If you do not require the use of TLR exposure reading then a F or F2 are both very elegant and durable cameras if you buy one that is in really good condition.
I feel that Nikon made a significant mistake in eliminating the removable prism.
I almost always use my 35mm equipment on a very heavy and stable tripod. The nicest and most useful accessory for me that Nikon offered was the high magnification finder: 5x-6x depending upon the model. To me, for what I like to do, this is more worthwhile than any auto-focus could ever be.
When I got back into 35mm equipment a few years ago the choices came down to a Nikon F5 vs a Contax RTSIII. I am certain that either camera would have worked well for me.