Nikon FM2 - Awesome Camera and NO Batteries Required


A rugged workhorse from days of yore (not as days of yorey as other cameras though)

This camera is hands down my favourite camera. Its not a standard Lomography camera in that you cant really do multiple exposures (on my one you cant), fill it with water, chop it in half, strap an elephant on the side of it or any other of the interesting things found on the tipster pages. What it can do is give you a camera so reliable that once you buy it, it will live in your camera bag forever no matter if you have a DSLR, Diana, or a Pin Hole. This will always be there because, well basically, its just awesome!

The Fm2 was first released in 1982 and discontinued in 2001. It is a heavy camera and its made of a metal that is so strong it has been able to stop bullets and, according to certain sources several FM2’s were melted down to make the hubcaps on the Batmobile so if you drop it, worry about the floor. It can take pictures up to 1/4000th of a second which is pretty fast, i have found this to be useful when you have left some Ilford Delta 3200 in there and its a bright day. also i have been told the shutter is really really good by a lady who used to work for Nikon.

It has a timer on it that gives off a noise similar to that of one of those wind up cymbal playing monkey toys. This enables the user to take self portraits with both hands free. A very useful tool for the egomaniacs out there.

The lenses are interchangeable although i haven’t bought any other lens except for the one it came with which is a 50mm Nikor lens. Where this camera really makes my day is when you play around with depth of field, by setting the aperture to its most open you get everything blurry except for what you focus on. This means that if you are taking pictures of friends and family and the ones at the front are a little on the ugly side just blur em’ out. Its the equivalent of rubbing Vaseline on half the lens. AWESOME!

In terms of economies of scale it makes sense too. it is cheaper for me to get 36 exposures developed than 12 medium format images. In times of global recession we have to make our money last and that’s why i have given my Holga a little rest for the time being. I love it but compared to 35mm film its not value for money.

The camera is entirely manual so it can work without batteries which is pretty cool. The only batteries it takes are for the light sensor LED’s that you see in the viewfinder but you don’t need them to still take photos.
A hot shoe at the top fits flashes but i don’t know much about flashes except that the camera can sync with flash up to 1/250th of a second and it works with the Lomography Coloursplash .
The only trouble I have had with this camera is that I didn’t know how to load the film properly and wasted a few rolls. I assumed it would be like the Holga but it winds the film backwards. My bad. And another thing. If you take the lens of and put card with a hole in it where the lens should be you have yourself a Nikon Fm2 Pinhole camera

Follow this link for further genuinely helpful information.

written by tommynorth on 2009-03-28 in #reviews


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super review ! Great gallery, and wow what film
    (& filter ?) was used for shot 9 ?

  2. tommynorth
    tommynorth ·

    it was fomapan black and white film i think, no filters used. it came up real nice though

  3. tommynorth
    tommynorth ·

    it was fomapan black and white film i think, no filters used. it came up real nice though

  4. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    great review & gallery!! hopefully i can find this camera at a recession price!haha

  5. kmay_bbp
    kmay_bbp ·

    where did you buy yours

  6. simon-hedge
    simon-hedge ·

    Some really REALLY nice photos in this review.

  7. redfactor
    redfactor ·

    beautiful shots with this one :-)

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomopedia: Nikon FM2

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-04 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon FM2

    A favorite of many photographers in its heydays up to the present, the beautiful Nikon FM2 was an advanced 35mm SLR camera whose features made it a dependable analogue workhorse.

  • Lomopedia: Pentax MX

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-04-11 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Pentax MX

    One of the compact 35mm SLR cameras introduced by Pentax in the late 1970s, the fully mechanical Pentax MX was marketed as a pro-level workhorse camera that remains a popular classic to this day.

  • Lomopedia: Nikon SP

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-14 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon SP

    Touted as Nikon's first professional camera, the Nikon SP was one of the most impressive rangefinder cameras one could ever have back in the days. Still, it remains a wonderfully functional and luxurious rangefinder that works smoother and quieter than today's SLR and DSLR cameras.

  • Shop News

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    Summer Inspired Camera at 20% off

    The brazilian summer inspired camera is now at 20% off! You can now celebrate life in full color and treasure every culture in a snap! This summer is no exception; make sure you’re prepared to capture all the sporty action with the Fisheye No.2 Brazilian Summer Camera!

  • How To Use the Fuji Instax 55i

    written by chooolss on 2014-04-06 in #lifestyle
    How To Use the Fuji Instax 55i

    With its pro-grade features, the Fuji Instax 55i might be a little different from other instant cameras when it comes to operating it. Fret not, though, here's a quick tutorial to help you get started!

  • Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    written by cheeo on 2014-11-26 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    Also known as the Nikon Lite Touch, this compact camera offers crisp wide-angle and panoramic shots from the get-go. Get to know more about this camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

  • Photographs of Architecture Shot with the Lomography Color Tiger

    written by chooolss on 2014-05-01 in #lifestyle
    Photographs of Architecture Shot with the Lomography Color Tiger

    The first of Lomography's Ten Golden Rules dictates that you take your camera everywhere you go, and with a camera as small as a 110, you pretty much have no excuse not to!

  • Shop News

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    Recognizable Images of Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • What Tech Websites Are Saying About the Lomo'Instant Camera

    written by chooolss on 2014-05-29 in #news
    What Tech Websites Are Saying About the Lomo'Instant Camera

    It's only been a couple of days since Lomography launched its first dedicated instant camera via Kickstarter, but it seems to have already caused quite a stir not only here in the community but in other websites as well. See what the press is saying about the new Lomo'Instant camera in this first of two parts of our press recaps!

  • Lomopedia: Nikon FG

    written by cheeo on 2014-10-27 in #reviews

    A good upgrade to the Nikon EM, the FG represented a new line of Nikon cameras that featured modern technology and good design.

  • Colorsplashing For Dummies

    written by shhquiet on 2014-05-09 in #gear #tipster
    Colorsplashing For Dummies

    Colorsplashing can do wonders to your image. It can alter the mood of your image, enhance colors, or introduce a totally new perspective! Advanced photography skills are not required here; all it takes is a Colorsplash Camera (or Flash) and your imagination. "Paint" your dog green, dye your friend's face with pink light ... the possibilities are endless! Here's a list of Colorsplashing techniques to try from daytime to nighttime.

  • Shop News

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Uncrate Long Lost Lomography Treasures - 30% Off in our Discount Section

    Fly over to our 30% Discount Section to discover previously unavailable Editions & Clones! Be quick and make one yours before they are all gone again!

  • Lomopedia: Nikkormat EL

    written by cheeo on 2014-12-03 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikkormat EL

    Sporting a solid finished metal body and an automatic aperture priority setting, the Nikkormat EL paved the way for other electronic SLR cameras in the Nikon line.

  • Incredible Pattern-Like Snaps Taken with the Lomography Pop 9

    written by chooolss on 2014-03-27 in #lifestyle
    Incredible Pattern-Like Snaps Taken with the Lomography Pop 9

    Turn mundane, everyday sights and other objects into awesome lomographs that can pass off as pop art prints with the Pop 9 camera!

  • Diana F+ Part 1 The Camera: A Dozen of Possibilities

    written by dopa on 2014-06-27 in #reviews
    Diana F+  Part 1 The Camera: A Dozen of Possibilities

    The original Diana F is a plastic beauty from 1960s Hong Kong. The Diana F+ is a reinterpretation, which is in no way inferior to the old Diana. It´s so versatile with all the optional accessories and lenses like no other lomography camera. And because of this, I will show you what makes this camera so special.