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    Nikon F4 opinions?

    My F5 is totalled [shooting in the pouring rain=a camera that smells like burnt electronics] so I now need a new camera.
    I'm not too sad about it, but rather am excited to try a new camera.

    I'm considering the F4. The F5 was kind of too much camera, features that I never used, like the 8FPS film advance. I also prefer that the F4 seems quite a bit lighter than the F5, and it has the awesome manual controls VS the screens in the F5. I also don't need more than one focus point. I would miss the AF-ON button on the back, but thats it.

    My choices are another BGN F5 at $300 or a EX F4s at $350.
    What do you think?
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    Are you using manual or autofocus lenses? I'd get a BGN F4s .

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    I'm using AF-D lenses. Oh, also, will my SB600 work with the F4s? The BGN F5 I had definitely showed med/heavy signs of use, including a broken motor drive mode selector lock, so I would like EX, as it looks almost new.
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    While you're making up your mind why not try an N80 off of eBay for $50-75 with 28-80 zoom lens?

    I would find one to try out before you make up your mind. I think you actually need to hold it and shoot it to really know.

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    I may be able to borrow a N90s from a friend for a bit, as my other working cameras, Olympus XA and stylus epic, don't look pro enough to get me into some events as a photographer
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    If you want to look legit you need a 4x5. Nobody questions your photographic ability with a cambo and dark cloth. Yashicamats look legit too.

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    Yikes, it's hard to kill an F5. I know pros who used them for a decade and they were still going at the end.

    Your cameras seem to have high mortality rates, so to me that implies spending less, not more. And I see little point in spending equal amounts for an inferior but better-condition camera if it's going to be dead in a year or two.
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    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Indeed, though 35mm is just a bit easier for the situations that I'm shooting

    Jim, this is the first camera I've broken, and I shouldn't have used it in a downpour I guess.
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    eh I've used camera's in downpours, its more of how you protect the camera during the weather, not the weather itself. I'd probably go for another F5. I think it'll last longer under your abuse.

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    Marko, I'm assuming you want to stay with Nikon. In that case I think you should look at the F100, if you want to replace many of the features of your F5. Or, look into an F3 and pick up a flash bracket for it to give you that old style press photographer look.

    And I agree with Jim, in this case spending less is more.

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