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    Camera coverings are pretty easy to do and not an expensive investment unless you are using exotic leathers. If you buy thin leather and some pilobond you can do it yourself if you can measure with a ruler and cut with a hobby knife. You'd probably need to alter the leather kit cutouts anyway since your missing the rubber grip. It would be interesting to see how a f3 would look like without it. Also if the grip is going that badly, be sure to check the foam in the back and in the mirror box to see if that needs replacing. Would be cleaner to do it all at once than to do it after you put new leather on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings View Post
    Camera coverings are pretty easy to do and not an expensive investment unless you are using exotic leathers. If you buy thin leather and some pilobond you can do it yourself if you can measure with a ruler and cut with a hobby knife. You'd probably need to alter the leather kit cutouts anyway since your missing the rubber grip. It would be interesting to see how a f3 would look like without it. Also if the grip is going that badly, be sure to check the foam in the back and in the mirror box to see if that needs replacing. Would be cleaner to do it all at once than to do it after you put new leather on.
    The grip isn't going badly, it is missing at all! Its replaced with extra layers of tape.
    By the looks of it - compared with my "new" F3 - it's just a thicker layer of rubber glued to the cast.
    If I get a full sheet of leather to wrap around the grip as well, I can just put some extra fillings beneath it. For instance with the suggested "rubber cement" (don't know yet what it is). See: http://aki-asahi.net/store/html/Niko...all/01/01.html

    The light seals seem to be fine. The foam above the mirror is a very little bit sticky. Anyone knows where I can get this foam and light seal for the F3?
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    It's easy to re-cover the Nikon... the only slightly difficult part is cleaning the old covering off. As for the grip, I would use a few layers of tape instead of the camera leather, because that area is high-use and will show more wear.
    —Eric

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    As someone else has suggested, maybe try your local Nikon Spares to see if they have the originals. It may be the least hassle option & you may be surprised how cheap the leatherette is from them. New leatherette for FM2 camera back was only a few pounds direct from Nikon spares.

    The missing finger grip is a part on its own & you may be able to get one from them also? I can email you a parts manual for the F3 if it helps? (Also have the repair manual if you want it?) PM me your email address if you are interested.

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    David.

    NAS sufferer with far too much Nikon kit.

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    Hi David,
    I thought of the original leatherette too, but Was thinking it would kinda nice to make it a whole "new" model while I'm at it.
    And it would be nicer for my daughter, having a non-standard F3 (I think at least).
    But the grip I'll try to get original if I can't get a new skin that goes all around the camera.

    BTW: I PM-ed you with my email address for the manuals, Thanks!!
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    I have light seal kits for the F3 and I send one to The Netherlands nearly every week. Please feel free to contact me at jon_goodman@yahoo.com
    Good luck and best regards,
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Goodman View Post
    I have light seal kits for the F3 and I send one to The Netherlands nearly every week. Please feel free to contact me at jon_goodman@yahoo.com
    Good luck and best regards,
    Jon
    PM sent, thanks.
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
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    Update:

    I mailed to http://aki-asahi.com for other possible colors of coverings for the Nikon F3 and received this link:
    http://aki-asahi.com/store/html/mate...List_02_e.html
    I showed it to my daughter and we are probably going for "Yellow Lizard Emboss (cow hide)" or "Deep Pink Lizard Emboss (cow hide)" since the F3 has a black body. The other option was the "Granite Kid Skin (Goat)" from www.cameraleather.com as showed above.

    I also mailed to Nikon asking for a rubber grip. Waiting for reply.
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
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    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    There're a few postings here of people not that pleased with that company. I'd read those if I were you.

    I've bought a few covers from this site:

    http://aki-asahi.com/store/

    Service was great, shipping quite fast and the quality terrific. Not hard to do.
    Just got a Blad kit in from him, so he is still alive and kicking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck View Post
    Just got a Blad kit in from him, so he is still alive and kicking
    Do you mean from www.aki-asahi.com or from www.cameraleather.com ?? I guess the latter.
    "Have fun and catch that light beam!"
    Bert from Holland
    my blog: http://thetoadmen.blogspot.nl
    my Linkedin pinhole group: http://tinyurl.com/pinholegroup


    * I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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