If you are throwing it away, throw it over here.
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I'd repair it. I've had my F5 since Nikon introduced it, and it's been one of the toughest cameras that I've ever owned. It's taken all kinds of punishment and is still a pleasure to work with. My guess would be that your camera, if the repairs are done right, will give you years of good service. The other thing about repair v. replacement is that you know what issues your camera has, and can readily determine whether the repairs have done well. If you substitute a new camera, you won't know its history, and could wind up with unpleasant surprises. Good luck
Presumably Nikon will do exactly as you tell them. If they have warned you of other problems and if you insist that it is only the winder you want repaired then that is all they will do.
If you are unsure of (a) whether the other things need repair and/or (b) you are being overcharged then speak to them and if still not convinced ask for an itemised repair estimate in writing then contact another repairer such as Newton and Ellis in Liverpool and see what it would quote for the same repairs.
If Newton and Ellis is much cheaper then it might be cheaper to have the camera sent back to you at your expense unrepaired and send to N&E.
How much would you use a repaired F5?
What would a replacement cost?
Depending on the answers to the above that will point you to one of several options:
1) Repair the F5
2) Replace the F5
3) Turn the F5 into a bookend or doorstop, and use the Hasselblad.
Now that I shoot single frame 35mm, 35mm, 120, and 4"x5" [ok, 5"x4" for you] for several years, I would go with option 3 but also use the 4"x5" [ok, 5"x4" for you] too.
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Hi there - I've used a company called Aztec Services in Christchurch, Dorset who seem to specialise in servicing film Nikons and I was very happy with their service / prices. Might be worth dropping them a note...
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In the end I took the plunge and have asked for it to be repaired. I agree with what many have said and my original sentiment in that a fixed and serviced camera (especially an F5) is likely to be good for years. So I'll have it back into my flock to accmpany my Blad.
I love using my Blad but the areas that I need to add to it cost too darn much...even extra film backs are several hundred quid!! So I'll keep using my F5 for those few areas where it's cheaper to use it to fill the gap!