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Anyway, I have 2 F3s (purchased new) and like them because they are simple, acurate, nimble, and a joy to use. I like the interchangable finders and mirror lock up and they have never failed me in 32 years.
I use an FM2 and used to have an F3hp. I think these two are quite similar in handling and that may be important to you. The meter read out on the FM2 is better, I think, than the F3's but the hp's viewfinder in general is great. The F3 also has a great motordrive which will charge along at 6fps. You can take off the prism which is useful for very low level shooting such as when the camera is on the ground. The F3 feels extremely sturdy, more so than the FM2 and, in fact, is probably a better camera but for one aspect. The sync speed on the F3 is 1/80 compared to 1/250 on the FM2. For that reason more than any other (the other issue being meter read out) I sold the F3 and kept the FM2.
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The F3 will take more abuse than should be given to a camera. The F4 has the matrix and spot metering plus AF.
Personally, I'd take the F3 over the F4. Just my two cents.
Stupid poll! :-)
Ok thanks guys, I think I have definitely made up my mind, F4 it is, I'll give that a go!
If you get a chance, try the F4 with an AF-s lens and I think you will be surprised at how good the AF is – a lot faster than a standard AF lens.
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I have all of them. I like the F3HP a lot, but so do I the F, F2, F3, F4, Go for the F4; later you can get an F-100 or FM3A
Nikon's first SLR, the F, the first revolution.
The Nikon F2 was just a reworked F.
The Nikon F3 was an electronic F2, still merely evolution, not revolution.
The F4 is the world's first professional autofocus camera. Today, slow but not bad.
The F4 is the world's first professional camera with a built-in motor drive.
The F4 is the world's first professional camera with modern Matrix (intelligent) light metering.
The F5 was simply the F4 in a tougher package, but with knobs replaced by buttons and menus. The F4 has dedicated knobs for everything. The F5's meter is worse than the F4's when used with manual focus lenses.
The F6 is a lighter-duty F5, but at least one can get Matrix metering with manual focus lenses on the F6, which the F5 can't. You have to program menus to get matrix metering with manual lenses on the F6; all you have to do on the F4 is mount a lens.
In my opinion, you can choise F4 (without F4s, F4e because its heavy) is the best for AI/AIS.
You have to carry 'The Matrix' in your head with the f and f2, but that doesn't make them lesser cameras. Give me a Totally Manual camera anytime
F5 with autofocus lenses.
Have never looked back after that.
F5 is cheap to buy these days.
F4. I've owned many F3's over the years (anyone who also hangs out in the manual focus SLR forum @ Nikonians can attest to that most likely), but, when it came time to add an F2AS to the bag, it wasn't the F4 that disappeared. Was the Nikon F3P that disappeared. It seems that I don't have the desire to own an F3 anymore.
The F3 is a good camera, but, the F4 trounces it.