Nikon FM Review

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shutterbug.'s review of Nikon FM


“The Nikon FM and its auto-exposure twin, the FE,...”

Written on: 21/07/2003 by shutterbug. (1 review written)

Good Points
battery only powers LED metering system;
accepts NAI and AI lenses;

Bad Points
no mirror lock-up;
no interchangeable finders

General Comments
The Nikon FM and its auto-exposure twin, the FE, replaced the Nikkormat series just as Nikon came out with its auto-indexing (AI) lenses. The importance of this is that the camera is one of the few in the Nikon system that was designed to accept EITHER NAI or AI lenses.

If you refer to the Nikon Compendium (book) for data, be aware that there is a glaring error on viewfinder coverage for this camera and the FM-2. The real coverage is 93% (not the 43% listed in the book...that isn't even useable!!!).

Like all Nikon bodies I own (5), I purchased my FM new when it first came out and it has never malfunctioned or required repair in the 25+ years I've owned it...neither has any other Nikon body I've ever owned. Nikon may advertise that they "Take the world's greatest pictures" (about 60% of the pros use Nikon), but they also make the most reliable products I have ever purchased. If they didn't, no one would be worried about whether or not they could use their AF and AF-D lenses with their FM from 1978 (you can) or if you can use a 105mm f/4 preset Nikkor from 1969 with an F5 (you can).

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