At that time, digitization was proceeding in full swing. The camera industry was no exception and Nikon released the digital SLR camera D1 in for professional use. Just at the time when digital cameras were going to the mainstream, Nikon made the conscious choice of placing the FM3A on the market as a manual SLR camera. In those days, some users were moving over to digital cameras while others were using auto-focus SLR cameras.
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Insert and twist the lens counter- clockwise as shown by the arrow.. Twist the lens slowly until it clicks into place. Detaching the lens Open the camera back. Insert a roll of film and push the rewind knob back down..
When you lift the film-rewind knob, the cam- era back will open. Page 14 Loading Film Continued Advance the film on the film- takeup spool. Check the position of the film. To advance the film on the film-takeup spool, pull out the film-advance lever to the standoff Make sure that the film sprocket holes are per- position and wind it slowly.
When using non-DX- coded film, set the film speed manually. See page When the film-speed index is set to , the film speed is automatically set ISO 25 to Keep your left elbow propped against your body to keep the camera steady. To hold horizontally To hold vertically How to press the shutter-release button The shutter-release button of this camera has a 2-step mechanism.
Page Focusing Focusing Focusing ring Microprism collar 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 00 50 0 25 0 Split-image rangefinder Matte field Look through the viewfinder and put the subject in focus by rotating the focusing ring of the lens.
Page 19 Lightly press the shutter-release button. Slowly depress the shutter- release button all the way.. Check the shutter speed, observing the ex- posure-meter indication in the viewfinder.. Page 21 Align the shutter-speed indicator and the exposure-meter indicator. Slowly press the shutter-release button all the way.
Page Rewinding The Film Rewinding the Film When the end of the roll of film is reached, the film-advance lever will not advance further. Rewind the film. Return the film-advance lever to its folded position.
Press the film-rewind button.. Just press the button once. Page Controls In Detail Controls in Detail To use the camera skillfully, you need to understand its functions and features. Shutter-Speed Dial You may choose from among the following shooting modes: A Aperture-Priority Auto Exposure mode Once you make the aperture setting, the camera automatically selects the appropriate shut- ter speed stepless control.
When you pull the film-advance lever to the standoff position and lightly press the shutter-release button, the exposure-meter turns on and the exposure in- dication appears in the viewfinder. The film speed can be set manually in the range of ISO 12 to Page Exposure-compensation Indicator Exposure-Compensation Indicator If there is an extreme difference in brightness between the main subject and the background e.
In this case, or when you want to achieve a certain effect, exposure compensation is recommended. While holding down the expo- sure-compensation lock release button , rotate the film-speed setting ring Set the compensation index to the desired compensation value. The frame counter has indications of S, 1, 2, 4, 6, etc. Frames of odd numbers are indicated by dots between the even numbers.. Page Film-plane Indicator The exact distance from the lens-mounting flange to the film plane is
Features[ edit ] The FM3a is built to a high level of workmanship and material quality. It shares the advantages of the FM and the FM2N, both generally regarded as two of the most reliable cameras ever built both in terms of operation under extreme conditions and in day-to-day reliability reports from repair shops and magazine surveys. It has an extremely strong body of copper silumin alloy. The electronics are well protected within the body and of extremely high quality, including the flexible circuits. The vertical metal shutter utilises precision tapered high-strength aluminium alloy blades and oilless self-lubricating bearings. The guide rails are made of stainless steel.
Nikon FM3A Instruction Manual
There are lots and lots and lots of cameras out there that can do the same thing as this camera. I am not claiming that this is the best camera in the world- but is is for me so far. There are plenty of tech reviews and comparison Specs sites for you to drool over out there, so please knock yourself out. So relax and enjoy it or scroll on. The Nikon FM3a was designed to be something built to last.
A Nikon FM3a Review – My desert Island camera – by Anil Mistry
Some people like large cameras, some people small. Some shooters prefer SLRs, others are wrong. Let me tell you why a camera like the FM3a is so remarkable. An Unlikely Undertaking In December of , after more than four decades of making exceptional professional-grade film SLRs and just before digital cameras established themselves as the future of photography, Nikon decided to do something weird; create a manual-focus, 35mm film SLR camera.