Lomopedia: Nikon FM10

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Dubbed as an ideal analogue camera for beginners, the FM10 boasts a myriad of features that can definitely teach photography newbies a trick or two when it comes to shooting. Read on to find out more about this trusty SLR from Nikon.

Images via Nikon, Tahir Hashmi, Brian Brooks, and Gomessda on Flickr

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 35mm film SLR camera that shoots true with its reliable Center Weighted metering and 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.

Nikon FM10 Technical Specifications:

  • Type of Camera: Manual focus 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with focal plane shutter. Includes Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 lens.
  • Exposure Modes: Manual
  • Picture Format: 24mm x 36mm (standard 35mm 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 (WxHxD): 5.5 × 3.4 × 2.in.
  • EV range: EV 2 to 19 at ISO 100
  • Exposure control: Manual control, guided by built-in light meter
  • Frame counter: Additive type, automatically resets to S when camera back is opened
  • Frame coverage: Approx. 92% with 50mm focal length set at infinity
  • ISO range: 25 to 3200 (manually selected)
  • Magnification: 0.84x with 50mm set at infinity
  • 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.
  • Tripod socket: Standard 1/4″ × 20 thread
  • Viewfinder information: LED exposure display using – - O + display
  • Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Attachment size: 52mm
  • Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Dimensions and weight: Approx. 63mm diameter x 64mm extension (2.5″ × 2.5″), Approx. 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Minimum shooting distance: 0.4 meters

Check out these Nikon FM10 shots from our community members:

Credits: dbyremus15, miyuki, jrcolville, uncle_jay, yuvs & guanatos

All information used in this article were sourced from Nikon, Camerapedia, BH Photo Video, and Photography Review.

written by cheeo on 2014-06-18 #gear #review #camera #nikon-fm10 #lomopedia


  1. beblo
    beblo ·

    " Even if the Nikon FM10 was designed for photography newcomers, it can definitely produce high-quality photos once in the right hands. " I agree with you, Mr. cheeo. A true "artist' is different from an expert camera man.

  2. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    this was my first slr :)

  3. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    I've bought one of these for someone who was interested in starting film photography. The body is super light compared to similar Nikons I own like the Nikon FT. I'd recommend this back.

  4. cheeo
    cheeo ·

    @beblo @guanatos @clownshoes Just got one for myself and all I can say is that it really is a legit SLR. Can't wait to try it out since I've been meaning to do some shooting.

  5. wideangle
    wideangle ·

    If this camera interests you keep an eye out for the Nikon FM2. It's a rugged all manual camera that was released in the early Eighties. The earliest ones have flash sync at 1/200, and there is a separate X200 shutter speed. Not long after this the flash sync was increased to 1/250, and the X200 shutter speed disappeared from the control.

  6. beblo
    beblo ·

    Mr. cheeo, this Nikon FM10 slr film camera is highly rated by the first owners (original owners) of the unit. Most of the buyers may be beginners or students in photography, but their potential as a photographer was seen thru the use of this camera. The current price is around US $320 on the internet, brand new.

  7. cheeo
    cheeo ·

    @wideangle Looking forward to get my hands on the FM2 after I tinker with the FM10.
    @beblo can't argue with that. It appears that many skilled photographers honed their shooting chops with the FM10. That $320 price tag is hefty during initial shell out but I guess you can't really put a price on a learning.

  8. beblo
    beblo ·

    The lens design and construction of the Nikon FM 10 (made by Cosina of Japan) is very good. It may not be as rugged / robust as that of professional NIKON slr film cmeras but, with extra care it will serve you well and long enough, until you produce your 1st photograph master piece.*@:-)

  9. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    It"s the main camera I use for my "serious" photographs. The zoom lens is the chief advantage. I really like the fact that it's fully manual and has a range of shutter speeds (I've taken some great night photographs in black & white without a flash on this camra).

  10. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    That's not a Nikon, that's a dirty little Cosina.

  11. jimmybuzaid
    jimmybuzaid ·


  12. jimmybuzaid
    jimmybuzaid ·


  13. jimmybuzaid
    jimmybuzaid ·

    I suggest you vouch for an FM2, usually much cheaper

  14. jimmybuzaid
    jimmybuzaid ·

    Also it's the same camera as all the following: Canon T60, Cosina CT1G, Cosina CT1 Super, Nikon FM10[1], Olympus OM2000, and Yashica FX-3.

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