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Nikon FM3a

Nikon FM3a with 50mm f/1.4 AI-s. enlarge. You can get them at this link to them at eBay; you also can get them from Adorama and OC Camera. It helps me keep reviewing these oldies when you get yours through these, links, thanks! Ken.

 

 

March 2010     More Nikon Reviews   Nikon Lenses

 

 
EL2
EL & ELW
Anno
2001-2006
1983-1989
1982/1989-2001
1978-1983
1977-1982
1977-1979
1972 & 1976-1977
Auto?
Yes
Yes
no
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
Shutter in Auto
Electronic
Electronic
n/a
Electronic
n/a
Electronic
Electronic
Shutter in Manual
Mechanical
Electronic
Mechanical
Electronic
Mechanical
Electronic
Electronic
Shoot frames 00 and 0?
Yes
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Standard Screen
K2
K2
K
K
 
Interchangable?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
 
service
Bright Screen
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
no
Split-image blackout
no
yes
Yes
yes
Yes
 
f/screen
f/2
f/1.2
   
f/1.2
 
Film reminder
window
holder
holder
holder
holder
 
none
ASA Setting
DX or manual
manual
manual
manual
manual
manual
manual
Battery check
meter stays on
meter stays on
 
LED
Meter LEDs on
 

light bulb

Speeds in finder
1-1/4,000, A, B
8s-1/4,000, A, B, M250
1-1/4,000, B
8s-1/1,000, A, B, M90
1-1/1,000, B
 
4s-1/1,000, A, B
Flash ready LED
Icon above finder
LED over eyepiece
 
LED over eyepiece
none
 
none
 
EL2
EL & ELW
Slowest Auto speed
unlimited
unlimited
n/a
unlimited
n/a
 
Stop long Auto exposure
Turn dial away from A
Turn dial away from A
n/a
Turn dial away from A or push-in wind lever
n/a
 
Slowest manual speed
1s
8s
1s
8s
1s
 
4s
TTL FLash
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
no
no
Sync Speed
250
250
200 or 250
125
125
 
Mechanical speeds
B, 1/1 - 4,000
B, 250
B, 1 - 1/4,000
B, 90
B, 1 - 1/1,000
 
Shutter Dial Spins With two fingers A fingertip Two fingers A fingertip Two fingers  
Shutter Dial Face
Engraved anodize
printed anodize
 
Engraved anodize
printed anodize
 
AE Lock
rear button
lever
n/a
lever
n/a
lever
lever
Meter needle freezes during AEL? Freezes Freezes n/a keeps moving n/a  
Exposure compensation divisions
1/3 stops
1/3 stops
ISO dial
1/2 stops*
ISO dial
 
ISO dial
 
EL2
EL & ELW
Mount non-AI lenses?
no
no
no
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Meter Non-AI lenses?
n/a
n/a
n/a
stop-down
stop-down
stop-down
Yes
Meter w/AI lenses?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
stop-down
Power on
Tap
Tap
 
Pull out wind lever
Pull out wind lever
   
Power off
16s timer
16s timer
 
Push in wind lever
Push in wind lever
   
Shutter Lock
Push wind lever forward
Push wind lever forward
Push wind lever forward
Push wind lever forward
rotating collar; later, push-in lever
   
Shutter button
Broad
Broad
Broad
Thin
Thin
   
Trigger pull
Kink at end
Kink at end
 
smooth
smooth
   
Recoil (vibration)
Lightest
Light
 
Light
moderate
   
 
EL2
EL & ELW
Battery
2 x A76
2 x A76
2 x A76
2 x A76
2 x A76
4LR44
4LR44
Current drain, meter on
3.5-3.8mA
5mA
 
1.5-2.0mA
2.2 - 3.6mA
   
Current drain, shutter open in Auto
13.8mA
12.5mA
 
11mA
n/a
   
Current drain, shutter open in mechanical speeds
3.2mA**
124uA
 
2.2mA**
2.6mA***
   
Current drain, shutter open in manual speeds
3.2mA**
12.5mA
 
11mA
2.6mA***
   
Current drain, bulb
73.5uA
124uA
 
1.7-2.2mA**
2.6-3.3mA***
   
Current drain, power off
0.1uA
2.4uA
 
0.05uA
0.6uA
   
 
EL2
EL & ELW
               

 

* when used cleverly in concert with the ASA dial, allows setting in 1/6 stops.

** meter stays on even if wind lever pushed forward after releasing shutter.

*** meter stays on unless wind lever pushed forward after releasing shutter.

 

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