I purchased the F5 more than a year ago and this is what I think. I take
better pictures with the F5, let me clarify, at an air show, while
whale watching and of course all the people shots I would have
missed if it were not for the speed of the auto focus and the
wonderful metering system. If it sounds like I use the camera as
point and shoot camera sometimes I do exactly that. I think it is
one of the attributes of this camera the ability to get the shot,
quickly and accurately.
Battery Consumption: Battery consumption has not been a problem
for me. My purchase is a late model production camera and I am
aware that the earlier models did have a battery consumption
Weigh: The F5 is a heavy camera but I like the weight and feel of
the camera. I think because of the weight the camera balances
nicely in your hands and the F5 is a dream to hold. I am able to
hand held this camera at a lower shutter speed than I could with
other cameras. The craftsmanship is superb and I enjoy how well
the F5 is made.
Familiar Controls: I like the ability to go from one Nikon to
another and most of the controls seemed familiar.
Weather Sealing: I have taken the F5 while on a sailboat in Kauai
in 15 foot swells hanging on to the boat with one hand and just
pointing the camera with the other (program mode) and guess what I
got some good shots. I donít hesitate using this camera in
adverse weather conditions and just wipe and clean it.
Some comments lead to believe that some people have walked in from
the street and purchased a two thousand dollar camera. That the
person never picked the camera up and realized how heavy the
camera is. Not that the F5 is that heavy look at some medium
format cameras. If you are looking at this camera Iím sure you
already are aware of peoples comments good and bad. It would hard
for me to believe that someone will purchase the F5 as a first
Nikon camera. I would assume that the person who made this
purchase has an assortment of Nikon products and knows what they
The F5 was introduced in 1996 and was a top of the line 35mm
camera and in 2004 it still is the top of the line. I know other
manufactures make great cameras but eight years later this camera
is still at the top of the list.
This camera will be that last film camera that I own. It is not
because Iím going digital, because Iím not at the moment. It
is because this is simply the best film camera you can purchase
from Nikon and it just might be the best film camera you can own.
Negatives: I wish the focus area brackets in the viewfinder
illuminated in red similar to the N80 and F100
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