Exposure on Nikon F3

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Overrank Senior Member • Posts: 2,091
Re: Exposure on Nikon F3

Giovanni_1968 wrote:

Overrank wrote:

If you haven’t seen it already this is the manual for the F3 - https://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manuals/archive/F3.pdf

The meter on the F3 is biased 80:20 to the 12mm circle in the viewfinder, which means you can get slightly different readings than for a 60:40 meter in other Nikons. Personally, in most cases I just set the shutter speed to A and use it as a aperture priority automatic. With negative film the exposure is pretty much spot on in most cases.

Remember that meters differ depending on their calibration and age, that shutter speeds are rarely 100% accurate, and that even the aperture itself may not be 100%. But it nearly always comes out in the wash.

I guess I will have to send the negative to develop soon and figure it out myself, the old trial and error technique... unfortunately here where I live nobody does it any longer and as such have to wait to be able to get onto the mainland bla bla bla

By the way I always shoot A so I leave the camera the duty to pick an adequate shutter speed.

I was reading, with regards to the film being used that it can be "pushed" to ISO80 rather than 100, I assume but am probably wrong, that it is suitable as to get more detail into the shadows whilst the emulsion can kind of resist excessive highlight, might that be the case?


There’s two uses of pushing and pulling, (shooting 100ISO film at 80 would be pulling).  There’s pushing and pulling where you shoot the film at a different speed and then correct for it in development, there’s also just shooting the film not at the box speed, developing as normal,  and letting the latitude of the film take care of it.  I suspect shooting 100 at 80 would be the second, just slightly overexposing the film.   Most consumer negative film takes overexposure very well so I sometimes deliberately over expose (say 200 ISO at 100) to get finer grain (XP2 is good for this).

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