Lomopedia: Nikon FM3A


Introduced in 2001 as the successor of the renowned Nikon FM2N from 1984, the Nikon FM3A is not only beautiful, but also noticeably modern. Find out more about this gorgeous 35mm SLR camera in this installment of Lomopedia!

In February 2001, Nikon released Nikon FM3A, the last member of the Nikon FM series, its successful line of semi-professional compact 35mm SLR cameras. In the early 1990s, there was a demand for high-quality alternatives to the autofocus 35mm SLR cameras, and this beauty was Nikon’s answer. It succeeded the famous Nikon FM2N, with several major improvements: hybrid electro-mechanically controlled aluminum-bladed focal plane shutter, aperture priority auto-exposure mode, match-needle exposure control system, and provision for through-the-lens (TTL), off-the-film (OTF) electronic flash automation. Therefore, the FM3A is the result of the marriage betweet FM2N’s robust mechanical system and Nikon FE2’s reliable electronic exposure controls. This interchangeable lens SLR camera accommodates all Nikkor lenses with Nikon F bayonet mount which support Automatic Indexing (AI, AIS).

The FM3A boasts of an expensive construction, conservative design, and estimated service life of decades, made to appeal to serious amateur and professional photographers. However, digital photography coincided with the introduction of the FM3A, which eventually caused majority of photographers to switch to digital. On January 11, 2006, Nikon discontinued the FM3A, leaving only the Nikon F6 and FM10 in its 35mm film SLR offerings.

The gorgeous Nikon FM3A in chrome and black. Photos via nicovandijk.net and cschu.redirectme.net

Technical Specifications:

  • Type: Single-lens reflex
  • Film format: 35 mm
  • Film size: 36 mm × 24 mm
  • Lens: interchangeable lens, Nikon F-mount
  • Flash: hot shoe, JIS synch connection
  • Flash exposure compensation: -1EV flash compensation button
  • Flash synchronization: 1/250 s
  • Film advance: manual
  • Film rewind: manual
  • Shutter: hybrid electronic and mechanical
  • Shutter speed range: 8 s to 1/4000 s [A]; 1 s to 1/4000 s [mechanical]; Bulb
  • Exposure metering: silicon photodiode light meter, TTL full aperture metering, EV 1 to EV 20 (f/1.4 at 1s to f/16 at 1/1000s at ASA/ISO 100 and with 50 mm f/1.4 lens
  • Exposure modes: Aperture priority, Manual
  • Metering modes: 60/40 percent centerweighted
  • Focus modes: manual
  • Continuous shooting: 3.2 frame/s (High), 2 frame/s (Low) with MD-12
  • Viewfinder: eye-level pentaprism
  • Magnification: 0.83×
  • Frame coverage: 93%
  • ASA/ISO range: ISO 25 to 5000 (DX); ISO 12 to 6400 (manual)
  • Film speed detection: Automatic selection
  • Battery: One 3 V CR1/3N lithium battery, or two 1.55 V SR44 silver-oxide batteries, or two 1.5 V LR44 alkaline batteries
  • Dimensions: 142.5 × 90 × 58 mm (5.6 × 3.5 × 2.3 in)
  • Weight: 570 g
Credits: onkel-m, gbremer, area51delcorazon, spidey27 & pinkbutterfly

All information for this article were sourced from Wikipedia, Camerapedia, and mir.com.my.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-02-19 in #reviews #lomopedia #nikon-fm3a #fm3a #nikon #35mm #nikon-slr


  1. bebopbebop
    bebopbebop ·

    @spidey27 cihuyy

  2. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Outstanding! But which is better the F3 or the FM3a?

  3. spidey27
    spidey27 ·

    @bebopbebop cihuyyy.. stelah sekian lama bru online lgi bop.. hahahha
    @rbruce63 I think fm3a.. :)

  4. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    @spidey27 thanks for your opinion!

  5. cyclekarl
    cyclekarl ·

    Wow there's some nice grainy black and white pictures here sorta of infrared like with a red filter.As for the camera it's beautiful I want a chrome one!

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