Nikon F3 + MD-4 Motordrive

Used and technically in perfect working condition Nkion F3 in black finish. Signs of use are visible but doesn’t that wear look great?

The Nkion F3 is a professional 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1980.


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SKU: NDG-00123

Nikon F3 + MD-4 Motordrive details

The Nikon F3 is a professional, mechanical system SLR introduced in 1980 by Nikon using F mount. It had manual and semi-automatic exposure control whereby the camera would select the correct shutter speed. The Nikon F3 series cameras had the most model variations of any Nikon F camera. It was also the first of numerous Nikon F-series cameras to be styled by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and to include a red stripe on the handgrip – a feature that would later become (with variants of stripes and various other shapes) a signature feature of many Nikon cameras.

Like all the top-line F cameras that either preceded or followed, the F3 features precise frame coverage, and the finder shows virtually 100% of the image that is recorded on the film. In 1982 Nikon introduction the High Eyepoint “HP” finder (DE-3), which allowed even eyeglass wearers a clear view of the entire frame. This HP style finder became standard on the F3, which became known as the F3HP, and on many Nikons to follow. Eyepiece Correction Lenses in diopters from +3 to -5 were available for standard eye level finders, and +2 to -3 for the HP finders.

The F3 was the first camera in the Nikon F series to locate the meter in the body of the camera, not the prism. Older Nikons featured 60/40 center-weighted metering, as does the more recent FM3a. The F3 features 80/20 highly center-weighted metering, with 80 percent of the meter’s sensitivity concentrated in the well-marked central 12mm circle and 20 percent spread out over the rest of the frame. The camera uses an ingenious two mirror system to measure the light TTL and on optical axis for absolute accuracy. A 1985 Nikon F3 Series pamphlet describes how this works:

“No less than 50,000 special non-silvered spots at the center of the main mirror allow precisely 8% of the light to pass through. This light is then reflected off a “piggyback” secondary mirror down to the fast reacting SPD (Silicon Photo Diode) light sensor located at the bottom of the mirror box.”

In standard TTL operation, the ISO range of the F3’s meter is from ISO 12 to ISO 6400, and the metering range is from EV 1 to EV18, approximately F1.4 at 1 full second to F11 at 1/2000 second with ISO 100 Film.

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Production year

Unknown (1980-)

Camera body style

Series / Lens mount

Camera film format



Focus type

Light meter

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