Indeed, if you look at feature lists of every 35mm SLR, you'll find very few things that the F5 lacks, and a few that only the F5 has. It fires with very little recoil, owing to its internally isolated transport and active mirror-balancer counterweighted design.Also takes a dedicated Nikon Ni-MH pack and charger.Yes, with a lever under your right middle finger.The bar graph does not appear as you're setting exposure compensation; all you see in the finder is that the frame counter is now reading in stops.The F5 has no programmable Fn button.The standard F5 screen is optimized for f/1.8 lenses, compared to the D3, whose screens are optimized for f/2.5 lenses. The center-weighted metering can be changed from the 12mm-default circle to 8, 15, 20, or just about anything else. I therefore prefer all the info to appear in top LCD window. ), but it also allows you set the values in English (or the language of your choice, assuming the software is available in that language). If you really need a custom program, you can create one using Photo Secretary.The F5 takes any Nikon F mount lens (non-AI models need to be adapted first unless you have your F5 modified at a Nikon service center to accept them). What I meant to say was that F80/N80 uses a multi-point autofocus selection ability similar to that of the other cameras. Another complaint about this control is that, since it sticks out on the back, it's too easy to accidentally brush it and change the setting. Nikon’s version of ‘a place for everything with everything in its place.’ The implication is that the F100 and F5 do better at off-center low-light focusing than the F65/N65 and F80/N80. Wow. The camera has 24 numbered custom functions that are set via an engineer-from-hell design. Shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, metering method, focus indicators, exposure compensation, flash ready, and frame counter are all visible, even to eyeglass wearers like me. For example, "AE lock activated by shutter release button" (custom setting #7) is disabled by setting a 0 and enabled by setting a 1. Paid $345 in box, delivered.There is no center position on the F5's AF selector thumb control.You have to hold the AEL button to hold the locked exposure, thus you can't shift the program exposure unless you have a second thumb to move the rear dial as you hold the AEL button.The indications of which AF zone is selected is quite different than other cameras.
Single shot and continuous firing at 1 fps, 3 fps, and as high as 8 fps are supported, the latter only with the expensive Ni-MH battery option (otherwise top speed is 7.4 fps).The autofocus system is where the F5 rocks. Single-Area AF mode is a good starting place for newcomers to the F5, as you're in full control of what the camera does. You won't be able to change to a different film advance mode without taking your eyes from the viewfinder, nor will you likely be able to change flash mode, ISO, bracketing, or lock settings without peaking. Another complaint about this control is that, since it sticks out on the back, it's too easy to accidentally brush it and change the setting. Flexible Program, aperture-preferred, shutter-preferred, manual exposure modesThe eight-area matrix metering is very intelligent, sometimes too much so. On the flip side, they lost matrix metering with older lenses, suffered through questionable battery life (at least in the earliest units), gained weight, lost grip flexibility, and lost simplicity of operation (hey, Nikon, pros don't have time to consult custom settings cheat cards!). Need to reset the camera back to ambient light and flash?