Upgrade from Nikon FM2 to FM3A?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ar-fr, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. ar-fr

    ar-fr Guest

    I have a Nikon FM2 in pristine condition (bought new in 1996) and I would
    like to upgrade towards the FM3A. Does this make sense?

    I also have a Nikon F100 and the following lenses:
    MF 50mm f/1.8
    MF 24mm f/2.8
    AF 35mm f/2
    AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G
    AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED

    By the way, I'm not a professional photographer.
     
    ar-fr, Jun 14, 2004
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  2. Not much. Aperture priority is all you get, and your F100 already has that.

    OTOH, if you really want AE, go for it... or get a nice minty FE2.
     
    Martin Francis, Jun 14, 2004
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  3. And TTL flash, which the FE2 also has, but without the flash compensation
    button.

    I think the FM2 uses LED in the light meter, and both the FE2 and the FM3a
    use a needle. LEDs are great for low light situations, otherwise a
    needle is more convenient. I don't understand why the F3 got the worst of
    both worlds.
     
    Philip Homburg, Jun 14, 2004
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  4. You also get TTL flash, with the FM3A, correct?
     
    Michael Benveniste, Jun 14, 2004
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  5. ar-fr

    TP Guest

    Correct.

    Plus DX coding.

    The TTL auto flash, which is basically identical to that of the 1980s
    FE2, is alone more than enough reason to upgrade from the FM2.
     
    TP, Jun 14, 2004
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  6. Correct. He didn't specify having a flashgun, however- and if he needs TTL
    flash he already has an F100.
     
    Martin Francis, Jun 14, 2004
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  7. ar-fr

    Ted Azito Guest

    I'd like to have a FM3 myself, but what would it offer you over the
    FM2? Fast flash sync?
     
    Ted Azito, Jun 15, 2004
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  8. ar-fr

    Sander Vesik Guest

    you are not a pro, you have one of the best 35mm film cameras a
    pro could have and you are wondering if you should upgrade your
    older manual focus camera to a newer manual focus camera?

    Why not buy lens instead? UNlike going to FM3A that will actually
    make your images better.
     
    Sander Vesik, Jun 15, 2004
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  9. ar-fr

    ar-fr Guest

    I have the SB-28 flash.


     
    ar-fr, Jun 15, 2004
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  10. ar-fr

    TP Guest


    The SB-28 will work perfectly with the FM3A.
     
    TP, Jun 15, 2004
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  11. ar-fr

    TP Guest


    The FM2 has 1/200 sec fastest flash synch, the FM2n and FM3A have
    1/250 sec. Enough of a difference to trade up? I doubt it, and the
    OP's FM2 is probably an FM2n anyway if it was purchased in 1996.

    No, the reasons to trade include the addition of aperture priority AE,
    TTL auto flash with off-the-film metering, and possibly the DX coding.
     
    TP, Jun 15, 2004
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  12. ar-fr

    Roger Guest

    Philip,

    I sold a FM2n and bought a F3. I really like the changeable
    viewfinders on the F3 and the ability to see the whole frame. However,
    I did not really consider that much of my photography is available
    light and that the LED metering on the FM2n really makes a great
    difference in the ability to find the meter in the VF and make a
    precise exposure setting. For low light, I must depend on the AE on
    the F3 and the FE series because of difficulty in seeing the metering
    display in low light. (I know the F3 has the ability to light the
    meter, but until you've used one..... well experience counts).

    I miss my FM2n.

    Regards,
    Roger
     
    Roger, Jun 15, 2004
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  13. ar-fr

    ar-fr Guest

    What lenses would you suggest?

    I think about the MF 105mm f/2.5 and the AF-S 12-24 f/4 DX (suppose I might
    buy a digital SLR later). The latter can be used on my F100 between 18 and
    24 and I do not need any wider lens (I think).

    What about the Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X or SL?
     
    ar-fr, Jun 15, 2004
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  14. The 105mm would be a useful lens, and is often raved about- i'd consider an
    85mm f1.4 if you think the wider aperture would help, although you do have
    two lenses that cover the 80mmish range. If you think you'd shoot a lot of
    wideangle, a 20mm Nikkor would be a good idea- a used 20-35mm might be an
    even better idea.
     
    Martin Francis, Jun 15, 2004
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  15. ar-fr

    Ted Azito Guest

    No, the reasons to trade include the addition of aperture priority
    AE,
    coding.



    They can keep DX coding. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Like aperture
    priority AE-remember the guy with the 'Bokehmaster'? TTL flash-take it
    or leave it. I think it can be very helpful in certain situations but
    it's not anywhere as radical a benefit as people think
     
    Ted Azito, Jun 16, 2004
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  16. ar-fr

    Ted Azito Guest

    No, the reasons to trade include the addition of aperture priority
    AE,
    coding.



    They can keep DX coding. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Like aperture
    priority AE-remember the guy with the 'Bokehmaster'? TTL flash-take it
    or leave it. I think it can be very helpful in certain situations but
    it's not anywhere as radical a benefit as people think
     
    Ted Azito, Jun 16, 2004
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  17. ar-fr

    TP Guest


    Then don't use it. You can set film ISO manually.
     
    TP, Jun 16, 2004
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  18. ar-fr

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Upgrade from Nikon FM2 to FM3A?
    Do you _want_ an upgrade or do you _need_ an upgrade and _why_?

    Other than sheer wanting to have a new toy to play with I don't understand why
    you would need a new camera or a new lens(es). Why not buy more film/processing
    and shoot more. You already _have_ an excellent system - why would it not be
    meeting your needs? You haven't given any rational/reason/motivation for
    wanting to add extra gear yet so why waste/spend any money in this direction at
    all? Why do you _need_ to upgrade? Whether you are a professional or not is
    irrelevant. Its your needs that should justify your upgrading (though why you
    consider an FM3a a necessary upgrade if you already own an FM2 and get by with
    that for your present needs is quite beyond me). I am not trying or being nasty
    here, I just don't see any sense in what you are considering doing. At least it
    escapes me... maybe someone else understands and can explain to me what I am
    missing if anything by not reading between the lines...
     
    Lewis Lang, Jun 16, 2004
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  19. ar-fr

    ar-fr Guest

    Well... I guess you're right. I might not need an FM3A after all. I can do
    everything with my F100 (aperture priority as the most important feature).
    On my F100, I use the "A" setting in 99% of the cases.
     
    ar-fr, Jun 16, 2004
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  20. ar-fr

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Upgrade from Nikon FM2 to FM3A?
    Go ye and shoot film in abundance and your cup will runneth over with joy - and
    so will your bank account :).
     
    Lewis Lang, Jun 16, 2004
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