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richardHaw

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Nikon FM3A!!!
« on: April 10, 2020, 12:44:21 »
https://richardhaw.com/2020/04/10/repair-nikon-fm3a/

well, something for you to read while working from home. :o :o :o

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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2020, 15:25:44 »
Very nice Richard glorious cameras from another era
I just remembered my FM gives no  exposure after 1/125 and as I checked the mirror comes down earlier above this speed and I get partially exposure film, is it bad to fix?

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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2020, 17:22:50 »
A great camera. I purchased a used one about five years ago.
Still my favourite film camera. And my only "full frame" camera that easily fits into a jacket pocket with a 40 mm pancake lens attached to it. :-)


Thanks for the article, Ricard. So far I didn't appreciate enough how sophisticated the "innards" of this cam are.


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Günther
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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2020, 22:15:10 »
I have never seen the FM3A to be something much better than a FE2 I used for many years. I always carried a set of two small extra batteries (LR44 or SR44 as far as I remember).
OK.....the AE button can be useful. Then it also has a -1 EV flash compensation button for fill-in flash?
But a lot of money to pay for these features. 
FM3A has no P-mode or matrix metering like Nikon FA.

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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 22:41:28 »
…..and I just remember that FE2 also has a "AE button" by pushing the self timer lever (not as user friendly…..but). So really not much to get from a lot more expensive FM3A....?

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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2020, 22:50:09 »
I never had the FM3A- but the FM2, FE2 and FA. The FM3A probably is a very good camera but I found it mislabelled. Basically it is a FE2 with a hybrid shutter (all Shutter speeds both electronic and - as a backup -mechanically, which is different from the mechanical 1/250 the FE2 had for emergency purposes).
So it should have been named FH or FE3 (as its features were way closer to the FE2 than to the FM2).
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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2020, 23:10:40 »
FM3A is probably so high in price because fewer was made. Black mint models seems quite high...…
I liked the "honey cube" titanium shutter used in FE2. It was also in FM2 but later models used an aluminium shutter…….which I saw as a cost saving…..but they are probably as good as the titanium.....I just liked the look of the titanium. FM3A does not have titanium shutter :-)

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Re: Nikon FM3A!!!
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 00:02:08 »
I think it got the shutter of the F801 (which gave 1/8000 on those but still 1/4000 on the FMx)
Wolfgang Rehm