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However, around 1955, the predominant view was that SLR cameras provided advantages not available with rangefinder cameras, although they could not be superior high-performance equipment.
Nikon also favored that view because S2, Nikon SP and other popular models were so great.
Less pristine examples of the F3, especially early ones, cost much less, and represent one of the great bargains in manual SLR photography.
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After the Second World War, the camera was equipped with the pentaprism type eye-level (erect image) viewfinder, full-automatic aperture control, quick-return reflex mirror and other enhancements, and the drawbacks of SLR cameras were removed and ease of operation was improved.
We at Nikon also recognized the future potential of SLR cameras in view of the fact that the telephoto lenses with a focal length of 135 mm or more would need a reflex box, and decided in fact around 1955 to launch a program for the development of SLR cameras in conjunction with the development of SP and S3, as the successors to Nikon S2 (1954), and their improved versions.