...and D@MN am I excited!!! Against a nagging little voice in the back of my head, I bought my used F5 from the big auction site. Fortunately, it was an honest transaction, and now I'm getting adjusted to my amazing new film body.
Not too much of a transition from the F100, but the little differences are the great ones. I can't wait to experiment with some really long exposures, for instance! Not to mention being able to shoot a really, really fast sequence in the "CH" setting!
Man, I'm so psyched!
Plus, now I have a new forum to troll around in on Nikonians!
So, the only question is...anyone got an EC-E focusing screen they can sell?
Debra, The couple of differences that convinced me to move up to the F5 are it's 100% frame coverage in the viewfinder (I hate not being sure just what might be lurking in the edges of an image when I hit the shutter, and with the F100 I had a few unpleasant surprises once I got my film back...hey, where'd that branch/light pole/side of someone's head come from?!) The other big deal to me is the extended range of shutter speeds, all the way down to half an hour (though I think this might only be possible with the MF-28 attached? Someone knowledgeable can help answer that one) since I've started to get in to more and more long night shots. I'm also big on having a vertical shutter release, and though I do have an MB-15 on my F100, I never liked the way it was an "extra" piece. I prefer the solid-all-the-way through feel of the F5.
There's all sorts of reasons I went ahead and picked up an F5...the ones mentioned above, as well as a stronger AF drive, much faster continuous shooting capability, wider range of focusing screens (not to mention viewfinders)...basically, I'm still learning as a photog, and as I've started expanding in to more versatile subject matter and situations, I found that in some rare instances the F100 seemed just a slight bit limited. Thus, an F5 seemed like a more versatile body to work with.
Hope my rambling train of thought helped!
PS I still love my F100, it just has a bigger brother now!
Thanks, Stephen, I'll have to start watching the edges of my frames more with my F100 since it only has 96% coverage, good point. I own an F4S also, with 100% coverage, which has an interchangeable pentaprism, but I have not bought another so I do not know the value of that, yet. Thank you, Debra
I know the feeling well... I got mine last week. Lets just say I don't have enough time in my day to learn everything.
One thing that I did notice. My focusing screen has two lines running down the sides. I popped the screen out, and it appears as though these lines consist of that glue like material that are found in mags to hold adds in and then peel them off with out ruining the page. I went to my local Nikon dealer and asked if they thought I could use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to get those lines off. I just have to be careful not to scratch the screen.
Does anyone else have an idea on how to get these lines off?