Type of camera: 35mm single-lens reflex

Picture format: 24mm x 36mm standard 35mm film format.

Lens mount: Nikon bayonet type.

Lenses: Lenses with Nikon F mount (with some limitations); AF lenses.

Shutter: Electromagnetically controlled, horizontal-travel, titanium foil focal-plane shutter.

Shutter release button: Switch meter on when depressed halfway (after shutter release lock is released), meter then remains on for 16 sec, after finger is taken off button; threaded in the center to accept standard cable release.

Automatic exposure control: Aperture-priority automatic exposure control; stepless shutter speeds from 8 sec to 1/2000 sec.

Manual exposure control: Quartz digital control for 16 shutter speeds from 8sec to 1/2000 sec, including X (1/80 sec); B and T also provided.

Backup mechanical release lever: Trips shutter at approx 1/60 sec, regardless of shutter speed dial setting (except T); used when batteries become weak or exhausted, or none are installed in the camera.

Exposure metering: TTL center-weighted (80/20) full-aperture metering; aperture stop-down metering possible; silicone photodiode (SPD) and metering circuits incorporated into camera body; meter works with all interchangeble viewfinders.

Metering range: EV 1 to 18 (ie f/1.4 at 1 sec to f/11 at 1/2000 sec with 50 mm f/1.4 lens and ISO 100 fil).

Film speed setting: ISO 12 to 6400.

Exposure memory lock: Via button.

Exposure compensation: Via dial; +2 to -2 EV in 1/3 increments.

Film advance lever: Single stroke type; 30 degrees stand-off angle and 140 degrees winding angle; automatic film advance possible when motor drive MD-4 is used.

Self-timer: Quartz-controlled approx 10 sec delayed exposure; LED blinks at 2 Hz for first 8 sec, then at 8 Hz for last 2 sec; setting cancellable.

Viewfinder: Nikon F3; Eyelevel finder DE-2 as standard; Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint; eyelevel High-Eyepoint finder DE-3 as standard; both equipped with eyepice shutter; each interchangeable with 4 other types.

Viewfinder display: Liquid crystal display (LCD) shows shutter speed; on Auto, +2000 indicates overexposure, -8- underexposure; on Manual, M appears with + indicating overexpousre, - underexposure, and -+ correct exposure; LED ready-light glows when Speedlight SB-16A and SB-17, plus SB-11 and SB-14 with TTL Sencor cord SC-12, is completely recycled; apertyre in use also show through aperturedirect-readout (ADR) window.

Focusing screen: Split-image microprism Type K provided as standard; interchangeable with 21 other types.

Finder coverage: Virtually 100%.

Finder magnification: Nikon F3: 0.8x Nikon F3HP: 0.75x (both with 500 mm lens set at infinity).

Viewfinder illuminator: Provided via button; illuminates both LCD and ADR f/number.

Multiple exposure control: Provided via lever.

Reflex mirror: Automatic instant-return type with lockup facility; incorporates air damper and brake mechanism for reduced vibration and noise.

Depth-of-field preview: Provided via lever.

Frame counter: Additive type; frame numbers from 0 to 40; automatically resets to S when camera back is opened.

Film rewind: By crank provided after film rewind button is pressed.

Flash synchronisation: Possible at all speeds up to 1/80 sec with electronic flash; with SB-16A and SB-17, plus SB-11 and SB-14 with TTL sensor cord SC-12, sync speed is automatically set to 1/80 sec with dial at A or 1/125 sec an above; at 1/60 sec or slower, flash synchronizes with speed setting as set; threaded sync terminal provided for off camera or multiple-flash photography.

Accessory shoe: Provided; special Nikon F3 type located at base of rewind knob; accepts Speedlight SB-16A, SB-17 or TTL sensor cord SC-12 from SB-11 or SB-14 for TTL direct flash control; two types of flash couplers available for mounting ISO-type or F2-type direct mounting flash units.

Battery: Choice of one 3V lithium battery CR-1/3N type, two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries SR-44 type, or two 1.5V alkaline batteries LR-44 type; optional Anti-Cold Battery Holder DB-2 accepts two AA alkaline, Ni-Cd or manganese batteries. Note: for Nikon products using AA batteries, do not use lithiums unless specifically stated.

Motor drive coupling: Electrical contacts and mechanical couplers provided for operation with motor drive MD-4.

Camera back: Hinged; opened by pushing safety lock while pulling up rewind knob; memo holder provided; interchangeable with camera back MF-6, data back MF-14, or 250 exposure magazine back MF-4.

Body dimensions: (W x H x D) Nikon F3: approx 148.5 x 96.5 x 65.5 mm Nikon F3HP: approx 148.5 x 101.5 x 69 mm.

Body weight: Nikon F3: 715g approx Nikon F3HP: 760g approx.


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