Hi, I was having the same problem. I chose the F4 for purely personal reasons. I like the controls(knobs and levers), I like the fact I can make it substantially smaller (MB-20), and I like the price for a part-time camera. Good luck, tough decision, though you really can't go wrong! BLT
Mon 27-Sep-10 12:12 AM | edited Mon 27-Sep-10 12:15 AM by anabasis
My decision would lean based on what lenses I would think of using in the future. If I were going to skip non-chipped lenses, and only use AF lenses; I'd get the F5 because it can use newest AF-G lenses in all exposure modes, while the F4 can only operate in Program or Shutter Priority modes with AF-G lenses.
If I was going to look to use non-chipped lenses, the ability to use Matrix metering with AIS lenses would be a big bonus in the F4.
Lower on the list is the fact that the F5 has a much better AF system (5 points rather than 1) but the F4 can be made smaller. The F5 also has a higher frame rate than the F4 (if that matters with film these days). Cost is an issue of course.