I drug my heels on the way to digital and once I bought my D2X I barely looked back to film. Sold my F6 and F100 and my F5 and then bought a new F5 for some reason I still don't understand. Still love the way the F5 feels in my hand and everything on it makes sense to me...but, getting slides developed became problematic when my local lab shut their machine down and it took a couple of weeks (and they returned dirty from every time)when I sent them out to Fuji.
How many of you still have your F5 and think you might use it (and some of the lenses that work best on it in lieu of the D2X)?
I still own my F5 and, like you, have it in total neglect for long. When I bought the F6 I still carry it with me too. Now since with the D2X, not at all. I have a nearby local shop still doing slides, and very well. Will surely use them sometime soon.
Lenses? Well I used the then called magic trio: 17-35mm f/2.8D ED AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D ED AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF-S these lenses see a lot of action now on the D2X, except maybe for the 17-35, since I got the 12-24mm f/4G AF-S
I use my F5 for flowers, fungi and insects alongside my D2X. I have an F6 which I use infrequently but I treat as my "wildlife" film camera alongside my D2X. At least with flowers, fungi and insects I find my keep rate means that the cost of the film is not too high (no one pays me for my photographs, so cost of film can be an issue).
As to lenses the same trio but I do not own the 12-24 and therefore use my 17-35 a lot with the D2X. (I use PTLens or Capture NX to correct barrel distortion, and Capture NX and Capture 4 both correct the chromatic aberation perfectly).
For insect/macro work I either use a Sigma 180 on the F5 and Nikon 105 VR on the D2X or Sigma 105 on the F5 and Nikon 60 on the D2X.
For Landscape type work I tend to use my D2X and if I wish to record on film then my Bronica ETRS's cameras, trying to match angle of view where possible.
I still love film, but love the convenience of digital. I cannot knock the quality of the D2X though.
I'm in the same position. I won't sell my film cameras at the prices they now bring. I loved the F5 and my two F100s and they reside in honored positions in my collection. If fact, I still have three 8008's and they too will remain with me. I have been planning to have a "retro" outing soon and take only film cameras with me on an outing. I know I'll shoot more conservatively when I'm paying for film compared to my tendency to shoot first and ask questions later attitude with the D2H and D2X.
As I am doing more landscapes my 12-24 is getting alot of use as well as my 80-200. Looking for a lense to fill the middle between that is smaller/lighter than the 28-70 AFS I have but has the same lense quality. I may have to go out and shoot a roll of Velvia 100 today (but I sold my 17-35!).
The 28-70 is an excellent and strangely overlooked lens. It is rather bulky (bigger than the 17-35 and 17-55) but a very very sharp lens on both digital and film. If size is an issue though then the much smaller and cheaper 24-85 f2.8-4 is a cracking piece of kit in my opinion. I own the AF-D version though I believe it has been superceded by a G version which I seem to remember reading is not quite as good. Personally I avoid G lenses where humanly possible unless I have more or less exactly the same thing in D or AIS simply because of my FM2 and FM3A's. Yjr only G lens I own is the 105VR but that is fully covered by the Sigma 105 with the aperture ring on it.
Okay I admit I am an old stick in the mud, but by golly they are cracking pieces of kit and why not enjoy the beauty of the Nikon SLR F mount system to the max if you are lucky enough to be able to.
I still own my F5 (and F4, F3, etc.) and don't plan to sell it. It doesn't get a lot of use lately, but I still enjoy shooting with it at times. At today's selling prices, it makes more sense for me to keep it and enjoy it sporadically than to sell it.
Think I just had a Jones for a new pair of Swarovski binoculars (my old pair were recently stolen) and fund raising came to mind. On reflection, I like using my 105 and 200 Macros better with the F5 as you have to really stand farther back with the D2X..just wish I could find a good lab to do the slides.
I haven't used my F5, or shot film, since I got my first DSLR in 2002. Like others, though, my F5 has more value to me than what it would sell for (same for my F4), and will probably be with me for some time to come.
Ok....the F5 stays, I'm going to order a 20 pack of Velia 100 from B&H and anxiously await spring for some flower/macro opportunities.
If any one know a good reputable lab to send slides too please pass the info on. I bought a pack of mailers for Fuji Labs and the slides took up to 3-4 weeks to get back and I had to clean each and every slide throughly before scanning in.
