The Nikon FM10 is a great beginner's camera.
I read Mary's Photo Diary about the Canon AE-1 and it inspired me to write about my Nikon FM10, which I also think is a great camera.
I bought the Nikon FM10 as my first film SLR, having read that it is a great beginner’s camera.
The first day I got it I was so excited that I finished an entire roll of film and got it developed in Walgreens in those 1 hour services… I was so happy that the camera could work with no batteries! (Only later I noticed the camera came with a small battery for lighting up green and red signs that tell you if your photos are over or under exposed, but you can take photos without batteries too.)
Since I had no experience and wasn’t sure of what I was doing, I already expected the photos to come out unsatisfying, and they did. I guess it’s hard to get the exposure right in the beginning so my photos came out all too dark. This is a photo from my first roll:
Later on, I put the battery in so most of my following photos came out with a decent exposure.
I also started experimenting with different films. And I really loved the colors from the Lomography Fine Color 100 films:
And I also loved the KENTMERE BW 400 that I got at Lomography store:
This camera made me enjoy film even more. I highly recommend it for beginners. Double exposures are pretty easy to make with this camera. For me, the only drawback is that sometimes I find it hard to focus manually and I missed a few changes of making a good photograph because of that.