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RonVol

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #90 on: March 04, 2017, 22:27:51 »
Hello Ron, you can add my F3P camera :

F3P (press) n° P9004909 /code : 7 402

Sold my old F3HP's n° 1788529 and 1807257 (alas without looking for the code, sorry !)

Thank you for your big datawork !
Didier

Thanks for the info Didier, will add your numbers to the list for next month's update.
Cheers, Ron.

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #91 on: June 06, 2017, 01:09:46 »
Here are the numbers from my F3:
Serial number: 1320001
Production code: 31VA

 

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #92 on: June 08, 2017, 12:16:54 »
Here are the numbers from mine:-
Serial number: 1276030.
Production code: N0AF.

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #93 on: April 05, 2019, 23:55:02 »
 Can anyone tell me what these mean on my F3 HP
1686766 and 84VL

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #94 on: April 06, 2019, 00:52:45 »
First is serial number, the other presumably production code.

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #95 on: April 15, 2019, 18:43:48 »
Can anyone tell me what these mean on my F3 HP
1686766 and 84VL

Birna's statement is correct. Since the first F3 produced had serial # 1200001, your camera is approximately the 486766th produced (in excess of the real produced cameras, we're not counting numbering jumps which occurred at the time), and production date decodes down to Aug.1984 (see message 1 in this thread for an explanation).

I can't seem to be able to find the original serial number listing, the link on flickr is dead.
A quick search on the Web yielded a listing where topic author (Ron Volmershausen) is credited, but it's probably a derived listing: see below.

http://www.nicovandijk.net/serialF3.htm

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #96 on: April 21, 2019, 15:23:06 »
My latest F3:

F3P Press
Serial# P 9026774
Production Code 25O1

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #97 on: May 17, 2019, 03:18:33 »
My F3HP serial number is 1991766 and the code is 09VR
Am I correct in this being a 2000 made camera?

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #98 on: May 17, 2019, 11:28:03 »
My F3HP serial number is 1991766 and the code is 09VR
Am I correct in this being a 2000 made camera?

The production code is probably O9VR (with a capital o ), not 09VR (with a zero)

Meaning O= October
9 = (last digit of year of production) either 1989 or 1999
And from the serial number (1991766) we infer that it's 1999 (serial numbers for 1989 are around 189xxxx to 190xxxx)

So, it's october 1999

See initial message in this thread for a full explanation.

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #99 on: May 17, 2019, 20:10:14 »
The earliest serial # I have with a code is #1225494 (60AA - June 1980). Before that, a manufacturing code wasn't used.

I have two F3HPs but one is currently in hiding.  The one I have access to is #1507117 with no production code; I checked the entire interior very carefully with a torch but I couldn't find one.  This combination of serial number with no production code would seem to be out of sequence with the above.  Due to the likely age of the camera it wouldn't be surprising if the top plate had been replaced at some point.

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Re: Nikon F3 Serial Numbers / Production Dates
« Reply #100 on: May 21, 2019, 08:41:30 »
I have two F3HPs but one is currently in hiding.  The one I have access to is #1507117 with no production code; I checked the entire interior very carefully with a torch but I couldn't find one.  This combination of serial number with no production code would seem to be out of sequence with the above.  Due to the likely age of the camera it wouldn't be surprising if the top plate had been replaced at some point.

Bill

Have you tried removing the back cover? The production # is stamped in an area of the body that is partly -if not fully- covered by the hinge of the back cover, it's easy to miss the #s (which are black on black!).

It's quite easy to remove the back cover: one of the hinges is spring-loaded and is moveable, you just press down with your fingernail on a small lever on the top hinge and off comes the back. To put it back together you insert the fixed part (bottom) of the hinge in its seat, press down the moving part of the hinge, position so both top and bottom hinges are aligned, release and voila! Longer to describe than to do it... (also see photo in reply #91)

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