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Nikon F5. Near mint condition. ON HOLD



The Nikon F5 is a 35 mm film-based single-lens reflex camera body manufactured by Nikon from 1996 through 2004. It was the fifth in Nikon’s professional film camera line, which began in 1959 with the Nikon F. It followed the Nikon F4 of 1988, which had introduced in-body autofocus to Nikon’s professional line. The F5 was in turn succeeded by the Nikon F6, as well as Nikon’s parallel range of professional digital SLRs, beginning with the Nikon D1.

Important advances in the F5 included:

  • Nikon 3-D color matrix meter (the F4 had introduced multi-segment matrix metering to the F series, but color sensing was new).
  • A self-diagnostic and self-adjusting shutter.
  • A mirror-balance system that reduced camera shake.
  • Electronically controlled exposure times from 1/8000 second to 30 seconds.
  • Built-in 8 frame per second motor drive (up from 5.7 frame/s on the F4).
  • 1/300 second flash sync (up from 1/250 on the F4). However, at 1/300 second, flash units could not use their full capacity.
  • Full support for Nikkor AF-S and G designated lenses (the F4 could not use G lenses in aperture-priority or full manual modes).
  • Support for the Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization feature of newer Nikkor lenses.
  • Five focus points for the autofocus sensor (up from one on the F4) with intelligent dynamic autofocus mode.
  • A new industrial design by Giorgetto Giugiaro (also designer of the F3 and F4).
  • An integral vertical/battery grip with additional shutter release and adjustment wheel controls (previous Nikon F models had used a range of removable battery grips).

The Nikon F5’s standard DP-30 metering prism.

Like all previous Nikon F series cameras, the F5 maintained a manual film rewind (with a rapid power rewind built in), high durability, exceptionally short shutter lag, interchangeable 100% coverage viewfinders (including a large-view Action Finder, Waist-Level Finder, and 6x High-Magnification Finder, in addition to the stock DP-30 multi-metering pentaprism), and support for a wide range of Nikon F-mountlenses. In common with the F3 and F4 it relied upon battery power in order to function, either from eight AA batteries or an optional rechargeable NiMH battery pack.

Type Single lens reflex
Lens Nikon F-mount
Film format 35mm
Film size 36mm x 24mm
ASA/ISO range Auto DX(ISO 25-5000), Manual (ISO 6-6400)
Film speed detection Yes
Film advance 8 frame/s
Focus modes AF-S, AF-C, Manual
Focus areas TTL Phase Detection Autofocus 5-zone
Exposure modes Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Exposuremetering 1005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes 3D Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
Flash synchronization 1/300s
Shutter Lithium niobate oscillator controlled vertical focal plane shutter; Electromagnetic Bulb Setting
Shutter speedrange 30s to 1/8000s in 1/3 steps
Continuous shooting
Optional viewfinders DA-30 Action finder, DW-31 High-mag finder, DW-30 Waist-level finder
Viewfinder magnification 0.70x
Frame coverage 100%
Battery 8x AA battery, option MN-30 NiMH battery
Optional data backs Multi control back MF-28 and Data back MF-27
Dimensions 158 x 149 x 79 mm
Weight 1,210 g
Made in Japan


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