I just bought one tonight from a Nikonian and wondered why you use a F5 during the digital era? I for one still love the look of chromes and I read somewhere that the F5's meter was just about perfect for exposing slide film. Mark Stephan USN, retired
I have changed my F5 for a F6, but the reasons for using one are almost identical. I love the look of film, but for me it is the tight grain structure of fine grain color. Either of these cameras are as good as it gets and I actually prefer some of the ergonomics on the F5 to the F6, however I prefer the smaller size of the F6 and the red AF brackets for use in low light.
You are right about the meters, they are excellent. I think you are going to enjoy your new camear quite a lot.
Roger It is still ISO, aperture and shutter speed, right? "Nikonians membership - My most important photographic investment."
Roger, I really appreciate your opinions and think the F5 is my last film camera acquisition. I too love the look of film and can't wait. I've been using a F100 for the past few years and even though I love it I always wanted a F5. Back in the late 90's I lusted for one but chugged alonged with my N90s/MB-10/MF-26. I'll probably shoot a roll of K64 for my first film just to see what it and I can do together. It should arrive in time for my birthday so this is a birthday present to myself! Mark Stephan USN, retired
Just about the same reason why I still shoot film? I cannot get enough of how slides turn out. For me, it is the magical experience when seeing the slides just after they get developed.
Bagging THAT shot on film is feels that much better than digital. And why an F5? Because it gives me so much control (too much at times) that if I cannot get a shot right, I cannot blame my equipment but myself.
No, I do not hate digital, but my preference is still towards film.