- From AD (Wed Mar 10 05:59:49 1999 ):
Does anyone in here know how much an F3H (not HP!) should go for second hand? It
has the MD-4H attached, and the MF-4 as well... according to this site, the camera
cannot work with the MF-4, but the one I saw had it... oh well feel free to email
any input to me, anything is much appreciated! AD
- From pickle (Wed Mar 10 02:56:25 1999 ):
hi all, i was wondering if anyone has figured out any correlation between the serial
number and production date for the f3 cameras? i read most of the posts in this forum,
and find no useful information regarding this subject. i did notice that someone
is collecting serial numbers, but find no further discussion on that subject. also,
a few searches on hotbot didn't turn out much useful information. does anybody know
how to tell an f3's (or f3t, f3hp, f3p, ...)production date from its serial number?
anybody? thanks in advance!
- From ben (Mon Mar 8 04:59:42 1999 ):
what is the highest level flash i can buy to do dedicated TTL with my f3? do i need
to buy an adapter?
- From Dario
Silva (Sun Mar 7 08:51:32 1999 ):
Anyone would sell a motor drive for Nikon F3??
- From Ed (Sun Mar 7 04:36:37 1999 ):
The F3.. a legend amongst Pro's.. after defecting to an EOS-1 and Canon 'L' lens
system I missed my F3 so much... I sold all the EOS gear after two years and purchased
a used F3HP and aim to stick with the F3 from now on... it was like welcoming back
an old friend :) Great Site!!!
- From ben
m. (Sat Mar 6 12:22:15 1999 ):
where can i find the rechargeable ni-cad batteries for the md-4 motor drive?
- From Toby
Chey (Wed Mar 3 02:47:40 1999 ):
when set at A and the viewfinder displays 8 seconds and the underexposure symbol,
does F-3 actually time more than 8 sec. for you but not displaying the time in the
viewfinder? I can't find out any material to prove this is correct or not (at least
not in the PDF version of F-3 manual provided on this site) thanks.
- From ED
CRUZ (Fri Feb 26 15:37:26 1999 ):
iT'S ABOUT TIME US F3 OWNER'S GOT NOTICED, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, THANKS
- From Dick
tien (Thu Feb 25 21:38:43 1999 ):
Hi, Great web page you have here. Any knows whether there is a book on the F3? Haven't
come across one. Cheers!, Dick
- From Kelley
Prebil (Mon Feb 22 05:23:36 1999 ):
Does anyone know what F3THP means? I'm rather curious on information about this camera.
- From Martin
Taulu (Thu Apr 8 11:12:58 1999 ):
Today I bought an F3hp with a MD-4 and a SB-17, and a 50/1.4. I paid $299.00 for
the whole deal, and it's in nearly perfect condition. Can I use my older non AI lenses
for TTL flash without worrying about stop down metering?
- From Lars
Brubæk (Tue Apr 6 04:27:53 1999 ):
Have used F3HPs and used SB16 for same. Would like to know name of dedicated flash
cable allowing for off-camera TTL flash operation. 3 pin contact on side of SB16
suggests existence of such a cable.
- From John
Eyer (Thu Apr 1 10:01:34 1999 ):
Just got my dream machine F3HP after years of thinking and searching. Took a chance
on a used - listed as 99% perfect body for $799 from Woodmere Camera. I don't think
this body ever saw a roll of film or batteries. Works great!
- From ronald
alex leo (Tue Mar 30 23:19:25 1999 ):
Hi! I want to know the prices of F3 body, MD4 and Nikon F mount telephoto lens If
anybody is interested to sell F3 used body, contact me in this e-mail. Iam in New
Delhi- India Thanks
- From Michaella (Thu Mar 25 09:44:00 1999 ):
Hello, anyone can give me the instruction of F3. I'm going to learn photography and
got F3 but don't have the instruction. I don't know about the camera at all. How
can I get the instruction of F3? Help me!!!
- From Tripodi
Rosario (Mon Mar 22 05:51:19 1999 ):
very good camera!
