Exposure on Nikon F3

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ross attix Contributing Member • Posts: 565
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?


I am not sure I understand what question you are asking. Is it about how the meter works on the F3? If so, another person answered that.

But then you mentioned having to send the film in for development and using a “trial and error technique” so were you referring to running a snip test?  
If your question is just about how to expose and develop film, and are talking about negative film, you should expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights.

This is why-If you took a cross section of a developed negative, the highlights are the thickest, shadows the thinnest. If you do not have enough exposure to hold detail in the shadows, you will never get it by over developing mostly because there isn’t enough density for the developer to react with.

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