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What about threat of digital imaging to the silver halide film-based Nikon F5 ?

: Digital Imaging that started to emerge in popularity during second half of F5's era posts the biggest difference in altering user's mentality mainly due to "convenience" - even though deep inside, each of us knows there are still plenty of room for improvement for the medium in reaching a satisfactory state in image resolution as compare to film. Take the illustration on the left hand side, based on current rate in its development, it can easily take another 3-4 years before we can enjoy with an affordable full-frame D-SLR. I know it is purely business but to see a scale-down format of a D-SLR that demand 1-1/2 fold up in price than a top performing full 135-format Nikon F5 is simply ridiculous The assumption for camera producers is - since you can save so much in buying, process and printing films in the future after getting a D-camera from us have to pay for how we has helped you to save .. oh yea ? since WHEN they have subsidized us for that when using their film-based camera ? Does it means they are also diverting part of their revenue back to the respective film makers by selling so bloody high in price with their D-SLRs ? .Obviously not..

Even some digital-diehard think prices sound "reasonable" if older high-end Kodak D-models were to compare with the newer one, but frankly, I still find it such price-fixing formula for top single-digit D-Nikon models hard to justify. Another comparison, should a Nikon F100-modified version of a D-Nikon retails at almost 1X over a top grade film based such as a Nikon F6 ?? It is like price-abusing the consumers. Say anything I like, but consumers are still flocking onto the D-bandwagon simply because of the sheer convenience of quick deliveries, ability to re-take a badly composed photo, instant images display ability on monitor and/or screen etc.. but seriously, It may require some conventional wisdom to take such an early expensive ride in digital imaging - why not continue in using your full frame film-based camera first, consider buying a portable, reasonable price digi-cam for quick pictures... in the mean time, just wait In a typical Mac user's interpretation, Digital cameras are just like all those much hyped Pentium II PCs those days, they can excite you easily but they also can phase out rapidly in cycles of constant upgrades but now, you can consider donating them as charity..hehe .. #$%@^@!!, peace.

Remember what I wrote about when I was offered a pre-production Nikon F4 unit back in 1988 for a broad scale preview session in Malaysia ? I summarized it was quite disappointing to find Nikon didn't thought of a workable solution for a possible digital film back for the camera and I commented may be it might happen in the next Nikon F5. No. It didn't and throughout its entire product cycle, there was no surprises either. The F6, with so much anticipation was disappointingly revealed this year (2005). Well, looks like Nikon is contented stick to differentiate the two entire breeds separately and for those (including me) who wish it could happen may still have to stay patiently for a while. Will it happen ? very possible because as long as Nikon leads such a trend, it will draw the missing big crowd back to its camp, next, it is not easy to maintain two series of products as the streamlining of the Nikon speedlights reflected this. How would it happen ? Oh.. that is when prices of digital bodies fall rapidly to a level which makes it not viable to keep two production lines going anymore. Possible ? very, because competitions is stiff among the big boys as well as this lucrative new frontier has also attracted many new comers. hehe..

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P E R S O N A L: WHY this Nikon F5 site took such a long time to realize ? Oh.. in the first place, I never intended to build a dedicated website for F5 while it is (was) still a current model. Simple, if ever I did, the site will become a REVIEW - something that can be quite unfair to BOTH its creator, who has poured in so much time & financial resources in developing a commercially viable product as well as along the interested consumers. Reviews can sometimes influence & change someone's perception - MOST people on the Internet like to being led rather than exercising individual intelligence to make own conclusion. In every aspect, Nikon F5 can be regarded as a first class photographic tool and equally, it is a very attractive camera to own & use. It possesses many strength in every department as a top grade, high performance SLR camera, but it also has a few minor, undesirable weaknesses created by Nikon. So, in comparison, a retiring model can be so much EASIER to address in a site because you can include all the events & happenings in its entire life-cycle, while reviewing a current model, as it goes until it is being discontinued, would require many updates (lazy ? yeah yeah ..part of it). Some may also question is it viable to create a site for a camera that has been discontinued ? Well, "viable" ? are your referring to Web traffic ? Who cares ? as long as I don't. (for that matter, as a change in style, I might consider INVITING a Canon-based photographer to prepare a "Review" for the current Nikon F6 because it relates to perspective from an entirely different angle, that sounds interesting huh ? may be...). But trust me, it is never been easy to create a full-scale website with enough quality content that can satisfy my personal expectation in calling a site is GOOD or NOT GOOD. I enjoy photography a lot, I am NOT a pro & I consider myself quite label-independant - the latter is something that is not very good as far as development for the medium in general is concerned. Polarization of opinions for label(s), a common "phenomenon" usually occurs among amateurs & some hard-core, brand-concious professionals is indeed quite stupid to me personally. In most cases, it indirectly creates barriers for sharing to refine skills & experience among photographers. Well, this is a sensitive topic to discuss but undoubtedly brand loyalty also has benefited the manufacturers greatly all these years. hehe...

