Anyone has any idea as to why my Nikon F3 has erratic shutter speed both on Auto and manual. Large variation on most shutter speed. Largest variation is 1/30 and slower. The mechanical speed 1/60 is right on. The electronic one is erratic. 1/2000 is good also.
Ah, probably issues with the timing circuit. Had an F3P that was bad above 1/125 and below 1/2000. Required a full overhaul of the camera to get it back into specification. Not what you wanted to hear, but...
F4, F2AS, F2A, F FTn, FM2n, Nikomat FT2, FTn - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
I love my F3 and last year I had an issue that required the FRE to be replaced. While KEH had it they performed a full cla and the camera is beautiful inside and out and will be reliable for many years. Depending on the condition of the camera I'd consider a CLA. After the tune up you know you'll have a reliable camera for years and years.
The FRE and CLA was $175.00. Turn around time was very reasonable. John is the one that pointed out that the FRE's go bad on F3's and he was correct. BTW, I've had several repairs done by KEH and they are awesome!
FRE's mostly go bad by physical force, being bumped, ate. I always try to temper the fact that these are old cameras, and were mostly used by professionals that really worked them hard. Yes, they are tanks, but, it is understandable that eventually, the unexpected can suddenly happen.
It's not the FRE because it's not the metering circuit as the meter work reasonably well and I can adjust it if I so need. But the shutter speed either in auto or manual are sometimes significantly longer than the one I set but it's not consitent. Sometimes it's reasonably close to set speed.