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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 : GenHolst (
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Date : 01:33 AM Tuesday 29 May, 2001

**K.Harada**: Frankly, unless you are a close followers, I don't see the Nikon F3P will "...because using this camera looks real professional... ". It was not produced in 1980 but rather in 1982/3. It was quite popular among photojournalists because of the hotshoe mount flash where many of them felt the Nikon flash shoe is so troublesome and yet there was not many choices among the few offers that Nikon provided during the early days of the '80. Some may believe the improved sealing was a good reason to get a Nikon F3P over the normal F3HP. It is hard to come by to see any photographers still using those fine manual focus SLR bodies - except the serious hobbyists (because if ever that "Pro" or whoever is still using a Nikon F3P which has discontinued more than 1-1/2 decade ago - either the gentleman must be treasure his camera like a babe or he must be a pro that shoot only 3 rolls a month... So, I conclude there are more use by camera collectors who may be using them occasionally in the public rather than in the hands of "professionals" now. Well, sounds rotten but a fact unless you want to portray you are still one of the last remaining "pro" around....NEXT, wesley, I have not been to for quite a long while and I decided to take a good look after your recommendation, well - least I would expect it has turned into a sales outlet for the many camera online retail shops in US....

2. From : wesley (
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Date : 09:28 PM Monday 28 May, 2001

Check out for info on your f3p model.

3. From : Daz (
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Date : 07:01 AM Monday 28 May, 2001

Hi, i bought what I thought to be an F3hp today. i was slightly puzzled by the fact it had two hotshoes but thought no more of it. after getting home and realising there were some other major differences i did some homework and discovered i had purchased an f3p ! i'm not sure whether I have been cursed or blessed, do the pros outweigh the cons? is it worth more or less ? Can anyone help?

4. From : Alan (
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Date : 07:44 PM Wednesday 23 May, 2001

The film wind lever on my Nikon F3HP has become loose. Does anyone know how to tighten this? I seem to recall reading somewhere that the collar around the shutter release button can be unscrewed/removed, revealing four small screws that hold the film wind lever in place. Is this so? Thanks for any help.
Regards, Alan

5. From : John Bennet (
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Date : 01:30 AM Wednesday 23 May, 2001

How can I get an email copy of the F3 Manual?

6. From : K.Harada (
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Date : 06:44 PM Tuesday 22 May, 2001

I am a user of Nikon cameras, including F3 and F3P.
In 1980's, many Japanese photo journalists, even advanced
amateurs, loved to use F3P cameras, because using this camera looks real professional.
I just wonder if F3P cameras were (or still are) popularly
used among overseas photographers.
I also want to know how F3P cameras are used in your countries;
are they used as professional tools, or just as collectors'

7. From : Tom Cerzan (
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Date : 09:45 PM Friday 18 May, 2001

I love my F3. The film counter is not working. I have a MD-4 also. I think the MD-4 is not working correctly. The pin on the MD-4 that depresses the rewind button on the F3, is not moving. I think that has caused the problem with the F3. I can easily get the F3 repaired, but I am having a problem finding anyone to repair the MD-4. Lack of parts and Nikon is not making the MD-4 anymore. Can you tell me where I can get the MD-4 repaired?

8. From : Martin Althoff (
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Date : 11:14 AM Monday 14 May, 2001

First of all congratulations to the fantastic site!!

As an owner of an F3HP I have run into a problem with the blocking of the shutter at 1/80s beyond the frame counter reaching `1', that is, the first picture frame. The events: everything was fine and I had to change the film. I advanced to shot one and was left with 1/80. Did a few more shots, wobbled every switch, dial etc. the camera has and eventually the meter worked again after having gone on/off a few times. Half an hour later a third film was needed. With that one I had no luck. I suspect a dirty contact or loose cable on the switch that is pressed in by the back (at the upper right hand corner). Anyone have any ideas? I am mechanically fairly good, so has anyone got suggestions on opening the camera. I have seen the 8 pages here also showing the guts of the F3 but not really in too much detail. Thanks - Martin -

9. From : Kenneth Warden (
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Date : 06:16 PM Friday 11 May, 2001

Dear John, one of the F3 which I bought it used which also has exhibited similar problem last year. When I sent my camera bodies and lenses for a regular service, I told the technician, within few minutes, he fixed it on the spot (But I didn't manage to ask him how, but he never charged me for that - so I would assume it is a tiny problem). I am still using three F3 regularly, strangely, it was only that unit which carries the earliest serial number was having that problem. May be Nikon realized later and fixed that flaw. I have just found this site while looking for a clue on something relating to the bulk film back - I think I have got what I want to know, thanks for the enormous amount that you guys put in; I am indeed extremely impressed with the high quality of content hosted here. Good Work ! By the way, I really like the idea of having this message board.

10. From : Roz (
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Date : 05:23 PM Wednesday 09 May, 2001

To John: I had the same problem with my first F3 in 1983, which was easily replaced by the local Nikon agent in Malaysia. I would have thought that Nikon had managed to overcome this with their newer F3 bodies unless yours is one of the earlier models. I tend to put a piece of scotch tape over it these days when I take it out for the occasional shooting, just in case it would fall off again, as a preventive measure from an expensive replacement should it does. Perhaps other readers of this message board can add to my experience, and a solution to yours.

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