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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 : danilo (dwkwan@msn.com)
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Date : 04:47 PM Monday 16 July, 2001

For Herman Graf, thanks for the input. One more question: how come the viewfinder appears dim and the LCD on the shutter s display fuzzy too? Could it be a sign something expensive to repair? Maybe a beattie screen will help but I'm not sure? ANybody can give advise


2. From : Hermann Graf (hermann.graf@basf-ag.de)
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Date : 03:59 PM Monday 16 July, 2001

To Danilo: The foam lining has to be replaced when it seems dismantling. Its function: it stops and dampens the mirror movement after the shutter action. Maybe your camera got the scratch in the mirror by this.


3. From : danilo (dwkwan@msn.com)
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Date : 12:11 PM Monday 16 July, 2001

Thanks Walt. Well just like they said the f3 is a 21 y o camera and much of these used ones are of that era. Because of the legendary performance it has showed we are enamored of it. ALso I noticed the screen is just too damn dark and the reflective mirror that goes up when the shutter is pressed has a dark spot probably a sticker was placed there. I can't figure out where in the world it got there. But it does imprint itself and somewhat influence the darkening when looking at the viewfinder. It makes me think I better get this to a camera tech. Or change to a Beattie Screen. Then this damn strange flash mount. I will again spend money for a AS-17 or AS 8 for my SB 16B in order for it to be compatible. What a hassle . ANyhow I need to love this camera as I'm used to my FM2, quite simple in design and functionality.


4. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 10:56 AM Monday 16 July, 2001

Danilo, The shutter on the F3 is designed to operate more than 150,000 times without failure. This is the equivalent of 4,167 rolls of 36-exposure film.

The problem you describe of the foam falling out is a symptom of age. An F3, even if it looks to be in mint condition, may be as much as 20 years old. I have an F3HP made in 1985, and it looks to be in near mint condition. I hope you enjoy using your F3 as much as I have.


5. From : r464 (r464@usa.net)
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Date : 04:00 AM Monday 16 July, 2001

Does anyone have a PDF copy of the instruction manual? I just bought a used F3HP and would like to print out a copy for myself. My address is r464@usa.net


6. From : danilo (dwkwan@msn.com)
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Date : 11:42 AM Sunday 15 July, 2001

ALso I have another question. Some of the foam lining above the lock up mirror fell off. Is this a sign to be change and does it affect the performance? How about repairs, how much would it run usually? SInce this is a used camera I've got, does trhe falling off of the latter indicate its already worn out camera as it looked mint? Thanks


7. From : danilo (dwkwan@msn.com)
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Date : 11:35 AM Sunday 15 July, 2001

I am curious as to the lifespan of the f3 shutter curtain. How do I know if the s. c. is due to be changed? What are the signs to look for? Also I notice the prism seems dark to focus. I am thinking of changing to Beattie Screen. Is that also normal for the regular K2 made by Nikon? ANy advise will do and please don't hesitate. Thanks .


8. From : Mike (shaud@telia.com)
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Date : 01:15 AM Sunday 15 July, 2001

Hello! I just bougth me an Nikon F3 titanium...! And i need a Manual ! Could you send me the Nikon F3/T instructions manual in pdf or html format? Regards. Mike from Sweden


9. From : Natalie C (groovy_cattie99@hotmail.com)
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Date : 12:14 PM Saturday 14 July, 2001

I have a Nikon F3HP which my father bought for me during some important assignments for my studies 5 years ago; I takes a lot of flash pictures but both my SB-12 and sb-16 that I am still using was just too inconvenient when changing film roll, where each time I have to remove the flash to change film. I bought AS-7 after I read this site and it solves my problem. Just want to say a Thank You to your wonderful website, the graphic and content is simply fabulous. love, NC.


10. From : tigran nazaryan (tigran@undp.am)
Url : http://www.freenet.am
Date : 12:22 AM Thursday 12 July, 2001

Could you send me the Nikon F3/T instructions manual in pdf format

Thanks a lot,
Tigran
tigran@undp.am


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