I still have all my previous bodies, right the way up from an F (yes, I'm quite old)through F2 (several varieties), an F3, F4 and yes I still have one of my F5's. It's the more beat up one that I had and as mentioned in this thread, it's worth a depressingly small amount of cash... I still use it but a lot less now and since my general policy is to buy lenses that work on both formats, I have some nice glass to use. I just wish I could use my 12-24mm on it...
I have a D2hs and a D200. Still have my F5 though I have not used it in at least two, perhaps three years. I have no plans to sell it since resale value is so low. The last time that I shot film, I enjoyed it very much and might once again do so. Will not sell my F5. My favorite camera of all time. Bill
Too many times you hear a person selling a piece of equipment to finance another and then they end up buying the piece of equipment again because they miss it.
I have not been one to sell bodies to finance a new one. First of all the model that was replaced would become a "backup" or a second body to shoot in given shooting situations. It was not uncommon to go out with two bodies loaded with different types of film. When it comes time for yet another new camera, the old "backup" or second camera would simply be too old to get much from if I were to sell so I just keep it.
Because of this mentality (or some may think madness), I have my first Nikon which was a F2AS bought in 78 as well as every other body bought since to include the F5. I just save until I can afford a new body instead of selling a body to finance the new one. Do I use my F5 that much these days? Nope but I will use it from time to time. Do I really need my F4 as a "backup". Of course not but then again, I could not get enough to make me interested in selling it.
When I eventually get an F6, the F5 would become the "backup" which I really wouldn't need but that is okay. I can't even remember the last time I went out with two film bodies loaded with different film . I like the collection of F cameras I have accumulated over almost the past 30 years.
I do have to Nikon Fs in my equipment listing that weren't bought new. I got them used to sort of fill out the collection of F cameras. Now the only one I lack is the F6 .
I only have one DX lens (12-24/4) so there are certainly no lens problems if I should use my F5.
#19. "RE: How many D2X owners still have an F5?" | In response to Reply # 0
Wed 13-Dec-06 08:21 PM
Hey Jeff, I just bought my D2Xs yesterday, and today my F5 heads to ebay. I was a "supper wide" kind of guy so I got the 12-24DX and a new experiment for me, a 70-200VR. I am loving this. Using Aperture 1.5.2 on a 17" Mac Book Pro as Photoshop is not naive intel yet. I find that I an doing much less post processing than i did with my D70. The last holdout for me was a wide that i liked at the DX crop. I had a 17-55 2.8 but just was not happy... Now I am. Goodbye old film... Say hello to 12 MP goodness.
I've got the D1 and D2 cameras as well as the F6, but I won't be selling the F5. It's a classic and I can't bear to part with it. And it actually gets used from time to time (although now I have to get the manual out to refresh my memory sometimes).
I just got an old D1 this past Sunday, but an F5 is def high on my "Wishlist" (along with a "few" others), so all of you here that have one up for sale, please get in touch with me! My NAS is out of control!
Glad to see I am not alone in hanging on to the ol F5. It is a pity I haven't used it in years because I absolutely loved shooting with that camera, but digital has placed it in a drawer. Just can't bear to sell it for the prices the used market is offering.
I never owned the F5. My first SLR is a F100. Still have it. It is so nice to go back and shoot with the camera that inspired me. Shooting film is a contemplative process for me. Buying film - one frame at a time. Make every frame count. Digital is all pre-pay; just shoot away.
The D2x is awesome; wish Nikon could put it inside the F100 body.
I bought the D2X eighteen months ago and use it for 90% of my shooting with the 12-24mm DX, 17-55 f/2.8 DX, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and the 200-400mm f4 VR. But I still sometimes use my F-5 for the following:
1. Black and white shooting in general;
2. Using it with the superb 85mm f/1.4 for PORTRAITS where IMHO film still holds the edge. Also when I use the 85mm f/1.4 for available light shooting indoors, I find the 85mm focal length more manageable in many situations with the F5 than with the digital 1.5X cropping effect which makes it too long to shoot in some indoor situations where there is insufficient room to back up.
