You have an F3. How about a different flavor altogether such as the FM2N? Otherwise I'd need a definitive reason to lug an F4. In fact, make it an F100 instead. But for general shooting?
I shoot a raft of Nikons. My shortlist includes the light, compact and reliable FM2N.
I do like the FM2n & it would probably meet my needs just fine, but there are two things going against it for me.
1) its small size (I have large hands)
2) it's 92% viewfinder coverage (I rather like the 100% coverage in my F3)
I want an F4s or an F4e (mb23?) so badly it kills me but it seems like every time I find one on the net they are gone before I can say I will take it , or I am broke. More often than not as of late I am broke, and I have more pressing things to spend my money on a lot of the time as we are often at the hospital when the spouse is getting chemo. Eventually I hope to get one within my budget. The F4 was the Ferrari of 35mm cameras that I only dreamed about back in the 80's.
A new F4s user here. What a magnificent SLR camera it is! I think I'll need the smaller battery grip and definitely the waist level finder.
My primary Nikon is an F3, but I bought a used F4 only because if you want to use any of Nikon's current Tilt-Shift lenses (they are manual focus), the F4 is the lowest number "F"-camera that will work with them. They are manual focus lenses, but have electronic diaphragms that won't work with an F3, F2 etc.
That's a good point, and Tilt/Shift lenses are on my list, but I would be purchasing Canon's versions ;)
The FM2n threw an interesting wrench into the mix as I kind of like the battery independence aspect of it and 1/4000 shutter speed would be sufficient enough. I also keep hearing that its darn near indestructible, I like that too.
As I mentioned though, I don't think the size / weight of the F4 with the smaller MB-20 grip would be an issue, I'm 6'3" and I've got reasonably large hands, I'm also fairly accustomed to large & heavy cameras. Not that I prefer that, I'm just used to it.
When I had my 1n and 1V I had all of the grip options for them, but I found I definitely preferred the smallest battery grip as the other options just added too much weight. Are the dimensions of the F4 similar to the 1N or 1V?
I guess at this point it's between the F4 and the FM2n, I would need to find a K or P screen for the f4 most likely and the FM2 would just work.
Hmmm, decisions, decisions..
Buy an FM2n, F4 and F2. Use for 3 months. Sell the two you like least for probably about what you paid.