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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 : Alberto Proverbio (a.proverbio@katamail.com)
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Date : 10:28 PM Wednesday 11 July, 2001

I bought a used F3 camera but the user's manual was lost. Can I receive please a copy by e-mail?
thank you
Alberto


2. From : danilo (dwkwan@msn.com)
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Date : 09:00 PM Wednesday 11 July, 2001

Hi, I just got myself an f3 hp and md4 after all these years. My current camera is a used FM2 got it back in 1992. I would like to ask a favor to whosoever has the instruction manuals for the f3 and md4 to email me at dwkwan@msn.com. Thanks in advance as I bought it without any. I"ll appreciate any who can share as to how this legendary f3 is made of.
Danny


3. From : mauro biffi (mauro.biffi@roche.com)
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Date : 11:43 PM Tuesday 10 July, 2001

Could you send me the Nikon F3HP instructions manual in pdf format?

Thank you very much
mauro


4. From : Jwoods (centurywoods@yahoo.com)
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Date : 09:56 AM Tuesday 10 July, 2001

Phil Walter: Generally, an used F3P with MD4 would cost more than a second hand F3HP with MD4. The F3P in fine condition is hard to come by nowadays but most appearing in the used market are generally well worn. The "P" originally meant for "Press" but since Press photographers are generally being classified as "pros" and thus, some users or collectors also referred the camera as "F3 Pro" - which is not entirely wrong in interpretation. In most cases, although it has less functional features than one expect it should appear as with the normal version of F3 but it was designed to "suit press photographers needs... as what Leonard said "strange, press photographers do not use self timer...". Whatever it is, with its improved sealing against dust, moisture penetration and some very considerate features incorporated (such as the raised shutter release button and the power on/off design; and most of all, it is much rare in numbers, it has also slowly turned into a collector item now. So, if price is the same, take the F3P !


5. From : Phil Walter (phil.walter@empics.com)
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Date : 09:45 PM Monday 09 July, 2001

Is someone able to answer a question for me.

Would a second hand F3P with MD4 be worth more than a second hand F3HP with MD4 with both being in the same condition?


6. From : Terence walls (terriemuddy@hotmail.com)
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Date : 05:29 PM Monday 09 July, 2001

Walzi daSilva: Sensibly ignore the camera. Although the F3 shutter curtain is a titanium whcih is built to take volume exposures and seldom present light leakage problem; but I wouldn't dare to take on such risk. IF you still insist, perhaps the discount would be large enough to cover any possible replacement cost.


7. From : Hermann Graf (hermann.graf@basf-ag.de)
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Date : 02:53 PM Friday 06 July, 2001

To Walzi: The shutter problem could be serious in the respect that it may seal not perfectly, i.e., some traces of light can penetrate even it is closed. My recommendation: ask whether you can make some shots with the camera using highly sensitive film such as 800 or 1200 ISO, and compare the results with shots taken with another camera. If there are any signs of flare of light stripes, don't buy it.


8. From : Walzi daSilva (walzi@niteroi.etc.br)
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Date : 10:55 AM Friday 06 July, 2001

Greetings

I'm about buying the best F3HP body I could find this time here in Rio/Brazil. Probably manufactured by 1982/3, this body would rate 9 in the standard evaluation scale of the used market. Yet it has two glitches: (1) the foam that absorbs the mirror upward impact is almost completely worn; (2)**there is a small scratch**, about 1mm high and 2mm wide, on the surface of the shutter first curtain (that which shows itself before shooting). The first flaw is easy to fix. But the second - replacing the shutter - sounded too much $$ for me. My question is - could this small convexity, filled up with some kind of tiny black substance - be a major blow over the shutter operation? The camera is very good in all other respects and the shutter is not folded, or distorted or warped. It just got this very small scratch on its surface. Should I take that body, or let it go?

Thank you in advance,

Walzi


9. From : garnier (bertrandgarnier@noos.fr)
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Date : 03:09 AM Thursday 05 July, 2001

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

Thank you very much

B.GARNIER


10. From : Walt (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 12:06 PM Monday 02 July, 2001

Ritchie:

The SB-21A is intended for the F3 series cameras while the SB-21B is for the rest of the Nikon cameras. Reason being is the funky flash adapter required for the F3 series. The SB-21A has the AS-12 controller with the funky connector for the F3 series while the SB-21B has the AS-14 controller with a standard hot-shoe connection to the camera. The basic flash units are the same. To get the SB-21B to work with the F3, you would need to get the AS-12 controller.

Regards,

Walt


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