View Poll Results: F3 or F4??
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I have an F4, really nice camera, probably my favorite Nikon. There is a small part of me that would like to get an F3THP, but that part doesn't know where the credit card is kept.
Unfortunately, the part of me that wants an F6 knows precisely where the credit card lives... :outlaw:
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I go for F3. I have two of them. F4 is too big for me, (and autofocus is not for me), while F3 feels just right. And with dead batteries it is still relatively usable.
I like the F4's tank-like construction, the knobs and dial and its general chunkiness. It feels like it would survive a nuclear blast and could be used to drive nails with. And on a more serious note, its forward and backward compatibility with lenses is a huge bonus.
Mamiya 645 Super | Nikon F4/F100 | Minolta Maxxum 9/Dynax 7/X-700/X-500/XD7/SRT-101 | Pentax Spotmatic | Canonet QL 19 (GII) | and a whole bunch of glass
The F3 was the best all-around 35mm slr I have ever used. Feels very good in the hand when attached to an MD-4. Very nice viewfinder when fitted with a B focusing screen. Just a joy.
F3 by far. You don't need all of the unnecessary crap that comes with the F4.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
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If the part that wants the F3/T decides it can live with an F3P, the part of me that keeps making me buy back my old gear would be very appreciative, since it wouldn't have to be tempted all the time whenever I step into Kenmore Camera. Next time you're there, check out stock #677946.
Originally Posted by flatulent1
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What I like about the F3HP is I always know what the camera is doing, no surprises. My impression of later models, based on my current Nikon DSLR, is like any computer program, sometimes it has a mind of its own. The F3 operates like older manual cameras with enough automation to get the job done.
If I could buy a decent F4, F5, F6 for an affordable price, I probably would, however, I would still expect the F3 to be, in most cases, my favorite.
F3, it's more intuitive if you have been using a FM2n
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Not to be argumentative or anything Ken but both the above features were out in the Canon T90 before the F4 was released..
Originally Posted by nambun
My vote though was for the F4. I have both the F3HP and F4. Both are nice cameras but the F4 is an amazing beast. I do though think I prefer my T90s over the F3 or F4 but a lot of that could be due to all the years I spent using those T90s.
Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)
I would vote for F3, unless you into sports it will do as good of a job on most pictures, built like a tank, smoothest film advance in the world, aperture priority, what else can you wish for for a film camera?