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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebarry View Post
    I have a plain prism F and F3 and like both. My F is beat up pretty bad - shutter button position never bothered me on the F. The film advance lever on the F3 is very very nice though - nothing better from nikon if you ask me.

    I like the idea of the F being totally mechanical....but film advance feels like there is a hump about 2/3's the way through, and the lever itself feels very thin somehow. Every time I advance the film on the F it sorta feels like the lever could snap. And the F is bottom load on the film, sort of a pain if you go through film fast and are used to a film door. Another thing, the viewfinder on the F is somehow nicer than the F3 to me. Seems bigger or brighter.
    The F definitely feels like it has gears operating the advance mechanism, whereas the F3 series has the ball bearings, like the EM, FG, and FG-20. Yep, same winding mechanism. With respect to the finder, is your F3 an HP model? That would explain why the F's finder seems bigger. Less magnification on the DE-3 than on the eyelevel F finder. 75% compared to 80%.

    Re: the original poster's question, I'd get an F2AS. Keep the F, find a decent eyelevel prism, and put that on in place of the Photomic finder.

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    Considering that a few days ago I pulled out my F3HP, only to find it totally dead, I am not a big fan of the F3. I never really was -- don't care for the metering pattern and the on/off switch is remarkably unergonomic.

    I'd go for an F2, even with one of the meter prisms. Beautifully made camera, feels great in the hand.

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    If you want a refined camera the F3 is most refined. The best is the F2.

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    My F is refined. Like a piece of spring steel sharpened on the sidewalk. Looks bad, works well.

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    ahhh IC...I think I will stick with the F/F2 for robustness and add a plain prism(I don't need a meter or auto-anything).

    Quick question: the plain prism and the screens between the two are interchangeable, right? I believe so but I wanted to make sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    The Nikon F2 is the finest fit and finish camera to ever come out of Japan.
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    good timing: a long-time F2 user, i had a chance to play with a motorized F3 today, while picking up a lens from a local store... i played... and played... and played... and, like, meh... so i played a bit more, just so i could say i've been there, y'know, then i put it away with other toys

    nothing says "respect" like an F2

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    Both are fine cameras. More important: which one feels & handles best in your hands?
    I have an F and an F2, and they're very similar in a lot of ways, obviously, but the slightly more rounded shape of the F2 for me wins out. The small improvements--the higher shutter speed, the hinged back--mean that most of the time when I want one of my Nikons, I choose the F2 over the F. Mine has the photomic head, but the meter no longer works right, so it might just as well be a plain prism. I've only shot wit an F3 once or twice. I'm sure it's fine but I like the more completely mechanical models.

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    I have both the plain prism F and F2 as well as the F3HP. All three are lovely cameras but the F2 has a slight edge. Small differences like the placement of the shutter release and film door gives it the edge.

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    The F2 was a refinement of the original:
    1. Modern battery in body
    2. Improved film advance lever
    3. Shutter location
    4. Slow shutter speeds
    5. 1/2000 speed
    6. MLU
    7. Hinged back

    With the plain prism, you get the same unobstructed view of the original.


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