Normal sync, normal with red-eye, slow sync and rear curtain sync provided.

Flash synchronization: In programmed auto or aperture-priority auto, shutter operates from 1/250 to 1/60 sec in normal sync or 1/250 to 30 sec in slow sync; in shutter-priority auto or manual exposure mode, shutter fires at speed set, and when set from 1/250 to 1/8000 sec, shutter is automatically set to 1/250 sec.

TTL multi sensor: Five segment multi sensor used for TTL auto flash control.

Automatic balanced fill-flash: Possible when AF Nikkor or AI-P Nikkor lens is used with Nikon dedicated Speedlights.

Flash recommended/ ready light: Lights up in green when flash is recommended and no speedlight is attached; when speedlight is attached, lights up in red when Nikon dedicated speedlight is ready to fire, or blinks to warn of insufficient light for a correct exposure.

Number of 36 exposure film rolls per set of fresh batteries:

Battery 20oC | -10oC

Alkaline 105 | 15

Manganese 25 | 3

Ni-Cd 75 | 22

Power source: Four AA alkaline, Ni-Cd or manganese batteries.

Battery check: Battery power confirmation as full battery sign; half battery for nearing exhaustion; blinking half empty battery sign indicates batteries are just about exhausted; no indication appears when batteries are completely exhausted or improperly installed.

Dimensions (W x H x D): 154 x 103 x 67mm approx.

Weight (body only): 695g approx.


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GuitarWIzard - May 6, 2002 12:31 pm - Voted 5/5

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I've had my N8008s for nearly 10 years now, and it still works like a champ. I have no urge to upgrade to a new N90 or F5. Granted, you cannot buy the N8008s new anymore, but they are still widely available in the used market, so I added it. Expect to pay between the high $300's to mid $400's for one in really good condition. With 4AA batteries, it can get a little heavy with autofocus lenses, so this camera typically does not follow me on climbing trips, but I have taken it. I am in the process of getting manual focus lenses to lighten the load for trips.....besides, unless you're shooting fast-action stuff, you don't really need autofocus. This camera, during its' heyday, was really only a step below the F4s, and then the N90 when that came out. It's easy to use, the controls are very well-placed, and even once you lose your owners manual, you can figure out how to use most of the features. It's comfortable to hold and shoot with, and was the camera of choice by Galen Rowell, mountaineering/rock climbing photographer of the early 90's because of its' (at the time) relative light weight and features. Would I take this camera into arctic or stormy conditions? Probably not, since it's not really all that sealed and motor drives can break film in really cold conditions. However, if you want a pro-level camera that takes outstanding photos even 10 years later and is still comparable to the cameras of today, and can get one at a good price, it's worth looking into. For a fairly lightweight SLR "kit" for the backcountry, get a holster-style case, a 28-70mm manual-focus zoom, circular polarizer, lightweight monopod (optional) and some Fuji Velvia slide film and be prepared to crank out some awesome pics. Take good care of this camera, and it will last forever.

Dottie Little Tent - Mar 3, 2007 10:58 pm - Voted 3/5

good solid camera but SLOW autofocus, step up to the N90s and you can still use AI lenses and your features improve.

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