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    I had a Canon 1Ds and sold it to go back to film - as I really hadn't ever shot with film and wanted to fine tune my skills . I picked up an F100 that was in brand new condition for $150 with an SB-28 flash. Same day, I also won an auction on eBay on an F5 that looked almost brand new (supposedly fewer than 5 rolls of film have gone through it) for $250 shipped. Got lucky on that one.

    Anyways, I sold the F100 because the lack of mirror lock-up is pretty important for me. May not be that big a deal for others. Also, since shooting with a 1 series for several years, the "weight" grew on me. I found the F100 too light. The build quality on both are astounding. My F5 has been in steady rain already and is what I expected it to be - bullet proof I wouldn't get an F6 unless I was rich. I would much rather have a D3

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    I've had an F5 and an F100 with its grip. The F5 was great, but too darn heavy to carry round all day, whereas the grip comes off the F100 when they extra power isn't necessary.
    I'd recommend the F100 (even without the grip) purely because it's easier to see the viewfinder AF points.

    I don't see much point in the F6 although it is beautiful).

    For AF work I have an F80 which is equally as satisfying as long as you don't hit it with bricks.
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    I've got both the F5 & F6. F6 is a more advanced as it will give you access to the CLS lighting advancements that the F5 does not. That is the biggest thing for me. That being said, both are excellent cameras and very capable and durable.

    The F6 is smaller unless you add the battery pack and then its basically the same size as the F5. I forgot the name or number but they make a device that you can plug into either camera and download the shooting data to a card.
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    OK, let's just say I have an F5 on the way to the house in as good of condition as one could expect given it's been in the box and in a closet for a number of years. I don't have the serial number yet.....but.....if it works and works good, any reason to send it to Nikon for a once over? Should I dare ask how much a CLA on an F5 would run by the "factory"? From what I am led to believe, everything operates and works perfectly.

    Crossing my fingers I came up with a good one.......I really lucked out on my F4 from KEH....it looked used but not abused by any stretch of the imagination.

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    any reason to send it to Nikon for a once over?
    Bob, it's a pro Nikon, if it looks and feels okay, it's probably okay.
    Test the meter and shutter speeds, and if they seem wrong get them checked out by a reputable local for cost & convenience.

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    Jake, you were spot on. Played with the new to me F5 tonight. This camera was a pro's and he obviously took very, very good care of it. Hardly a scratch on it. I mean it, it took me really good light to see some of the rub marks......I couldn't be more pleased. Test roll of Porta 160 in it for testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airgunr View Post
    The F6 is smaller unless you add the battery pack and then its basically the same size as the F5. I forgot the name or number but they make a device that you can plug into either camera and download the shooting data to a card.
    The device you are referring to is the Nikon MV-1 Data reader, which can download shooting data from both the F100, F5 & F6. I have one and is very happy about it. I use it together with both my F100 and my F6. Much more convenient than making comments in note books which never really worked for me. The MV-1 is unfortunately quite expensive.

    I do prefer the matrix metering in the F6 over my other cameras with matrix metering (FA, F100 and D3). And the handling of the F6 is very close to the handling of the D3 especially with the battery pack (MB-40) mounted. When using the MB-40 with a EN-EL4 battery it seems the power will last forever.

    Wkr, Henning

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    Quote Originally Posted by henbo View Post
    The device you are referring to is the Nikon MV-1 Data reader, which can download shooting data from both the F100, F5 & F6. I have one and is very happy about it. I use it together with both my F100 and my F6. Much more convenient than making comments in note books which never really worked for me. The MV-1 is unfortunately quite expensive.
    Agreed, the MV-1 is very handy. I used to use a MV-1 with my F6 and also with a F100, until the MV-1 decided to completely stop working

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluttered View Post
    Agreed, the MV-1 is very handy. I used to use a MV-1 with my F6 and also with a F100, until the MV-1 decided to completely stop working
    I use Nikon Photo Secretary for F5. It can extract shooting data too but I use it mainly for setting custom settings.

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    Is there any reason you are NOT considering an F100 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ira Rush View Post
    Thinking about a used Nikon F5 or F6


    OK… so at the risk of offending some forum members…
    Be forewarned…
    I will be using what some may consider a “foul” word.
    No… it’s not that four letter word,
    it’s actually 7 letters long… begins with a D and end with an L.

    I am considering getting either a used F5 or used F6.

    Body condition, shutter curtain,shutter speed sound, mirror and mirror foam is pretty
    obvious to assess as to whether or not its been used but not abused. What does
    concern me is that since the F5~F6 is less “mechanical” and more of an “electronic”
    camera is there a way to assess that (i.e. “are the electronics n good working order
    or are they prone to imminent failure”).

    Of even more importance is “shutter count”.

    I know that Nikon claims the shutter is tested to 150,000+ clicks, …BUT…
    Is there a way to actually assess the actual shutter count? I know that with
    a Digital camera (by the way, that was the “foul word” ),
    one can read the Exif data to get a shutter count….

    Any way of doing that on a F5~F6, getting the shutter count.

    Thanks in advance
    Not to be a TROLL, but is there any reason you are NOT considering an F100 ?

    I really want to know !
    I shoot Canon's, BUT some of my best friends used to shoot F100's.

    The F100 is actually newer than the F5 & thus does do a little that the F5 doesn't
    & the F100 sometimes won't AF Older Non-Nikon AF lenses.

    If you are contemplating using G-Mount lenses , I would think that the F6 would
    be the choice. The F100 may work too, but I don't think the F5 will.

    Finally the F100 weighs less than either the F5, or the F6.

    So, again I'm just really curious as to why this body has been rejected out of hand.

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