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Nikon F5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the shutter and usability. The focus and build quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and screen, while opinions are divided on the lens.

performance, build quality, focus, usability, shutter

portability, value for money, battery, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon F5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Nikon F5 Review


I first used a Nikon SLR in 1960, when I covered the Tokyo Olympics. Only a few years earlier, I was using a modified 35mm Eyemo, a movie camera to get sequences at football games for the Dallas Times Herald. The Nikon F, with its motor drive capable...

To sum up the is a very good, heavy-duty , reliable camera for photojournalists. It's metering system is superior. Whether they can justify a substantially higher price per camera over the similar Canon product is open to debate. They have a...

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Nikon F5 Review


The best metering of any camera to date on an almost perfect body.

Exposure and Focus. The best on the planet ; Feature Set. The list of features missing from the F5 can be printed in large print on a piece of paper smaller than the custom settings cheat sheet Nikon supplies ; Build Quality. I've dragged my F5 up...

Custom Settings . Either learn to ignore ‘em or bring a cheat sheet. There is no in between ; Battery Life. With alkaline AA batteries, the F5 just doesn't last very long, even after the factory adjusted the settings early in the production run. The...

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Nikon F5 test review © 2005


To be honest, this was a camera for people shooting action and news professionally and who need photos on film. It is not for landscapes. If you are a professional journalist you really ought to have a D1x or D1H instead, and if you are shooting still...


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The Best Camera I'ved ever Used.


Outstanding Rapid Autofocusing, Metering and Professional.


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Lens First Rocks


i love the conveinence


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Nap shots for life.


It takes great pictures.

there's a lot to remember to get these great pictures.

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excellent camera


size and easy to use


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F5 Nikon


rigged body with planty of fetures

Auto focus screen does not iluminate, dificult to see in dark if abject is in focus

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I like this camera for personal use.


I really love the versitility of the Nikon.

Don't have any.

Product Specifications

Nikon F 5 has a lot to offer. The world's first self-diagnostic double-bladed shutter that is tested to 150, 000 cycles is featuring Nikon's exclusive Shutter Monitor, Nikon's exclusive mirror balancer and floating-type design is for motors and gears. Titanium viewfinder housing and solid aluminum-alloy die-cast body, aluminum top, bottom, back and grip covers and vibration-minimizing mechanisms ensure a good grip and stability of the picture. This camera passes severe environmental testing for improved resistance to moisture and dust. The world's first 3D Color Matrix Metering with exclusive 1, 005-pixel Red-Green-Blue contrast, selected focus area, distance, and scene colors brings unequaled exposure results. Exclusive Custom Control Center-Weighted Meter enables you to customize the size of the meter, Spot Metering and AF Integration matches the Spot Metering area automatically to your selected focus area. The exclusive five-segment TTL flash control offers 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with D-type lenses and Nikon Speedlight SB-26 or SB-27. Photo Secretary expands your photographic capabilities through additional custom settings, the remote operation of multiple cameras, and the selection, downloading and editing of shooting data. Differences from standard F5: Old Nikon logo (from Nikon 1), was engraved on front face; Old Nippon Kogaku trademark was engraved on back face; Color, upper part of body - dark silver, grip - dark gray.


Auto Focus:TTL phase detection
Camera Format:35mm
Exposure Metering:3D color matrix / Center-weighted / Spot
Film Speed Range:ISO 6 - 6400
Timer Functions:Self timer
Type:SLR camera

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Model:5/5 50th Anniversary
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon F

Lens System

Type: None



Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism