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Technical Specification
of the original Nikon FM SLR camera.

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Standard production Nikon FM Series models:- Nikon FM | Nikon FM2 | Nikon FM2n | Nikon FM10 | Nikon FM3a | Known variants:- Nikon FM Gold | Nikon FM2/T | Nikon FM2N Tropical Set | Nikon FM2/T Limited Edition | Nikon FM2N LAPITA | Nion FM2n Millennium 2000

Type: 35mm single-lens reflex
Picture Format: 24mm x 36mm (35mm film format)
Lens mount: Nikon bayonet mount
Lenses available: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, f/2 or 55mm f/1.2 as standard; more than 55 Nikkor lenses in all.
Shutter: Vertical-travel, metal focal-plane shutter with speeds from 1 to 1/1000 sec., plus "B"
Shutter release: Via shutter release button, with mode selector set to black index line position
Viewfinder: Fixed eyelevel pentaprism type with built-in through-the-lens (TTL) exposure meter; shutter speed indicated in the viewfinder; lens aperture setting indicated in the viewfinder when lens in use is fitted with an aperture-direct-readout (ADR) lens aperture scale; LED display indicates five exposure graduations through combinations of three symbols ('+', 'o', '-' ); finder coverage, approx. 93% of the picture field; viewfinder magnification, 0.86X with 50mm lens set at infinity
Focusing screen: Matte Fresnel field with central split-image rangefinder surrounded by micro prism ring; 12mm-diameter reference circle defines area of meter center-weighting; similar to Nikon Type K screen
Reflex mirror: Automatic instant-return type; non-lockable type
Exposure meter: Through-the-lens, center-weighted metering; full-aperture exposure measurement with Al Nikkor lenses fitted with meter coupling ridge; stop-down exposure measurement for other lenses; two gallium photo-diodes (GPD) employed for fast and accurate response to a full range of light levels, positioned either side of the eyepiece
Metering range: EV 1 to EV 18 (i.e., f/1.4, 1 sec. to f/16, 1/1000 sec., with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ASA 100)
Battery: Two 1.5V silver oxide batteries power metering system; LED display lights up to indicate power availability when film advance lever is pulled out to standoff position
Film speed scale: Settings provided for ASA 12-3200
Lens diaphragm coupling: Built-in meter coupling lever for Nikkor lenses with automatic-maximum-aperture facility with maximum aperture of from f/1.2 to f/5.6; meter / diaphragm coupling of from f/1.2 to f/32 provided
Flash synchronization: Built-in ISO-type hotshoe contact with safety switch for synchronization with electronic flash units at speeds up to 1/125 sec.; one threaded sync terminal provided for off-camera or multiple flash operation
Film winding: Via single-stroke lever with 135o winding angle and 30o standoff angle; level also serves as meter ON/OFF switch and shutter release lock; powered film advance with optional MD-11 Motor Drive
Frame counter: Shows number of frames exposed (additive type); automatically resets to "S" (two frames before (O)) when camera back is opened
Film rewinding: Manual via film rewind button and crank
Multiple exposure: Possible via multi-exposure button (either manual or with MD-11)
Depth-of-field preview: Lever provided
Self timer: lever provided on front of camera; can be set for up to approx. 10 sec. delay; setting "cancelable"
Camera back: Hinged, swing-open type; detachable; memo holder provided
Body finish: Chrome or black
Dimensions: 142mm (W) x 60.5mm (D) x 89.5mm (H)
Weight: 590g (body only)


Download a copy of this spec sheet: PDF (64k) | Main Reference Map (282k)
Instruction Manual :
PDF (647k)

Detailing its Basic Camera Operations.
Detailing its Technical Application of its features (6 parts)

Index Page | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Specification | Main Reference Map


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Standard production Nikon FM Series models:- Nikon FM | Nikon FM2 | Nikon FM2n | Nikon FM10 | Nikon FM3a |
Known variants:- Nikon FM Gold | Nikon FM2/T | Nikon FM2N Tropical Set | Nikon FM2/T Limited Edition | Nikon FM2N LAPITA | Nion FM2n Millennium 2000

Shared Resources: MD-11 | MD-12 | Focusing Screens | Titanium Shutter | Flash Units -SB-16 | SB-15 | SB-10 or other Options | Databack | Nikkor lens mount (related info)

Others:- Nikon AF-TTL Speedlights | SB-20 (1986) | SB-22 (1987) | SB-23 | SB-24 (1988) | SB-25 (1991/2) | SB-26 (1994) | SB-27(1997) | SB-28 (1997) | Nikon SB-29(s) (2000) | Nikon SB-30 (2003) | Nikon SB-600 (2004) | Nikon SB-800 (2003) Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series: Nikon SB-28DX (1999) | SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002)

Nikon BC-flash Series | Original Nikon Speedlight
SB-2 | SB-3 | SB-4 | SB-5 | SB-6 | SB-7E | SB-8E | SB-9 | SB-E | SB-10
SB-11
| SB-12 | SB-14 | SB-140 UV-IR| SB-15 | SB16A | SB-17 | SB-18, SB-19 | SB-21A (SB-29) Macro flash | Flash Accesories | SF-1 Pilot Lamp

Instruction Manual: Nikon FM (HTML | PDF) | Nikon FM-10 (HTML) | Nikon FM2n's User's Manual available only in HTML format (6 parts) | Nikon FM3A (HTML)
Specifications:
Nikon FM, FM-10, FM2, FM2n and FM3A / Main Reference Map: (HTML) Nikon FM, FM2, FM-10, FM2n (Applicable to FM2T, FM2 "Year of the Dog"; Millennium 2000") and Nikon FM3A


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Index Page
  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm


MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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