Everyone has to start somewhere, even the pros. In this installment of Lomopedia, we take a look at an SLR camera that can teach beginners a thing or two about photography basics and camera handling — the Nikon FM10.
First released in 1995, the Nikon FM10 was intended for sale in Asian countries but is now widely available in Western countries too. The FM10 is a manual focus 35 mm film SLR camera that shoots true with its reliable Center Weighted metering and a high-quality lens.
The FM10 is actually manufactured by Cosina in Japan, lens and chassis included for Nikon. With its wide array of design features and easy handling, the FM10 can be an easy favorite for SLR shooters who are looking for a quick change in shooting style. The Nikon FM10 comes in a robust metal and plastic body that blend seamlessly to provide a solid grip without sacrificing too much weight.
Even if the Nikon FM10 was designed for photography newcomers, it can definitely produce high-quality photos once in the right hands.
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Type of Camera: Manual focus 35 mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with a focal plane shutter. Includes Zoom Nikkor 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.8 lens.
Exposure Modes: Manual
Picture Format: 24 mm × 36 mm (standard 35 mm film format)
Lens Mount: All metal Nikon F Mount.
Usable Lenses: All Nikkor AF-D, AI-P, AF-I, AI-S, and AF-S lenses.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level, pentaprism type; Diopter: Standard -1 DP (optional diopter adapter available)
Focusing Screen: Fixed with split image microprism and matte field
Shutter Speeds: 1 to 1/2000 second, plus Bulb
Shutter: Vertical-travel, metal focal plane shutter
Flash Synchronization: X sync only at 1/125 or slower
Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO-type hot shoe.
Self Timer: Mechanical self-timer, approx. 10-sec release delay.
Depth of Field Preview Button: Built-in
Multiple Exposure: Available
Power Source: 2-SR44 (1.55V) or 2 A- LR44 (1.5V)
Weight (without batteries): Approx. 14.7 oz.
Dimensions: 5.5 × 3.4 x 2 inches (W×H×D)
EV range: EV 2 to 19 at ISO 100
Exposure control: Manual control, guided by a built-in light meter
Frame counter: Additive type automatically resets to S when camera back is opened
Frame coverage: Approx. 92% with 50 mm focal length set at infinity
ISO range: 25 to 3200 (manually selected)
Magnification: 0.84x with 50 mm set at infinity
Tripod socket: Standard 1/4" x 20 thread
Viewfinder information: LED exposure display using - O + display
Optional Accessories for FM10: DK-5 Eyepiece Cover, Eyepiece Adapter, Eyepiece correction lenses - 0 DPTR., +0.5 DPTR., +1.0 DPTR., +2.0 DPTR., +3.0 DPTR., -2.0 DPTR., -3.0 DPTR., -4.0 DPTR., -5.0 DPTR, Zoom Nikkor 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.8: Attachment size: 52 mm, Zoom Nikkor 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.8: Dimensions and weight: Approx. 63 mm diameter × 64 mm extension (2.5" x 2.5"), Approx. 200 grams (7 ounces), Zoom Nikkor 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.8: Minimum shooting distance: 0.4 meters