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Nikon F3

This was Nikon's top professional camera from the 80's and it's probably the nicest 35mm manual focus film camera I've tried so far. It feels incredible in hands.


The F3 was introduced in 1980 and superseded by the F4 in 1988 and the F5 in 1996. Despite being superseded by the newer cameras, it remained in production through to 2001, with over 751,000 F3s produced through September 1992. It continues to be the longest running professional grade Nikon SLR in history.


The HP, or High Eye-point version -as seen here- has a slightly larger eyepiece with slightly less magnification. The major advantage of this finder is that the entire viewfinder image could be seen from a distance of 2.5 cm from the viewfinder. This made the F3 more usable by those who wear glasses when shooting, or were forced to shoot in high glare situations while wearing sunglasses.


The camera have manual and aperture priority exposure.


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Taken on July 15, 2012