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Nikon F3 35mm Camera Body

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Nikon F3 35mm Camera Body Description

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The Nikon F3 is a professional level SLR 35mm film camera.  It's extremely solid no-nonsense design and practical pro oriented feature set have made the camera a legend.  It's been one of the main go to choices for photojournalists and pros all over the world.  Along the way it's secured a reputation of durability and reliability that very few other cameras enjoy.

The F3 body is designed to be a true professional workhorse able to endure heavy use in demanding conditions.  Just like the other top of the line Nikon models that came before it, the F3 amenities include a mirror lock-up, interchangeable finders, depth of field preview, and a PC flash sync socket.  The F3 is the first pro Nikon body to not use a fully mechanical shutter.  Instead the F3 uses two readily available PX76 style batteries to a power a more accurate electronically timed shutter and single mechanical back-up shutter speed of 1/80 is provided.  The F3 also has an Aperture Priority auto exposure mode useable with Ai (Automatic Indexing) lenses and later lenses.  Non-Ai lenses are useable on the camera with stop-down metering.

The F3 was often paired with it's equally well known MD-4 dedicated Motor Drive which can wind film at 5 frames per second and also features powered rewind at nearly the same speed.  The F3 also features TTL flash metering with compatible Speedlights such as the powerful SB-16A.

Nikon introduced the F3 in 1980 with the .8X DE-2 prism finder.  In 1981 Nikon introduced the DE-3 High Eyepoint prism finder for the F3. When an F3 is paired with a DE-3 it's referred to as a F3HP.  Users who wear glasses may prefer the DE-3's extra eye relief and users who wear contacts or don't wear glasses may prefer the DE-2's higher magnification.

The F3 is a tremendously fun camera for any shooter or collector to own.  In Nikon's lineup for multiple decades because of it's popularity, it's a historic camera, an absolute classic.

Key Features

  • Professional SLR 35mm film camera
  • Rugged construction designed for heavy use
  • Interchangeable finders
  • Light Meter
  • High magnification .8x prism viewfinder with LCD display and viewfinder illumination
  • Aperture Priority autoexposure
  • Electronically timed shutter
  • 1/90s mechanical back-up shutter speed
  • TTL flash metering with compatible Speedlights
  • Interchangeable focus screens
  • Depth-of-Field preview
  • Mirror lock-up
  • Built-in timer
  • Multiple Exposure control
  • Flash Sync PC socket
  • Compatible with non-Ai lenses
  • Compatible with dedicated MD-4 Motor Drive

Available accessories include the MD-4 Motor Drive, SB-16A Speedlight Flash, SB-12 Speedlight Flash, DW-3 Waist Level Finder, DW-4 Finder, DA-2 Action Finder, DE-3 High Eyepoint prism finderand Interchangeble Focus Screens.

KEH Specifications

  • Focus:  Manual
  • Lens Mount:  AIS 
  • Metering:  TTL/Flash 
  • Manual Metering:  Yes 
  • Aperture Priority AE:  Yes 
  • Center Weighted:  Yes 
  • Metering Display:  LCD 
  • Exp. Comp:  Yes 
  • Auto. Exposure Lock:  Yes 
  • Shoe:  Opt. 
  • PC Sync:  Yes 
  • Shutter Speed Range:  8s-1/2000 
  • High Sync. Speed:  1/80 
  • B or T Setting:  B&T 
  • Self-timer:  Yes 
  • ISO/DX Range:  12-6400 
  • ISO/DX Setting:  Man. 
  • Film Advance:  Man. 
  • Film Rewind:  Man. 
  • Multi. Exp. Capability:  Yes 
  • Mirror Lock-up:  Yes 
  • Interchangeable Prism:  Yes 
  • Interchangeable Screens:  Yes 
  • Removable Back:  Yes 
  • Body Grip:  Yes 
  • DOF Preview:  Yes 
  • Release Socket:  Mech. 
  • Viewfinder Image:  100% 
  • Battery:  2-MS76 
  • Weight:  24.7oz

Specifications

General information

Brand Name Nikon
Manufacture GTIN 018208016907
Product information
Autofocus
No

Physical Characteristics

Lens Mount Nikon F Mount D Type, Nikon F Mount AF (pre-D), Nikon F Mount Ai, Nikon F Mount Ai & contacts (Ai-P), Nikon F Mount Ai-S, Nikon F Mirror Up, Nikon F Non-Ai