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Nikon FM2(n) - Instruction Manual - Index Page

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Content in this site is good enough to use it as a reference material for camera operation with either a FM2 (with separate captions) and all variants of FM2n (FM2/T, FM2 "Year of the Dog"; FM2 Millennium").


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Nikon FM2(n) is one of the longest serving SLR cameras in the market. It offers many up-to-date features including top shutter speed of 1/4000 sec., and flash synchronization speeds as fast as 1/250 sec (in the case of the Original FM2, it is 1/200 sec).

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Other than adopting a tradition but rugged two-piece corrosive resistant aluminum alloy chassis, the camera also incorporated a TTL full-aperture metering system and a high-precision mechanically-controlled shutter curtains. These features enable full manual operation and mechanical control - the FM2 works without batteries (Power is only required for its metering circuit) at ALL shutter speeds including at Bulb ("B") mode, for a wide range of purposes.

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Since there are a few variations of the Nikon FM2 over all these years, this site is constructed with a Nikon FM2n as the main framework. Some sections were added to discuss the different operational issues with the original FM2. Other than that, this instruction manual is good enough or applicable to models such as the Nikon FM2n (Titanium or Aluminum Shutter), Nikon FM2/T (Titan), FM2n "Year of the Dog" or the latest FM2n "Dragon-Millennium Year LE" model. The Nikon FM3a has a different mechanism on its own due to its unique hybrid shutter design and additional TTL flash exposure control when using flash photography and you will need to refer to the FM3a site for reference. To obtain the best results with the camera, read through the site carefully. OR you may choose to print the pages, OR saved these pages into your hard disk for off-line reference. Until you have fully mastered its operation, you may want to bookmark this section for future reference or to check for future uploads. You can also make use of the convenience of the dedicated Message Board created for all Nikon FMers. (Please put mailing me as your last option..).

Before you begin, UNLESS you are very familiar with a FM2(n) - it is always advisable to go through some definitions outline for the various controls, buttons and levers etc. found in a mechanical type SLR camera such as the Nikon FM2(n).

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Basic Setup and Camera Operations: Segment 1 I Segment 2

Camera Control in Detail:
Film advance lever | Frame counter | Shutter release button | ASA/ISO film speed dial | Shutter speed dial/exposure determination | Setting the shutter speed | Setting the aperture | Exposure determination |

Basic and Fundamental of Photography

Exposure display | Metering range of exposure meter | Stop-down exposure measurement | Exposure measurement in special cases | Duplication work and photomicrography | Viewfinder/viewing & focusing | Depth-of-field (DOF) preview lever | Self-timer lever | Multiple exposure lever | Memo holder | Infrared compensation index | Flash photography | Flash ready-light | Combination Chart with various speedlights

focusing screens | Change Screen | 3rd Party Options | Close-up/Macro equipment & Accessories | Motor Drive MD-12 | Remote photography | Nikon Speedlights | Data Back MF12/MF-16 | Anti-Cold Battery Pack DB-2 | Right-Angle Viewing Attachment DR~3 | Eyepiece Magnifier DG-2 | Rubber eyecup | Eyepiece correction lenses | Cable Release AR-3 | Filters and compatibility chart | Lens hoods | Camera cases, Neck straps & Compartment cases

Some Tips on
Battery Use
Care and
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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 FM series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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Skip reading section below IF you have a AF, AI, AI modified, Series E, AI-P Nikkor lens: IF you are planning to buying cheaper Nikkor lenses in used condition, that is fine. Beware, however, that ALL Nikon FM2 bodies accept only a minimum specification of "AI" (Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing) lenses to work properly with its metering system. Unlike older Nikon FM bodies that still support those non-AI lenses used only in stopped down AE metering mode with the meter coupling lever retracted at the "up" position, ALL FM2(n) models has a fixed, non-retractable meter coupling lever on the lens mount.

Important : Lens compatibility Issue with Nikon FM2 & FM2(n) models The Nikon FM2 series model is an Al-type (Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing) camera which performs full-aperture metering with Al-type lenses. The aperture rings of these lenses are fitted with meter coupling ridges (see illustration). Almost all lenses now manufactured by Nikon are the Al type. However, please confirm whether or not your lens is Al before using it with the FM2.