SITE CONTENT:- As a matter of record, this Nikon F5 web project is made up of 2,295 items (HTML, Jpegs, Gifs, PDFs etc..) and has a folder size of 69.8 MB.

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Well, once a camera has been discontinued, there are few possibilities that may happen. The pros or the financially-affordable serious amateurs will consider an upgrade to the next F6, prices will definitely fall for older model and as time goes by, support will be withdrawn by its creator too. That is where a site like this will prove beneficial for potential talents to take full advantage of these possible situations in the future, where previously it might be financially impossible to spare such a high entry cost to get a top grade camera in a F5. The site, in its RAW objective is purely aimed to support those who may, in time to think such a wonderful camera can do to their photography. Well, if you do not understand what I mean, OKAY , try this - go to Google or Yahoo, type in some keywords "Custom Settings , Canon EOS-1n"... to see if you can find such kind of basic information relate to a previously hot selling Canon ? No, you can't. Even the camera dealers are short of such critical information for trades - not to mention WHAT a budding photographer would think, could it be a good idea to invest into an pro-class "oldie" even though it may be a good upgrade from their entry level EOS-XXX.. ? Similarly for the Nikonians, IF you can enjoy photography with a trusty manual focus Nikon F2A, FE2, a FM2n, there is no reason why you can't live without a far superior AF-Nikon F5 when it is "made affordable" by the market (in particular, popularity of digital cameras has helped a great way in this). Well, while some may have already boarding F6 bandwagon or diverting to digital imaging, the numbers ($$) are beginning to adjust by the old equation of supply & demand formula in the used equipment market. If you like to upgrade your older Nikon to a F5, this site is ALWAYS here to assist. Rewards? yeah yeah ... just proudly blast some online public photo galleries with your F5 taken images ! Deal ?.

Lastly, along with many other camera models featured in this Classic SLR Series project, this site chronicles another retired photographic legend. Enjoy.

my AF-D Nikkor 28mm f/1.4   About AF-Nikkor Resources: One of most important system component fro any top quality photographic system. I know many of you are getting a little impatience for the long awaited AF-Nikkor site to go online. But like the bloody MF-Nikkor section which has taken me more than 3 months just to compile enough essential information before site construction began, the AF-Nikkor can be even be more tedious than the MF - much due to Nikon's frequent updates to the AF Nikkor lens line. Nevertheless, some form of early site preparation is already began as I have started with selective versions of the AF-Nikkor which I owned. The site will come but it takes time, so if you can't wait, just do a search on Google or Yahoo, don't wait for mine. As I said, it can be very easy for you to use your mouse clicks, scroll & view, but can be very difficult to prepare a site with accurate info, rich content (not to mention every now and then, I have to go to Ebay, search, talk & ask for permission to use advertiser's images where success rate is less than 30%). So, instead of murmuring and do nothing, you may be able to help indirectly by providing images of your own collection of your AF-lenses, preferably mail me a short write-up on your experience using them (if you can accompany with a scanned instruction manual is even better) .

An important issue relating to | Content writing | As mentioned a couple times at other sections, I am not good at scripting at all, neither that was my strength (you can say, probably I am the worst Malaysian with the command in this medium..). So, if anyone of you is having a high expectation to read quality writing rather than just treat it as a user reference for a camera, then it will be too unfortunate. As much as I am trying my best to convey to those in needs how to make the best out of a Nikon F5 via simplest form in English but most often my apparent handicap can be quite irritating to some of you who might be a Harvard or Stanford graduate. Well, as I stated earlier, I am a Chinese, but I didn't force anyone to learn Mandarin first before coming to use, otherwise a F5 reading reference in Chinese. But if anyone of you out there loves to educate a poor old man who still struggles to think & write slowly, you are most welcome to do so (neither I want to trouble any of my staffs because this is an unprofitable private project), I can mail all the 230+ HTML files to you OR .. if possible, just try to tolerate & consume what it is appearing in this site now - after all, what the heck, it is just only a free-to-view camera site, yah ?... Am I upset ? No. Why should I ? But ii has probably hurt a friend of mine who was trying his best to help me to patch my writing (he quits now), besides, I am tired after 3 weeks of intense site construction work..Thank You.

