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Damn. And I just sold my F3 to my brother, to free up some funds for a 90mm Summicron. Vick Ken Iisaka wrote: > > The F3 is a Leica of a Nikon! > > mark rabiner > > Well, perhaps I wouldn't go that far, but F3 is certainly legendary in its > own way. As an owner of a titanium-clad F3/T, let me list some of the most > special aspects of it: > > The winding is extremely light, thanks to ball bearings. The torque > required is so light that it's almost hard to judge whether there is film in > it just by winding. It does not have the well greased feel of a well > adjusted M3, but winding is so effort less, that its motor drive, MD-4 is > not really missed most of the time. > > The shutter mechanism is utterly simple. It just has a hook and an > eletronic magnet to control the release of the titanium leaf curtains. The > lack of slow-speed governer helps reduce the winding torque, as well. The > shutter is said to be the most durable of all ever made. > > The body, even the regular type, is extremely durable. It is well known > that some journalists have used the camera as a weapon to get out tricky > situations. > > The viewing area is the same as the film area. None of the 92% or even 96% > viewing area. If you see it, it will be on the film. > > While I have found SL and R8 to be fabulous, Nikon F3 certainly has its > place in history.