Nikon F3 HP
The Story Behind
|Type of camera
||35mm single-lens reflex
||24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format.
||Nikon bayonet type.
||Lenses with Nikon F mount (with some
limitations); AF lenses.
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
|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
||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.
||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.
||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 dial; +2 to -2 EV in 1/3
|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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Split-image microprism Type K provided
as standard; interchangeable with 21 other types.
||Nikon F3: 0.8x Nikon F3HP: 0.75x (both
with 500 mm lens set at infinity).
||Provided via button; illuminates both
LCD and ADR f/number.
|Multiple exposure control
||Provided via lever.
||Automatic instant-return type with
lockup facility; incorporates air damper and brake
mechanism for reduced vibration and noise.
||Provided via lever.
||Additive type; frame numbers from 0 to
40; automatically resets to S when camera back is
||By crank provided after film rewind
button is pressed.
||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.
||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.
||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
|Motor drive coupling
||Electrical contacts and mechanical
couplers provided for operation with motor drive MD-4.
||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.
||(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
||Nikon F3: 715g approx
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