The N90s is a very nice rig. But, I think you'd be much happier with the superb F-100.
Oh, like everyone's surprised you would recommend that!
Originally Posted by Kiron Kid
M3, M5, CLE, Minolta XE7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum 9000, Nikon F3HP, etc., etc.
I second KK's F100 recommendation. Price is about the same as a decent F4s, and the camera is more like an F5.
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Yes F100 is the best backup if you already have a F5. Its like his little brother, you will pass from one camera to the other without having to adjust.
F4 is fine but heavy and has a slower focusing speed.
F3 is my preferred camera of the whole Nikon family.
Originally Posted by nicefor88
Except that the F100 has the better, red focus points.
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I prefer my Nikon F with a good Hand Held Meter
Keeping to your actual question:
I've been a working newspaper shooter for some 20 years. We put our cameras through a lot.
The F/N 90(x) is a solid camera. It's not an exaggeration to say I've put tens of thousands of rolls through mine...never had a problem, not once, with it. It's small and light (without the vertical grip) and the metering is great. Ditto the assisting rangefinder for manual focusing.
From what you describe, it's quite cheap to buy, too.
So -- my 2 cents are: save money, and concentrate on making pictures.
Menus. Small, less heavy, durable. New vertical grips still available for $50.
Knobs. Large, heavy, higher frame rate, interchangeable finders.
Also a PJ for over 20 years. I used an N90 as a second body and it was dependable despite heavy use.
I would suggest to use the money you save on more lenses. If you do macro work, F4 plus waist level.
First choice: Get another F5
Second choice: Get an F100 (for the reasons others have said)
Third Choice: Get an F4 (I use it and love it. I have never used an N90 and cannot comment on it)
I had an F4 for years, and it weighed a ton. I fooled with F5, but also very heavy. How much do you use and how much use for all the stuff the F4 and/or F5 do? Realistically, for me an N80 does everything I need - can't tell the negs from the F5. One does not look like a "pro" with N 80, but then what? I have an F100 that is an excellent compromise. Look like a "pro" but doesn'tt hurt your back as much.