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First professional SLR with automatic exposure program. Nikon already gained some experience with the electronic Copal shutter in several Nikkormat models. The question was, however, how and where to put that shutter in a Nikon F2. In Nikon started the development of the Nikon F3 as we know it now. Many prototypes - on the basis of the Nikon F2 - were build. But the electronic shutter should also control an automatic exposure program. There was an insurmountable problem: how to fit this automatic control system into the existing Photomic viewfinder!
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An SLR built for professional photographers, the flagship Nikon F3 is not only one of the best film cameras but also one of the most legendary. It may well be the camera that has received the most variants, both for commercial and commemorative release. Models like the Nikon F3P for 'press' were designed to withstand the rigors of photojournalism, with weather sealing and rugged construction, and was the subject of well-received adverts in the Eighties featuring war photographers like Eddie Adams, with the famous tagline, "Going to war with any other camera would be taking a risk.