batteries for F3

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  1. chip j

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    Where does one get batteries for a Nikon F3? My Kodak S76 silver oxide batteries are always shot, and all I could find on the web was a 3volt lithium said to work in the F3(amazon). Thanks, Chip
     
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    They are still available at camera shops and most drug stores, like Walgreens.
     
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    The 3v lithium is fine. The camera is designed for either a single 3v Lithium or two 1.5v cells.
    My preference is the 3v since it's one less cell to worry about.
     
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    Either type of batteries are fine but with either they should last at least a year. If you have short life may be there is something wrong with your camera. The lock around the shutter release only prevents the camera to turn on but not turning it off.
     
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    Digikey and Mouser sell 357/SR44 silver oxide cells. I suggest you avoid the off-brand ones from China, as they are likely to be lower capacity and will probably leak. Go with Varta, Energizer, Sony or the like.
     
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    I find them almost everywhere around where I live. Walgreens, Kmart, WalMart, CVS, Dollar Tree. I've stopped using these and just put AA's in a motor drive most times. That makes it easier for me to store the camera without forgetting to take the batteries out.
     
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    ditto
     
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    Thank you all, esp. you Peter; I will go to the Digikey site.
     
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    The Varta CR 1/3N is what my F3HP, both of my F2AS bodies, and my FM2n all have in them. Lasts almost forever. In the motor drives, Energizer Ultimate Lithiums.

    -J
     
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    The best is to get 2x 1.5V LR44 batteries. They are ubiquitous, and used in toys, consumer electronics like thermometers, stop watches, scales etc. Our local chinese dealers carry all the sizes of button cells.
     
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    Varta sounds really good. Thanks, Chip
     
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    Have you considered an MD-4? The are ridiculously cheap, a good one can be had for under $50.00 on that auction site. Then all you need are standard 'AA's.

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    I was gonna suggest that, the beauty of a MD4, besides its operation and rewind is that it supplies power to the camera, but be prepared to burn some film
     
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    Set the mode switch around the firing button to "S". Or, leave it on "L" and just use the MD-4 as a grip.

    -J
     
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    Wheres the fun i that? lol
     
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    My wallet finds it fun... Doesn't get opened so quickly. ;-) hehe

    Otherwise, it's click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee,click,eee...Overdraft Notice!

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    I have 2 nice MD4's---too damn heavy.
     
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    I want one of those F3 medium format cameras.