- From Derry (Thu Mar 18 02:28:40 1999 ):
F3 a great camera and a great site. My 15 year old F3 malfuctions at 1/60 and lower
speeds. May be this is due to negligence on my part. Any reliable shop in the Phil
to fix my F3. Thanks
- From Dita
Trisnawan (Tue Mar 16 10:58:43 1999 ):
I want to know how much the recent price of our new nikon F-3 fave camera is? (body,
sb11 and sb 14) thank you very much!
- From MikeC (Sun Mar 14 16:48:33 1999 ):
Can anyone give me an idea as to what would be a fair price (say $US) for a F3HP
with 50mm f1.2 Nikkor and original Maroon Camera Case
- From Leonard (Thu Mar 11 17:03:08 1999 ):
Can anyone who owns a F3AF please contact me ?
- From peter
blake (Sat Jun 12 18:21:19 1999 ):
Here in Japan, all the F3 stuff is still available new. I guess that I would be willing
to help out with locating F3 stuff for you guys thanks peter
- From john lockyer (Fri Jun 11 10:10:49 1999 ):
Is it possible to use SB28 nikon Speedlight on F3 in ttl mode?
- From Michael Heidecker (Thu Jun 10 20:57:25 1999 ):
Used F2, bought F3...happy! Bought F4s - very disappointed about its quality- Bought
F5: absolutely happy! Sold F4s, bought 2nd F3HP and F5! Now: that's the gear I always
wanted: the F3 is one of the most reliable cameras I ever had (Leicas, Blads, Rolleiflexes...but
the best one was: Nikon F3!). There was a Nikon ad many years ago, which said "3
x Kenia, 6 x India, 6 x America, 2 x Columbia and 0 x repair." and the only
comment I can give is: THIS IS THE FIRST TRUE AD!
- From Neal
Vickers (Fri Jun 4 21:43:03 1999 ):
Does anyone know shere I could get a replacement for the motordrive socket on the
bottom of the F3HP?
- From Troyce (Wed May 26 23:43:01 1999 ):
Does anyone know whether the Nikon DW-4 6x mag finder when fitted to the F3HP shows
a full image view, or merely magnifies the entire of view, thus cropping the viewfinder
- From Ross (Tue Apr 27 03:14:53 1999 ):
Where can i find specs on nikon's MD-4 motor drives. This site is great for info
on the camera.
- From Leonard (Fri Apr 23 12:54:00 1999 ):
I have uploaded more info on the F3H at: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/models/specroom98/f3hspec/index.htm
.One more thing, this Nikon F3 site will have a TOTAL revamp later.
- From Douglas
C. (Fri Apr 23 01:31:22 1999 ):
I used to have a Canon Eos 50E but after a year owning it along with several other
lenses, I traded "up" to a F-3HP and the Nikon system. Although I do miss
the autofocus part a bit, I dare to go on to say that the F-3 is the ultimate picture
tacking machine. Its realiable, built tough and extremely accurate. No need to mess
with matrix metering, autofocus and so on. You are the best automation any camera
- From AD (Thu Apr 22 03:08:11 1999 ):
Hey all you F3(HP) fans... =) Anyone know where I can get the regular back for an
F3H? Yes -- the Highspeed one. I don't actually own the camera (yet?) but I found
one but suspect there may be some sort of problem with the back (hinge back). Thanks
in advance for any replies or information! Feel free to email me... AD
- From Hkagiyama (Fri Apr 9 01:19:38 1999 ):
I recently purchased a used F3-HP, will a circular polarizer work or should I get
a linear one or ? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
- From Pat (Wed Jul 21 16:41:08 1999 ):
AD! I've come accross lots of F3HP lately, just got one couple of months ago, mint
condition, with body caps but no box (do you really need it) and no manual (download
it!) and paid $800.00 with Motor Drive! That's about what they all are in basically
new condition. Add $100.00-150.00 if you want to have the box and manual. They usually
come without warranty but does this camera need one? If you want to have an idea,
check out "ebay.com"-great stuff, lots of it hard to find -actually an
F3/T champ. with matching serial# lens just went for little over $1800.00!
