Hi David,console yourself with the fact that the F3 wasn't the most reliable model that Nikon ever made, I used to sell them for a living, and about 30 percent of the new ones we sold came back under the warranty which you don't expect from a pro quality S.L.R. I have owned in the past a Nikon F Photomic and a F2 Photomic and these were very rugged, you could" knock nails in with them, and they would still take pictures", but he wants a hell of a lot of money for this, as you say. If you still would like to buy it make him an offer he can't refuse.