Additional Information on Nikon FM-10
Camera Instruction Manual Part 1


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Credit: EeWyn, for preparing the manual in HTML format. Miss Wati, Fiona and Yen for helping the setup work. Miss Rizza, Sales Manager - Shriro Malaysia. Mr Tham, Mr Lim of Foto Edar for lending a manual for reference. Mr Jacko for lending his FM-10 camera and zoom lens for some images in this site. We have some good times together... except no KFC and Pizza for dinner.

The Nikon FM-10 is a compact and lightweight SLR camera with full open aperture TTL exposure metering. Enjoying good photography becomes far easier with this camera. It just requires releasing the shutter on your focused subject at the setting which the LED displays green. With care and understand the content in this site, you can enjoy taking high quality photography for the years ahead.

Inserting the battery


1. Turn the battery chamber lid (22) counterclockwise using a coin or something similar.
2. Two LR44 type alkaline batteries or two SR44 type silver batteries are to used with this camera.
3. Place the batteries so that both positive (+) sides are at the bottom of the compartment.
4. Turn the battery compartment cover clockwise until it closes firmly.

Battery Check



1. Move the film advance lever (3) to the ready position.
2. Lightly press the shutter release button (2). Now the exposure metering system is switched on. Next, look through the viewfinder. When one of three LED iamps (
O, + or - ) lights, then battery condition is satisfactory. If no lamp lights, the baneries need replacing or have been loaded incorrectly.
3. Renew both batteries as necessary.
4. When not using of the camera, always return the film advance lever to the original position to
prevent accidentally releasing the shutter.

Caution: Keep batteries away from infants and small children. In case a battery is accidentally swallowed, call a doctor immediately as the material inside the batteries can cause serious problems.

Loading Film

1. To open the camera back (26), pull knob (11) out. When the back cover opens, the frame counter (4) automatically resets to "S".



2. Insert the film cartridge into the film chamber so that the projecting end of the film cartridge is downward. Do this in a place away from direct sunlight. 3. Fold out and lift up the film rewind crank (10). Then rotate the crank carefully while push in it down lightly until the film locks on the film rewind fork (20).

4. Return the film rewind knob to its original position.
5. Insert the film leader into the groove of the film takeup spool (29) and place it so that the film perforations engage with the spool teeth.
6. Check that the film perforations engage properly with the teeth of sprocket (25) and the film slides smoothly along the film guide rails (24) by operating lightly the film advance lever (3) to advance the film.

Caution: Do not touch the shutter curtains.

7. Turn the film rewind crank gently in the direction of the arrow to properly tension the loaded film. Stop turning the crank when it becomes stiff, and return the crank to its original position.
8. Gently close the back cover and push it until it clicks
9. Advance the film a couple of frames, pressing the shutter release button each time, until the frame counter indicates "1" between 0 and 2..

(In this case, the film advance lever should be at the ready position, because the shutter release is interlocked when the lever is in the stored position).



The film rewind knob rotates each time the film is advanced showing that the film is advancing properly. When advancing the film, wind the film advance lever slowly and securely until the film is fully transported to the next frame.

Film Speed Setting



1. Filmspeed is indicated on the outside of the film package or in the film instructions. 2. To set the filmspeed: while raising the filmspeed setting ring turn it until the arrow indicator on the inner ring points the corresponding filmspeed (ISO) value which is seen through the filmspeed window.

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