Nikon F3


The Nikon F3 is an SLR (single-lens reflex) 35mm camera, released in 1980. The F3 is a well balanced combination of an electronic, mechanical and optical device. It became universally loved, suiting everyone’s needs because of the module design and pushed Nikon to the top. This camera changed the game in the world of photography.

The secret to the F3’s success was that it combined all of the best features of the best cameras in the world, elevated these features to their maximum level of functionality and quality, and combined everything into a sleek, beautiful package.


The F3 body was designed by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. He was famous for designing supercars for BMW, Ferrari, and Volkswagen. Giugiaro added the thin red accent down the handgrip which from then on became a signature feature for almost all Nikon cameras. In the mid-‘80s, Giugiaro was a living legend, branching out into industrial design with Nikon, Apple and Seiko.

More about the designer and his works here!


The Nikon F3 is still being used today by photographers in the fine arts. It’s versatility and famous design bring together form and function in perfect harmony. It’s incredible versatility made it the camera choice for every type of working photographer whether that be photojournalism or fine art. It is arguably one of the finest 35mm manual SLR cameras ever built.

Learn about the Evolution of Electronic Cameras and the Nikon F3 Here!