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.
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.
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
setting on course to the frame number
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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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