Summary: I wish all of the so called photographers using the new model camera's to just try using this FM, oh wait a minute, you may need to read the manuel it does take FILM, which is still readely available and so is the proccessing.
Pros: It's an easy to use camera, and only a real photagrpher from the past knows how ell this camera works.......It puts the art back into taking beautiful pictures.
Summary: It's tempting to think of the FM as the archtype Nikon, since the last manual film Nikon today is the FM10; but it's not. The FM10 isn't even made by Nikon, it's made by Cosina, and the FM mainly stood out for introducing aperture indexing (A.I.) The true archtype is the Nikon F; this is a solid, well built, old school film camera that taken care of will last for many years.
Pros: If you've been able to handle one manual film camera you can pretty much do them all., Near perfect fit and finish, light and easy on the film advance. Nikon knew what they were doing and made it to last. Even the faux leather covering is still on tight after 34 years; can't say the same about the F5., Simple light meter, that's all. Encourages you to focus on what you're taking a picture of rather than figuring the camera out., The A.I. tab folds back if you use a pr...
Cons: Film is dead, dealt with it. 35mm will still be available for years to come, but to try and pretend there's something secret about film that only the true professional still knows is silly., Light seals are something to check on a camera of this age., Slow 1/1000th max shutter speed, to get automatic advance requires a motor drive., Light meter is 3 diodes, that indicate too bright, too dark, or just right. If it's partly there then it's dark and okay lit or bright an...
Summary: I purchased my Black Nikon FM body with MD-11 and 50 f1.4 in good used condition in 2001 and have used it as a back up to it's sibling, the FM2N ever since. If I could rate a camera a perfect 10 it would be the Nikon FM and its siblings. The camera is reliable, easy to use and delivers many years of photographic enjoyment. A perfect camera for the student, beginner or even a seasoned photographer looking for simplicity.
Pros: Small, light weight and easy to use. All controls are intuitive and are right where they should be. Add a motordrive and you'll use your camera and take great pictures until film is gone.
Summary: This was the fist pro camera I bought. Has seen me through college. Has been my favorite camera through my time at the Independent in London and still a favorite now. Simple and reliable. To see some of the images shot with this camera go to http://www.jasonbye.com Later models will flash sync at 1/250 although the shutter dial is still marked at 1/125.
Pros: Rugged and Reliable. Nothing electronic to fail. Will still work in the pouring rain! D*mn good lump for hitting people with!
Cons: Viewfinder could be brighter and the screen is difficult to clean unlike the later fm2 which was removable.
Summary: This was the first SLR I bought (after using an old Zenit which I had inherited) for myself. I have had no regrets. The camera is portable, easy to use, reliable and rugged. I find myself throwing it on the car seat or my backpack without much forethought since it's compact and not too valuable.
Pros: Compact, Simple to use (adjust shutter speed, aperture ring and focus), Rugged, Reliable
Cons: Slowish flash sync speed (1/125), Top shutter speed only 1/1000, Viewfinder does not have much eye relief