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    Brand New Nikon F3!

    I know an old guy who has what is probably the messiest, most cluttered camera shop in the entire world. (I really don't think I'm exaggerating at all!) A couple years ago he effectively retired but still hangs out in his store all the time and the shelves are loaded with unsold merchandise. Previously he gave me a brand new Bronica ETRs. Today he gave me an unused Nikon F3. It has been on display in a show window but looks fabulous. He was worried it wouldn't work but I popped some batteries in it and found that it works just fine. It came with the 35/2.8 lens. Can't wait to run some film through it.

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    Great story! Congrats!
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    nice score!

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    I hope you will end up loving your F3 as I do mine.

    Its heavy, cumbersome (with the MD4 motor drive), and battery dependent. But I love it.

    Tried to replace it with simpler and lighter cameras - both SLR and range-finder. They do not feel as powerful and confidence boosting as th F3.

    The closest I got to loving a replacement is augmenting with an RB67 - I also truely love.

    I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. Both are heavy, cumbersome, and quirky. But confidence inspiring tools.

    Happy shooting,

    I.candide
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    Nice find!

    I would love to know where this store is. Or even just see some pictures of the interior. Camera stores like that are a vanishing breed...

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    Best camera ever made (and I'm sure nobody will contest that!!!!).

    I bought an almost-new, I'd say mint, F3P last summer, paid $275 since the seller, an experienced dealer, didn't realize it was a P. In the interest of honesty, I pointed it out to him, but he stuck by his price nevertheless. Obviously it wasn't owned by a pro, since it doesn't have the original back that interacted w/the motor drive to leave the end of the film out, and no evidence a MD had ever been attached. That's fine w/me since I'm too old and tired to lug an MD-4.

    So now I have 3 F3s, ranging from brassed and beat to mint. I hope you like your F3 as much.

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    Great story! F3's are quite robust performers. I use my f3hp often and like to go without the md4, it has a smooth wind on that is a pleasure to use. Now that I have a pair, this summer should be fun with them. Though I have to admit the weight does get a bit bothersome.

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    Jealous!!! I have a gorgeous brassy one that works perfectly that I got for a decent price (told he had a recent CLA) and another that I should sell but to have a NEW one!! This was my dream camera back in the early 80's when I was in college. But $2000 new back then was nothing but a pipe dream.
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    I take it you are in Japan since your location is Tokyo: the Japanese are still nuts over film cameras and I was thinking about selling a relatively rare camera in a Japanese store. My daughter is travelling there in September and I might have her take it. can you suggest a good store


    David

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    May i ask, why is the F3 so popular? I have the Fm3a and i think its great and latest, but the f3 is what photographers talk most about.

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