NASA modified Nikon F3 small camera
EVA Modifications

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Some bodies were used as EVA units. This meant that they were able to perform extra vehicular activities, meaning they could likely be used outside the craft in the vacuum of space. Special internal parts and/or adhesives/lubricants were built into those units to be able to withstand extreme temperatures. These EVA modified models would carry an EVA sticker on the rear. Others were designated AEC cameras and were usually fixed at a window or the like and were mostly set for Automatic Exposure Control (aperture priority), and very likely with intervalometers.

F3 Small cameras that were taken out for an EVA were wrapped in a custom thermal blanket to further help protect it from the extreme temperatures of space.

When a camera was going to be taken out for an EVA, there was an EVA 'kit'; a series of special attachments to enable easier handling outside the spacecraft, that the astronauts would apply prior to the event.

The EVA Kit usually consisted of:
A shutter release extension 'plunger'; to enable easier handling with gloves


A few items that appear to be button caps or covers. Perhaps to make the surface area larger again for using gloves, or since they are different colours, to perhaps increase their visibility

Lens 'rods' which could be threaded into the oversized focusing ring of special EVA lenses and provide an easier grip and larger surface area to manipulate both the lens controls.

Most EVA lenses had 4 thread points (two for the focusing ring and two for the aperture ring). Some earlier models only had one each. Learn more by visiting my NASA Nikkor Lens Serial Number database


  • Nikon also made a Big sportfinder viewfinder that had an enormous square window that magnified the image to enable the user to use the camera a good distance away from their eye - particularly important for EVA use since the astronauts with their helmets would be a good distance from the viewfinder. Unfortunately I haven't physically come across one of these NASA modified action finders to see how it would compare to the standard F3 DA-2 Action Finder

Links to my NASA Nikon pages:

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Modified Nikon F with Motor Drive

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA F3 Small Camera

COMING SOON - learn about the NASA F3 Small Camera's EVA Modifications

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA F3 'Big' Camera with the removable 250 Exposure Magazine back

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA F4 Electronic Still Camera

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Nikon HERCULES system

COMING SOON - learn about my NASA F4S Camera

CLICK HERE - learn about my NASA F5 IVA and EVA Cameras

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 1st and 2nd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured shots of the Space Shuttle above earth and even shots of the Space Station itself from the Soyuz Russian spacecraft

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 2nd and 3rd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured the aftermath in New York City on 9/11

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera

COMING SOON - learn about the NASA Modified Nikon Nikkor Manual Focus Lenses

CLICK HERE for the NASA Nikon Serial Number Database; a never ending work in progress to record all the film-based and early digital Nikon gear used in the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle eras and the early days of the International Space Station

 

Research and Photo Credits:
Johnson Space Center, Houston TX
United Space Alliance
Space Center Houston
Nikkor Club
Marco Cavina
Erik Black
Peter Coeln - Westlicht Photographica


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