Site Content References & Credit: Nikon Technical Manual, Sales Guides, Instruction manuals, Nikon Japan, Nikon USA, Nikon Hand book (Peter Braczko, Fountain Press). All those nice folks who have contributed their images, in particular Mr. Mike Long, Edwin Leong, Palmi Einarsson, Sergio Pessolano, Fred Kamphues, Harry Eggens, Curtis Forrester, fellow countrymen, Vincent Thian, KOH KHO KING, Philip Chong, CY Leow etc. Chuck Hester who AGAIN has given me a hand in text editing.

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Picture (top left hand corner): Nikon F5 Technical Guide, Picture at bottom left): Nikon F5 portfolio; picture at left: Cover of Nikon F5 marketing brochure

NOTE: Something about my photography site

A site dedicated to two of my children, Alvin Foo & Esther Foo, who each was given a Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model - one day, they might need this site as a guide.

All the contributing images used in the Nikon F5 site can be accessed by click-on each of the thumbnail(s) below:-




Summary Pages for all contributing pictures used in this Nikon F5 web site

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For quite a while since the Nikon FA of 1983 that the Company has not been awarded with the Japanese Grand Prix camera award. The F5 did in 1997 again. Both won on the merit of Matrix metering. It shows Nikon truly leads in this segment.

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As a host, I have nothing to offer you guys except for all the images/writings appeared in this site for your to digest, other than that, here are a little souvenir(s), nothing great, it is just a few Wall Paper(s) as FREE-download to decorate your desktop:- If you have the patience to read until this page, you can click here to download some of the Nikon F6.






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The Camera - Background, Issues & Summary
Basic Features | Focusing | Metering Systems | Exposure Control | Reliability Issues | Nikkor lens Compatibility

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Film Backs:
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Focusing Screens -
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Flash System -
Index Page - 3 parts
System Accessories: |
Power Sources | Cases | Remote Control | Miscellaneous

Macro Photography - Related info on Micro-Nikkor lenses

Specification for Nikon F5
Main Reference Map / Nomenclature

Resource Centre
: Instruction Manuals
Nikon F5 Camera Body - 18 parts
MF-28 Multi-Function Back HTML - 8 parts
PC Links - Photo Secretary - 2 parts
AF-TTL Speedlights: SB-28 / SB28DX | SB29(s) info | SB30 | SB50DX | SB80DX | SB600 info | SB800

F5 50th Anniversary Model | Nikon/Kodak DCS-620 | DCS-720 Digital Still SLR camera | NASA-modified Nikon F5

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The Eyes of Nikon:-

Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

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Index Page
  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

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W A R N I N G: The new G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have removed the conventional aperture ring on the lense barrel, they CANNOT adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier MF/AF Nikon SLR camera models. But they are FULLY COMPATIBLE with the Nikon F5 featured here in all usable metering systems and/or exposure modes. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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A resource dedicated to my kids:- Alvin Foo & Esther Foo- one day, BOTH might need to use all these information for his/her Nikon F5A camera.

Volunteered Maintainer(s) for the Nikon F5 Message Board: Tony Davies-Patrick, UK; Rick Oleson, US; Koh Kho King, Malaysia.

Credit: Mr. Chuck Hester, US for his text re-editing skill for this site; Our staff, HowKiat® who created the 3D-Nikon F5 logo. Mr. Lew Chee Wai of YL camera for lending his F5 for me to take some shots appeared in this site. All those nice folks who have contributed their images, in particular Mr. Mike Long, Edwin leong, Palmi Einarsson, Sergio Pessolano, Fred Kamphues, Harry Eggens, Curtis Forrester, Nick (Natures Moments), Sandra Bartocha; fellow countrymen, Vincent Thian, Koh Kho King, Philip Chong, CY Leow etc. and contributions from a few nice folks from Photo Malaysia Forum. Disclaimers & acknowledgments: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work for public publishing in this website, where majority of the extracted information are used basing on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from any possible dispute except rectifying them after verification from respective source. Neither Nikon or its associates has granted any permission(s) in using their public information nor has any interest in the creation of this site. "Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" "Silent Wave", "Focus Tracking Lock-on", "Nikkor" & other applicable technical/business terms are registered trade name(s) of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple G5 IMac.