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Camera doesn't turn on

My dad hasn't used the camera in 25 years. I just went out and bought two 1.5 V silver oxide batteries (the same as the ones in the camera) and replaced the batteries. there was a little bit of battery acid dust around the old batteries, though not much. i turn on the camera after screwing the batteries back in and the exposure meter doesnt register, the shutter doesnt click, nothing.

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Try to clean the corrosion off the battery contacts. If not give it to Nikon they may be a little expensive but they will restore the camera to it's original condition.

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SOURCE: I am borrowing a Nikon F3 35mm film camera but I

This is normal. The meter is extremely accurate and as long as you're very close to getting the "+ -" indication then you're good to go. Half stop positions are available on the lens aperture scale precisely to help you get the metering close enough.

Negative film has a wide exposure latitude and exposure errors of just half a stop will not be noticeable in any way on the final print. Even errors of one stop will often be insignificant as the printing stage gives the opportunity to compensate for errors at the exposure stage. It's a different matter with slide film though as there is no second stage but even then you need to be aware that the meter indication is a centre-weighted average of what's on view in the finder. So as long as you're paying attention to important highlight and shadow details you can use the meter as an indication and base the actual aperture and shutter speed on informed judgement.

You may also want to look at an online user manual for the F3:

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You can force your camera to rewind, but you will have a partially shot roll of film. If you continue to shoot your counter will be off but when the film cannot advance any more the camera will rewind.

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Sorry but I will ask a dump question , what about the polarity of the battery ?
was it correctly fitted ? sorry but I had this case twice,that's why I asked......

When the batteries in an F3 die, though the film can still be advanced, the photographer is limited to a single mechanical shutter speed of approximately 1/60 second. It is tripped by a secondary fully mechanical shutter release. Works fine when camera is attached to a motor drive because it uses the drivers power. the batteries as one of the following is okay.....

  • Battery: Choice of one 3V lithium battery CR-1/3N type,,
  • two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries SR-44 type, or
  • two 1.5V alkaline batteries LR-44 type
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