Thom Hogan's
Complete Guide to the Nikon F5


The definitive F5 instruction guide.

This eBook helps you master the use of the Nikon F5 35mm SLR, with a full description of the camera features and lots of useful tips and background information. This is the work that should have been the manual!

This eBook is $29.95 plus shipping and can only be purchased from this site.

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  • Nikon metering and autofocus modes explained in plain English! Wonder how the color CCD-based metering pattern works? Can't figure out Dynamic autofocus, Release Priority, Focus Priority, Closest Focus Priority, and a host of other terms used to describe features of the focusing system? Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon F5 explains these terms and accompanying techniques in the same simple, no-nonsense language that made his Nikon Field Guide a best seller.

    Bonus: did you know that the F5 has a secret autofocus setting that works wonders in low light? You'll need Photo Secretary to unlock this function, but it's there, and this eBook describes how.
  • F5 Accessories, software, options, and even revisions are described. Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon F5 manages to not only fully describe every feature of the F5 in clear, easy-to-understand language, but gives you information about all the F5 accessories, points to third-party products such as the ninth-battery adapter, completely covers Photo Secretary, and even briefly describes the four modest changes Nikon has made to the camera along the way.

    Bonus: this eBook contains full (and clear) instructions on how to use the MF-28 data back. And this book is the only place you'll actually find clear, complete descriptions of the custom settings supported by Photo Secretary.
  • Includes useful Depth of Field spreadsheet! On the disc is Thom's Excel spreadsheet, which allows you to calculate depth of field and hyperfocal distance for any Nikon lens used with the F5.

    Bonus: You'll also get Excel workbooks for macro and flash (know how to calculate the GN of multiple flashes or the effective GN when bouncing? You will if buy this eBook!).

Did you know?

  • The F5 is the only current Nikon body in which you can control the lower limit for shutter speeds with flash?
  • Photo Secretary for the F5 works just fine on Windows XP (but you need a traditional 9-pin serial port)?
  • That you can use pre-AI lenses on the F5 (after a Nikon service center modification)?
  • You can download shooting data from the camera (requires Photo Secretary)?

You will know all those things and much, much more once you read this eBook!

What others say about this eBook:

"Demystifies the complexities of Nikon's greatest pro camera. The explanation of flash functions alone is worth the price of the book" --Dr. Steven J. Schiff

"A very comprehensive and useful tool for F5 shooters." -- Randy Holst

 

260 pages, eBook (Macintosh and Windows CD-ROM supplied; uses Acrobat Reader).
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Other Useful F5 Links on this Site


My review of the F5
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Errata Page for the Complete Guide to the Nikon F5.

