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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 : JWoods (
Url : http://none
Date : 01:30 AM Sunday 15 April, 2007

Kirk: probably one day I will have to go through all the miseries you had experienced, haha..

Glenn Caulfield: Considered sending your pictures of the F3/T directly to Leonard. You can mail him directly (I know he ahs removed most of the email in his site) but just use a little imagination "leofoo" and ADDs the site name behind after "@" ( will reach him directly. Sorry, boss..

2. From : Kirk (
Url : http://
Date : 05:50 PM Wednesday 11 April, 2007

Mr JWoods. I agreed with what you said about people don't have access to a computer or hard time to use photoshop. Infact, I bought my first digi camera alittle over a year ago, and bought a cheap photoshop LE 5.0 copy, because I'm still running on a P3 computer:( I was having a hardtime to get use with the digi camera in the beginning..because of its APS-C format, all the color balancing, buffering..especially my first chance to use the camera was for a wedding gig..Totally took me another 4 months to get familiar with the camera and took another wedding job. I learned that it does cost lots of cash to get the whole digi thing going..especially upgrade the computer to its best..But it does cost me less without purchase 15 rolls of film everytime & have them process, even I still charge the clients about the same amount, But we all can view the image on the LCD after I took the pix; I think it's another way of communication with the clients. It was an all new learning process from 135 format to APS-C format camera, and I'm still learning the new thing everyday. In my own opinion, it still cost less and less time consuming to shoot with a digi-camera.

3. From : Glenn Caulfield (
Url : http://
Date : 07:44 AM Saturday 07 April, 2007


NIKON F3T T0130076

I have a Nikon F3T which I am trying to understand as its serial number is different from others on this site. (Ast the site says the first two digits are the year of manufacture)Secondly, its colour is silver, so definately not black, but probably not the champagne finish either. When I showed this to a friend several years ago, he ramarked that it was unusual perhaps rare F3T, maybe a very early one. Maybe somone on here knows something about it. I have photos which I can email or upload if that is possible. Thanks in advance and a great site this is. regards, glenn


4. From : JWoods (
Url : http://none
Date : 07:47 PM Friday 06 April, 2007

Kirk: It is all right to make assumption. But neither there is anything wrong with film camera. "..don't understand why people still bringing in film and ask for spec color corrections.." the whole trouble is, not everyone has a computer and even if he does, don't expect everyone knows how to use Photoshop; besides, everything you asked for = COST money - and 50% of this group may not be that lucky (camera + half lenses that can be still used + Photoshop software and Bill Gates's license to run his OS on the computer.. next; perhaps guys like me still have not bought my first digital yet because I think prices of DSLR are still way too high (Imagine the days when Kodak sold their 4MP DSLR for USD30K ? now it auctions for USD250-00. I read "value" when I do my investment and now all I paid 4X the price of a used film SLR and gets 1/4 of the value with DX sensor SLR. Another few more years, Nikon will inevitably bring the full 35mm format DSLR to the market to make themselves the presence as a major player and DX format will depreciate 60% as used by then. I am not a pro and I am still quite happy with the film medium. Support ? don't bother - after Nikon sold their camera and lenses, they also don't bother who you are too. regardless you have an D2X or F2A "...D u really need a 16X20 print? I don't see any problems making a 11x14 ...". It is the same matter - everyone likes to cheat himself - an example is when you are on a DX format Nikon - users will proclaime "...IT MAKES YOUR 200mm like a SUPER NIKKOR TELEPHOTO !...". Fact ? it is just a crop on a comparing 135 format and magnifies the picture angle because the DX format is smaller. I guess everyone is living happily right now, ... Digital or Film. Everyone has a reason to still stick on where they began or with the new toy he is so happy about. huh ? Peace...

5. From : Kirk (
Url : http://
Date : 08:16 PM Monday 12 March, 2007

Hiya all, I had a F3T champage 2 years ago..with several AI them all with a Nikon D70. Now I use a D2H with Sigma DG and EX lenses...I think the day of film is really died.....I work at a 1 hour photo place..I just don't understand why people still bringing in film and ask for spec color corrections??If having photoshop at home, u can edit everything fr the digi cam and burn it onto a cd then get prints fr there..I just disappointing people still saying film camera can produce 3000+ dpi..:( do u really need a 16X20 print? I don't see any problems making a 11x14 with a 4mp or 6mo digi cam. Nikon did make really great film camera back in the sad the F6 was a failure.

6. From : Chia (
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Date : 10:29 PM Thursday 01 March, 2007

wonderful place to buy second hand camera stuff..if you manage to get to it before someone else does. I tried to get Nikon f3 camera but always someone else got to it first..I have never sold anything here but I am sure it will be great..Great site and community - Chia

7. From : L Noel Meador (Skip) (
Url : http://www.PicturesNot Peoplecom
Date : 10:54 AM Monday 26 February, 2007

Hello, everyone. I have seen alot of people looking for manuals for their cameras. After I paid $40.00 US for a manual on ebay for my F3 I searched forf other info on the camera and came up with this site. They have the Nikon F3 and other manuals in PDF form free to downloading, Hope this helps!


8. From : chris carroll (
Url : http://
Date : 02:40 AM Tuesday 20 February, 2007

How do I use the light meter in an original Nikon F Series with the larger viewfinder. I bought new batteries but am having trouble gettting any reading from the needle when I know thw exposure is close to right.

9. From : Walt McKinney (
Url : http://
Date : 03:22 AM Saturday 06 January, 2007


It sounds like the foam seals in the camera back have deteriorated and need replacing. You can buy kits of the foam seal material and do it yourself, or you can have it done by any good camera shop.

Another source of light leakage in an F3 is the shutter at the rear of the prism which is supposed to close off the viewfinder. Keep this shutter closed when taking photos where your face is not close to the back of the camera, such as with a remote release or the self-timer.

Hope this helps.


10. From : sacha (
Url : http://
Date : 11:09 PM Wednesday 03 January, 2007

hiya.. any ideas on leaking light into the back of an F3 ??

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