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  1. #31

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    I had different experience. My brand new F3HP bought in 83 had problem with the ready light in the viewfinder. I didn't find out until a year later when I bought the flash so I had to pay $120 for Nikon to repair it (it was high price because the brand new F3HP was bought for $460). I sold that camera a few years later. I bought a brand new F5 in 2002 paying near $2000 for it and the metering system didn't work well for both flash and ambient light. I sent it back to Nikon under warranty twice before it reasonably good. I bought a used F3HP in 2004 and it worked fine but the shutter speeds aren't all that great. It was my fault trying to adjust shutter tension and damage the shutter so I junk it. I bought another one used in 2008 and while the shutter is great the meter didn't work. I had to pay $125 to repair it and it works fine now.

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    The OP made the right choice. F4s is very quiet compared to both...

    In my case, instead of souping up my old F3P, I bought an F2AS. Sold the F3P. The F2AS is the ultimate MF Nikon SLR, bar none. Now have two. Both black bodies, one that's pretty clean, one that's fairly beat, but with a decent looking DP-12 on it. Last handbuilt Nikon body, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    The OP made the right choice. F4s is very quiet compared to both...

    In my case, instead of souping up my old F3P, I bought an F2AS. Sold the F3P. The F2AS is the ultimate MF Nikon SLR, bar none. Now have two. Both black bodies, one that's pretty clean, one that's fairly beat, but with a decent looking DP-12 on it. Last handbuilt Nikon body, btw.

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    If it's "the last hand built body", were the subsequent ones made by monkeys ?
    Ben

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    Contax G2 ( and I loved my F5)

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    lol

    Nah, by feet. Actually, they automated the process.

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    With the F5 you can use it as a hammer to build a house, then afterwards take a picture of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    The F3 is the ONLY choice for 35mm film Nikons.

    An absolute classic that will outlive all of us.

    - Leigh
    Wrong, that first gen lcd wont outlast anyone, half are already dead or so dim they're worthless.

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