Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F3 - Basic Camera Operations - Part III

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13. Take up the film slack. Fold out the film rewind crank and rotate it in the opposite direction of the film travel until it stops or you feel a slight tension. Then fold the crank back in.
12. When you are certain that the film is being fed properly onto the spool and travelling correctly along the film guide rails, close the Camera Back until it snaps shut. Push down the film rewind knob to make sure the film cartridge is locked in place.

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14. Make blank exposures until the frame counter shows ' 1'.

There is no other way to test for proper film advancement. After loading, you should also take note of the film advance to confirm if the film has been taken up for proper film advancing, to avoid unnecessary "embarrassment" of realizing this fact after finishing your photo session at frame 37+ or worse still, presenting blank and unexposed roll later after processing.

To confirm, just fold out the rewind crank and turn it in the direction of the engraved arrow until some resistance is felt. Now, if the the film is properly engaged in the take up spool, check that the rewind lever (2) rotates when you advancing a frame or two (1) before setting on course to the frame number "1". Up to this point, the Nikon F3 has a considerate feature. It will automatically set the shutter to 1/80 sec manually during the initial first few frames until you reach frame number '1' in the exposure counter. This applies when you have a dedicated Nikon flash mounted on the camera. Why is it consider helpful ? Because most automatic cameras were not designed for such consideration, and if accidentally you have your lens cap on your lens or trip the shutter in a dark environment, the camera meters may assume light level is low and the automatic exposure will be determined by the wrong reading and set an extra long exposure. You have to turn the shutter speed ring to the manual shutter speed setting or use the mechanical back up release lever to release the shutter from such a 'jam'. With the new feature incorporated, if you think the film has advanced to a safety 'length' in the camera, you have to use 1/80 sec as the default shutter speed to shoot before it reaches frame number '1' where the metering circuit will restore it.

15. Since Nikon F3 is not provided with automatic DX coding, you have to set the correct film speed/ASA in relation to the film in use. ASA is a number which indicates the relative sensitivity of your film to light. Your camera must have this information to be able to give your film the proper exposure. For example, if film speed of ASA/ISO 100 is used, you have to adjust the ASA setting on your camera to ASA100, if ASA 50 is set on your camera, all pictures taken will be over expose by a stop, if for an instance, if the camera ASA setting has been changed to ASA 200, all pictures will be underexposed by a stop.

To set the ASA/ISO film speed. Lift up the ASA/ISO film speed dial and rotate it in either direction until the white dot is opposite the ASA/ISO film speed in use.
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Also make sure the exposure compensation dial is set to the red "0". This programs the camera's exposure meter so that it may provide a proper exposure for the type of film being used.

Note: Don't forget to reset ASA when you use film with different ASA ratings; otherwise, the film will not be correctly exposed. To help a photographer to remember the ASA rating of the film loaded in the camera, insert the film carton tab which indicates the ASA rating, into the camera back's memo holder.

16. Set the camera for automatic operation.

Rotate the shutter speed dial until the green "A" is opposite the white dot. The built-in locking mechanism ensures that the dial cannot be accidentally shifted from the auto position during shooting.
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To unlock from the automatic exposure ('A') setting, press the centrer button which acts as a Shutter Speed Dial Locking Button while rotating the shutter speed dial, once you are out from the 'A' setting, you are in the manual mode.

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17. Hold the camera steady. Although this is not a rule, most great pictures are generally sharp images. Holding the camera steady while you snap can be equally important. Wrap the fingers of your right hand around the camera body so that the index finger rests comfortably on the shutter release button and the thumb fits between the body and film advance lever. Then, cradle the camera in the left hand with the thumb and fingers grasping the lens focusing ring. The camera may be switched from horizontal to vertical format shooting in this position. Due to the nature of the F3 High Eyepoint feature, even with your eye located up to 25mm (approx. one inch) away from the eyepiece, you can still see the entire viewfinder image, including all exposure information.

18. Focus on the subject. Turn the lens focusing ring until the image in the viewfinder becomes sharp.

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