Finally had the time to go shoot with my newly acquired F5 (still can't believe the price I got it for) and AF 85mm F1.4D. All I can say is wow! Nice to finally have a body that can drive the AF of this lens appropriately, neither my long gone F70 or D70 could do it, and the viewfinder, what a difference from my D70... My Fm3a will get some rest I think. I am ordering the new 24 f1.4 along with a bunch of ektar even if it won't work on the fm3a.
The whole roll was shoot at f1.4, mainly of my dog running. This will be the ultimate test for AF performance. I'll post some image when they're back from the lab.
Now I only which I still had all those lenses I stupidly traded for a D70 6 years ago...
#1. "RE: F5 " | In response to Reply # 0Sun 19-Sep-10 09:08 PM
As promise, here are the test images. Shoot on cheap fuji Reala 200, shot agaisnt the setting sun, matrix metering, no adjustment.
1-It would still be good to compensate the exposure in such dramatic conditions.
2- It's still very tough to shoot fast moving subject at F1.4. Only 2 out of 20 action shoot of the dog would be precise enough to be blown out above 8x10. (my guess examining the negs).
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#2. "RE: F5 " | In response to Reply # 1Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Sun 19-Sep-10 10:52 PM | edited Sun 19-Sep-10 10:54 PM by Drbee
Thanks for posting you did quite well for confining yourself to f/1.4. Did you experiment with any of the predictive AF features of the F5 for these images?
I am still very fond of my film cameras and I like Fuji films. One thing I've found is that the lab processing of these films often contains too much cyan. It seems to be an inherent characteristic of Fuji materials that is particularly enhanced by underexposure.
Keep us informed of your progress. BTW, what lab did he scans and what was the scan resolution.
#3. "RE: F5 " | In response to Reply # 2Mon 20-Sep-10 12:53 AM
Walmart (only lab in my town) processed and scanned the images. The scans are very low resolution (only good for screen displaying). I had the camera on continuous autofocus with custom feature set to prioritize focus over shutter release. If you have any hints for better predictive focus, it would be greatly appreciated. In the past, the 85mm was mainly used with my FM3a in manual focus because none of my body could focus it adequately.
This test, which I designed to test the F5 RGB metering on print film and AF performance at f1.4 shows me I will now be able to use it with the F5. I still need to get more accustomed to the camera and how it operates, but from my first experience shooting with it, I know it will be a blast. I noticed you shoot often with the F6, how does the autofocus compare between the two bodies in your experience?
I have a bunch of color film on order (the consumer fuji is all you can find where I live) and I plan on starting to use a professional mail order lab. If you know a good one that also does high resolution scans, let me know. I'm going back more into film than digital because I want to spend the little free time I have shooting instead of playing around with my photo on the computer (or scanning them). Still would be nice to have some high res scans to put in my library!
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#4. "RE: F5 " | In response to Reply # 3Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Mon 20-Sep-10 01:33 AM
I do like my F6. The F6 AF engine is a significant improvement over the F5. The predictive AF is a bit quicker and there are more AF brackets to use, several with cross sensors.
However, the F100 and F5 preceded my F6 and both are excellent cameras. The F5 generally better than the F100, but the lack of the red illuminated AF brackets in the F5 VF was the real reason I changed to the F6. Much of my photography was in low light and the illuminated F6 AF brackets just much easier for me to use in that situation.
I've been using a local WolfCamera/Ritz photo lab for my routine development. Film development is generally becoming more problematic. I'm noticing that it is harder for the small labs to retain their trained processing operators. Even on the easy-to-use Fuji Frontier systems, they seem to have difficulty developing operational excellence and consistency. I typically scan my own film using a CoolScan 4000. I no longer have my negatives cut as I cut them into six frame strips for easier scanning with the CS4000.
The only head-scratcher with the F6 is Nikon's choice of batteries. PITA . Given that, if the majority of my photography were in good light, the F5 would be my choice.
Enjoy your F5, it's an excellent picture taking machine.
#5. "RE: F5 " | In response to Reply # 4LarryHG Nikonian since 16th Jan 2009Wed 10-Nov-10 10:42 PM
I share your disdain for the batteries we have to use in our power-hungry pro bodies. I have a well-used F5 that I still love to use, altho' I have a D2X for most of my shooting. I generally shoot Velvia 100 and CS Reala 100 when I take the F5 out for some exercise.
I have been using Sanyo Eneloop Hybrid rechargeable AAs, but am about to try some Powergenix Nickel-Zinc (Ni-Zn) rechargeable AAs (which are sold in Ritz Camera stores under the rebadged name of "Super-Z"). They have a fully-charged voltage of about 1.85 volts, same as the Energizer e^2 Lithiums, and they hold their charge a LONG time!
I asked the people at Nikon Tech Support (1-800-645-6687 for Film cameras) if it was safe to use Ni-Zn AAs in my F5. He said that those batteries haven't been tested in the F5 or any other Nikon cameras. So, his recommendation was to just use the battery types that WERE tested and found safe to use.
Do you know anybody that has used Nickel-Zinc AAs in any of their Nikon bodies that can use AAs?
They seem to be OK in my Fuji S2 Pro (based on the Nikon N80 body).
Any ideas on that? Thanks in advance for any reply!
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