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.
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.
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!!
Pros: Solidly build, can be operated with no battery (battery is for the light meter inside the camera)
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.
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...
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.