Nikon FM2 Film Camera
It’s been 2 weeks since I brought home my Nikon FM2 film camera. Since then, I have been out snapping whenever I can, mostly after working hours.
Few days ago, I sent my first ever undeveloped film for development and is now waiting for the result. *excited*
Meanwhile, I shall share about my first non-technical impression of this Nikon FM2 film camera itself.
Before I developed an interest in film photography, I only use my dSLR Nikon D3100 before upgrading to D3300. The look is nothing fancy, because most dSLR look the same in this modern era. I must say I have never ever thought of looking into film photography, hence I couldn’t be bothered how an analog SLR looks like.
Then, someone introduced me to Fujifilm XT-1 and X-pro2. The look got me over. I was so tempted to buy the one. I didn’t because it is so expensive!
Previously I ranted on how I dislike the poisonous thought of ‘never mind, I can always edit’.
That’s how I discover film photography. And I instantly fell in love with the look of all the analog film cameras.
So, if you are a fan of vintage stuff, you will definitely love the look of Nikon FM2.
Tough and reliable
When I first hold the camera, I can instantly feel the sturdiness of it. I am pretty sure this camera can last a life time as long as I take good care of it.
However, this FM2 is quite heavy as compared to my Nikon d3300. I guess it’s probably due to the heavy material Nikon used to manufacture the body? It is also because of the weight that makes me feel the toughness and reliability of it. Hence, I have no complaint.
Ease of use
The dial buttons and everything basic you need to get a well exposed picture is easily adjustable, i.e, the shutter speed, the aperture (on Als lens), ISO/ASA). All I have to do is tell the camera which ISO film I am using, then set the aperture and shutter and I am ready to fire a shot.
This is unlike the modern mirrorless/dSLR cameras, where to my impression have many buttons and settings. Although I don’t mind to learn about all the modern functions by reading the manual guides, I prefer film camera for its simplicity and minimalism.
So that’s about all the non-technical impression I have of Nikon FM2. It’s simple, sturdy and you should definitely consider having one if you are a fan of Nikon.