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Although almost all Nikkor lenses that have the Nikon F bayonet mount, that include current AF Nikkors, manual focus AIS, older AI, Nikon Series E as well as AI-modified Nikkor lenses (EXCEPT non-AI), can be mounted on any of the FM2 series models, the FM2 cannot be used with Nikkor lenses that have not yet been modified to offer the Al facility.

-- Credit: Mr. Robert Johnson. A mirror lockup required for this old Fisheye-Nikkor 8mm f8.0, note the back portion of the lens.

It also cannot be used with a few older special-purpose lenses such as those fisheyes that has a protruding back that require the mirror to stay out of the way to enable it to be mounted, because the FM2's meter coupling ridge is fixed, and the FM2 does not have a mirror lockup mechanism.

For particulars, refer to the table below.




Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/5.6

Requires mirror lockup

NOT usable

Fisheye-Nikkor 7.5mm f/5.6

Requires mirror lockup

NOT usable

Fisheye-Nikkor 8mm f/8.0

Requires mirror lockup

NOT usable

Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5 6 OP

Requires mirror lockup

NOT usable

PC-Nikkor 28mm f/4.0

Hits camera's meter
coupler lever

| Some of these lenses
mentioned could be found
Nikkor lenses section
either in PIM or Michael Liu's site

Serial No. 180901 and higher usable

PC-Nikkor 35mm f/2.8

Serial Nos. 851001 to 906200

Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm f/11

Serial No. lower than 142361
and higher than 143000 usable

Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11

Serial No. 200311 and higher usable

Zoom-Nikkor 200 - 880mm f/9.5

Serial No. 300491 and higher usable

Zoom-Nikkor ED 180 - 600mm f/8

Serial No. 174167 and higher usable

Zoom-Nikkor ED 360 -1200mm f/11

Serial No. 174088 and higher usable

Focusing Unit AU-1

NOT usable

Other Nikkor lenses that have not been modified to offer the Al facility

NOT usable


Important: Technically, other than a few very old Nikkor lenses which require the main reflex mirror inside the camera to lock in a upward position to work, most Nikkor lenses of 'AIS type' will work perfectly on the FM2n.

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In fact, the camera is one of the most versatile in terms of lens compatibility with previous and present Nikkor lenses. It has no compatibility problems with any of the current AF Nikkor optics nor with those with built-in micro computer (P-type), Series E or any of the AI type Nikkor lenses.

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It even takes and work well with AI-modified Nikkor - EXCEPT non-AI Nikkor lenses which you have to modify them into an AI-spec lens before you can safely attempt to use them on any of the FM2 series models. But HOW to differentiate a AI and non-AI Nikkor lens ?

There are a few ways, but the most important element presents physically is the meter coupling ridge (as shown at left). It is not intended to cover this topic in this site and you can find further details in the PIM site on that *specific topic.

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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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

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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: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

Shared Resources: MD-11 | MD-12 | * Alternate 3rd party products: Soligor Power Winder | Y.I.C Power Winder
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-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)
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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Credit: To all the good people who has contributed their own experience, resources or those who are kind enough granting us permission to use their images appeared in this site. Mr. MCLau®, who has helped to rewrite some of the content appeared this site. Chuck Hester® who has been helping me all along with the development of all these Nikon websites;LarsHolst Hansen, 'Hawkeye' who shares the same passion I have; Ms Rissa, Sales manager from Nikon Corporation Malaysia for granting permission to use some of the official content; TedWengelaar,Holland who has helped to provide many useful input relating to older Nikkor lenses; Some of the references on production serial numbers used in this site were extracted from Roland Vink's website; HiuraShinsaku from Nikomat Club Japan. t is also a site to remember a long lost friend on the Net. Note:certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures, sales manuals or publications published by Nikon over the years and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their work for educational purposes. The creator of the site will not be responsible for may discrepancies arise from such dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple IMac.