Not sure I can post this here since this is sort of an AF body that also uses AI ad AIS lenses as well as the two dedicated lenses but I'll ask anyway. Since there were only two lenses made for this body I was wondering how well it worked as a mf body? Can the dedicated lenses be used on other bodies as mf lenses or are they confined to the F3AF? How well did the AF work during it's day? Mark Stephan NAVY
I took a few shots with the demo F3AF when it was introduced. That was a long time ago so I can't remember much. At the time I also tried out a roll of film with the demo Minolta Maxxum 9000. I felt AF performance about the same. I can't say how well it worked compared to modern camera but both of them worked better than I expected. The F3AF will work just like the regular F3 with MF lenses. The AF lenses designed for the F3AF also work fine on the regular F3 just like any AI lenses.
Thanks for the answers. I want to get another F3 in 2010 and it's between this one and the F3P. The P is easier to find but it would be cool to own a F3AF and the two lenses and in perfect working condition of course. Mark Stephan NAVY
Yes - Definitely cool. I have the F3AF but have not found the AF lenses for it. I would bet you would have a really slow AF though The Maxxum 9000 was pretty fast and I have a notion you can compare that body to the F4, rather than to the F3AF.
>Thanks for the answers. I want to get another F3 in 2010 and >it's between this one and the F3P. The P is easier to find >but it would be cool to own a F3AF and the two lenses and in >perfect working condition of course.
I'd personally love to find an F3H for a good price...
Through my research I've also discovered the lenses will autofocus with the F501 camera, which is not listed in the chart.
This makes sense because the F501 along with the F4 were Nikon's first autofocus bodies!
As the chart shows, the lenses can be used as standard AIS manual focus lenses on various bodies.
Notice that the bodies that are not compatible in either autofocus or manual focus modes are bodies with electrical contacts in the lens mount. This is because the information between the lens and camera was changed during the evolution of the autofocus system.
Fitting the F3AF lenses to a non-compatible electrical mount body can result in damage to the lens or camera!
I suppose if you could cover the contacts in a suitable manner the lenses would work as AIS lenses on all bodies.