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Nikon F3 - widely regarded as one of the most reliable electronic camera of all time and it was also the longest serving Nikon F-Series SLR camera. This evergreen model remains a hot favorite among many working pro and serious amateurs As every individual photographer has his own personal style to express himself and that includes how one handles his own photographic tools, this section allows you to share your knowledge & mutual experience using the camera. Some of the opinion presented within the site was specifically my personal experience and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal. You may make use of this convenience here to present your own views. Enjoy.

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1. From : Peter (
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Date : 12:57 AM Friday 30 November, 2001

Help me remove this lens, please!
While intending to help a friend evaluate the condition of her 1968 Nikon F, I took her lens off and, just because I needed a place to put it down, mounted it on my F3. Now it won't come off. I'm 99% certain that there's nothing wrong with the lens, rather it's an incompatibility problem.
The lens is a 50mm f.2 Nikkor-H, probably the same vintage as the camera.
What do I need to do to unmount this lens?
Any help would be hugely appreciated.

2. From : Steven Wolfe (
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Date : 09:23 PM Thursday 29 November, 2001

F3T #83 for sale on ebay in user condition with no matching lens or any LE extras.

3. From : Steven Wolfe (
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Date : 01:32 AM Thursday 29 November, 2001

The F3T LE version does exist. I am the proud owner of number 8200056, number 56 out of the first 300 F3T's ever made. My documentation states that the first 300 T's made were set aside as a special run including a 50mm 1.4 lens with matching serial number and a velvet lined wood display box with matching serial number on it as well. I have these three items all with #56 on them as well as a certificate of authenticity stating my camera is 56/300. From what I understand the certificates were made as much as 2 years after the fact due to a demand for them, so the serial number is written in instead of printed. For further proof #247 was recently sold on ebay for $3050, and #151 sold for $2026. If you do a search for completed items you should be able to find them. They both have decent pictures, but one hides the serial number. Both were never used, as is mine. Email me for any questions or pictures.

4. From : Hermann Graf (
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Date : 11:12 PM Wednesday 28 November, 2001

To Marc Forrest: I concede the hotshoe problem with the F3/F3HP is puzzling. For the F3/F3HP, only the flashes SB-16A and SB-17 (former SB-12) fit directly to the F3's hotshoe (TTL ensured). For all other Nikon flashes, you need the AS-17 adapter to convert the F3 hotshoe into an ISO hotshoe and to guarantee full TTL. With the adapters AS-4 and AS-7, the same is true e x c e p t the TTL capabilities. The SC-17 flash sync cord is for Nikon cameras and Nikon flashes with ISO hotshoes (TTL provided). The SC-14 flash sync cord is for the F3 and the SB-16A or SB-17 (TTL provided). If TTL is not necessary, much simpler (and cheaper) solutions are possible, e.g., using the PC type connector.
Another possibility: use third party flashes with dedicated adapters for full TTL, such as Metz or Sunpak.

5. From : Nickleus W (
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Date : 11:04 AM Wednesday 28 November, 2001

I have just checked the new Pentax LX 2000 LE section in this malaysian site and that camera certainly looks fabulous. But that also leads to confirm in this Nikon F3 site that a Nikon F3/T LE does exist. I have heard a friend who is willing to cough out USD4K to get a set for his collection. When I asked him why - he said, for the same amount of money, you probably can buy a regular EOS-1v with a flash and a E-1 link. I might as well invest into rare, highly collective classics. I couldn't agree with him more and I have tried checking a few shops here in Seattle area and no one has even heard of such combi. I'd love to have that one in my collection too. Wondering any other on-line sales outlet selling that piece of jewel. Please use message board to response, I am travelling right now. Many thanks.

6. From : marc forrest (
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Date : 10:56 AM Wednesday 28 November, 2001

Flash Gun Help! please...

iam throughly stumped... after flogging the archives and other lists to come to some kind of understanding regarding the type of nikon flash gun to utilize 'off camera' with my F3HP...

my needs are simple... the nikon sb-18 used off camera... i so far understand that used thusly it will NOT HAVE TTL capabilities...


next i understand that i MUST use the VERY EXPENSIVE sc-17 cord to attach the sb-18 to the nikon F3... now the flash is off the camera...

FINE!... but what capabilities will i have? iam doing very close up work so i don't need a heap of light... the sb-18 is priced right! and will do the job

what function does the cord provide if it doesn't provide TTL? is it a sync (pc) cord? (that other hole on the face of the camera below the three pin film winder hot shoe) why doesn't it plug in there? but if the sc-17 cord hooks to the F3 hot shoe what funtions does it provide? if it doesn't allow TTL...

what's the difference between the hot shoe (three pin hookup) and the sync hole just below? do i have to be an engineer to sus this out?

bottom line...

if i purchase the above hardware do i get just manual flash? and if so how do i calibrate my shots?

THANKS! for any help or suggestions, links or required reading. and if anyone has this hardware for sale let me know...

very stumped in the woods waiting to take banana slug pictures...


7. From : Walt McKinney (
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Date : 12:04 PM Saturday 24 November, 2001

Go to the site: There you will find a list of F3 and F3HP serial numbers versus date of purchase new. The date of purchase may not correspond exactly with the date of manufacture, but it should be close. Regards, Walt McKinney

8. From : thomas gustafson (
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Date : 03:46 AM Saturday 24 November, 2001

can anyone help. i have an f3 that was used for computer slide duplication...i am in the process of converting it back to normal (new finder, back, focus screen, etc.) my question is - when i advance the winder the film does not advance, does anyone know how to reengage the winder to turn the nob inside the camera? does that make sense.? can anyone help. it seems like all the rest of the camera works- but is there an easy solution to fix the advancement of the film?> thanks - please email me if you can help. - tom gustafson.

9. From : John menyes (
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Date : 02:21 AM Saturday 24 November, 2001

Does anyone have reference to the serial numbers on the F3& f3hp
with regards to decoding the year of manufacture?
In effect I would like to by the newest version of this item based on the date of the serial #.
Thanx <

10. From : Van Overmeiren Tom (
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Date : 08:04 PM Thursday 22 November, 2001

I'm Looking for a instruction manual from a PB-6 Bellow, can anyone help me

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