Just an update- Nikon's service portal is a bit weak, and doesn't even provide for a confirmation that your credit card information has been approved. An e-mail would have been nice.
The customer service people I have dealt with on the phone have been excellent. It is a bit like a "Wizard of Oz" type of experience- you cannot speak with the actual tech doing the work- they are like phantoms. But, so far so good, and work is about to proceed. More to follow.
The F3 just went back to Nikon yesterday. After a clean and adjust, and LCD replacement, the very 1st roll showed that dreaded vertical band of underexposure on the right side of each frame. A rear shutter curtain that is likely closing too fast. Shutter bounce. It did not have the problem before, and now, it does. Did Nikon put the camera back together in a faulty way?
Funny, the F3 was supposed to be the body that had superior shutter brakes to reduce the likelihood of shutter bounce.
I do have an F, F2, FE-2, and N80 to keep me busy. But still, the F3 has been my 'go-to" body. I recently downloaded the F3 repair manual- 190 plus pages! Supposedly, back in the day, the shutter brake in the F3 was known as being very robust, and not prone to failure. Leave it to me to have it come back out of whack.
Just got the estimate back from Nikon- no charge, catagorized as a re-repair. I really don't care at this point how long they have it this time. Just as long as it comes back working the way it originally went in.
The camera just came back from Nikon USA in Melville, NY, for the second time. It has been there in total, for about one month. They did another CLA, and seem to have fixed the problem. They also tested all shutter speeds, and they are accurate. It was a long wait, but I think they got it. I shot a roll of Portra 400 yesterday, and no sign of a vertical band of underexposure on the right side, at any speed. I am going to shoot a roll of TriX soon, but so far, so good.