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    F4 or N90?

    I'm thinking about getting a camera for when I don't have time to change lenses, and also as a F5 backup. The F4s is at least $160, while the F90 is $47.
    What are the main differences and various strengths/weaknesses compared to each other. Thanks!
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    F100. More money but far better camera.
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    We're talking the top of the line nikon pro camera for the late 80s versus a prosumer model from the early 90s so in general:
    1. weight F4>>90
    2. robustness ditto
    3. changable finders F4 only
    4. electronics: more on F90. Had 3rd gen AF and probably flash and matrix metering
    5. IIRC AF quicker and more accurate on f90
    6. D lenses work on f90, old lenses with prongs dont

    check out http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...onf4/index.htm and http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...ls/slr9294.htm

    My 0.02:
    For a light use body that is going to be added to all the other stuff f90. Galen Rowell used to do a two body thing with a pro line camera and then the lightest prosumer model he could find as a backup/run or climb up into wierd places deal. For anything else F4 (see also http://www.cameraquest.com/nikonslr.htm)

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    I agree with Walt that an F100 is a very good backup for an F5, they handle somewhat similarly.
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    The F4 autofocus is quite slow compared to the later cameras. My housemate had one, and my intro-level Rebel G at the, time beat his autofocus every time by quite a bit.

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    Actually what do you think of the Nikon F3 as a 2nd camera?
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    F100 is THE backup for the F5. It's not that expensive and you can find a good deal.
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    F3 and F4 are too different from an F5, they could be distracting in that sense, if you are switching regularly between bodies. The F100 is a much better complement IMHO.

    I mean... if you want to know my honest opinion... trade in the F5 and get two F100s

    Now if, on the other hand, you want a second camera that really is different, then why not go really different and get a camera that fulfills a totally different purpose and is better suited to a different style... such as the street photography that you mentioned. For that I'd say why not look at an fm2n or such. I think you will find it much more useful for street than an F5.

    Ah heck there are many excellent F bodies, you just need to get your mits on some and experiment.
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    My first Nikon Was a F(N)90X That I still have, use and like a lot. The second highly used and now main body was/is a F100 that took some getting used to but it is a better camera for most aplications. I then got a F3 from my brother. Actually it gets more action than I thought it would and since its lighter and smaller than both the F90X and F100 it goes any where as the backup and sometimes as the main camera.
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    I have 4 N90s bodies that get used a lot for either field work or underwater photography (yes I use a housing). I also have a F5 that is a wonderful camera but for the most part my N90s's will do everything I want and more.

    The added bonus is that is one gets broken I just chuck it and buy another as they are so cheap. The N90s is also lighter and smaller than the F5 unless I put one of the battery grips on it. If I feel I need the extra juice that's when I pull out the F5.
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