Nikon FM2n

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    have film need skill TPF Noob!

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    So after just a few years (30) of OM bodies, reliability issues drove me to finally break down and buy an FM2. I had always avoided this as I'm left eyed. Still, reliability issues and the desire for newer lens designs made me reconsider.

    So, after a roll or two here's what I can say. The advance lever offset thing isn't as big of an issue as I thought and may actually be a benefit - wedge it into your skull and think of it as additional support. I do enjoy the new lens options; especially the Voigt 40 which I've used before and loved. Flash sync of 1/250 is a blessing. Overall body is a bit bigger but very workable. Nice having shutter display. Nice bright viewfinder. Really nothing to fault.

    So we'll see - not a convert yet but very impressed by this Nikon body. Now to find a 28mm...

    John


     
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    Pix? :cool-98:
     
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    Don't think they're anything special but as soon as they come back I'll post. Had used the Voigt on an FG a few years ago and it is magic.
     
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    Yeah, that camera is a classic, and destined to become a legend!
     
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    Yeah...after a bit over two decades of buildiung F-mount cameras, Nikon released the FM-2, and had behind them a LOT of experience in small-frame 35mm SLR building, so the FM-2 and FM-2(n) were really pretty well-sorted machines. I have right here beside me a nice, minty chrome FM-2(n) (the one with the 1/250 X-sync) and MD-12 motor drive setup--bareeeeeely used, and accidentally stored in a box for over 15 years un-touched.

    It's really NOT that much larger than an Olympus OM-1 or OM-2, even though at the time both were being manufactured, the Oly bodies SEEMED quite a bit smaller!

    I have read some very positive reviews of that Voigtlander 40mm lens, and have seen some nice pics made with it on the old Nikongear.com web site!
     
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    I had the original FM. A solid little camera. I used to shoot news. When the OM1 came out, Olympus shipped us a couple pallets of equipment. We loved the OM1s, they were significantly smaller than Nikon and great on the back. But, after about three months they were all broken.
     
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    The FM/FE variants were among the sweetest MF bodies Nikon made. Hope any MILC Nikon makes sticks to that form factor(Fuji XT2?) and not something as cringingly inelegant as the Df.
     
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    I love my FM and the 50mm 1.8 AIS. Would love that voightlander 40. I am shooting my Minolta Maxxum 9 today with the 50 1.7. I started in downtown Detroit this morning and now heading to the U of M tailgate party. Using porta and hp5+. I like the ability to rewind mid roll with leader sticking out, putting in hp5+, then putting Portra back in, it worked! Went right back to frame 20. Nice.
     
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