- From AD (Tue Jul 13 14:50:18 1999 ):
Hi, I've recently come across an EX condition F3H... with no box or papers.(what
a waste eh?) How much should one go for -- including MD-4H but with no box/papers.
I assume the camera loses almost all it's "collector" zest, and becomes
any old camera now... or not? I'd love to have one just for regular use and to play
around with, because 13fps sure sounds fun. :-) Also, it may not have it's original
MF-6B back (is that what it was called?...) but either a new one, or one taken off
another F3P. Will this further reduce it's 'value'? Oh right - one more thing. Does
the F3H have special body caps, or any other special features apart from the MF-6B
as it's standard back, special MD-4H motor drive, the "F3/H" engraving,
and differen s/n's? thanks! Regards, AD
- From EEwyn (Mon Jul 12 10:45:00 1999 ):
I think you guys are referring to this Nikon F3T LE: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/htmls/models/htmls/f3tlimited.htm
- From Lars (Sun Jul 11 19:53:45 1999 ):
Ray! - according to Stephen Gandy's Rare Nikon SLR page @ http://cameraquest.com/nikrare.htm
only the 300 first champagne finish F3T was sold in the wooden box with matching
lens etc. So you would need to know if your serial nr. is inside those. Don't confuse
the Champagne F3T with the F3 Limited also described on Gandy' page!
- From Ray
Vanover (Sat Jul 10 05:33:32 1999 ):
First of all, THANKS for the F3 site! You have told me more than I ever thought I
would know about my camera. Secondly, I have a F3/T HP that was given to me as a
gift by the widow of a professional photographer in my hometown. It has the champagne
finish and looks very similiar to the one pictured on your site. I don't have the
original lens that came with the camera so I can't see if the serial numbers match.
How else can I determine if my camera is a "Limited Edition"? Thanks again
for the site!
- From Lars (Sun Jun 27 04:35:56 1999 ):
AD!- Stephen Gandy has info on F3 Limited @ http://cameraquest.com/nff3ltd.htm. I
don't think that David F. was referring to lack of answers on the board but maybe
Leonard should look at what people ask - not the "where do I get... ?"
off course - to see if he can incorporate some of that in the site (I know he is
particularly working on the F3 site right now). I think answer should be given to
the board so everyone can benefit (like an interactive FAQ - maybe it will be turned
into one day!). Michael H. - what disappointed you about the F4? Troyce - there is
a finder page somewhere here - try go via F and F2!
- From AD (Sun Jun 27 03:38:16 1999 ):
With refrence to David Finnell's comment below, I have to disagree -- this is already
a superb site! I suppose one gets answers by sending the original poster email. (That's
why our email addresses are requested?) Anyway on to the F3 Content: I've recently
seen *new* (not sure if they're warranty'd or not) F3HP's selling for $1160 US or
thereabouts, and I was wondering: Good deal or bad deal? How much "should"
they be selling for nowadays? Also, I also saw the box of a "F3 Limited",
and having unsuccessfully searched this site for any information on this camera,
I was wondering what the difference was between it and the regular F3(HP) apart from
being a limited edition. Does anyone have information on availability/value of this
camera? Thanks for any input. ;) AD
- From David
Finnell (Tue Jun 22 10:05:47 1999 ):
I very much enjoy this F3 Nikon Site. The only thing I can not figure out is how
to find the answers to all of the questions asked. If you can find the answers this
will be a superb site indeed.
- From Wilson (Fri Jun 18 22:28:15 1999 ):
Could I use SC-12 and SB 28 to get TTL flash from the F3? The SB 28 has a socket
for TTL multiple flash. Anybody has the experience.Thanks.
- From Ryan (Fri Jun 18 12:08:55 1999 ):
Does anyone know where I can get a DX-1 viewfinder for the Nikon F3. please respond.
