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

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written by tommynorth on 2009-03-28 #gear #35mm #review #slr #nikon #nikor #fm2


  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 :-)

  8. marc-busoli
    marc-busoli ·

    "you cant really do multiple exposures (on my one you cant)"

    If you have a look at the film advance lever there should be a little square plastic tab sticking out the front of it. If you pull that back towards yourself and hold it while using the film advance lever it will allow you to make multiple exposures. I believe they all had that little tab but I could be wrong (it happens regularly but i still keep trying). Winning!

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