I'm really enjoying the nikon offerings for 35mm lately and I'm quite fond of my F3. I want to eventually get a second body and I'm leaning towards an F4 body (with the MB-20). At present I only have MF lenses, and I don't intend to buy any AF lenses as I don't use Nikons for my DSLRs. Is it foolish to buy an F4 for only manual focus purposes? I know there is a K screen available but I understand its quite elusive and when it shows up it commands a stiff premium.
Would the smarter decision be to just get another F3 or an FM2n?
I don't know because I don't have one. I have the F3 and the F5. I heard it's the best manual focus Nikon camera out there but I failed to see why so.
What exactly is it about the F4 features that attracts you vs your F3? I've shot FE2 and FM2 bodies for a long time and last year got an F3 (no longer have the FE2). On a whim I got an F2 with a DP-1 a few months ago and love it so much more than the others I might just keep the F3 and F2. To me the F2 is the "Leica" of the Nikon bodies in terms of feel and overall quality of workmanship. The F4 and F3 seem fairly close in specs especially if only using with MF glass, maybe a solid all mechanical F2 might be a good second body? Just throwing it out there...
Last edited by Richard Sintchak (rich815); 01-01-2013 at 05:37 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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I prefer the F4 to the F3. I only use manual focus lenses, with the exception of a lone 50mm f/1.8D. I'm normally able to manually focus just fine with my preferred E screen, but if I get stumped, the electronic rangefinder works in surprisingly low light. The three LEDs of the electronic rangefinder bother some people; I like it fine. The backlit display of the F3 is a joke; the F4's is much better.
My F4 has the MB-20 grip; alkaline batteries don't seem to last long; lithiums are better. I find the hand grip very comfortable, but again, there are those that hate it. I'd say that the build quality of the F4 is inferior to the F3; it uses more plastic. Personally, this makes me less afraid to use it in the rain and dirt.
I personally wouldn't but it's more due to its size than its features. When I first saw one I found it hard to believe that it wasn't medium format and only produced postage stamp sized 35mm negatives.
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To be honest, unless I switch to Nikon for my DSLRs (I'm a Canon EOS shooter with a handful of choice primes) I don't see myself buying any nikon AF lenses (maybe 1 or two more AI/AIS primes). I had given some thought to getting another EOS 1n again (also had the 1V in the past which I loved) but I never really bonded with the 1n couldn't tell you why.
If you're getting a modern camera then you should get the 1V instead . . .
I use Nikon N2020, N8008S, N90S and F90X cameras mostly with manual focus lenses. The focus confirmation with the standard screen or with an E (grid) screen are easier for me to use than any microprism, split image or combination screen. This is especially true for macro, telephoto or zoom shooting. Even the lowest spec model, the N2020, has many features and works nicely with the manual focus lenses. When you get up to the N90S/F90X there are certain modes which are not usable with manual focus lenses.