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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 : dennis watson (
Url : http://
Date : 02:56 AM Thursday 14 June, 2001

Are DE-5 viewfinders available anywhere?

2. From : Victor Lindsay (
Url : http://not yet
Date : 12:31 PM Wednesday 13 June, 2001

I am so glad to have locate this marvellous website, which to my surprise, in Malaysia. Back in 1987, splitted between a decision whether to settle for a Canon T90 and the Nikon, I have chosen the simpler F3 over the high-tech marvel of the Canon. Looking back all these years, I am truly glad I didn't made the wrong decision and the F3 survives a long spell of my time until now. I have got myself an autofocus N90s 5 years go but strangely, for personal photography or any private trip, I 'd still preferred to stick with this old faithful than the autofocus counterpart. Well, primarily biggest attraction and advantage of F3 is its simplicity - very much like going back to basic of photography with its simple control and the delightful features of inte changeability of components. You can custom setup the camera for almost any photographic function. It also makes you extremely confidence as a photographer because it sounded as if it was designed to be NEVER broke down - Not even once in all these years of my photography; and unlike the N90s, I know it will still operate even the battery fails which has caused and got me strapped a few times in the cold. At times, photography is more enjoyable with simple manual focus SLR than those features rich autofocus bodies and I am very happy to have got my first SLR in a Nikon F3. Regards, VLinx, MA.

3. From : John A (
Url : http://
Date : 08:40 AM Monday 04 June, 2001

I'm looking for a Motor Drive Coupling Cover for my Nikon F3. If anyone in the U.S.A has one they want to sell cheap, please let me know. Also, if anyone has a battered HP finder they'd like to sell cheap, I could use one (glasses wearer).

Thanks for your help,

John A

4. From : Walt (
Url : http://
Date : 10:20 PM Thursday 31 May, 2001

Nikon uses the "N" designation, such as N80, N90s, etc., for cameras imported into the United States and that carry a USA warranty. The models intended for sale elsewhere in the world carry the "F" designation, such as F80, F90X, etc. The professional series cameras, such as the F5 and the F100, are the same everywhere.

5. From : K.Harada (
Url : http://
Date : 07:07 PM Thursday 31 May, 2001

To Hermann Graf: Thank you for your info. Seems like there are something "local" and "universal" about Nikon... It is also interesting to me that sometimes the same camera has different names according to countires, such as N90 and F90. Regards,

6. From : Hermann Graf (
Url : http://
Date : 08:47 PM Wednesday 30 May, 2001

To K. Harada: I have never heard from such kind of wooing for professionals, neither from Nikon's nor from Canon's side, here in Europe, so therefore, it looks like that Nikon and Canon have restricted these marketing actions to Japan. Nor I have noticed the kind of promotion for the F3P you mentioned; perhaps I missed it because I am not a professional. Rgds. Hermann Graf

7. From : K.Harada (
Url : http://
Date : 07:01 PM Wednesday 30 May, 2001

To Hermann Graf: Thank you for your information. It is interesting to know F3P seems "exotic" to you. Here in Japan, F3P has been an "exclusive" camera, because it was provided through the "Nikon Professional Services (NPS)" exclusively to their registered professionals. NPS seems to like providing such exlusive services; another example of such services is the provision of so called "Pro-Strap"s. NPS offers camera straps with special and conspicuous disign, with the logo of "NPS" on them, to their registered professionals. These "Pro-Straps" give a special impression on many people who likes camera, or photography here in Japan. Among SOME professionals, the "Pro-Strap" is almost like a uniform. Canon offers same kind of "Pro-Straps" to their registered professionals here. However, I have never seen such an exclusive strap in any countries but Japan. Have you? Also, any information on how F3P has been provided, or on sale in your country? Today, anyone can get F3P in second hand camera shops in Japan. Regards.

8. From : Hermann Graf (
Url : http://
Date : 08:34 PM Tuesday 29 May, 2001

To K. Harada: I must admit that I have never seen an F3P "in action", i.e., used by a professional or an amateur here in Europe during the last 10 years; moreover, it seems to me that the F3P was always a little "exotic". The opposite is true for the F3 or F3HP, which are still used by professionals. Press reporters are now shifting more and more to digital cameras, because by this, they can save the time for processing conventional films, or transmit the file by e-mail to their headquarters. I also have the impression that for the ones using conventional cameras, Canon is the preferred brand among them on grounds of faster AF speed. I own a F3HP, and I always found the hotshoe problem very annoying (Nikon now offers a solution to the problem with their AS-17 adapter - just before abandoning the production of the F3). Regards Hermann Graf

9. From : K.Harada (
Url : http://
Date : 06:23 PM Tuesday 29 May, 2001

GenHolst: Thank you very much for your comment. In Japan, situation is almost the same. Many Nikon users here have shifted their main cameras from F3 to newer cameras. Recently, F100 seemed to help eliminate many of remaining F3 users. However, F3 is still very popular in Japan, and there are still considerable number of its serious users among both "pros" and "non-pros", while most of press photographers today use D1. I agree that many of those F3 users, even if they are excellent professionals, are what you call "hobbyists" at the same time... So, may I understand that F3Ps were used by many photographers in the U.K, too? That is another point I wanted to know. In Japan, F3Ps were used by many press photographers in 80's, but not among amateurs, because F3Ps were provided through the "Nikon Professional Services" to registerd professionals only.

10. From : GenHolst (
Url : http://not yet
Date : 01:52 AM Tuesday 29 May, 2001

**Dr. Daz**: I am happy for you too, you can check some basic info at this page: It has outlined the major differences between the standard F3HP and F3 Press (the original model came with a Auto film stop MF-6B film back). The few features found in a F3 have been "removed": 1) no more 1/80 sec to first frame (enable you to screeze extra few frames); 2) You cannot do Multiple exposure and self Timer; 3) There is not safety lock when you open the camera back (enable more responsive change of film for newsmen); 4} shutter release button is not threaded to accept cable releases; 5) the "new finder" has not provided with the eyepiece shutter. Well, it sounds a little odd but according to Nikon, that was what the newsmen want (along with other refinement made), so it comes with such a spec. Good news is, many people believe it is special and it SHOULD sell at a higher premium - possible bad news is : Check twice with the page that I set you earlier - because some smart fella may be mounting a DE-5 finder onto a standard Nikon F3 body to make it look like a F3 Press ...

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