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1. From : Mark Stephan (
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Date : 09:54 AM Saturday 14 February, 2004

Bala, I too just purchased a used F3HP/MD-4/35f2.5e lens and noticed the same phenomenom as your camera, all my shutter speeds sound the same above 1/60 so I hope this is normal. I'm working on my first roll of film and should know more about my camera in a few days or so. Unfortunately I have a second F3HP in storage and I'm unable to retrieve it for a while to do a comparison so I'm hoping someone on this message board can confirm our results.
Mark :->

2. From : Chris Bell (
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Date : 01:30 PM Friday 13 February, 2004

Hello Ed,

Yes, the F3 will accept all Nikon "F" mount lenses. But they're all subject to any restrictions they were designed with. So pre-Ai lenses will only work in pre-set mode unless you have them converted to Ai use. Also, you can use the earlier AF-Nikkors (but the pre-D series have fairly crude manual focusing mechanisms, so are not good for longer focal lengths). You can't use the "G" series AF lenses, because they don't have an aperture ring.

The 50mm f1:1.2 is optimised for being used wide open, so is intended for available-light working. It's not, necessarily, as good as its cheaper and lighter brothers the 50mm f1:1.4 or even the f1:1.8 lenses for general photography. As you've asked about Speedlights, I guess you're not that interested in available light photography. On the face of it, the f1:1.2 is too much lens for you, and you needn't pay that much.

AF Speedlights will not fit the F3 without an adapter, and they will only deliver the functionality that's built in to the F3. You'll probably be better off with a cheap secondhand SB-12 or SB-16A, which will fit the F3 without an adapter.



3. From : Ed Simpson (
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Date : 04:09 AM Monday 09 February, 2004

Gentlemen and Ladies, A question for you all. I have been a Canon person for many years, longer than I like to remember. Now using EOS, F1n,T90 and a good old A1. I have always been a bit upset because none of my old lenses work on my EOS cameras. By the way, no digital yet. Love film. I have a chance to pick up a lovely Nikon HP3 Ti with a 50mm, 1.2 lens. My understanding is that all of Nikons old lenses and there new AF lenses will work with this camera. I also understand their AF speedlights will also. Is this a smart thing to buy this camera or go to a AF camera the F100. The price on the F3 with lens is a bit over a thousand. Your responses will be appreciated and read carefully. Ed

4. From : Co-Maintainer (
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Date : 12:20 PM Thursday 05 February, 2004

Sorry folks... for not updating everyone with the earlier upload of some rare images that featured a 1991 1.3M pixels Kodak-made Nikon F3 Digital Back system in this website. With a little help from IGOR Camera Exchange Web (URL:, Mr. Igor has provided me with some images of the said system at: Well, the info was also being mentioned at the section relates to third party film back options. Anyway, this is the first time that I ever heard of its existence. Cool .. and thanks, Igor. But a system with 1.3 Megapixels Err....

5. From : Walt McKinney (
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Date : 11:43 AM Thursday 05 February, 2004

There are no 35mm digital backs that I'm aware of, but there are at least two digital backs in the medium format realm. There is one for the Mamiya 645AF and also one for Hasselblad (not sure which model). Walt

6. From : Roland Gosebruch (
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Date : 08:25 PM Wednesday 04 February, 2004

@Paul Carson: The "digital Back" of Silicon Film has always been regarded as vaporware by most people, i.e. that it was never intended to become real, but was used as a scam to attract investors. Apart from that, I am quite certain that digital backs for film SLRs do not exist, let alone for the F3. Leica is planning to introduce a digital back (for the R9, IIRC) in the near future, but other than that, I am not aware of anything like that. Kind regards, Roland Gosebruch

7. From : A.Balagopal (
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Date : 03:13 AM Monday 26 January, 2004

This is regarding the shutter speeds on my F3HP.I bought mine used(s/n 15****) a few months back and am extremely pleased with the results of the 5 rolls I have put through it so far. Today, I noticed that with the camera back open, I could not make out an audible or visible difference in the shutter speeds above 1/60 in either Auto or manual. Shutter speeds slower than 1/60 seem fine, but above 1/60 and all speeds up to 1/2000, the sound of the shutter blade movement seemed identical. Then I realized that with the back open, the frame counter does not advance so the default speed in Auto is 1/80 and in manual 1/80 and slower. With the back closed too, I could not discern any difference in the note of the shutter at speeds faster than 1/60. I even tried putting a roll of exposed film through the camera to check but that did not help. Of course, the sure way is to expose a roll at all shutter speeds above 1/60. But that will take a few days. I could also take it to the Nikon dealer in town, but I’m wary of leaving my camera with them. Can the F3 experts in this forum let me know if I have a problem? Or, is it not possible to make out a difference in the shutter speed sound above 1/60? Will you check on your camera and let me know? Thanks very much in advance. Bala

8. From : Paul Carlson (
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Date : 07:20 AM Sunday 25 January, 2004

Sirs: Having long hoped that I could continue use of my trusted F2 camera(s) into the digital age, sadly the Silicon Film development of a film-plane digital imager that could be used inside a 35mm SLR, seems to have been left in the dust. I have seen digital backs for the F3. WHat resolution were they capable of, and were there direct electrical connections to the back? Thanks, P Carlson

9. From : Hermann Graf (
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Date : 06:41 PM Friday 23 January, 2004

To Robert E. Ritchie: When the exposure window displays "8" or "8+", this means that (almost) no light reaches the measuring cell. Is it ensured that your lense shows no problem with the aperture blades, i.e., are they open at max aperture? The same is true when you have activated the mirror lock-up; control whether the mirror is in down position.

10. From : dawn (
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Date : 04:17 AM Friday 23 January, 2004

I have my father's old nikon and was wondering how to open the film cover on it so that i can put film in it. Please help me.

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