Nikon F3 body (USED)

Comes with DA-2 Sports Finder

Availability: In Stock

  • Description


    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 Eyepoint HP 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

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    Manufacturer Nikon
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