Start out by saying, Ive been shooting a good bit and am very technically savvy. Ive been shooting digital professionally for years, shoot Polaroids, etc. Just bought a mint condition Nikon F5 in the box off Ebay a week ago. Popped a cheap sigma 105mm macro on the F5 and selected manual mode. I haven't put a roll of film into the camera yet but have a brand new set of AA's in the body. I'm a bit perplexed by the shutter on this camera and am wondering if something is not acting properly.
***When I select a small fstop 2.8 for example, and select a high shutter speed (like 4,000th of a second outside when bright), the shutter opens but takes forever to actually close (it says its switched to LO shutter speed on the inside viewfinder and goes from manual mode to aperture priority BY ITSELF). when I'm inside and shooting, it does this sometimes but other times it opens and closes rapidly as intended on the same spot. Ive given the batteries ample time between shots, etc. Am I dense or is something wrong with this camera?
1)manual exposure mode 2)iso Ive tried various ones, I'm still seeing the same problem at ISO3000 outside (slow shutter regardless) 3)metering mode has been spot and matrix 4)cap off 5)tried two other lenses ***I've also done the two button reset on the camera as well.
Tried recreating the issue with my F5. No dice. That's a weird one. Is the Sigma lens a G lens or a regular lens with aperture ring? If the latter, are you using the lens with the command dial to set the aperture, or the actual aperture ring? If you're using the command dial and the lens has an aperture ring, what happens if you set it manually to F/2.8 using the ring? Does it still screw up, or does it work properly? If it still screws up, then there's something internal that's causing the issue. If it doesn't, then I'd clean the contacts on both the body and on the lenses you're testing it with. Try again. If it works fine with one lens, but still screws up with the Sigma, then it's a problem with the lens itself. If it works fine with both lenses, then, you've fixed it and saved either the return shipping to the seller (or a repair bill at the repair shop). If not, then, I'd talk to the seller and see if they'd take it back or give you a partial refund for the issue with the camera if you decide to keep it.
F5, F FTn - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Wed 14-Mar-12 07:39 AM | edited Wed 14-Mar-12 07:54 AM by SVA
>Mine had a command dial problem...
Strange thing - one of my F5 cameras - my first one, anniversary edition, bought in 1999, used a lot, but never abused - just a couple of weeks ago started to demonstrate a command-dial problem - the first problem ever! I hope it can be easily fixed, and this is not "the beginning of the end"... We still have other two bodies in the family (one slightly used standard, one untouched anniversary), plus one F100 and two F6 - but if this is the age problem... In a few years I can finish with my father's F2 I have started with when a child, with no electronics at all to fail (if there will be some film and some film development services still available)... The back side of progress - things are not designed to serve generations anymore...
I hope fixing (probably changing) the command dial will not cost a lot... It is obviously a worn contacts problem - when I turn the dial, it changes the shutter speed value (or expo correction - depending on the regime) not one step at a click, but unpredictable number of steps every time (from 30 directly to 125 or 500 for example), and I have to turn it a few times in both directions until I get the desired value.
My very used F5 developed the same command dial problem. In fact, if you google it, you'll see it is fairly common. Mine was repaired - it cost me only 40€. In my case, it was only a contact problem. No dials were changed.