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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 : Mike Kovacs (
Url : http://
Date : 04:56 AM Monday 30 September, 2002

Hey Roz.

I'm probably not as expert as some around here but I did have the guts to try the MD-4 with NiMH rechargeables after some correspondence with online Nikon guru Ken Rockwell.

My conclusions: the firing rate suffers. Unlike Ken's F-100, the MD-4 seems to benefit more from higher voltage than peak current draw. Since 8 x 1.5V is considerably higher than 8 x 1.2V, performance suffered. The believe Nikon NiCd pack has 14 x 1.2V cells.

There's a fellow online that rebuilds the Nikon battery packs with NiMH batteries for a very reasonable price. The advantage is that the battery packs have over double the capacity of the original NiCd cells. They can be charged with the standard Nikon charger but take twice as long to charge.

2. From : Roz (
Url : http://
Date : 12:46 AM Monday 30 September, 2002

Together with other co-maintainers from around the world volunteering time for this messageboard, I try to make every effort to contribute answers for questions I can confidently and safely give based on my personal experience with the F3, and those as described in Nikon's own instruction manual for the F3 and related accessories.

I've been using the F3 for many, many years now. Even then I do not consider myself an F3 expert, neither am I fortunate to have experienced or used every single accessory that goes with the F3. I still have doubts if I can use some accesories (especially third-party ones) for fear of 'frying' the electronics. For instance, I am still wondering if it will be alright to use individual 'AA' Ni-Cd cells in place of the Nikon MN-2 Ni-Cd batteries, or if modern Ni-Mh rechargables is perfectly fine to be used with the MD-4 motordrive. Anyone ever tried it?

That said, I am extremely cautious in giving answers that may be wrong and have detrimental effects to other F3 users. On occasions when I encounter questions for non Nikon F3 cameras, I would also e-mail the person privately so as not to add to the clutter of non-F3 issues in this board.

I will continue to contribute for the benefit of new users of the F3 (better late than never!) and get them acquainted with the functions. I'm sure other co-maintainers will continue to do the same. However others are welcome as well to add to the technical issues some of us may encounter later on.

Mr Leo has initiated a great effort for the benefit of all photo enthusiasts through this very substantial website. Let us all continue to make it the best source of reference for Nikon (and other makes) in the Internet.


3. From : Walt McKinney (
Url : http://
Date : 02:51 AM Sunday 29 September, 2002

Like JWoods, I am one of the co-maintainers on this board. I also do not consider myself an expert, but have acquired a certain level of knowledge over the years in dealing with and using the F3 and its associated accessories. I frequently respond directly to people asking questions rather than post the answers on the board. I am not able to check this board every day to see if there are questions that need to be answered. I try to answer as many as I can and for which I'm sure of the answer. Like the rest of the co-maintainers, we're volunteers and have only so much available time to devote to this.

4. From : G.H. Guptar (
Url : http://
Date : 12:26 PM Saturday 28 September, 2002

This is my first attempt to write in a guest book but I am a frequent visitor of MIR (regularly at few times a week). Yes, Mr. JWoods, I know the earlier input on the board was rather harsh but as a new starter in SLR photography, I always enjoyed reading other's answers on the Board (that is how I learnt my stuffs). I have read many of your answers on early Message Boards and wondering where have you been lately (Sorry, I didn't know you have adopted a different method to deal with us but I do wish you can be on-board again). However, I do notice a strange phenomenon among Nikon users' reaction to MB, they are more conservative to discuss issues in an open forum. In comparison, the OMers and the fellow Canon buffs took open discussions very positively, that is why the topics are getting very technical lately (I have benefited greatly by reading through them) See:

5. From : JWoods (
Url : http://not yet
Date : 11:53 AM Saturday 28 September, 2002

I have been here at this malaysian site ever since I have found the previous version of the Nikon F3 and got to know the creator; I like the F3 version 2 because I have been through the early few months of intense development/preview stages with leo. I know that was indeed a great solo effort by an individual aims to create useful photographic resources on the Net. For that factor alone, I respect leo a lot. But if all of us expect him to maintain the many Message Boards in a fulltime basis is quite unfair. I have been named one of the co-maintainer(s) of the MB and I think I have done my part to deal with many quiries and mailed individually to address some issues whenever I could (I am sure the rest of co-maintainers are equally responsible). However, I am not an entirely an expert and sometimes, I may not be quite sure with an answer and I would rather stay away rather than misleading others, but my question is, does it neccessary to publish each answer on the board just to satisfy some curious minded ? Peace !

6. From : Walt McKinney (
Url : http://
Date : 02:49 AM Saturday 28 September, 2002

For an F-301 manual, try


7. From : Zabin Henderlich (
Url : http://
Date : 06:35 PM Friday 27 September, 2002

Need a manual for the nikon f-301. bought it second hand without manual :(. please send it vial mail ! thx to everyone

8. From : MIR Super Supporter (
Url : http://
Date : 02:33 AM Friday 27 September, 2002

To Who Caresanyway: This website is for anyone to share their ideas on the Nikon F3 and most would only answer if they can really answer the question correctly and not just guessing and giving answers which may be wrong. Many have responded well to questions posted and I have been using the F3 ever since it was introduced back in 1980. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION ANYWAY?? AND IF YOU DON'T CARE, WHY BOTHER VISITING THIS WEBSITE? Most of us are very grateful to the people behind this comprehensive website not just for Nikon but other major brands as well. Shame on your ignorance of facts!

9. From : Who Caresanyway (Not@veryhappy)
Url : http://
Date : 08:55 AM Thursday 26 September, 2002

Why bother setting up these websites if questions never get answered, or only the most simple mundane ones ? And if one more idiot says "does anyone have a manual", I'll scream !

10. From : Eric (
Url : http://
Date : 10:32 PM Wednesday 25 September, 2002

Hi, I bought a F3HP recently and I do not have the manual. Could someone please send it to me in pdf to my e-mail adress or send the URL or web site where I can find it.

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