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1. From : Roz (rozkl@hotmail.com)
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Date : 03:58 PM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

Yes, I would agree with Gen Holst with regards to the MF-14. According to the instruction manual, it is programmed up to year 2100 and adjusted for leap years. My MF-14 serial is 3842##, and it prints at the lower right hand corner. Sometimes I do find some errors in some publications, even Nikon's own product brochures as the information given conflicts with the actual product and instruction manuals.

Roz


2. From : Gen Holst (genholst@excite.co.uk)
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Date : 01:29 PM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

Dennis Ho: F3 uses memory swicth. Technically, since the SPD cell is located under the reflex mirror, when you lock the pin-holed mirror, there will be no light passing through to the secondary mirror for metering, that is why metered reading shown in the finder may not be accurate. The proper way of using Mirror Lock Up is to meter first (auto or manual) set the values manually (lens and shutter speed) and shoot. Anyway, once the mirror is flip up, the viewfinder is blackout, so you would still need to set exposure manually prior to shooting. This page should able to help you understand how exposure works in F3: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf3ver2/htmls/index1.htm


3. From : Gen Holst (genholst@excite.co.uk)
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Date : 01:09 PM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

There are quite a few versions of film backs being made for the Nikon F3. Basically, it can separate into two groups of film back (Standard, MF-6B/36, MF-6B/36) that serves other special purposes and databack version (MF-14/36, MF-18/36, MF-4/250, MF-17/250) that can imprint data. MF-14 is programmed to year 2100 and not to 2000 as stated in the book (In due respect, Moose's publication really needs some updates in many areas). Early MF-18 is programmed up to Y2K but I have checked one late version of MF-18 that goes up to 2100 as well. Peace...


4. From : Dennis Ho (dennisdraven@hotmail.com)
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Date : 11:26 AM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

Dear all, some doubts to check with you guys regarding the mirror lock up feature on my F3. Can I use it in Auto mode? It seems like the manual said it will cause incorrect exposure. Does that mean we can only use it in manual exposure mode? Btw, does any one out there got a Action/Speed finder? How useful is it? How much does it normally cost? Thanks in advance. Love dennis.


5. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 10:43 AM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

Jon, According to Moose Peterson's "NIKON SYSTEM HANDBOOK", the MF-14 imprints date and time, or sequential numbers up to 2,000, in the lower right-hand corner of the frame. The MF-18 imprints the same data, but between the frames. Walt


6. From : Jon (waimairi@chch.planet.org.nz)
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Date : 06:52 AM Wednesday 03 July, 2002

Upon reading Nikon brochures from the 90's and also the 2001 Product Guide I am confused by Nikon's assertions that the MF-14 databack imprints the data between frames. My understanding was that this device imprinted the data in the lower right hand corner of the expososed film. Is it possible that later MF-14's (made in the 90's perhaps) do use the space between frames???? I would appreciate comments from owners of MF-14's as to the its capability to imprint information betweeen frames.
Many thanks
Jon


7. From : Walt McKinney (Waltavion@AOL.com)
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Date : 08:51 AM Tuesday 02 July, 2002

Mark, The eyecup for the F3AF is the DK-4. It also fits the F, the F2 and the F3. The F3HP, the F4 and the F5 use the DK-2 eyecup. Walt


8. From : Roz (rozkl@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:17 AM Tuesday 02 July, 2002

Typo error in the previous post.Rephrased as "However there is NO special code for both eyepieces, just descriptions for which F3 model it is intended for."


9. From : Roz (rozkl@hotmail.com)
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Date : 02:12 AM Tuesday 02 July, 2002

To Mark: I believe the eyepiece for the F3AF DX-1 finder is similar to the one used for the standard F3 Finder DE-2. From the eyepiece boxes in my collection, the DE-2 finder eyepiece pairs with the DK-4 eyecup which clearly states that it is for both the standard F3 and F3AF. The eyepiece for the F3HP pairs with the DK-2 Eyecup, and is larger. However there is special code for both eyepieces, just descriptions for which F3 model it is intended for. I would think the F5 eyepiece is the larger one, like for the F3HP, as high-eyepoint is now standard in Nikon's newer SLRs, except for the FM3A!


10. From : Mark Bogulavsky (markbogulavsky@hotmail.com)
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Date : 10:21 PM Monday 01 July, 2002

I lost the eyepiece for my F3AF DX-1 viewfinder. Someone on eBay mentioned that the F-5 eyepiece will fit. I want to keep my camera original, and was hoping if anyone knew which is the correct eyepiece for the DX-1. Thanks for your help! Great website!


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