Nikon F3 - Camera
Nikon F3 - Camera
35mm manual focus F-mount SLR camera released by Nikon in March 1980. The first of Nikon's professional SLRs to require a battery, that at first made professionals avoid it in favor of the previous fully mechanical F2. Over time the F3 proved to be reliable and the additions the electronics ended up bringing to the table, such as aperture-priority auto exposure and an LCD meter readout in the finder, turned out to be worth the departure from the fully mechanical functions. Versions were made until 2004, meaning it was produced longer than its successor, the Nikon F4, showing its eventual popularity among professionals and hobbyists alike. This also means it was the longest-produced professional Nikon SLR ever. The F3 was designed by Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, and its iconic red line on the left side of the camera lives on to this day with Nikon's modern offerings. Features of the F3 include 1/60s flash sync, multi-exposure capability, +/-2 exposure compensation, and a bunch of accessories such as interchangeable finders, focusing screens, and motor drives. Metal body available in black or champagne (Titanium version) finish.
- Shutter: Titanium horizontal focal plane, 8s - 1/2000s + B/X/T
- ISO range: 12 - 6400
- Size: 150 x 96 x 65mm (w/ DE-2 finder)
- Weight: 718g (w/ DE-2 finder)
Nikon introduced their first SLR, the Nikon F, in 1959. Alongside it they unveiled a series of lenses and a new lens mount that would carry them to professional success for the next decades. To this day, all Nikon DSLRs use the Nikon F mount.
In the beginning, Nikon lenses communicated aperture information to the body using a metal coupling fork, affectionately known as "bunny ears". Soon after, Nikon began using a similar system that automatically told the camera the maximum aperture of the lens. This Automatic Indexing (AI) system stuck around for decades in lenses and is still found on Nikon's high-end professional DSLRs even though new lenses communicate this information electronically.
With only minor compatibility issues (don't use a pre-AI lens on AI bodies or modern digital cameras), Nikon F lenses and bodies are pretty much interchangeable.