Anyone using the Nikon EM?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Bill Mcdonald, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. Bought this little jewel off Ebay last week and I like it. Doesn't
    really feel plasticy as some have said.

    Metering system seems good, easy to load film in, much easier than my
    Olympus IS3DLX, handles well.

    Any suggestions for lenses for landscape work? I have heard that the
    75-150 E series lens is known for a nice bokeh, anyone know anything
    about that?

    Any comments welcome!

    Bill Mcdonald
    Bill Mcdonald, Jan 18, 2004
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  2. It is a neat little cheap/light/tiny camera. Seemed like a piece of
    junk when first issued, but now it appears to be a paragon of
    plastic precision and quality... (how viewpoints change...;-). Not
    much in the way of controls, though you can bias the exposure
    with the ASA setting. It takes all AI'd/AI/AIS/AF/E/P/I/S
    Nikkors - of which there are a "ton" (see for more on this). BTW,
    within the same body dimensions Nikon built the FG with M/A/P
    exposure modes and TTL flash, a really neat little camera! (I also
    hated that one when it first came out, but later changed my
    mind...;-) Also BTW, if you wear glasses, buy the rubber eyecup
    that fits it and the N2000/2020, slice off the cup part, and mount
    it backwards - this provides a nice thin rubber coat to the plastic
    eyepiece and it doesn't interfere with anything...
    David Ruether, Jan 18, 2004
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    The 75-150 is an optically superb lens, sought after even by pro
    portrait photographers. Being an E series lens it's not ultra-rugged
    but if you've bought an EM, you're probably not a really heavy-duty
    user, so it should be fine.

    The 100/2.8E or 105/2.5 are also excellent lens in that same focal
    length range for both portraits and landscapes.

    I myself like wideangles for landscapes, the wider the better. The
    20/2.8 AF is a great choice if you can afford it.
    Paul Rubin, Jan 18, 2004
  4. The 75-150 f/3.5 series E lens is a classic. It's touted as being a favorite
    of the New York fashion photographers soon after it first appeared. It has a
    macro mode at the 150mm setting, providing 1:5 magnification. The later
    versions have a chrome filter attachment ring, and are said to be a little
    stronger than the all black earlier versions. I have been looking for one of
    these for some time now, so if you find two of them, let me know about the
    one you don't buy......
    William Graham, Jan 18, 2004
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    George Mann Guest

    KEH currently has one in bargain condition for $94.
    George Mann, Jan 19, 2004
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    ROBMURR Guest

    The later versions have a chrome filter attachment ring, and are said to be a
    little stronger than the all black earlier versions.

    Actually the chrome ring was back near the aperture ring,
    not up front where the filter would screw on...
    It was a very good lens.
    ROBMURR, Jan 19, 2004
  7. Thanks.....I love their bargain lenses....Every one I've bought has been in
    excellent condition.....
    William Graham, Jan 19, 2004
  8. Well, I hate to admit it, but I just purchased the bargain one from
    KEH....My computer has some kind of bug that keeps me from using the web,
    but I went upstairs and used my wife's machine.....I hope the other poster
    won't be angry with me for buying it, but I have been looking for one of
    these for some time now.......
    William Graham, Jan 19, 2004
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    lalil Guest

    lalil, Jan 19, 2004
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    T P Guest

    What never changed is that the EM was made with a superbly strong
    die-cast magnesium alloy chassis and a silky smooth film transport
    mechanism that were both lifted directly from the Nikon F3.

    Few cameras are stronger and more durable than the Nikon EM. Even
    fewer handle and perform as well.

    Yes, it's basic, even minimalist. But an intelligent user can obtain
    outstanding results with the EM and a selection of Nikon Series E
    lenses, some of which were outstanding performers.

    Gems include the 28mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8, 70-210mm f/4 and 75-150mm
    f/3.5 zooms. The last is one of Nikon's best lenses, ever.
    T P, Jan 19, 2004
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    T P Guest

    You will not be disappointed with this lens.

    However, you *will* find that the zoom action is loose. This is
    difficult to cure so it is better to learn to live with it.

    There are several workarounds including the use of an elastic support
    bandage around the zoom/focus ring where it meets the lens barrel.

    T P, Jan 19, 2004
  12. I own one and used it quite a bit... more on that shortly. It is
    indeed built on a magnesium chassis but with a composite body, so it's
    very light but still fairly rugged. Initial reactions to its
    introduction were that it was a "cheap" camera, but Nikon intended it
    to be a low-end product, and still built in a lot of quality.

    It is very dependant on the electronics in it; once the chip set dies,
    the camera body dies. The other mechanical parts still work, but it
    won't work predictably when the electronics die. Nikon is no longer
    manufacturing them, nor are they manufacturing replacement parts.
    There are a lot of them out there, though, so you may not have a
    problem replacing it if and when.

    This is what happened to the one I own. I've retired it for
    sentimental reasons. My particular EM wasn't "cheap" to me; a good
    friend and photography student of mine purchased it for the class and
    ran a *lot* of film through it. Then she died of breast cancer, and I
    inherited her EM & lenses. To honor her memory, I also put a lot of
    film through it until it stopped working. Her lenses are still
    helping me make photos. I think you'll enjoy yours, too.

    Mad Shutter-bug
    is located generally in North Central Florida with camera in hand
    Mad Shutter-bug, Jan 19, 2004
  13. Thanks very much for the followup to my post.

    I just got back my first 2 rolls using the 50mm that came with the EM.
    Sure I messed up a few shots but overall,wow! Also I forgot to
    turn iso dial from 400 back to 200 for the 2nd roll and those shots
    came out ok. There is no way I'd give up this EM now. I'm
    probably going to put the new Vivitar 3800N on ebay now after using
    the Nikon once. I just like the feel of it in my hand,perfect with the
    50 on it.

    Btw the film loading is easier than the Vivitar and especially easier
    than my Olympus IS3DLX, but not as easy as putting a cf card in my
    Bill Mcdonald, Jan 19, 2004
  14. Jes' happen t' hav wun, lis-t'd at:
    David Ruether, Jan 19, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    I think the chassis may actually be an aluminium alloy. No matter, it is
    strong and light and precisely aligned as stated.

    I had one as a lightweight travel camera (cycle and kayak touring
    mainly). Unfortunately I did not take it on one trip and it was stolen
    along with my other Nikons while I was away. I think it was more than
    100gm lighter than my FM/FE which themselves were about a 100gm? lighter
    than an F3 (which tempts me now at current prices as people throw them
    out for digital).
    Bruce Graham, Jan 20, 2004
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    jones Guest

    There are currently 3 of these lenses listed on ebay.
    jones, Jan 20, 2004
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