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1. From : robert e ritchie (roberteritchie@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:44 AM Friday 23 January, 2004

Thasnks for the interest but you really should thoroughly rtead the problem before offering cures / advise. No mention was made
of 1/80, that has nothing to do with the problem.


2. From : Hermann Graf (hermann.graf@basf-ag.de)
Url : http://
Date : 11:43 PM Thursday 22 January, 2004

To Robert E. Ritchie: You must advance the film transport to exposure no. 1; unless so, the shutter speed is automatically set at 1/80, regardless the aperture selected. Note also that it is not possible to go beyond exposure no. 36 (peculiarity of the F3).


3. From : Jay (jsirovic@technilab.com)
Url : http://www.camerarepair.com
Date : 01:16 AM Wednesday 21 January, 2004

Robert, We can probably help you with your Nikon. Just describe the problem again to one of our techs on http://www.camerarepair.com/camera_repairs.php and we'll give you an online estimate based on the info. (disclaimer: yes, I'm affiliated w/ the company). Regards, Jay.


4. From : robert e ritchie (roberteritchie@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:40 AM Tuesday 20 January, 2004

For centurywoods. Nikon parts & labor price for FRE repair is $200 even, plus tax. Guess their and my definition of "minimal" is somewhat diverse. It's hell to be up a creek with no paddle and no place else to go.


5. From : robert e ritchie (roberteritchie@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 11:21 PM Monday 19 January, 2004

Many thanks to (centurywoods) for FRE & LCD info regarding my F3 AUTO problem. I have read all of the mir files on the F3, but in one large dose, so some of it had not digested yet. I still am dumbfounded by both F3s out at the same time with the same problem. Since we have two nikon blessed repair centers here in Denver, I'll give one of them a try on one F3, and if that fails. On to Nikon. Will reply with costs as soon as I get them. Thanks again...


6. From : JWoods (centurywoods@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:34 PM Monday 19 January, 2004

The LCD display on shutter speed is cntrolled by the FRE (Functional Resistance Elements) and adjustments is done by the seven in-lined variable resistors - the stratch of resistors that lined up vertically on the right side side, just beside the lens mount at, see the picture of the half transparrent see-through image att his page: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf3ver2/htmls/index2.htm)with the seven variable resistors. If you have sent your bodies back to Nikon servemen and those jokers didn't conduct any proper test for you and give you an acceptable answer of your "misbehaving" Nikon F3s - they should be hanged in the service room.... However, it MAY also be caused by the degration of the LCD which usually has a life span of between 8-15 years (mine still works after 20 year !) The problem only confines to lower contrast but since you ciamed yours can be seen with the numerals so, it may not entirely be the problem (well, if you can still see others numerals shown up, that will confirmed the LCD is not the cause then. Nikon has promised a "minimal" replacement cost in their early user's manual. hmm.. let me see later what does that interprested as in $$.


7. From : robert e ritchie (roberteritchie@aol.com)
Url : http://
Date : 06:52 AM Monday 19 January, 2004

I have just purchased, from different sources,two F3s. Both look and act like they are in new condition. However, I can't get the meter to work on either of them. Get either m 8 in manual or just 8 in Auto. Sometimes the speed window will read O.K., but the meter won't adjust the shutter speed so still no work. I have tried both HP prisms on known good F3 bodies and they work fine. Tried a known good body with my prism, same as above - no work..Tried new batteries and cleaned contacts, both battery and prism. Stopped in my local Nikon dealer and they confirm what I've said. Two new (to me) bodies with the same problem; seems more than just a little unlikely. I've owned nikon for nearly 50 years so am no stranger to them. This has me completely baffled. HELP PLEASE!!!


8. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
Url : http://
Date : 08:53 AM Friday 16 January, 2004

Bob, I've had my F3HP for about 6 years now, and shortly after I bought it I had the same dilemma you are going thru. I wanted a handle-mount flash mainly for it's power and the fact that it would make a convenient grip to hold the camera with the MD-4 motor drive attached. That combination is heavy. I also wanted to take advantage of the TTL capability of the F3HP. I finally settled on the SunPak 555. It has a guide number of 150, giving it plenty of power. It also has a fully adjustable output down to 1/64th power. It's TTL capability is attained through the use of dedicated modules, in the case of the F3 series cameras, the SunPak NE-3D. It also requires the SunPak EXT-11 connecting cord to connect the module to the 555 flashead.

I bought the entire outfit for less than $200 used from KEH Camera Brokers (www.keh.com). New the outfit will run about $300-325. It works great and it's power has proved useful on many occasions. I have a telephoto fresnel lens for the 555 that focuses the output into a fairly narrow beam for use with medium telephoto lenses. This allows me to take flash photos from a distance. The TTL feature solves most exposure situations. I have really enjoyed this combination and would highly recommend it to you. Check it out. Walt


9. From : bob riddell (briddell@icdc)
Url : http://
Date : 10:47 AM Thursday 15 January, 2004

Question rather than comment-i would like some advice on a brack -et mounted flash that would allow me ttl capability w/my newly puchased f3. i have owned numerous auto cameras including nikon af cameras w/shoe mounted flash. i've looked at nikon sb 11, sb 14, sunpac products, and metz and would appreciate any input. I would also like to express my appreciation to the authors and contributors to this website for providing a neat, concise map for the useage of this unique piece of photograhic equipment! thanks!


10. From : MRUDANG (mrudang@yahoo.com)
Url : http://
Date : 03:03 AM Tuesday 13 January, 2004

hi, i was interested in buying the f3 limited model. but it is not available in us can you suggest me some sites where i can buy one? thanks


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