I'd go even further. Recently, I've had the good luck to find a F6 NIB on Amazon for 1200 Euros. Handily stood in for the used one I stupidly sold.
If you have the money, go for F6. If you don't, go for F5. It's that simple.
i'll use my fmsuntil they'll fall apart,ans there 's no sign of that yet.
I'm like the kid with his nose on the lolly shop window every time I visit here and finally have an f100 (late serial number) on the way so you are likely to hear my voice a bit more. Unused and hobby by the looks of it and $165. The F5 was just too heavy and I tried to like an F3 but am better suited to the f100. Its for street and Zeiss lenses and Im really happy to be joining everyone here.
Film is like chocolate and I can eat a ton of it ...you guys know what I mean (grin).
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I regularly use the F100 but I've been thinking of picking up a F5 one day. I've never liked F100's matrix metering. I think it underexposes b&w film in some high contrast situations and I don't trust it any longer. Maybe F5's matrix would work better, who knows.
The F5 may have a somewhat better exposure meter, but I didn't find it good enough to give up the F100.
I shoot with a couple F100's along side my Contax 645 during weddings, I've always have tremendous luck and praise for the metering in the F100. If its backlit, than duh, you spot meter. But otherwise, just shoot at half-box speed and it nails it.
I don't like the F5. At all. It is too big (for 35mm IMO), too heavy, and you can't friggin see what AF point your using.
I use my F5 a lot, and my F100 hardly at all - I feel bad about it, actually, but the F5 is such a great camera, it is my go-to film body. An F5 and an F100 make a terrific pair though.
I'd love to own an F6, but at current prices it's hard to justify. The F5 is 95% of the camera, and has features the F6 doesn't have like interchangeable viewfinders.