FG-20, 1984 - Part I
1984 was quite a quiet and 'peaceful' year for Nikon. The Nikon FG-20 was the sole camera model Nikon has introduced that year. The photographic world is still digesting the earlier impressive FE-2 and the innovative Nikon FA, both introduced a year earlier in 1983. The original mechanical FM2 was also been given a boost with 1/250 sec sync speed from its previous rather odd speed of 1/200 sec.
Not many people have given notice to the FG-20 when it was announced. The Pentax's ME-F, Canon T-80 and even with Nikon own F3AF have respectively demonstrated the early direction set for autofocus. But news was spreading fast that Minolta will introduced a killer model after their highly successful multimode X-700, which was named Maxxum 7000 in 1985 incidentally regarded as the world's first body-integrated AF SLR.
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So much for the background during its birth, but I think it also has very much to do with the basic specification available in the FG-20. It shares virtually similar dimensions, outlook and appearance of the earlier EM and FG. In fact, it takes all the accessories designed for the Nikon super compact models. I heard many Nikon fans relate it as "... an EM with auto flash feature" or "A FG without programmed mode...". Yes, the FG-20 is a member of the same family as the earlier EM and FG. It was the easily rated as the lightest, most compact 35mm Nikon SLR. It is lighter in weight than Nikon FG by 50g and EM by 20g. In terms of features, it stays mid between what the EM and the FG can offer.
There is only a sole auto mode in aperture priority AE and manual exposure control. Shutter speeds range from 1-1/1000 sec, mechanical backup speed of 1/90 sec as with the EM and FG; it takes the MD-E and MD-14 for automatic film advance from as low as 2 fps to 3.2 fps respectively. It also provides auto and manual flash exposure control. Thus, all those quick remarks relating to FG-20 were not all wrong. You can referred the FG-20, as the name indicated - a simplified version of the Nikon FG that has no Programmed Auto mode; on the other hand, you can also called it as a EM that has manual and auto flash exposure control. There is one omission from the feature list, the useful TTL OTF flash control provided in the Nikon FG was not retained in the FG-20. However, the flash ready light and auto sync speed (when used in conjunction with a dedicated flash unit) were provided.
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