original strap for nikon f3

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  1. pollux

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    Hello, where could I buy a NOS strap for the F3, or what new nikon strap most closely resembles the original one? I would like a matching nikon strap, seems illogical but hey.
     
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    Sorry there was no NOS strap for the Nikon F3. When I bought my Nikon F2AS in 1977 it did come with a skinny about 1/2" wide leather strap. When I bought my F3HP in 1982 it didn't come with any strap. I bought the yellow, vinyl, 1" wide Nikon AN-14 to use with it.
     
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    There is a strap for the F3, but Chan may be partially correct. When I bought my F3 in 1983, I also bought the camera case, which came only in a red brown colour. I am now questioning whether the strap came with the camera or the case.

    For 26 years, my black F3 hung around me neck on a red brown strap, and when I had to retire the camera, the strap was transferred to a F100. I am afraid i can't offer any idea of where to purchase a new F3 strap.
     
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    Hello, I think that the answer is at least partially market-dependent.

    Nikon for example created indentations in their styrofoam inserts for things like batteries and straps but it was up to the individual distributor to actually include/not take out, or pack those accessories.

    In the U.S. EPOI/Nikon USA did not include these accessories, presumably at the behest of their dealers so that they could sell them to customers, from at least ~1980-on when I bought my first Nikon [an FE] at 12 - many an allowance saved, many a lawn mowed.

    Also, IIRC the straps that were/would have been included were narrow black leather or nylon straps with a ~6" long rubber neck cushion. Of course the many special edition models Nikon came out with did/might have come with more elaborate straps such as the AN-6W.

    And while that first FE is long gone I have since replaced it with another.

    Here is an image of my F3, alas - no original strap. [​IMG]
     

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    AN-6W is pretty nice, I have one on my F3. It wasn't very expensive either, 13-15€ new from eBay if I recall right.
     
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    Not for a F3 but there is a new old stock strap for a F4 on e bay right now. might be close to what you want.

    John
     
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    The "stock" F3 strap came with the CF-20 eveready case. I have one. Because I like using the camera with the MD-4 motor drive, the strap is not nearly robust enough, so I use a wide Promaster padded strap instead.
     
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    When I got my F3 from KEH, I also ordered a like-new green Nikon strap - like an AN-6, with stitching and a leather pad, but I'm not sure what the part number was. It was very comfortable and the dark green perfectly suited the photojournalist look of the F3.
     
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    My shoulder and necks have grooves from the original Nikon strap that I used with the F3/MD4 from 1981 or 1982 until just a few years ago. It was narrow, nylon, and burgundy ("wine" colored). The strap was narrow but substantial. It started fraying near the strap rings but was still servicable when I replaced it. There was no pad on mine. It is possible that the strap was packaged with the ever-ready case that I never used and not with the body -- I don't remember.
     
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