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It is pity fact and one just cannot blame any follower that has voiced their dissatisfaction over the poorly featured spec sheet of the Nikon FM-10. It does not have interchangeable focusing screen features available as with the FM2 or FM2n (Although the same applies to FM and Nikkormat FT3 on the focusing screen section). It cannot accept any Nikon automatic film advance accessories such as the MD-11 nor the current MD-12 Motor Drive - this also means remote photography other than cable release method, many of the remote accessories designed to work with the motor drive system is not permissible on this camera as well. The lack of databack terminal and a PC flash terminal means it does not permit the use of any newer (MF-16) or older cord-based (MF-12) databack for data recording.

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It has a poly carbonated body shell as compared with the robust aluminum alloy casing like those used in a 1977 Nikon FM or even the earlier Nikkormat; the meter coupling ring and the lever have been replaced with plastic material; it does not even has a ADR (Aperture Direct Readout Window) so aperture value used in exposure will not be shown inside the viewfinder, the hot shoe has only a main flash contact (The camera does not provides any PC-terminal).

Therefore flash ready light signal feature has been omitted from the feature list, the film rewind knob has no safety lock feature anymore and obviously, it also cannot accept any non-AI lenses. Errr.. can you blame anyone who has been yelling all these while ? A hawk-eyed friend of mine was even cursing: "... the FM10 and FE10 are not even mentioned in Nikon's official site ! .." IF we are using a 1977 Nikon FM or the Nikkormat FT-3 to compare with the 1995's FM-10, it didn't fair too good either. Strange to see Nikon has stripped the basic specifications of the FM-10 camera to such bare bone standard. It won't hurt too much to accept a work horse motor drive like the MD-12 (naturally, MD-11 will work). If the camera was originally designed for "third world countries"..The removal of the PC terminal is not logical either, since Nikon has not provide a cheap and economical auto flash in its line up (the SB-16B is just too expensive). At least with the PC terminal, one can still hunt around for some cheapo cabled flash units in the used market and more importantly, at least the FM-10 will have a 'poor guy' databack to work with (Cable required MF-12). I am not so sure if the dimension will fit a motor winder and since from ground up, it has not been building with a removable film back in mind. The omission of the ADR (aperture direct readout) can be considered as another cost saving attempt, and neither it is a popular decision because since virtually ALL Nikkor optics have ADR facilities and probably, the FE-10 and FM-10 are the only two Nikon bodies that cannot take advantage of it.

Features

Nikon FM-10

Nikon FM

Nikkormat FT-3

Nikon FM2(n)

OM 2000

Pentax P30T

Canon T-60

Lens Mount

F-mount

F-mount

F-mount

F-mount

Zuiko OM

KA mount

FD mount

Compatibility - old and new

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

AI - including AF Nikkors

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes (OM)

yes (KA)

no (EF)

non AI lenses

no

yes

yes

yes

-

-

-

Mirror Lock up

no

no

yes

no

no

no

no

Self Timer

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Depth of Field Preview

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Multiple Exposure Lever

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Highest shutter speed

1/2000

1/1000

1/1000

1/4000

1/2000

1/1000

1/1000

Lowest Shutter speed

1 sec

1 sec

1 sec

1 sec

1 sec

1 sec

1 sec

PC terminal

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Flash Ready Light

no

no

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

Bulb, T

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Film Speed Range

25 -3200

12-3200

12-1600

12-6400

25 -3200

25-1600 (DX)

25-1600

Metering Range

EV 2 -19

EV 1 -18

EV 3 -17

EV 1 -18

EV 2 -19

 

EV 2 -18

Spot / Partial metering

no

no

no

no

yes

no

no

Meter ON

shutter btn

lever

lever

shutter btn

shutter btn

shutter btn

shutter btn

Shutter

metal

metal

metal

metal

metal

metal

metal

Motor Drive | Winder

no

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Interchangeable Screen

no

no

no

yes

no

no

no

TTL flash

no

no

no

no

no

no

no

Auto/Manual Flash

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Highest Sync Speed

1/125

1/125

1/125

1/250

1/125

1/100

1/60

Standard lens (zoom)

35-70mm

50mm

50mm

50mm

35-70mm, 70-210mm

35-70mm

35-70mm

Dimensions (mm):

139 x 86 x 53

142 x 89.5 x 60.5

148 x 96 x 54

142.5 x 90 x 60

138 x 87 x 51

-

136 x 86 x 46.5

Weight:

420g

590g

780g

540g

430g

-

365g

Price:

US223 with 35-70
zoom lens

US150-235
body only

US180-300
body only

US265-325
body only

US200 with 35-70 zoom lens

US130-150
body only

US
body only

Availablility:

new

used

used

new

new

used

used

 

Best spec within catagory

 

 Alarming

 

 Excellent spec


 


Other than the below-spec FM-10, It is such a sad state to see most Nikon SLR camera come with such a high price tag even as used unit. Are they killing the goose to get the eggs ? There will be less and less new 35mm SLR photographers while the market will be more and more competitive. The secondary used market provides a temporary solution to such dilemma, school boys, colleague and art students - essentially forms the potential pool for talents need to be given some attention. Anyway, there is always a product to fulfill a vacuum in the industry, the FM-10 may raise some hot debate and look as if Nikon got a hints of how the consumer's reaction to such idea. If I would have a choice, I would rather see oldies such as the EM or FG given a rebirth or let a third party manufacturer licensed to product a SLR with the F-mount. I felt quite upset to see the 'FM' product name being abused but If the company should decide if Nikon FM-10 will be here to stay why don't they do something to restore users confidence by putting some attention to their products ? There is definitely having a lot of room for improvement, neither it is wise to reserve them for an upgrade in a FM-3, because, again, we still require a good, reasonably well spec and solidly made entry model that carries a F-mount.

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
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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

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