I'm a new member to this forum and have a question concerning this camera.
I've performed a search on this topic in this website and this seems to be a good camera for a beginner, which I am. I'm teaching myself photography using The Basic Book of Photography and so far so good. Currently I'm using a Canon EOS 750 but this weekend I brought my brothers Nikon N70 home to see if I want to buy it. Hence, the questions. I've checked ebay and a couple of other websites but since I really don't know much about this equipment I'm having a hard time determining if this is worth what my brother is asking for it. I know he's taken good care of it. There is a N70, a Promaster AF aspherical LD 28-200mm lense, a promaster 72mm circular polarizer filter, the original instruction book, and a tamrac zoom 16 case with strap. He's asking $300 for this outfit. From what I've seen I think it's high but am unsure. Is it worth extra $''s knowing who owned it and how it was taken care of, and if so, how much extra?
Ten years ago it would have been a good buy but now that is definitely too much.
I have three N70 cameras and to start with didn't like the way the controls worked. I made a cheat sheet with a drawing of the control crescent and how they worked and it helped a lot. If I were younger, I probably wouldn't have needed it.
The N70 is a very capable camera with my favorite style of AF sensor. That is a large central cross type.
well I'd go to Keh.com's used section and see how much they are selling all of that gear for. Film camera prices have been dropping like a stone, so I think that sounds like a little much to be paying for an older camera with a third market lens. I could be wrong.
I just checked KEH.com and they had an N70 for $79 in excellent condition, which from my experience with them, is like brand new. It is an excellent camera, except for some confusing controls. If you get one, get the instruction book from keh also.
I do not know the Promaster 28-200 lens, but if it takes 72mm filters, it is an old model and not as good as more recent ones. These lenses have been getting smaller, so the smaller the filter, the newer the lens model. I'm not crazy about 28-200 lenses anyway. If you want a wide ratio zoom, go for a Sigma or Tamron 28-300 that takes 67 or 62 mm filters. Otherwise consider a 28-105 (or 135) and a 70-300. The 28-300 offers convenience with very good optical quality from 28 to 135mm and decent quality from 200 to 300mm (some people here will dispute this). The two lens outfit offers better optical quality (if you get good lenses)but you will have to change lenses as the situation requires.
It comes down to this, he's asking too much, and the lens is of relatively poor quality by today's standards for that type of lens.
The N70 came out in 1994 and was a slow seller for Nikon. This body did have the worlds first 3D multi - sensor balanced fill flash. The street price for this body is around $50. The Promaster has some value but not much. A good offer for the complete system would be $70.
To compare I bought a Nikon F50 made in 1994 with a Sigma 28-80 D one year ago for $65. $300 will get you a more modern used Nikon N80 and Nikon lens.
An interesting version of the N70 was the F70D. The version of this camera featured a panoramic function, which worked via a switch that moved a mask into the film gate that reduced the image to 13mm X36mm.
Go with a Nikon N80. THe flash system is better, and the camera isn't totally confusing as the N70 can be. The body can be had for 180 bucks at KEH.
When somebody mentions 28-200MM zoom, I cringe. Sorry. I've used a Tamron 24-135 on my N80 and it is the basic, "always on the camera" lens. Used, it goes for 245 at KEH. The promaster you mentioned gets less than half that.
The Promaster may be okay, depending what you want to do. However, if you get serious about good photography, the Promaster will probably be the first thing to go.