So long after starting this thread, the Nikon F was not a gear-acquisition fad. This camera is an eternal masterpiece, and the first-generation optics are a joy to work with. I just developed these:

Pondering the light

(Nikkor-H.C 50mm at f/2.0)

Tuk-tuk driver

(Sonnar-type Nikkor-P 105mm at f/2.5)

Guarding the poshness

(Nikkor-H.C 50mm at f/5.6)

It's funny - over on the rangefinder forum, somebody asked the question - if you could use only one camera, one lens, one film - what would it be? More people nominated the Nikon F than any other single camera. I'm a bit surprised - I would be torn between this any my Leica M3 + 50mm Heliar, but it's a close call nevertheless. The Nikon F represents an era in mechanical design that will never return.