Best place to get Nikon F3 repaired and overhauled (and is it worth it?)

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by David S. Maddison, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. I was given a _very_ used Nikon F3 with MD4 motor drive and a 28 mm
    f2.8 lens.

    The camera needs a good clean and repair. The problem is that the film
    advance lever appears to be stuck and the film counter is stuck on 40.
    Does that problem seem familiar to anyone?

    Anyway, as I am not a professional photographer, I am not prepared to
    spend many hundreds of dollars on a repair and overhaul, but would
    like to know if anyone in Melbourne (or elsewhere in Australia) does
    flat rate repair and overhaul on F3's and how much it would cost.

    Also, is it likely to be even worth a repair? This is very high roll
    count camera, ex professional use and judging from prices on Ebay, I
    don't think the body would be worth more than $300-$500. Would it be
    better to break it up and sell the motor drive and the lens seperately
    and sell the body to someone who can repair it themselves?

    Another question is that given the high level of use of this camera,
    if I did get it repaired would something else soon break? Or are
    breakdowns relatively rare?


    David S. Maddison, Oct 28, 2003
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  2. David S. Maddison

    [BnH] Guest

    Look at the bottom of the camera.
    There should a be a battery compartment.
    Try loading a 2 pc of LR44 ? battery inside and see how it goes.

    Or just use the emergency release lever [ below the mirror lock up lever ]
    and try releasing the loaded shutter.

    Hopefully it work for you as it work for me last time..

    F3 is a professional built camera ... so it can still last or can be a very
    good accesories to your room :)

    [BnH], Oct 28, 2003
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  3. David,

    I have a used F3 HP with MD-4 motor drive - well used. Of all the cameras
    I own, this one gives me the greatest pleasure to use, because it is
    mechanical, not auto everything.

    You have to stop and sometimes think before you use it - pretty tough
    & exhausting in today's world! :)

    Does Maxwell have a branch in Melbourne? They cleaned & serviced mine
    a couple of years ago in Sydney - they had all the seals (replaced a
    couple) etc. and other bits and pieces required. Seemed to do a good
    job. Others may not have all the things required.

    Maybe they could give a quote first?

    If you do sell it, IMO best to split up, but the market on e-bay is
    low, due to availability (it was only a couple of years ago that Nikon
    finally discontinued this line); they seem to cost a lot more in
    Australian second hand shops than e-bay prices. Maybe these people
    could sell on consignment for you (in which case would probably sell
    better as one unit), but don't expect instant results.

    Good luck!
    Flatulent Dingo, Oct 28, 2003
  4. David S. Maddison

    nb Guest

    Above is a link to the Shutter-box in Toorak Rd Camberwell. I have used
    John & Mei's services probably 4 or 5 times. John will give you his opinion
    as to whether or not the camera is worth repairing. I have been there when
    he has told prospective customers that repair isn't worth the cost and
    replacement is the better option.

    Good luck

    nb, Oct 28, 2003
  5. David S. Maddison

    Nige Guest

    Have you opened the back? Almost sounds like it's still got a film in it!

    Cheers, Nige
    Nige, Oct 29, 2003
  6. [..]]

    The camera has no batteries in it. Would that be causing the lever to
    be stuck?

    David S. Maddison, Oct 29, 2003
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