Summary: I my humble opinion the Nikon FM2 is the best 35mm SLR ever made. It's Leica quality! I've had mine since 1999. It has recorded my family members lives and deaths and our trips. Cast metal body. Ball bearings. You can snap on almost any Nikon lens ever made and it will still work. Uses LR44 cells  for it's meter. It's happy without batteries as it is strictly mechanical. One of the most compact metal body SLR Nikon ever made. Proper exposure depends on many factors.
Summary: I bought this camera in 1982 and I still have it and love it! It is a manual slr film camera. I bought it with a macro lens. It gets heavy after carrying it around your neck for a while.. In recent years I purchased a digital camera (Fuji Film)hoping for quality images in a more convenient body and freedom from film. But the quality just doesn't compare. If you are a serious photographer who wants quality and control, this is a fine choice for you.
Summary: It is a serious, spectacular camera. It hearkens back to a time when Photographers had to know their stuff. It is 100% mechanical, which is why it's the preferred camera of certain National Geographic photographers. there are no electronic shutters to jam, or batteries to die in freezing weather. It is heavy, you will know if you have to carry it around all day. It adjusts in full stops only. Make sure you get the FM2/n version.
Summary: It is a shame Amazon allows negative review on a particular camera to be put on when the buyer got the wrong camera and not that the camera, the Nikon FM2, was the problem. I own this body and can attest to the fact that it is perfect for someone who wishes to have total control over the pictures they are taking.
Summary: Out of all the cameras I have owned, I feel this one has been the most reliable. After six years of abuse, though, it is finally starting to wear. The film rewind knob just recently broke off, and the film back doesn't open as easily as it should. Still, the camera has outlasted a Minolta and a Pentax. The Nikon lenses are ideal and the body is extremely utilitarian.
Summary: This is probably the most solidly build SLR (manual) you can find in the market. Why using manual? If you really want to learn or like photograhpy, it is definitely a good start tool. Using it for ten years, I know it is a camera I can rely on every single time!! The only complain is Nikon's accessories are expensive compared to like Canon.
Pros: Solidly build, can be operated with no battery (battery is for the light meter inside the camera)
Excerpt: "Ah, the Nikon FM 2. All taditionalist photographers out there just take a moment to reminisce..... Yes this a good old traditional film camera that has been around - well just about as long as I have, dating back to the early 80s no less. And true testiment to its continued success is the fact that, as a professioinal photographer it was may camera of choice up until a few years ago when, as those of you that have read one of my other reviews on ...
Excerpt: "this camera is built with practical use in mind- what family carries their camera around in carefully packaged bags, with soft fingers and takes care all the time? No real family! this one is built to last and stand the tests of a real family, taking quality pictures, withdstanding some knocks and scratches and continuing to take lasting memories that can be looked at for many years to come. Want a different perspective? change the lenses for something ...
Excerpt: "This seemingly dated offering from Nikon is, in my humble... the best manual camera there is and should certainly be considered by anyone who has gone beyond the 'point and shoot' school of photography. Being manual, you get total control over each shot: apeture, shutter speeds (from 1 to 4000) etc. You can push/pull and most, importantly, you get access to a great deal of Nikon lenses which, being non-autofocus are very very cheap second hand. If ...
Pros: build quality, flexibility, lenses available