Nikon S3

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Nikon S3
Type 35 mm rangefinder camera
Lens interchangeable lens, Nikon 'S' bayonet mount
Film format 35mm
Film size 36mm x 24mm
Film advance manual
Film rewind manual
Focus modes Split and superposed-image rangefinder
Exposure modes Manual (M), and Bulb (B)
Exposure metering no integrated meter
Flash PC Sync
Flash synchronization 1/60s
Shutter mechanically timed
Shutter speed range 1s to 1/1000s with Bulb and 1/60s flash-sync
Continuous shooting 1 FPS manual wind, 3 FPS S-36 motordrive [1]
Viewfinder Etched frameline viewfinder
Viewfinder magnification 1x
Optional motor drives S-36 motordrive
Dimensions 136mm width×81mm height×43mm depth
Weight 590 g [2]
Made in Japan
Nikon S3-2000 Millennium model

The Nikon S3 is a professional level, interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, rangefinder camera introduced in 1958. It was manufactured by the Japanese optics company Nippon Kogaku K. K. (Nikon Corporation since 1988).[3]

The S3 is mechanically similar to the Nikon SP except for a simplified viewfinder system. The viewfinder does not compensate for parallax error and the framelines are fixed (etched).

In 2000, Nikon introduced an updated, hand-assembled S3 model to celebrate the new millennium. It was quite a production to produce S3s again, as all the original dies were long gone. The new Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens for the new S3 is noticeably larger than original 50mm f/1.4 lenses.


  • Shutter = Horizontal running rubber coated fabric curtain type focal plane shutter
  • Shutter speeds = T, B and 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and 1/1000 seconds (regular interval graduation)
  • Range marker = M inscription (XXINF - 0.9)
  • Self-timer = Connect time variable system (the graduation of 3, 6 and 10 seconds it is attached)
  • Pc socket = Time lag variable system, it aligns the synchronizer socket attachment and the speed light/write in 1/60 seconds less than
  • Finder = Rangefinder type fixed 1x magnification finder (wide angle finder for 28mm and 35mm finder)
  • Framelines = 35mm, 50mm, 105mm
  • Film wind = Hand operated lever system, 136 degree revolution (multiple winds possible), with 15 degree extra withdrawal angles
  • Film rewind = Manual Crank system
  • Film = 135 Film (35mm film) with 36x24mm image size

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Nikon Owner Issue 19 History of Nikon Part XVI by Gray Levett
  2. ^ [2] Nikon S3 2000 Commemoration model
  3. ^

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