Nikon F3 owners, speak up!

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  1. AndrewG

    AndrewG TPF Noob!

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    So, was this the last of the great 35mm SLR's? I've handled and used more modern, mainly AF, SLR's but, to my mind, the F3 is in a class of its own especially coupled with the superlative-and now inexpensive-Nikkor lenses.
    Your views?

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    Nikon F3HP (x2), Nikon FM2N, Nikkors 28 f3.5, 50 f1.8, Micro-Nikkor 55 f2.8, 135 f3.5.
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have owned F3s (I buy and sell a lot of stuff) and I think they are certainly
    one of the top manual focus 35mm cameras of all time, for sure.

    Other similar models that I also rate highly are the Canon F1n and the Pentax LX.

    They just don't make 'em like that anymore. :wink:
     
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    I think that the Leica R6.2 was the last of the great manual SLRs, though it is a close call between that and the earlier SL2 MOT. From the Nikon lineup the F2AS would get my vote, for Canon the F1n. In MF, the Rolleiflex SL 66SE. These all happen to be mechanical cameras, as well as being manual.

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    Tough call, I have a F3HP and F3, but also a F2 and F2s. To add to the mix I have a Canon F1, which is one of the first ones ( longthrow ) that I like to use. I think that if all of them were on a table and there was something outside that was a one time event, I think I would grab the F2 to get the shot.
     

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