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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 : Brad again (bhb225@Nyu.edu)
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Date : 09:08 AM Friday 21 April, 2006

Sorry for the numerous posts but all of a sudden the meter is indicating different shutter speeds and showing +/-, I guess it needed someitme to warm up?


2. From : Brad (bhb225@nyu.edu)
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Date : 08:47 AM Friday 21 April, 2006

Almost forgot to mention if I turn to any shutter speed above 60 the meter says M 80. Thanks for your assistance!


3. From : Brad (bhb225@nyu.edu)
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Date : 08:43 AM Friday 21 April, 2006

I haven't used my F3 in awhile but I recently replaced the batteries. It turns on but the only thing the meter indicates when in AUTO is 80. No +/-. I remember years ago when I used to use it more frequently the meter would indicate which shutter speed it was going to apply to the shot. Am I wrong?


4. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 11:23 PM Monday 17 April, 2006

The Nikon F-series cameras remain relatively expensive on the used market for several reasons:

1. Their quality and construction place them far above the usual consumer-level cameras. Nikons are meticulously assembled and are built to withstand professional use, under all types of rugged conditions. They were the benchmark for pro-level cameras for many years, and their price reflects that status.

2. Lens useage. Virtually any lens made for Nikon cameras will work on the F3 series cameras. The pre-AI (or non-AI) lenses have to be modified to meter with the F3, but the lenses will work on the cameras. The AI and AIS lenses will work nicely on the F3. Even the autofocus lenses will work (except the G-series lenses, which have no aperture ring). All these lenses have adjustable apertures (except the G-series). Of course the X-series lenses made for the Pronea-series cameras will not work on other Nikons. The G-series lenses are the only Nikon lenses without aperture rings, restricting their use to certain of the more recent AF cameras.

I have a F3HP which I used for more than 8 years, and the last 4 I used it with an auto-focus lens set on manual. The lens worked very well. I have since switched to an F4, and just put the auto-focus lens on it. Works great.

Walt


5. From : Anpadh (anpadh@yahoo.com)
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Date : 08:39 PM Monday 17 April, 2006

Two quick questions: First, why is a Nikon F body more expensive than pretty much any other body despite being one of the oldest camera bodies in the history of civilization as we know it? Secondly, I am considering buying a Nikon F3HP, but I keep reading that none of the Nikon lenses work with it or that if they do, the aperture cannot be adjusted on any of them. Is this really true? Does Nikon truly not manufacture lenses on which you can adjust aperture? I find that hard to beleive, especially as F3HP is supposed to be a professional-level camera. Can it be that no professional photographer ever needs to adjust the aperture on his/her lens?


6. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 08:02 PM Friday 14 April, 2006

Gerry,

The power switch on the F3 series cameras in NOT under the shutter speed dial, but is under the film advance winding lever, on the front side of the top plate. Moving it away from the prism exposes a small red dot. This indicates power is "on".

The F3 series also has a feature that turns the power off after it has been on for 16 seconds, unless you press the shutter button about halfway down. This resets the 16 seconds.

There is an excellent tutorial on the F3 cameras on this site. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on "F3 Series".

Walt


7. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 04:35 AM Friday 14 April, 2006

The battery compartment of the F3 series cameras is on the bottom. It has a round cover with a slot in it for using a coin edge to open it.

The camera takes two (2) 1.55 volt silver oxide cells, of type SR-44.

Take the existing batteries out, clean the battery terminals and the electrical contacts with-in the camera with a pencil eraser. Make sure you get all the eraser debris out. Put the batteries back in and check operation by turning on the power switch. Power switch is a small lever under the shutter speed dial.

If this doesn't help, replace the batteries.

Walt


8. From : Gerry Flynn (gerxavier@yahoo.com)
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Date : 03:00 AM Friday 14 April, 2006

I have a problem. I received an F3 Nikon and cannot locate where to put the battiers. As the shutter does not fire. only using the manual shutter. Also the Time delay does not trip the shutter. So where on the camera is the area to replace the batteries
Thanks for any help.
Gerry flynn


9. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 04:19 AM Wednesday 12 April, 2006

Peter,

I don't know of a case currently being made to fit the F3 with the MD4 attached. Nikon made one years ago, but it's been out of production for a number of years. Several people on this site a few years ago were looking for them, but I don't think they ever found any.

Walt


10. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 04:11 AM Wednesday 12 April, 2006

Kevin,

Once the shutter curtain wrinkles, there's not much you can do to fix it except replace the shutter. Frequently the wrinkles will not cause the shutter any problems, so you can continue to use the camera as long as the timing is still accurate. When the timing deteriorates, you're stuck with replacing the shutter.

Walt


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