How do I get longer (>1 second) exposures? I own a Nikon FM2N.

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I currently own a Nikon FM2N manual film camera, as well as an assortment of old manual lenses for it. I really like this camera due to it's high top shutter speed (1/4000 of a second), but I really wish I could go slower on the other end of the shutter dial. Is there any way to take longer than one second exposures with a Nikon FM2N, and if not what other manual 35mm cameras might be better suited for this purpose?
 

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Just remember to factor in reciprocity failure when your exposure is 1sec or longer. There is a great iPhone app that will help with that.
 

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what other manual 35mm cameras might be better suited for this purpose?

The Nikon F2 is a manual camera that can do shutter speeds up to 10 seconds by using its self timer.

There aren't many manual cameras with shutter speeds greater than 1 second but many cameras with electronic shutters can do this such as the Nikon FE and FE2 with their 8 second shutter speeds and many others.
 
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Can you shoot in bulb mode and get a shutter release cable?

HERE is the cable release you really want to own for an FM-2: The Nikon AR-3.

Nikon AR-3 Mechanical Cable Release for D100 & Other 664 B&H

This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!

Just remember to factor in reciprocity failure when your exposure is 1sec or longer. There is a great iPhone app that will help with that.

I don't own a smartphone, but I will definitely be wary of the Schwarzschild effect (if no other way than by experimentation).

The Nikon F2 is a manual camera that can do shutter speeds up to 10 seconds by using its self timer.

There aren't many manual cameras with shutter speeds greater than 1 second but many cameras with electronic shutters can do this such as the Nikon FE and FE2 with their 8 second shutter speeds and many others.

The F3, while not mechanical, will do crazy long metered exposures.

Long exposures with the Nikon F3 and other Nikons? - Photo.net Nikon Forum

If the shutter release cable option doesn't work out, I will definitely keep these in mind.
 

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