Playtime: FM2n

February 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My D800 has been in the shop.  While this has been frustrating, it's given me the opportunity to shoot some film on a few of my older cameras.  A friend of mine has let me borrow a Nikon FM2n to shoot.  Below is a few brief thoughts on shooting with this camera...

The Nikon FM2

Generally speaking, I love shooting with this. The 50mm 1.8 AI-s lens has a very smooth focus, so manual focus is fairly easy and comfortable (though still certainly more time-consuming than AF). the shutter speed dial clicks very pleasantly. the shutter makes a solid-sounding clap (I find it pleasant, anyway). The film advance ticks nicely as it winds the next frame. Almost everything about the way it feels is quite nice.   There is one exception, where the strap clips are on the sides of it. they kind of dig into my finger a little. While I will be glad to get back my behemoth of a DSLR (it's big and heavy, but just fits my hand so comfortably), I'll definitely enjoy shooting this some more.

As far as the look of the camera, it was designed well.  It has strong, but not harsh, lines.

Nikon  

Nikon made a black, but I think I like the look of chrome on black better.  While it stands out more in a crowd, the contrast of the two tones just pleases me.  I'm not sure why.

UPDATE: One more shot of the camera.

 

And then, the question is, how does it actually perform.  Pretty well.  The center meter is reasonably accurate (in the center), though certainly not perfect and certainly not as accurate as the sophisticated meters on modern cameras.  Anyway, here are some shots made with it.  They were made on Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 film.

300 S. Gay Streetforgive the scratches. that's not the camera's fault or the film's. I just don't have a proper film dryer or any clearing chemicals. Curves and Shadowsforgive the scratches. that's not the camera's fault or the film's. I just don't have a proper film dryer or any clearing chemicals.


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