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Nikon 5005 35mm SLRs

3.56/5 (9 Reviews)


  • Lens MountNikon F
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    Depth2.63 in.
    Height4.01 in.
    Width6.6 in.
    Weight23.04 oz.
    Product ID21481061

Product Description

Out-of-production SLR.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gestaltent a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2004

Strengths:    AA battery compatible. Cheap. Solid and sturdy. Single shot winder can be made to nearly 2.5-3fps with practice. Uses same af module as 8008 series. Pop up flash.

Weaknesses:    No metering capability with non-af lenses.
Big for an entry level slr (especially compared to today's models). Film speed settings have no dx override. Continuous AF limited to automatic tracking of subjects moving towards camera.


Bottom Line:   
The Nikon N5005 is the ultimate evolution of the much maligned Nikon N4004 series. True, it has some limitations, particularly for photographers used to the more advanced Nikons, but that is the same "problem" that many people had with the also much maligned Nikon EM, they were expecting a camera that wasn't really meant for them. If a photog wants an advanced Nikon for cheap, go online, there are scads of older but still highly useable advanced Nikon SLRs, both AF and manual out there. With digital affecting film camera prices, models like the N8008 cost little more then the price of a new entry level model.

The Nikon 5005 was made for the point and shooter but comes with a somewhat limited degree of manual override that can be of use to more advanced users.

Based on a body design from the mid to late 80s, the first impression that a modern user will get is how big, solid and substantial it feels, especially considering that it is a point and shoot slr. While not convenient to carry around, it does have an edge in taking knocks and bangs. I would put the N5005 against any Canon Rebel any day of the week for sheer ruggedness.

It is widely available and cheap. Forget the N4004. It deserved to be maligned. It's AF was slloooow. The 4004s was somewhat better. The 5005 that I got may not be cutting edge by today's af standards, but considering how slow the standard zoom I put on it (f/4-6.3), it focuses relatively quick.

In use, I throw a moderate quality 28-300 f/4-6.3 superzoom on it and lug it around as a "superhappysnap" camera. It is a particularly effective combo for outdoor events with lots of constantly changing people activity and other grab shots.

The flash is a nicety but has some problems with casting an annoying shadow on the bottom of the picture if the lens is either too long, too wide, has a shade or any combination therein. To shoot pictues with flash and not get that shadow, I recommend, either short and compact primes (like 28mm, 50mm,85mm) without hoods or small low ratio zooms (like the 28-80 or 35-80mm f/3.5-5.6, big 2.8s of that range won't usually clear the flash).

Film speed is read by a dx calibrated computer. This can be a problem for bulk loaders ( are there still any of that breed left?) and for special processing like pushing and pulling . The only non-dx speed available is iso 100. There is no exposure compensation or other override.

The camera grips well in small and medium sized hands despite its heft. Be careful when pushing the shutter button to check light meter levels, it can have kind of a hair trigger and can fire a frame, wasting film, especially if it's on manual focus (it locks up on af if the subject is not in focus).

The information is displayed inside the frame/eyepiece and indicates such basic statuses as correct or incorrect exposure and focus. Unfortunately, in the program, shutter and aperture priority modes, it doesn't have the ability to display the exact exposure you are actually getting. Only in manual mode does one have that info.

I usually put my 5005 in program, aperture or shutter priority mode. With the 28-300 and a fast color print film (iso 400/800), it's more versatile then your average point and shoot, whether digital or film.

And because it is so common and cheap, I don't sweat about carrying it around in my back pack as a go anywhere kind of camera (versus say my Nikon N90s).

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Nikon N90s, N8008/s,EM,FG,N2020.

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Isa a Professional

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Strengths:    TWO DIALS- THAT'S ALL!! very reliable, trouble free. Disappointing to gadget crazy guys, gets as good or better results than overpriced equipment!

Weaknesses:    Doesn't have bellybutton for flash cord, have to use hotshoe adapter (25.00). Autofocus is loud, as is rewind. Not as quiet as the N70. Unfortunately you can't turn off the ISO DX code reader in camera.

Bottom Line:   
The N5005 is a great camera. Unlike it's new counterparts, the dials are idiot proof and much more practical than LCD displays. I've used this camera for years as a primary, and i've never had problems. It meters very well, is very reliable, and although i've never pushed it- i think it's durable as well. The flash may not be the greatest on-camera-flash, but honestly, if you're using flash on camera you're an idiot. Just the same with program controls, all you need are the four that come with this model, aperature priority, shutter priority, program, and manual. If you feel you need special programs to help you take pictures maybe you should invest in a monkey camera, or take lessons.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   N70, FE2

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dr. Sanjay Dhawan a Expert from India

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Strengths:    Strudy body, Nikon lineage, Easiest to switch from full auto to complete manual mode, 3 auto modes (P,A,S), simple controls, AA batteries, self timer(1/2 shots), AE lock, built-in flash GN 13

Weaknesses:    No DOF preview, No double exposure, No spot meter, No exposure compensation or bracketing (but you wont miss all this very much)

Bottom Line:   
Good beginners camera to use in manual and auto modes; Good second body; being Nikon it opens the pandora of all the Nikon product range especially the lenses

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Nikon F 80 (recent purchase), Yashica Medium Format

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alfred W.Y. a Intermediate from U.S.A

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    solid build
wild-choice of Nikon lenses
uses AA batteries
easy to use
fully fool-proof


Weaknesses:    cannot use shutter release cable
too heavy


Bottom Line:   
I received this camera many many years ago as a gift, it started to serve as a spare body since I got a N8008s 5 years ago and ever since. It never dissapointed me, because the shutter will lock if the subject is out of focus, so you'll always get the sharp pictures. This probably is the last AF Nikon without a LCD, which I think is great, since the LCD sometimes confuses me. Two dials do it all, kind of like MF camera. Weight is the only thing I dislike about this camera, heavier than my N8008s, very strange, but I can live with it. It still a perfect camera for starter, and a great second body for semi-pro like me.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Purchased At:   gift

Similar Products Used:   Nikon N8008s
Nikon N65
Nikon FG
Canon ESO


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ron Balestrieri a Intermediate from Northern California

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2001

Strengths:    Well built.
Nikon quality.
Good AF.
Excellent metering.
Accepts all Nikon lenses.


Weaknesses:    No shutter cable.
No manual ISO setting.


Bottom Line:   
An excellent & easy to use camera without the fragile LCD screen & small buttons found on most newer cameras. Doesn't require a manual to operate. A bit on the heavy side, but that's a plus for me. Accepts most Nikon lenses, so I can interchange my FM2n lenses. Uses AA batteries. Good built-in flash (a little slow to recycle). Both Matrix & Center-weighted metering that is quite accurate. Has the same electronics as the more expensive n8008. An inexpensive camera with outstanding Nikon quality. Excellent for the beginning photographer, and a great back-up camera.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Olympus OM-1 & OM-2
Minolta Maxxum 7000
Nikon FM2n


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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