Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F3 - Basic Camera Operations - Part IV

Memo Holder

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As a reminder of the film type and the number of exposures on the roll in use, clip off the end of the film carton and insert it into the memo holder.


Shutter release button

Slight pressure on the shutter release button switches on the exposure meter. Pushing the button all the way down releases the shutter. The shutter release button is threaded at the center to accept a standard cable release.
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When battery power fails, the F3 High-Eyepoint camera's electro-magnetically controlled shutter ceases to op~rate. You cannot release the shutter release button unless you use the backup mechanical release lever. To lock the shutter release button when the camera is not in use, turn the power switch to the "OFF" position.

Note: At the 'B' setting, unless you hold the shutter release button down all the way, the shutter may close prematurely.

Film advance lever

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The film advance lever is specially contoured to fit the thumb and is coaxial with the shutter release button. It has a 30° standoff with a throw of 140° and may be operated in one complete stroke or a series of shorter ones.

Frame counter

To keep track of the number of exposed frames, the frame counter is graduated from two frames below 0 up to 40. Blue numerals appear every 5 frames (0, 5, 10, etc.) with dots in between. White marks at 12, 20, 24, and 36 indicate the number of frames available on most film cartridges.

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Note: See How resetting works
When making blank shots with the shutter speed dial set to "A," the shutter will fire at 1/80 sec. until the frame counter reaches "1." In addition, the LCD shows 80 in the finder. Or if you set the dial manually between 1/125 and 1/2000 sec., the shutter will still fire at 1/80 sec. In the finder, an "M80" is displayed.

However, if the speed is manually set to 1/80 sec. (X) or below, the shutter will fire at the speed set and the speed will be displayed by the LCD. Therefore, to speed up film loading, set the dial to "A" or to 1/80 sec. (X) or above. "T" should not be used when making blank shots as the shutter will remain locked open.

Multiple Exposure Lever

Double or multiple exposures are easy to accomplish with the F3 High-Eyepoint camera's multiple exposure lever. Follow this procedure:

1. Take the first shot. 2. Then to re-cock the shutter without advancing the film, push the multiple exposure lever forward (Fig. 1), and stroke the advance lever.

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Immediately the multiple exposure lever will spring back to its normal position (Fig. 2). 3. Now you're ready to take the second shot on the same frame.

For more than two shots on the same frame, just repeat the same procedure for each additional exposure. When you've finished, simply advance the film normally to the next frame. While making multiple exposures, the frame counter doesn't advance.

Note: If you wish to cancel the multiple exposure setting after moving the lever to the 'out" position, cover the lens with the lens cap, make a blank shot, then advance the film to the next frame.

Backup mechanical lever

This lever is provided as an alternative method of tripping the shutter in case the camera's batteries become weak or completely exhausted. To operate the lever, first use your fingernail to pull it down to the ready position. Then push it down to trip the shutter.

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The shutter operates at a mechanical speed of approx. 1/60 sec. at any setting on the shutter speed dial except "T." At "T," the shutter remains open until the dial is turned to another setting.

To conserve battery power, it's recommended to use the backup mechanical release lever to trip the shutter at "T." Turn the power switch off, and make sure the LCD shutter speed is off before tripping the shutter. This prevents battery drain.

Caution: If you advance the film while holding down the backup mechanical release lever, the shutter will fire immediately at the-completion of the film advance stroke, thus wasting a frame. Also if you fail to advance the film completely and then use this lever to trip the shutter, the mirror will remain in the "up" position until the advance lever stroke is completed.

Depth-of-field (DOF) preview button

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This control allows you to get a visual impression of the various parts of the scene in front of and behind the main subject which will appear sharp in the final photograph (see the photos on the next page. ) To operate this control, push the button while looking through the viewfinder.

If the lens is set to anything other than maximum aperture, the image on the focusing screen will give you an indication of exactly what will be in focus in the final photo. The image progressively gets darker as the lens aperture gets smaller.

Depth of field (see related article in my site)

Meter coupling lever

Push the meter coupling lever release button and lock the meter coupling lever in the "up" position before mounting a non-AI Nikkor lens.

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Then perform stopped down metering in the following manner:

For non-AI Nikkor lenses with automatic diaphragms
On AUTO: Push in and hold the depth-of-field preview button while you trip the shutter.
Caution: If the depth-of-field preview button is not depressed all the way, the mirror may remain in the "up" position. On MANUAL: Select a shutter speed. Then hold in the preview button and turn the aperture ring until the "–+ " symbol appears in the finder. Release the preview button and take the shot.

For non-AI lenses or accessories without automatic diaphragms:
On AUTO: Stop the lens down manually until the desired shutter speed appears in the finder. Then take the picture. On MANUAL: Adjust the shutter speed or aperture until the "- + " sign appears.

For fixed-aperture reflex lenses. photomicrography, or astrophotography:

On AUTO: No control is necessary. On MANUAL: Adjust the shutter speed dial until the "- +" appears.




Mirror Lock-up lever

When using super-telephoto lenses or doing photomicrography, it becomes necessary to reduce camera vibration to the absolute minimum.

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To lock the reflex viewing mirror in the "up" position, push in the depth-of-field preview button and rotate the lever counterclockwise until it stops.

Note. Two Nikkor lenses require that the mirror be locked up before mounting – the Fisheye Nikkor 6mm f/5.6 and OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f5.6. Caution: With the mirror locked up, you should NOT operate the camera on automatic. Even though the LCD continues to show you the shutter speed automatically selected by the camera, this speed will NOT produce the correct exposure.

Self Timer

The F3 High Eyepoint camera's blinking self timer provides a 10 sec delay in shutter release. To operate the Self Timer function:

1. Push the self-timer lever to uncover the red dot
2. Push the shutter release button.
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3. Watch the blinking red LED on the front of the camera. The LED blinks faster during the final two seconds before the shutter opens to warn you to get ready.

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4. Don't forget to return the self-timer to its original position after using it. If you want to cancel the self timer after pushing the shutter release button, return the self timer lever to its original position. The picture then will not be taken.

Eyepiece shutter lever

When it's impossible to keep your eye at the viewfinder (such as when utilizing the self-timer), you should use the eyepiece shutter. This shutter prevents stray light from entering the eyepiece and adversely affecting the automatic exposure meter reading.
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Just push the lever to the left to close the shutter. As a visual reminder that it's in use, the blind is painted red.
With DE-2 High Eyepoint Finder With DE-1 Eye-level Finder

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