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F3 and bayonet lenses



Today I received an F3 with a motorized drive that I purchased over EBAY to use my collection of NIKON Bayonet mount lenses. Did I pull something totally stupid?! When I tried to connect any of my Bayonet lenses none of them would fit and there was no bayonet on the F3. SO, do I now sell the F3 body or the lenses? I had hoped to have a good NIKON body and use the top of the line lenses to have a high quality and very reliable film camera. SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED!!!


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If you had the lenses first and the idea of buying the body was to use the lenses, it would seem to me that you made a mistake in buying the body.
I say resell the body and take the loss, who knows, you might even be able to resell the body at a profit.


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May I suggest a Nikon F4s? It takes the autofocus and manual lenses. It is the most versatile Nikon Pro camera. The price difference with an F3 is about $100 for an excellent condition body, and it has the motordrive attached for the price. check
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as a great source for new and used Nikons (I have no affiliation with them).


Are you trying to couple non-AI lenses? If so check here: "Meter = coupling lever

Push the meter coupling lever release button and lock the meter coupling = lever in the "up" position before mounting a non-AI Nikkor lens. " The = quotation is from:

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See illustrated instructions in the manual as well.