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Nikon F5 Series SLR camera -
Technical Specifications

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Technical Specifications for Nikon professional Slr camera Model, The Nikon F5 1996 ~ 2004

Type of camera:
Integral-motor autofocus 35mm single-lens reflex
Construction: metal (aluminum-alloy), Titanium top cover for
standard DP-30(a) viewfinder with rubberized exterior cover.
Picture format:
24 X 36mm [standard 35mm (135) format]
Lens mount: Nikon F Bayonet Mount with conatcs for electronic communications
Focus mode: Autofocus, and Manual with Electronic Rangefinder
AF Area mode: Single Area AF and Dynamic AF selectable
Autofocus area: Five selectable focus areas

Usable Lenses : Nikkor and Nikon lenses having Nikon F mount* * With limitations

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NOTE: Using older versions of Non-AI spec Nikkor lenses with the Nikon F5 (Applicable for Manual Focus, electronic rangefinder, Center-Weighted Metering), the lens mount of Nikon F5 must be modified at Nikon Service Center at an approx. cost USD80-00.

Autofocus mode:
Single Servo AF with Focus-Priority and Continuous Servo AF with Release-Priority
Focus Tracking: Automatically activated when subject moves

Autofocus detection system: Nikon Multi-CAM1300 autofocus module
Autofocus detection range: Approx. EV -1 to +19 (at ISO 100)
Autofocus lock: Possible once stationary subject is in focus in Single Servo AF; in Continuous Servo AF, focus can be locked with AE-L/AF-L button
Electronic rangefinder: Available in Manual focus mode with AF Nikkor and other AI-type Nikkor lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Exposure metering: Three built-in exposure meters - 3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted and Spot

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Metering range (at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens): EV 0 to 20 in 3D Color Matrix and Center-Weighted, EV 2 to 20 in Spot
Exposure meter ON/OFF: Activated by shutter release button or AF start button is pressed or when other camera controls are operated; automatically turns off after 8 seconds or the duration set at camera’s Custom Setting menu #15, or when camera is switched OFF
Exposure Modes:
Programmed Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual
Programmed auto exposure control: Camera sets both shutter speed and lens aperture automatically; Flexible Program possible in increments of 1/3 EV
Shutter-priority auto exposure control: Aperture automatically selected to match manually set shutter speed
Aperture-priority auto exposure control: Automatically selected shutter speed to match manually set aperture
Manual exposure control: Both aperture and shutter speed are set manually
Exposure compensation: With exposure compensation button; ±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing: Number of shots: two or three; compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 steps
Auto exposure lock: By pressing AE-L/AF-L button while meter is on
Multiple exposure: Activated with Multiple exposure button

Shutter: Electro-magnetically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds: Lithium niobate oscillator-controlled speeds from 1/8000 to 30 s (in 1/3 steps); electro-magnetically controlled Bulb setting

Viewfinder: Nikon Multi-Meter Finder DP-30 provided as standard; fixed eye level pentaprism High-eyepoint type; 0.75X magnification with 50mm lens set at infinity; approx. 100% frame coverage; metering system selector, diopter adjustment knob, accessory shoe and eyepiece shutter lever provided; interchangeable with Nikon AE Action Finder DA-30, 6X High-Magnification Finder DW-31 and Waist-Level Finder DW-30

Viewfinder information: LCD shows metering system, focus indication, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, electronic analog exposure display, frame counter/ exposure compensation value and exposure compensation mark; exposure level indicators, flash ready-light LED, aperture direct-readout, focus indicators and focus area indicators are also shown.
Eyepoint: Approx. 20.5mm (DP-30)
Eyepiece shutter: Provided (DP-30)
Focusing screen: Nikon advanced EC-B-type screen; interchangeable with 13 other optional screens

Top LCD panel information: Shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, AF Area mode, focus area, Flexible Program mark, exposure compensation mark, frame counter, exposure compensation value, exposure bracketing mark, multiple exposure mark, shutter speed/aperture/focus area position lock marks and battery power
Rear LCD panel information: Flash sync, film speed, DX mark, Custom mark, exposure bracketing indications and PC Link mark
LCD panel illumination: LCD panel illuminated by rotating power/LCD panel illumination switch

Custom Functions/Settings

Film speed range: ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film; ISO 6 to 6400 can be manually set
Film speed setting: At DX position, automatically set to ISO speed of DX-coded film used; manual setting possible (ISO 6 to 6400)
Film loading: Film automatically advances to first frame when shutter release button is depressed once

Film advance: In single-frame shooting mode, film automatically advances one frame when shutter is released; in CH (Continuous High), CL (Continuous Low) or CS (Continuous Silent) shooting mode, shots are taken as long as shutter release button is depressed; shooting speed is approx. 8 fps in CH mode, approx. 3 fps in CL mode, and approx. 1 fps in CS mode using Ni-MH Battery Unit MN-30; shooting speed is approx. 7.4 fps in CH mode, approx. 3 fps in CL mode, and approx. 1 fps in Cs mode using AA-size LR6 or FR6 batteries

