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.
- 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.