Yeah sounds like it was just over-used. It was otherwise clean. Hopefully this won't be a big deal for others I may consider.
Btw, is it possible to have the various focus points light up when manual focusing? Would be great to have AF assistance when manually focusing! That way I could manually focus to a point and have the AF point confirm... Especially since I use Ai lenses
Just in case you are still looking at this F5, you can still take it to Nikon Canada for repair. I just received mine back before xmas from Nikon in Richmond, BC. They replaced the flash sync adjusted the AF and cleaned it up. Nikon stocks parts for the F5 as well. As for the AF only selector only allowing the vertical sensors, it is in fact a setting under Photo secretary that makes the dynamic AF respond to either the vertical or horizontal sensors. It is called "Priority for Dynamic AF mode". I am not sure if it inhibits the selection of the other focus area sensors though.
I had my F5 since I bought it new and it has seen very little use. It's a nice camera overall but I seem to use my F3HP a lot more often. With the F5 you can lock the AF point so that it won't move at all but not to limit its movement only in the vertical direction. In fact I lock mine to the center point. Remove P and S mode so they can not be selected.
RE: The Broken AF selector:
Mine had the same issue. It would go up, down and left but not right. If all that is wrong with your F5 is the Focus Selector, its still worth buying!
I took the back apart and some water had gotten into the contacts between the back and the body and had corroded the gold plated pins and springs. It seems the weather sealing around the button cracks after some time and may let some water in.
To take apart:
-Take the back off of the camera (I assume you know how to do that)
-Remove the spring plate (Plate holding the film flat) This may be tricky. Start on the hinge side, it should slide off of the 2 pins, then on the window side, the top part then the last pin on the bottom. Remember the way it went on. Careful not to bend the legs.
-Remove 3 phillips screws, one near the contacts, one to the left of the contacts, the other is near one of the posts that holds the spring plate (Thats why you have to remove the plate). IMPORTANT: Do not remove the remaining 2 screws on the contact piece yet!
-Turn the back over
-Peel the rubber away from the back starting at the bottom right of the back (Starting at the hinge) about halfway and tape it in open out of the way (use masking tape).
-Reveal the AF Selector Dpad and remove the plastic housing and the Dpad in one go.
-This will expose the printed mylar circuit board bellow.
-Remove it but be careful not to displace the springs behind the bottom right of the mylar circuit board
-To the left of the Dpad, the circuit board will appears taped down, just slide the mylar circuit board out (There should be 2 contacts beneath it).
-Now, clean the contacts on the circuit board with isopropyl alcohol. Also, you can take the rubber part of the button and clean the ferrite contacts by lightly rubbing them on a piece of copy paper.
-Remove the 5 tiny springs from the contact board at the bottom right of the back with tweezers and put them in a safe place.
-You can clean the springs with the isopropyl alcohol. They are actually most likely what is causing the problem.
-Turn the back over again, now, remove the 2 remaining screws holding the contacts.
-Careful, the 5 contact pins will fall out, make sure to keep them in a safe place and also clean those with isopropyl alcohol.
to put it back together, i recommend you reassemble the springs and pin contact and reassemble in reverse.
The rubber should stick back on easily. If not, i recommend using something like 3M spay on Super 77 to replace the double sided tape. For that, i would remove all the old tape residue, clean the surface with isopropyl alcohol and spray the whole rubber piece. Then, reapply carefully (It wont come off again).
Mine stuck back down fine but i will most likely have to replace the tape eventually.
Hope this helps! A new or even used back is quite expensive and this repair is quite easy.
That's a lot of great information. I've moved on to other camera systems for my work but I hope that info will help anyone looking now at an F5!
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I know this thread has been dormant for some time but i just didn't find anything else on the subject online.