Nikon FM – great 35mm film camera


Nikon FM MD-11 by gnawledge wurker
Nikon FM MD-11, a photo by gnawledge wurker on Flickr.

Manual Nikon SLR body with motor drive….The FM model has a flip up AI tab on the lens mount that permits use of non-AI as well as AI and later Nikkor lenses.

This camera was purchased new by my late father who ramped up his interest in photography when he retired. It is a shame that he got this just a few years before autofocus hit consumer level 35mm film slr cameras. He struggled mightily with his bifocals and the FM viewfinder, also with getting a decent exposure for his photos. For some reason he liked to shoot color slides and slides are unforgiving when it comes to exposure.

I bought the motor drive around 2002 and it certainly works well if it does add a lot of weight to the camera, (lots of AA batteries).

My plan is to load this baby up and take it out for a spin this Spring to honour him. 2013 project.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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