All my cameras, part 2 : Nikon 28 Ti

December 23, 2008

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This is one of my most often used cameras due to it’s ease of use, high image quality & portability. The body is titanium painted black. It has a 28mm Nikkor lens with max aperture of f/2.8. The lens quality is superb, as good as any other lens I use. It looks like a traditional 35mm point and shoot but has some settings that give the user more control than a typical p&s. Apart from Program it has an Aperture Priority mode. Along with exposure compensation in +/- 2 stops this makes it quite easy to get the exposure and depth of field I’m after in most circumstances. There are also custom function settings that let you choose between six segment matrix & centre weighted metering.

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As well as centre point auto focus there is also an option for manual focus by setting a needle to the required distance. This is done on the top panel in the section that looks like an old gas meter.The third exposure mode option is T which is used for extended exposures. Press the shutter button & the shutter opens & remains open until you press the button again. Similar to Bulb, except in B you have to keep the shutter button depressed. In T you don’t have to do this; press once to start and again to stop. The camera doesn’t have any connection for a cable release or similar so B would not be a viable choice anyway.

I bought it second hand in 1998 for $800 AUD & it’s been used heavily since then. I’ve put multiple hundreds of rolls through it & it still functions well and has only had one service in that time. It was getting slow and noisy when rewinding film so I took it to a camera technician. He said it just had a bit of dirt inside and once he cleaned that it was working well again. Nikon also made a 35mm lens version which is functionally similar to the 28 & also has a good reputation. These cameras were made around 1994 & are somewhat collectable these days.

Things that I wish it had – ISO override & exposure lock, but I suppose you can’t fit too much in & keep the body so compact. It does have one of those useless panorama switches on the back that simply crops the top & bottom of the frame. I wish that wasn’t there as I have a slight worry that sometime I will flick it by accident & crop all my frames without realising. There’s a built in flash that can be set to fire manually or on auto. The viewfinder is small but good.

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