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    It's a June 1984 body... One of the first FM2n's with the updated titanium shutter that has replaceable curtains, but also with the FM-style font for the nameplate (thinner characters).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootar401 View Post
    There is already a chart that lists serial number ranges to mfg date on the web. What will this do differently?
    There are errors with that. That site's "manufacture date" is not a manufacture date, but when people purchased their cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmas View Post
    FM2n no dimples on shutter blades

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    N 8401xxx
    inside cassette chamber
    N3BC

    hope this is what you need
    Im now feeling guilty the N3BC on the chassis was indistinct sorry, I'll look again the next film change. I know it is a late model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmas View Post
    Im now feeling guilty the N3BC on the chassis was indistinct sorry, I'll look again the next film change. I know it is a late model.
    No worries. It seems to fit the timeline.

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    I see how it works now - thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    It's a June 1984 body... One of the first FM2n's with the updated titanium shutter that has replaceable curtains, but also with the FM-style font for the nameplate (thinner characters).

    -J

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    It'd be the date stamping... Nikon did do some production changes on the F3 over the years. Early cameras had a basketweave appearance to the rubber grip that was slightly shiny. They also used a flatter AE Lock button on the early cameras. So, if your camera has either one of those two items, it's a March 1981 build. If the grip is smooth and the button is domed, then it's probably a March 1991 body. Serial would've been either 132xxxx-133xxxx for 3/81, or 192-193xxxx for 3/91.

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    Mine has a smooth grip and a bump on the lock button, so March 91 it is then.
    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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    It took me a while to remember to look at my second F3 when reloading, hopefully it is not late:
    SN 1735720
    Code 85VL

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    Not a problem. Camera was made in August 1985.

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    A project for Nikon F3 and FM2 camera owners...

    Hope I'm not too late

    Ser: 1896
    Door: 09VM

    Ser:1699
    Door: D4VL
    Last edited by Newt_on_Swings; 09-04-2014 at 07:36 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    No, you're not. This is an ongoing project.

    First body is an October 1989 body. Second is a December 1984 body. Interestingly enough, I also owned a 1699 body. Was #1699726. Worked well, but, had a battery drain issue.

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