Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F3 - LE (Limited Edition) Models

Text extracted from the auction: " .... Okay, if you are looking at this auction, then I assume you know the basics of the F3 series cameras. If not you can find them in better detail elsewhere. I instead will explain what distinguishes this camera from all other F3's.

In 1983 Nikon came out with the Titanium version of their then top of the line professional camera. The first 300 cameras produced were given special serial numbers that designate what number it is. Each of the 300 cameras was then paired with 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S Nikkor lens with a matching serial number, and in Nikon fashion, a velvet lined wood display case with a numbered plaque on it. Two years later, after a high demand for it a certificate of authenticity was given to the owners of each camera. This auction is for #56 of 300 in that production of cameras and includes the body in mint unused condition, the lens in mint unused condition, the display case, the certificate of authenticity, matching serial number boxes with all of the paperwork for the camera including unused warranty card, a clear plastic rear cap for the lens, clear plastic body cap, and clear plastic cover on the base of the camera.

The absolute only flaws I can find on the camera are a light scratch on each strap lug where the Nikon strap rings were removed to protect the delicate finish of this camera (these are included in the auction). The lens has no flaws, but the gold passed sticker has come off due to the adhesive drying up, and there is some residue on the lens. I don't believe I have the sticker anymore. The boxes are not in mint condition, they have taken the abuse that the camera has avoided over the years and it shows. Both boxes appear to have some light water damage and scrapes, scuffs and dings from being moved around several times. The display box also shows what I assume to be water damage, and the certificate has sustained some water damage as well as being folded at some point. All of the water damage was done before I owned the camera so I can't say exactly what happened. The ends of the boxes pictured are probably the best sides, but I wanted to show the serial numbers more then anything.

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Credit: All four images courtesy of Mr. Steven Wolfe® <atthelastminute@fastmail.fm> Images Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

I don't want to sell this camera, I would love nothing more than to keep it forever. However, right now the money would serve me better then having a camera I can't use and never intend to use. I have set the reserve price at the minimum I am willing to sell if for, and it is based on what it is worth to me, not anyone else. If the ending price is close to the reserve I may contact the high bidder and offer him the camera at a price we can both agree on. The winning bidder is expected to pay within 15 days, and while paypal is accepted, due to the high dollar amount I will require an additional amount to cover the fees charged by Paypal. Other means of payment will be cashiers check or money order, no personal checks will be accepted. Buyer will also pay the shipping cost and insurance will be required. I will ship to other countries, but at the buyers cost, and buyers must use Paypal for payment.

As a final note, let me say that while my reserve is set high, keep in mind that this is a 20 year old camera that has never been used. Also realize that 3000 50th Anniversary F5's were produced, making this camera 10 times rarer. I have seen these on ebay in the past, but I have never seen one with everything I have, and never with the certificate of authenticity. I have included pictures as large as I can do so you can see all of the details. If you need any more specific shots, please let me know and I will try to oblige.... "

- Stven Wolfe -.

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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