3. When I am in a situation where the camera may be at risk. In that kind of shooting I usually take the F-5 with some of its fine old lenses (e.g. 35-70mm f/2.8, 80-200mm f/2.8). I would hate to loose the F-5 after all of its great service, but financially that would be preferrable to losing the D2X. For example, with the current crime situation in Mexico I would never take my D2X or my newest lenses when I go shooting there. Unfortunately the word "NIKON" translates as "cash" in many languages around the world.
I don't have a D2x yet (almost, last weekend!); my main body is a D2h. I have retired film twice, but I keep coming back to it, as there still things I just can't do with my digital bodies. That won't change with a D2x, either. An F5 is on my list, and given their current prices, it is likely to arrive before a new digital body. Actually, the biggest obstruction to an F5 (or heavier use of my F2) is the price of a good scanner.
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I will probably end up keeping my F5 and may or may not shoot much with it but I sure do use my scanner alot. I upgraded to the CoolScan 5000 when it came out and hopefully it will last for years. I have several thousand slides that I delve into when time permits to covert to digital and recently received slides from a well traveled uncle who passed away. Most of the slides were 50 years old at least and I was able scan and print some great prints from them. Jeff "From the Florida Panhandle"
Well I still use my F5 more than my D2x and F6. Its my preferred camera when out doing nature work. The D2x is a great camera, but as a tool, both the F5 and F6 surpass it. The film cameras are just built better and the viewfinders are much nicer to use. As long as, I'm not shooting anything that moves fast, film is the preference. I've found that with care, and slow slide film, I can achieve results that rival the D2x.
Also, digital tends to blow highlights too quickly, a problem I rarely encounter with slides.
I use my D2X and D200 about 90% of time, but I greatly enjoy shooting slide and wide angle shots and the F5 is the answer. It is so much fun to use. Couldn't justify selling it for what you can get today.
My F5 (2 units) are solid stuff and served their master well. My D2X (2 units) do not replace them, but my new F6 did! I still have my F5s as backups though, but beware that F5 does not go well with the SB800 with TTL BL FP switched on. Just TTL is ok, but with BL and FP switched on you will be under exposed by some 5 stops!!!
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My X and 5 are the two primary bodies in the bag at all times. I love the F5 but when the freezer runs out of ISO16 film and Agfa 50, I suppose it will get carried less. I keep the 28-70/2.8D or the 50/1.8D on the F5 and 18-70dx on the X. Both share an 80-200 in the field and when indoors they both share the 70-200 because of the improved sharpnesss at the wide open end. I'm lucky to have a "mom & pop" lab that does good clean push/pull developing for me.
Just make sure to remove the batteries on your F5 if you're neglecting it. I forgot to do that and the last time I checked on my F5, I found corrosion on the MN-30 battery pack. It wasn't too bad, but im sure if I left it in there longer it would of been worse. Poor F5. My D2h gets all of the attention these days.
>Just make sure to remove the batteries on your F5 if you're >neglecting it. ----------------------------------------------------------- I use Lithium AA's in my F5 and SB's instead of alkaline batteries not only for resistance to cold temperatures but also because of that particular leaking issue. I'd be curious to know if anybody has ever seen a Lithium e2 leak in any device(?)
I use both my D2x and F5 side by side to photograph railroad subjects. I still like the look of Fuji Velvia 50, so as long as my freezer supply holds out, I'll be shooting film. I recently picked up an almost new F100 to back up the F5. Each medium has its place still.
I guess I did this backwards...I got my X a year ago this month, after starting with a D100 (that I still use, not as much). I missed having a film body, having started with an FM many years ago that has since been sold, regrettably. I found a 5 used on eBay in great condition and now have 3 bodies. I need to start using the 5, having not even finished the first roll of film, but I do love the camera. Probably should just sell the D100, but I still love it, and may carry it to work for the occasional photo ops that occur in my line of work.
Lenses: 17-35 ASW (love this one!) 35-70 80-400 VR (mixed feelings, but I love the range) Wish List: 105 micro, not sure whether I want the new one or the older version.
I still covet my F5 and keep it wrapped up warm in a safe place. It feels wonderfiully solid. When I bought a D2X they said it was the same quality as the F5 but I noticed the difference immediately. I even think that the D2X is a bit plasticky and it suddently stopped working when I really needed it. The F5 never, ever, let me down.