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS 3
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 8
ABOUT THIS EBOOK 9
CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS BOOK 11
INTRODUCTION 12
  F5 BASICS 15
  F5 LINEAGE AND HISTORY 15
  F5 CONTROLS 22
    F5 Front View 22
    F5 Top View 23
    F5 Back View 24
    F5 Side Views 25
  F5 DISPLAYS 25
    Top LCD 25
    Back LCD 26
    Viewfinder Display 26
  CAMERA SETUP 29
    POWER 29
      Battery Life 32
    DATE IMPRINTING 34
      MF-27 Data Back 35
      MF-28 Control Back 37
    VIEWFINDER ADJUSTMENT 41
    RESETTING THE CAMERA 43
USING THE F5 46
  FILM LOADING, REWINDING, AND UNLOADING 46
    Rewinding 49
    Unloading Film 51
    Warnings and Whatnot 51
  LENSES AND FOCUSING 52
    Attaching Lenses 54
    The Autofocus System 56
      Autofocus Modes 60
      Dynamic versus Single Area Focus 62
      Autofocus Tracking 66
      Autofocus Recommendations 69
  METERING AND EXPOSURE 71
    Metering Methods 71
    Exposure Modes 79
    ISO Sensitivity 84
    Exposure Compensation 89
    Exposure Bracketing 92
    Exposure Bracketing with the MF-28 99
  SHOOTING CONTROLS 99
    Shutter Release 99
    Lock Button 100
    Motor Drive 101
    Multiple Exposures 103
    Self Timer 107
    Depth of Field Preview 108
    Hyperfocal Distance 113
  CUSTOM SETTINGS 115
    Photo Secretary and Custom Settings 115
    #0 – Custom Settings Bank 116
    #1 – Release Prior. in Cont. Servo AF 116
    #2 – Release Prior. Single Servo AF 117
    #3 – Bracketing Order 117
    #4 – Partial Shutter Activates AF 118
    #5 – AE Lock Behavior 118
    #6 – Direction of Command Dial 119
    #7 – Shutter Release Locks Exp. 119
    #8 – Automatic Film Loading 120
    #9 – Film Advance Speed CH 121
    #10 – Film Advance Speed CL 121
    #11– Alert LED Blinking 122
    #12 – Stop at Last Frame 122
    #13 – Multiple Exposure Option 123
    #14 – Center Weight Metering Circle 124
    #15 – Meter OFF Delay 125
    #16 – Self Timer Delay 126
    #17 – Manual Exp. Mode Bracketing 127
    #18 – Focus Screen Compensation 127
    #19 – Prolonged Shutter Speeds 128
    #20 – TTL Sync Speed 128
    #21 – AE-L/AF-L Button Behavior 129
    #22 – Aperture Set by Dial/Lens Ring 131
    #23 – Focus Indicators 131
    #24– Exp. and Flash Bracketing 131
    Additional CSM in Photo Secretary 133
      “Lock Button” 133
      “Command Dial Rotation” 134
      “Self-Timer LED” 135
      “Release Timing for Second Camera” 135
      “Release Time Lag” 136
      “Bulb or Time selection” 136
      “Imprinting Focus Area” 137
      “Focus Area Selection” 138
      “AF Operation in Cont. Shooting” 138
      “Priority for Dynamic AF Mode” 139
      “Aperture Control During Zooming” 140
      “Slowest Shutter speed for Flash” 141
      “Shooting data to be stored” 142
      “Deleting Shooting Data” 143
      “Shooting Data Indicator” 143
      “Data Imprinting on Frame #0” 144
      Function Settings tab 144
    Error Messages and Warnings 145
  USING THE MF-28 CONTROL BACK FUNCTIONS 150
    MF-28 Bracketing 150
    MF-28 Timed Exposures 151
    MF-28 Interval Timer 152
    MF-28 Trap Focus 154
  FLASH 155
    ALLOWABLE SHUTTER SPEEDS 55
    FLASH IS THE SHUTTER SPEED 157
    FLASH RESTRICTIONS 158
    FLASH MODES 159
      TTL Modes 159
      Automatic and Manual Flash Modes 163
      Specialized Manual Flash Modes 165
    Flash Options 166
      Slow Sync 166
      Rear Sync 168
      Red Eye Reduction 169
      Fill Flash 170
    EXTERNAL FLASH 172
       SB-28/SB-28DX 174
       SB-50DX 185
       SB-29/SB-29s 192
       SB-80DX 198
USING AN F5 IN THE FIELD 213
  THE WAY THOM USES THE F5 213
  CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY 216
  WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS 218
  SOFTWARE 219
    Camera ID 221
    Get Data from the Camera 222
    Remote Camera Control 224
    Setting Custom Settings 226
  LENS CHOICES 226
    Prime Time 226
    Zoom Duo 227
    Sensible Lenses for the F5 228
       Fixed Focal Length Nikkors 229
       Nikkor Zooms 233
    Lens Compatibility 237
    Teleconverter and Extender Options 240
WARRANTIES AND REPAIRS 241
GRAY MARKET CAMERAS 241
F5 ON THE WEB 244
  REVIEWS 244
  OTHER BOOKS 244
  DISCUSSION GROUPS 244
F5 ACCESSORIES 245
  POWER ACCESSORIES 245
  VIEWFINDER 245
  DATA BACKS AND SOFTWARE 248
  REMOTE CABLES 248
  OTHER ACCESSORIES TO CARRY 249
F5 SPECIFICATIONS 251
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 254
INDEX 257



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