The Cameras: The Nikon N65

As the saying goes, time marches on.

And to my dismay, as time does march on, cameras wear out. My little Nikon EM works fine, except for one niggling little issue.

To ensure that light does not enter the camera body during operation, Nikon heavily used foam gaskets to seal up any possible locations for light leaks. This is a fine idea as it is cost effective and works quite well.

As time goes on and cameras get older, however, this foam breaks down, causing exactly what Nikon hoped to prevent in 1979: Light leaks on film exposures.

I shot a small 24 exposure roll of film out of my EM about a couple months ago after initially deciding to jump back into photography and make it stick. Several of my shots, however, had broad light streaks across the bottoms or sides. Dismayed, I looked online to discover the problem. Bad gaskets.

This means my EM has to go away for a while to get repaired. And that means I’ll be camera-less almost immediately after deciding to stick to this. That’s never a good thing.

So I go online and do some research. Actually, that’s a lie. I jumped straight to E-Bay, and after stumbling around various photography sites and reading for maybe 5 minutes what people had to say on various Nikon models, I found a Nikon N65 with brand new light gaskets for 29.99 BUY IT NOW! So that’s exactly what I did.

The E-Bay photo of my N65 before it actually became my N65. Yes, this is really my camera.

The E-Bay photo of my N65 before it actually became my N65. Yes, this is really my camera.

After making my purchase, I received my N65 later in the week. (Apparently the seller discovered that there were more options for shipping than the Pony Express.)

I was excited to plug my lenses onto my new Nikon and go make some (hopefully) amazing images. Only to immediately discover one issue: None of my Nikon EM’s lenses work on the N65. Not that the lenses don’t fit, they’re all Nikon F mount lenses, and the N65 is an F mount camera. However, the N65 requires your lens to be a modern F mount with CPU system, allowing it to have autofocus, which I could take or leave, and light metering, which I cannot live without.

Noticing this problem, I return to E-Bay and, again, do minimal research and stumble onto a Quantaray 28-90 mm zoom lens that will work with the N65. Or so a blogger somewhere said…

The E-Bay image of the lens I bought. Same deal as the above N65 picture.

The E-Bay image of the lens I bought. Same deal as the above N65 picture.

So for 69.99, I acquired the above lens, and so completed my Nikon N65 kit. And with this kit complete, I can now send my EM out to get its light gaskets repaired.

Seem a little short compared to the EM page? It is. That’s because I fear my N65 is going to be a transient item. Don’t get me wrong, there IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CAMERA, OR CAMERA MODELS LIKE IT. Any camera can take a great image at any time. I’m simply just not sure that this little camera is what I want, or was hoping for. Who knows, though? I’ve shot some film through it and it seems to do as well as I am capable of doing. Perhaps it’s just because I have an emotional history with the Nikon EM and the N65 is just a body I bought to fill a hole whilst my EM is getting cleaned and repaired.

Only time will tell.

My N65 with Quantaray 28-90mm zoom lens attached. Seems to be a happy marriage.

My N65 with Quantaray 28-90mm zoom lens attached. Seems to be a happy marriage.

Lots of digital stuff attached to the N65. Still learning what it all does.

Lots of digital stuff attached to the N65. Still learning what it all does.

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