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Nikon F3 HP
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Manufacturer Nikon
Built 1980-2001
Type of camera 35mm single-lens reflex
Picture format 24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format.
Lens mount Nikon bayonet type.
Lenses Lenses with Nikon F mount (with some limitations); AF lenses.
Shutter Electromagnetically controlled, horizontal-travel, titanium foil focal-plane shutter.
Shutter release button Switch meter on when depressed halfway (after shutter release lock is released), meter then remains on for 16 sec, after finger is taken off button; threaded in the center to accept standard cable release.
Automatic exposure control Aperture-priority automatic exposure control; stepless shutter speeds from 8 sec to 1/2000 sec.
Manual exposure control Quartz digital control for 16 shutter speeds from 8sec to 1/2000 sec, including X (1/80 sec); B and T also provided.
Backup mechanical release lever Trips shutter at approx 1/60 sec, regardless of shutter speed dial setting (except T); used when batteries become weak or exhausted, or none are installed in the camera.
Exposure metering TTL center-weighted (80/20) full-aperture metering; aperture stop-down metering possible; silicone photodiode (SPD) and metering circuits incorporated into camera body; meter works with all interchangeble viewfinders.
Metering range EV 1 to 18 (ie f/1.4 at 1 sec to f/11 at 1/2000 sec with 50 mm f/1.4 lens and ISO 100 fil).
Film speed setting ISO 12 to 6400.
Exposure memory lock Via button.
Exposure compensation Via dial; +2 to -2 EV in 1/3 increments.
Film advance lever Single stroke type; 30 degrees stand-off angle and 140 degrees winding angle; automatic film advance possible when motor drive MD-4 is used.
Self-timer Quartz-controlled approx 10 sec delayed exposure; LED blinks at 2 Hz for first 8 sec, then at 8 Hz for last 2 sec; setting cancellable.
Viewfinder Nikon F3; Eyelevel finder DE-2 as standard; Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint; eyelevel High-Eyepoint finder DE-3 as standard; both equipped with eyepice shutter; each interchangeable with 4 other types.
Viewfinder display Liquid crystal display (LCD) shows shutter speed; on Auto, +2000 indicates overexposure, -8- underexposure; on Manual, M appears with + indicating overexpousre, – underexposure, and -+ correct exposure; LED ready-light glows when Speedlight SB-16A and SB-17, plus SB-11 and SB-14 with TTL Sencor cord SC-12, is completely recycled; apertyre in use also show through aperturedirect-readout (ADR) window.
Focusing screen Split-image microprism Type K provided as standard; interchangeable with 21 other types.
Finder coverage Virtually 100%.
Finder magnification Nikon F3: 0.8x Nikon F3HP: 0.75x (both with 500 mm lens set at infinity).
Viewfinder illuminator Provided via button; illuminates both LCD and ADR f/number.
Multiple exposure control Provided via lever.
Reflex mirror Automatic instant-return type with lockup facility; incorporates air damper and brake mechanism for reduced vibration and noise.
Depth-of-field preview Provided via lever.
Frame counter Additive type; frame numbers from 0 to 40; automatically resets to S when camera back is opened.
Film rewind By crank provided after film rewind button is pressed.
Flash synchronisation Possible at all speeds up to 1/80 sec with electronic flash; with SB-16A and SB-17, plus SB-11 and SB-14 with TTL sensor cord SC-12, sync speed is automatically set to 1/80 sec with dial at A or 1/125 sec an above; at 1/60 sec or slower, flash synchronizes with speed setting as set; threaded sync terminal provided for off camera or multiple-flash photography.
Accessory shoe Provided; special Nikon F3 type located at base of rewind knob; accepts Speedlight SB-16A, SB-17 or TTL sensor cord SC-12 from SB-11 or SB-14 for TTL direct flash control; two types of flash couplers available for mounting ISO-type or F2-type direct mounting flash units.
Battery Choice of one 3V lithium battery CR-1/3N type, two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries SR-44 type, or two 1.5V alkaline batteries LR-44 type; optional Anti-Cold Battery Holder DB-2 accepts two AA alkaline, Ni-Cd or manganese batteries. Note: for Nikon products using AA batteries, do not use lithiums unless specifically stated.
Motor drive coupling Electrical contacts and mechanical couplers provided for operation with motor drive MD-4.
Camera back Hinged; opened by pushing safety lock while pulling up rewind knob; memo holder provided; interchangeable with camera back MF-6, data back MF-14, or 250 exposure magazine back MF-4.
Body dimensions (W x H x D)
Nikon F3: approx 148.5 x 96.5 x 65.5 mm
Nikon F3HP: approx 148.5 x 101.5 x 69 mm.
Body weight Nikon F3: 715g approx
Nikon F3HP: 760g approx.
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