- From Brandon (Tue Aug 17 09:39:10 1999 ):
Had an accident this weekend and crunched the top of the DS-2 viewfinder on my F3.
Ouch! Does anyone have one they would be willing to part with?
- From Maintainer (Sun Aug 8 15:12:14 1999 ):
New section for discussion on lenses, bookmark for future reference: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/messageboard/lenses/optic.msql
- From David
Finnell (Sat Aug 7 06:30:52 1999 ):
I am interested in obtaining an "H screen" for my newly purchased F3HP.
I understand there are actually four (4) H screens. How do you go about deciding
just which one to buy? Can't find any information about them. This is a great site
and keep up the good work. David
- From Nigel
Hill (Fri Aug 6 14:40:23 1999 ):
Outstanding web site, congratulations! I shall keep visiting. In time I hope to contribute
to the shared information but for now I will continue to read and learn.
- From cc
davis (Thu Aug 5 00:36:55 1999 ):
Need manual on F3? Try library - they search and find. Take notes. Buying used? Calibrate
meter, have serviceman ck shutter speeds. Enjoy learning use of large spot meter.
F5 does my flash work. F3 is pretty much manual, existing light equipment. Very enjoyable
camera that delivers results. Use compensation for bracketing between full stop readings.
Durable, small, good for travel and street work, good for non-flash nature work.
Takes experience to meter quickly and reliably. Finger on exp lock part of technique.
- From John
Cravens (Mon Jul 26 15:20:17 1999 ):
I have had my Nikon F3 since 1980. It has a DS-2 viewfinder. My eyes are not as good
as they used to be and it is getting harder to focus the camera. I understand the
High Point (HP) DS-3 viewfinder works better for people who wear glasses. My question
is; will the DS-3 fit my 1980 Nikon F3? Appreciate any answers, thanks John
- From Lars (Sat Jul 24 20:29:34 1999 ):
Eric - BH Photo has an F3H in their used equip list.
- From eric (Sat Jul 24 13:53:52 1999 ):
call me insane but I do action photography and do find the 8 frames a second a little
slow for somethings. if you can believe that, then perhaps you understand my dilema.
I need a little more speed and find the size of the old high speeds to obnoxious
and big for easy field use. hence i am searching for a place to get a f3h. can anyone
guide me to a place that might actually have this camera?
- From Eric
P. Miller (Thu Jul 22 16:33:03 1999 ):
Thanks for putting up such a great site for information on Nikons! I just got an
F3HP in mint condition (3 rolls of film through it) with the MD-4 and a 50mm f1.4
Nikkor for $850. Is that a good price? How can I find out when it was made according
to the serial number? Is there a place that lists serial numbers vs production year?
- From AD (Thu Jul 22 03:52:56 1999 ):
Hey Pat... And Mr. Leo Foo - Sorry if we're clogging up your F3 site. It's truly
a Modern Classic Camera though! Anyway yeah. Pat - If you look very carefully, you'll
notice that I wasn't talking about the F3/HP (that I can get my hands on very, very
easily) - I meant the High Speed version, with its dedicated MD-4H motor drive. It's
okay though. $800 sounds pretty good - but beat this. I found one here in Hong Kong
with MD-4, MF-14, and a 50/1.8 going for a little under $1000... all in EX+ - EX++
condition. Also, I've decided (basically) to get a Black F3/T like new, but with
no box or papers. It's literally like new. No scratches AT ALL, not even light brassing.
Everything is perfect. Not a scratch, dent, or hint of use. ;-) Hopefully I"ll
get it for about $900 but we'll see what the shop keeper asks for (originally slightly
less than $1000). If I'm not wrong, the last price for F3/Ts when they were still
being made was about $1,600 so this is a really good price considering all I'm missing
is a box and papers. Anyway Thanks for replying, I'm sure you meant well. ;-) Also
Mr. Foo (the webmaster) if you ever need to get used equipment (especially Nikon),
Hong Kong is *the* place to look!! :-) Take care, AD
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