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Frame counter: Additive type; counts back while film is being rewound
Film rewind: Choice of automatic or manual; automatically rewinds when film rewind button 1 and lever 2 are used; takes approx. 4 seconds with Ni-MH battery unit and 6 seconds with eight AA-size batteries per 36-exposure roll; stops automatically when film is rewound; Manual rewind: possible. when film rewind button 1 and film rewind crank are used

Self-timer: Electronically controlled; 10 seconds duration; blinking LED indicates self timer operation; cancelable
Depth-of-field preview button: Provides visual verification of depth of field
Reflex mirror: Automatic, instant-return type
Camera back: Hinged back; interchangeable with
Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-28 or Data Back MF-27

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Accessory shoe: Standard ISO-type hot-shoe contact; ready-light contact, TTL flash contact, monitor contact; mount receptacle for Posi-Mount System provided

Flash sync control: Slow Sync and Rear-Curtain Sync built-in
Flash synchronization: In Programmed Auto or Aperture-Priority Auto, shutter operates from 1/250 to 1/60 s in normal sync, 1/250 to 30 s in slow sync; in Shutter-Priority Auto or Manual exposure mode, shutter operates at speed set, or at 1/250 if speed is set between 1/250 and 1/8000 s; 1/300 s TTL High-Speed Sync can be selected using Custom Setting #20 in Shutter-Priority or Manual exposure mode.
TTL Multi Sensor: Five-segment TTL Multi Sensor used for TTL auto flash control
Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi Sensor: Possible with AF Nikkor lens and Nikon Speedlight SB-800, SB-27, SB-28, SB-600, SB-23, SB-22s, SB-30, SB-29s, etc.

Relative: Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight Models: Nikon SB-800 | Nikon SB-600 | Nikon SB-30 | Nikon SB-29(s) (2000) | Nikon SB-28 (1997) | Nikon SB-27 (1997) | Nikon SB-26 (1994) | Nikon SB-25 (1992) | Nikon SB-24 (1988) | SB-23 | SB-22 (1987) | SB-20 (1986) Nikon DX-Series: Nikon SB-28DX (1999)| SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002)

Monitor Pre-flash: Nikon Speedlight SB-800/27/600 fires Monitor Pre-flash(es) for TTL Multi Sensor when using an AF Nikkor lens
Flash ready-light: Speedlight attached: Lights up in red when Nikon dedicated Speedlight is ready to fire, or blinks to warn of insufficient light for correct exposure

Power source: Eight AA-size LR6 or FR6 batteries or optional Ni-MH Battery Unit MN-30

Indicative No. of 36-exposure film rolls per set of fresh batteries

Test 1: Camera setting: Using an AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens, in Continuous Servo AF mode with film advance mode at S and a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster. Autofocus operation: After lightly pressing the shutter release button for 8 seconds, autofocus operation covers the full range from infinity (°¤) to the closest distance and back to infinity (°¤) before each shot. After the exposure meter automatically turns off (8 seconds), the same operation follows for the next shot.
Test 2: Camera setting: Same as test 1 Autofocus operation: After lightly pressing shutter release button for 3 seconds, autofocus operation covers the full range from infinity (°¤) to the closest distance and back to infinity (°¤) three times before each shot. The same operation follows without intermission for the next shot.
Test 3 Camera setting: Using AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D lens, in same setting as test 1. Autofocus operation: Autofocus operation covers the full range from infinity (OO) to the closest distance and back to infinity (°¤) before each shot. The same operation follows without intermission for the next shot.
(Nikon in-house conducted test reference):

Continuous shooting time in Long Time Exposure per set of fresh batteries
Battery power confirmation: pwrcellB.gif for sufficient power; pwrcellA.gif indicates batteries are nearing exhaustion; blinking pwrcellA.gif indicates batteries are just about exhausted; no indication/mark appears when batteries are completely exhausted or improperly installed

Tripod socket: 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 158 x 149 x 79mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (without batteries): Approx. 1,210g (42.7 oz.)
Other usable acessories: See
System Accessories Section

Production Serial Numbers:

Note: LR6 (AA-type alkaline) batteries characteristically get extremely weak in low temperatures. So we recommend use of FR6 (AA-type lithium) batteries or Ni-MH Battery Unit MN-30 for shooting in low temperatures. (Battery life is shortened especially by bulb shooting in low temperatures.)

The Camera - Background, Issues & Summary

Basic Features | Focusing | Metering Systems | Exposure Control | Reliability Issues | Nikkor lens Compatibility

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Index Page - 1 part
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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 | Custom Functions/Settings

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

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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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  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

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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