Refurbished Nikon F6 in stock at BH Photo
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Refurbished Nikon F6 in stock at BH Photo

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$1900 for a refurb?!! Wow. Did not like this review:

"The F6 is unquestionably a solid camera but this refurbed unit was not exactly what I expected. The illumination for the top and rear LCDs did not work. Not a huge deal but its a feature I need and for this much money youd expect everything to work like new. Also, the split rings that attach to the strap lugs were missing. Other than these two minor issues the camera looked and operated great. There were two rather noticeable scratches on the viewfinder housing but thats about it. I decided to send it back and place an order for a new unit."

I'd buy a perfect condition used one for under $1000. I've done that twice already.
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$1900 for a refurb?!! Wow. Did not like this review:

"The F6 is unquestionably a solid camera but this refurbed unit was not exactly what I expected. The illumination for the top and rear LCDs did not work. Not a huge deal but its a feature I need and for this much money youd expect everything to work like new. Also, the split rings that attach to the strap lugs were missing. Other than these two minor issues the camera looked and operated great. There were two rather noticeable scratches on the viewfinder housing but thats about it. I decided to send it back and place an order for a new unit."

I'd buy a perfect condition used one for under $1000. I've done that twice already.

Yep, a used one gives a massive discount. No need to buy a refurb or even a new one. Far too steep a cost.
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I think I saw one go for around $600 USD here a few months ago!
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The refurb only has a 90day warranty and at least from that one review was in pretty poor shape.
Nikon still services /repairs the F6 so better deal by far to get a nice used one and if anything happens pay to get it fixed.
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A couple of months ago I called Nikon Canada to ask if they still service the FM3a (they do not).
They did offer to take it as trade against a new F6 plus $1900 Canadian ($1350 USD).

Fortunately, I was able to fix my FM3a and save the repair cost.
Or looking at it another way, I saved $1900.






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Being able to repair these kameras is important as my F6's AF failed. Nikon in Los Angeles repaired it for about $250 (needed a new electronic RF thingy..)
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The F6 is a wonderful beast but unless you own F-mount AF lenses (I don't), the FM3a or and FM2n are smaller, lighter and load more fun to use. And no AF motors to fry.
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The F6 is a wonderful beast but unless you own F-mount AF lenses (I don't), the FM3a or and FM2n are smaller, lighter and load more fun to use. And no AF motors to fry.

I had an FM3A and didn't like it a lot ... it felt a bit clacky to me and although the F6 is larger it has a brilliant finder for manual focusing and the ergonomics are excellent. Both great cameras though.
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I had an FM3A and didn't like it a lot ... it felt a bit clacky to me and although the F6 is larger it has a brilliant finder for manual focusing and the ergonomics are excellent. Both great cameras though.
Clacky is the right word. Tapping on or closing the back sounds like the rattling of an empty coffee can.

Your 2010 thread on the FM3a featured prominently in my searches when I was looking for reviews and feedback on the FM3a and Zeiss Planar 50/1.4 ZF.2.
Now having used it for two months ,alongside a new-to-me F3HP, I found the FM3a lacking everything except weight against the F3HP. (Especially since I wear glasses)

If someone thinks they need a F6 for $1900, I would suggest buying five of F801s/N8008s bodies or one F100 and spend the other $1.8K on film and lenses.
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My FM3A works fine -some years ago, I bought a new/old stock body but it is good to know that Nikon Canada is offering an upgrade to the F6 if it happens to break down.
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