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Introduction

The first model of the mechanical Nikon FM series, the original Nikon FM was introduced in 1977 as part of a whole new series of Nikon SLRs that adopted the Ai Indexing for full aperture metering. The electronic Nikon FE, introduced a year later in 1978, together with the Nikon FM eventually replaced the entire line of mechanical Nikkormat FT series and electronic Nikon EL series. These two popular Nikon midsize SLR cameras were designed to supplement the professional Nikon F-series camera models while on the other hand, targeted to satisfy users that demand a good reliable SLR camera which carried the famed Nikon build quality and brilliance of the Nikkor optics. These were designed to serve the role of the Nikkormat's in relation to the Nikon F and Nikon F2.

Five years later after the original debut of FM and FE, Nikon surprised everyone with two updates in succession with the release of the mechanical Nikon FM2 and electronic Nikon FE2 in 1982/83. A significant breakthrough was a newly developed honeycomb-pattern titanium curtain design that boosted the top shutter speed to 1/4000 sec and 1/200 sec for maximum flash sync as compared to 1/1000 sec. and 1/125 sec. for the FM (1/1000 sec. and 1/90 sec. for the FE). The electronic Nikon FE2 that followed half a year later improved on the flash sync to 1/250 sec. and was equipped with TTL/OTF flash exposure control. Subsequently, the original FM2 also went through a quick update with a 1/250 sec. flash sync speed. The upgraded model was often referred to as the Nikon FM2n.

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The FM2n (referred as "New FM2" in Japan) remains the most popular Nikon FM series model ever, spanning a period of almost two decades in its product cycle with only a quiet update where a revised aluminum alloy shutter replaced the original titanium curtain in 1988/9. The electronic Nikon FE2 eventually found life in an all electronic world too hard to compete and was discontinued almost within the same period. In 1995, Nikon introduced a controversial scaled down version called Nikon FM10 which according to many, was a subcontracting assignment. On the other hand, officially the FM2n has two variants introduced as Nikon FM2/T and a batch of few thousand units of specially produced Millennium Y2K model (also referred as 'FM2n - Year of the Dragon').

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The simple, unassuming mechanical FM2n's success story and long sustaining capability in the ever changing market place left some competitors scratching their heads. But the underlying factors that have been contributing to FM2n everlasting popularity are its simplicity in control, tremendous build quality, reliability and battery-free performance. Add to this the reasonable price and the support of the huge Nikon photographic system as its backbone. it is, over the last five years, some manufacturers have slowly been exploring this particular segment of the market by introducing some comparable mechanical SLR models to penetrate the market that is mainly dominated by the Nikon FM2n. Although most people have taken it for granted the FM2n will be here to stay for a while because it does not make economical sense to introduce a new all-mechanical SLR camera in this high-tech autofocus era. However, as most seasoned observers have noticed, the prices of FM2n have been carefully schemed and gradually adjusted a few times to where it is now. The Y2K FM2n introduced in the year 2000 had signaled strongly that there could be a new updated model in the pipeline. However, it was only a wild guess as to the specifications and features that would be incorporated into the new camera that was under development.

So, in February 2001 at the PMA show in Orlando, Florida, Nikon brought us the all new Nikon FM3a - the third generation SLR camera model of the Nikon FM series. It is filled with thoughtful features and technical specifications good enough to excite even someone like me where I thought I had already made up my mind firmly that my next Nikon would certainly be a digital SLR body.

Just for the record, this Nikon FM3a website is comprised of 425 files of HTMLs, Jpeg, Gif images which made up of 9.6MB file size.

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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 | ORIGINAL dedicated 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) (updated) Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series: Nikon SB-28DX (1999) | SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002) (updated)

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 FM3A

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Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

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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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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.