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Nikon FM

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-01-28

Nikon FM

Introduced in: 1977

Technical info

Lens mount: Nikon F (compatible with both Ai and non-Ai lenses)
Shutter: 1/1000s to 1s
All mechanical
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 3200)
Battery: two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent (Only for the light meter)
Flash: Flash hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 572g

Depth of field lever
Double exposure ability

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating + Sounds
Nikon FM


Great size and brightness.

Right side have light meter info, three led lights with + o -
Left side shows which shutter speed is selected.

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.
All mechanical.

Build quality:

Extremely good and these are really build to last and most of them still do after 35+ years.
Have read that people used this camera in all kinds of extream weather without any problem.
So it's apperantly hard to find anything more reliable.

Look and feel:
Looks like most Nikons around this time which I think looks great.
It's really solid and all the buttons and levers feels nice.


I really love this and it have everything i'm looking for in a SLR.

Extremely well built and reliable.
The view finder and feel is also very nice.

Light meter is very responsive and accurate.

Can also use a old Soft Release accessory (Nikon AR-1)
This is the little silver thing that are screwed on to the shutter button.
Maby a little silly plus but it feels more natural to use the cameras with this and I really like it.

The camera don't have mirror lock but the mirror goes up when you use the self-timer which is the next best thing.

Can use Ai and non-Ai lenses.
Light metering for non-Ai lenses are stop down only.

Thumbs up:
Great build quality and feel

Very reliable
All mechanical and battary is is only for the light meter.
Great viewfinder

Thumbs down:

Quite noisy

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