Old but Still Gold : Nikon FA


What was once considered a revolutionary camera when it was launched in 1983, this cool SLR is still a great performer!

Innovative metering system – an early testbed for the current and much copied ‘Matrix Metering’ system commonly found in many Nikon AF cameras as well as those of competitors

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Back in the old days, the Nikon introduced the FA and that was the birth of their much copied matrix metering system. Even now, you’ll find that in many of their AF cameras. The aperture priority as well as full manual as an option has made this camera a favourite of many.

Some refer it as the ‘techno camera’. It operates on 2 LR44 batteries and has a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000. The ISO settings range from 12 to 3200. There is a little button somewhere below the lens that allows you to switch from matrix metering to center weighted metering. Very handy option I’d say.

I’d definitely recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for a film SLR that does it all at a very affordable price.

written by ndroo on 2010-06-09 #gear #film #review #slr #nikon #gold #old #nikon-fa


  1. stijn_b
    stijn_b ·

    I've been wanting this camera for ages, I've read nothing but good thing about it!

  2. jwhite14
    jwhite14 ·

    I just found one and took my first roll with it this weekend. It's a classic.

  3. mapix
    mapix ·

    got this camera cince the late 80th, its always working fine, i love it!

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