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Nikon F3 - 1/2000 bounce?


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jpfisher Registered since 13th Aug 2012
Tue 28-Aug-12 05:44 PM

Hey all,

I've recently decided that I want a Nikon F3. Have admired the camera from afar for some time, and wanted a good SLR to shoot alongside my rangefinders.

I bought a BGN body from KEH because, what the heck--they've got a great return policy. The body has some noticeable denting on the curtain. Ran a test roll through and found that I was getting less than half frames when shooting at 1/2000 displayed in the finder, a spattering of completely blank frame, and some partial frame coverage at 1/1000. Needless to say it's going back.

Picked up another body last night at Adorama and ran a quick roll through to check the high speeds. Everything is fine at 1/1000, but once again I'm seeing partial frame coverage at 1/2000. It's more pronounced in "A" mode; setting it to 1/2000 manually and firing has just the right side of the frame dim.

Will a CLA remedy this? This one is in pretty nice shape otherwise, and I got it for around $100, so I could see putting the money into it to keep it long term.

This is complicated by my about to leave for a vacation--am planning on taking the camera with me and keeping the shutter to 1/500 or below to be safe (honestly, I'm usually not shooting anything that would require anything faster than 1/125--I'll just have to throw a couple of NDs into my bag and remember to load low speed film when I can--usually try for Ektar 100 for color, but I do use HP5 400 quite a bit for black and white).

Anyone else experience similar behavior with the F3? My other film bodies top out at 1/1000 or 1/500, but I did like the idea of having something with a faster shutter.



Jim Fisher

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