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Please find my in depth review on Nikon FM2n here:http://dmartini-fm2nreview.blogspot.com/
The Nikon FM2n first made an appearance in my life last year and I've never looked back. Although I've had many automatic cameras, and used many other types of SLR, it is certainly the best camera I have ever worked with. Being fully manual means that you can control every aspect of your photography. Most SLR cameras are now partially automatic, but the Nikon FM2n is so manual that it would work with no batteries at all (although the light meter wouldn't function as it depends on the battery). My feeling is that a fully manual camera helps the photographer to understand the process better. I think that it is important to be forced to understand the workings of your camera, and then when you do, the results are always better than when you rely on luck with a point-and-click. The FM2n is known for its excellent build quality. The FM2n has been taken to the Antarctic and to deserts. It is virtually indestructible. Which is why they are still around, having stopped being produced in the 1990s. They are used in good art colleges to teach the photographic process. Everyone I know has loved theirs. They are quite hard to find in second-hand stores because they are so loved that nobody wants to get rid of them. However the internet has made finding them much easier. There is also a wonderful Malaysian site on the FM2n, which can be found at<a href="http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonfmseries/fm2n/ fm2manual">http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonfmseries /fm2n/fm2manual</a>. You can explore the technical details here, because they are too detailed to go into here. The FM2n has an amazing top shutter speed of 1/4000 sec, for example. Let's face it, an SLR does not fill the same function as a digital or automatic camera, and it should not be expected to. The results are not instant, and the photographic process is not as easy. But using the FM2n is much more rewar
ding and, in the end, produces much better photographs. The FM2n is an excellent camera. It has a wide fan base of people who love them. If you don't know much about using an SLR and want to learn, you can learn how everything works. It is simple enough to use without knowing much. Yet, on the other hand, an expert photographer would be able to adjust the settings to create professional results. Where many semi-automatic cameras make the choices for you, the FM2n allows you to adjust the settings so that your photograph is EXACTLY as you want it to be. Why let your camera make crucial choices for you, when you could control them fully with an FM2n? Although they are not cheap, I have never regretted buying my FM2n. And, like many people once they've bought one, I would never consider buying anything but the FM2n again. Although apparently I won't need to since they last forever.....
It seems the real art of photography is dying. In this digital age we are loosing all the romance of photography. There is nothing like taking the readings, Setting up the camera manually and seeing the results at the end of it all, And it was all your work! Not the cameras! So why go manual when you can get a flashy little number that does it all for you? Well the trouble with using one of these modern cameras is the have been given a brain! The are taught to think for themselves. Ang fairly often, They are thinking somthing different to you! Take a tricky shot for example, The one where you ask your mate to stand in front of a lovely sunset! Well you're lightweight full auto camera is gonna look at the whole picture and set the shutter speed too fast because it cant tell the difference between the sunset and the person. But with a nice manual camera and a bit of photographic knowledge, You could take the reading from the face of the person, Set up the camera accordingly, And hey presto! Great results and no wasted film! Also you will generally find the build quality of a manual camera Much better. Mechanical parts are much easier to fix aswell! But on the down side, It does make for a heavier camera. This is why ive nominated the Nikon FM2 the greatest camera in the world! Im not an old man, Im only 21! But when it comes to photography, Manual is best! And the FM2 does it better than all the others! Unlike the F3 its simple to use, With all the functions a budding amateur photographer will need, Its also Totally bomb proof! Not like these flimsy, plastic, superlight jobbys on the market these days, This is real quality workmanship, And will last a lifetime. The entire Nikon range of lenses, Old and new will fit this camera, but the auto focus function will be useless on more modern lenses. I sugest you should only use Genuine Nikon optics with this camera as anything less would be an injustice to this the ultimate of cameras
. It has shutter speeds of 1sec-1/4000th! And of course B. The range of accessories from Nikon is also outstanding! Be sure to check it out if you buy a Nikon. Unfortunatly these arnt made any more which is a shame, So prices may rocket as collectability increases, So get one now, You wont regret it, And it will last a lifetime or three!
It?s a shame, but it?s easy to think that if a camera does everything automatically, it will produce great pictures. Modern auto everything cameras are brilliant for making happy snaps, but so are compact cameras, but if you want to regain a bit more control, and plan to use your camera for decades, then look at the Nikon FM range. They are one of the few cameras types available that are mechanical rather than electronic, and are made of metal rather than plastics, so they all have a solid, chunky feel. Mine are getting on for thirty years old now, and apart from the occasional trip to the body shop for dent removal, are still going strong. With a mechanical, manual camera, you are in control, so you set the cameras shutter speed, focus and aperture to give you the results you want. If you want to get back to basics, to enjoy an almost indestructible bit of kit that is a delight to use, get a FM or FM2.