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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 : Bill (
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Date : 10:52 AM Thursday 09 August, 2001

Thank's J Woods I know right, It's fun to use F3. I do spend moore time composing with the F3 rather than the N90. Anyway thanks for you thoughts. Bill

2. From : JWoods (
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Date : 07:52 PM Wednesday 08 August, 2001

Dear Bill, the camera itself will not create pictures that will "WOW" - actually, you did. The Nikon F3 has just boosted your self-confidence and released your inner creativity with its simple back to basic camera operation and control, so you are putting more attention to elements that essentially make up for a good picture such as composition, light and mood etc., that is all.

3. From : Bill (
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Date : 02:10 PM Wednesday 08 August, 2001

I to bought a used F3HP last May. I just got back from Utah and shot slides "WOW" they looked great. I left my N90s at home and I am glad that I did. I just love my new F3 it's a lot like my old Cannon F-1 but a lot better.

4. From : jerome satorre (
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Date : 09:53 AM Wednesday 08 August, 2001

if anyone has an f3 manual. pls email me privately. thanks.

5. From : Joe (
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Date : 12:05 AM Wednesday 08 August, 2001

Could someone please send me the instructions manual for F3HP in PDF format?
My email address is

Thanks a lot!


6. From : Phil (
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Date : 05:38 AM Tuesday 07 August, 2001

Hi F3 fans!
I've just bought an almost mint 2nd hand F3HP and I cant believe what I have been missing all these years! My F90X is going to be taking a back seat from now on.

I have a couple of questions, if anyone can help I would be most grateful:
1) The little white line on the base of the film speed dial doesnt line up with the marks on the dial itself. They seem to be out by half a indent. Is this normal? If so, which is the correct setting - high or low? If this is a fault is it readily repairable?

2) Where can I get a pair of those triangle shaped rings for the strap lugs that minimise the rubbing on the body - any clues?


7. From : Roz (
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Date : 01:34 AM Tuesday 07 August, 2001

To Marc, try finding an attachment that can 'bridge' your lenses to that of the Nikon 'F' mount. You may need different ones for different makes e.g. Minolta to Nikon etc. But you may have to do stop-down metering if such attachments do not couple with the F3's indexing ring as per Auto Indexing operations.

To Harry, my first F3 failed on me in 1982 due to moisture seeping in between the camera base while mountain hiking. Nikon managed to repair it before any rust set in. I would think that Nikon can repair your unit by changing the flexible circuit board. The F3 is still a 'current' model. I was at a shop the other day and the sales person showed me a recently repaired F3 which fell in water at Lake Kenyir, Trengganu. It was repaired at over Ringgit Malaysia 900. I was not surprised as I had my F801's circuit board changed for RM720 6 months ago . Costly yes, but had to for sentimental reasons (had it for 11 years, with some very memorable events) But Nikon Malaysia had to take 6 months to repair as the part had to be ordered from Nikon Japan.
Perhaps the time your F3 spent in 'salt water mist' environment have corroded internal parts. Hope these have helped. Good day!

8. From : Harry Usher (
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Date : 03:51 PM Monday 06 August, 2001

I had forgoten how good a camera the F3 is/was till I read your report. I have had mine since 1986, however the electronics have not been functioning at all since 1999. I took it to a camera repair shop two months ago in Phuket, Thailand where I live, who said they would have to send it to Bangkok for repair. The message which came back from Bangkok was it could not be repaired!! Due to a language problem, I could not get an answer as to actually what was wrong with it. Surely it should be possible to obtain a new electronic circuit board if this is the problem.Does anyone have a Bangkok contact who could help, or failing that a Malaysian one. Nikon should be proud of this camera (when it was working) as it has been up many mountains, up rivers and inside caves in Borneo, and travelled more than 25000 nautical miles onboard my yacht throughout SE Asia! Any assistance would be appreciated. Incidentally, the lens I have always used has been the Tamron 35 to 210mm 67mm, with sometimes a right angled lens attachment.

9. From : Marc Forrest (
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Date : 02:34 PM Sunday 05 August, 2001

Nikon Folks, I just got a used nikon F3hp... i am trying to accomplish some closeup photograpy and my old minolta SRT 303b just isn't up to the task... tho iam very much a novice in these matters... the camera i got came with the MD4 motordrive but no lens...
and as you can imagine iam pretty broke after my auction success...

my query... will my Vivitar 24mm f2.8 MC lens fit on the Nikon? its an old lens and the box says "Interchangeable lens mount adapter system for most popular 35mm SLR cameras including EE models. Operates only with TX lens mount adapters... Accessory size 58mm" i got it for my minolta and also a set of three extension tubes... i sure would like to be able to use these on the nikon... failing that, prehaps there is an adapter that will accomadate this very dandy 24mm len and extension tubes... additionally i have the minolta MC Rokkor - PG 1:1.4 f=50mm that came with the 303b.

i wonder if either of these lens will fit on the Nikon F3hp? of course the camera came without manual... so if some kind soul has the complete pdf F3hp manual i sure would appreciate an email copy... thanks for any information or directions to links that may enlighten me on these matters... marc forrest

ps: i reckon i'll be needing a flash unit... my photo project involves indoor table top closeup shots of fishing flies buried at various depths in *very* white sand. if anyone can direct me to a suitable flash unit again my THANKS!

10. From : danilo (
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Date : 02:42 PM Thursday 02 August, 2001

My F3 light seals to the back cover is worn out and I feel this looseness when I grip the camera. I think I can replace the seal foams myself you know to save some money as it looks pretty easy. Any body out there who have done it themselves before and where can we usually buy those foam seals ? I appreciate any advise thanks Danilo

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