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Posted: 8/20/2017 9:30:10 PM EST
I went to see my favorite high school teacher today. Although advanced in geezerhood, he looked younger than me.

And he gave me a Nikon FM2 camera with four lenses and a Vivitar flash.

I can't get over the quality feel of this camera. I pity the poor schmoes who cannot appreciate a classic all metal 35mm camera
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:32:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By FluffyTheCat:
I went to see my favorite high school teacher today. Although advanced in geezerhood, he looked younger than me.

And he gave me a Nikon FM2 camera with four lenses and a Vivitar flash.

I can't get over the quality feel of this camera. I pity the poor schmoes who cannot appreciate a classic all metal 35mm camera
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Very cool, I have one as well.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:35:31 PM EST
It's a real time capsule. In the camera bag there was a even a box of film with a 1988 expiry date.

This camera looks like new.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:37:26 PM EST
MD-12 motor drive is what you seek. It will make the camera become one with you.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:40:08 PM EST
I still have my old FM, as well as my old mentor's F4s and 600 f4.0.  

The F4s needs a bit of a tune up, going to have to send it out shortly for that.  The FM is in great shape, IIRC mine is from 1977, a year before I was born.  
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:41:37 PM EST
I have a Nikkormat FTn. Built like a tank.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:41:37 PM EST
I bought an FM2n new in 1991, and still have it. Probably only put about three or four rolls through it. It started the Nikon bug for me, I have had several different Nikon SLR's - currently have a F2 Photomic in pretty decent shape and a few pre-AI lenses to go with it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:47:18 PM EST
Damn you're lucky, those Nikons really hold their value. I'm still banging around my old Ricoh KR-5 Super II but they are only worth a few dollars now, at least the old K mount lenses are cheap :)
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:47:56 PM EST
This camera reminds me of a Garand.


Classic design and no plastic or crap parts
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:51:46 PM EST
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Great cameras. I have a chrome one and an FM2/T with the titanium top and bottom plates. Get a nice leather half case off e-bay for it and some Tri-X to run through it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:55:25 PM EST
Nice camera!
I had a F series camera for many years before I decided that I was going all in DSLR.
I gave my niece the entire setup since she enrolled into a photography course and needed a film camera.
I used to have a darkroom setup and developed and printed my own film - it was a great time but I moved on.



Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:57:32 PM EST
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I was in the photography business for 35 years. Knowing what we can do with digital, and the cost of doing anything at all with film, I'd have given you my F and FM2 as well. Hell I have 60 or so Nord SLR 35mm unperf cameras and 100ft roll mags, with cords, power packs and cases rotting away in our warehouse.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 9:58:17 PM EST
Very nice looking camera. (not my photo)


Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:02:49 PM EST
That's an awesome story. I always wanted a FM2 when I was younger but they were far too expensive. I might have to see what they are going for now.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:04:44 PM EST
The film generation of Nikon cameras was built like a tank, and they also weighed like one. They had ball bearings when others were using sleeve bearings. They also had interchangeable viewing screens and various finders such as pentaprisms and waist level etc, and of course a gazillions of accessories.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:11:06 PM EST
I picked this one up recently.  Almost mint condition.  Haven't run any film through it yet though.  So nicely built...

Link Posted: 8/20/2017 10:13:27 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DigDug:
MD-12 motor drive is what you seek. It will make the camera become one with you.
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This is fact. My first (of many) Nikons was an FE2 with MD12. If I picked up a camera without motor it was like.....where's the rest of the camera?
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 3:51:52 PM EST
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
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Link Posted: 8/21/2017 3:56:28 PM EST
Great Score! I picked up a Silver Body Canon AE-1 with 5 prime lenses, motor drive, flash, a ton of filters and all the original manuals and a case at a silent auction for $20. It looked like it just came from a store. I was giddy as a school kid. Nobody else was interested in "that old camera" it takes some awesome clear shots as well.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:15:55 PM EST
Buy one of these . . . Panasonic/Lumix G3 micro 4/3 bodies . . . off of eBay for about $150 . . .



and one of these . . . Nikon F/G to micro 4/3 lens mount adapter . . . for ten bucks . . .



and bring all of those old manual 35 mm format lenses into the digital world.

You won't believe how well they still work.

Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:17:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By km:
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
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Truly, a remarkably collectible piece.


Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:22:59 PM EST
I have an Olympus OM-1md that I bought with lawn money when I was probably 13 or so. It is a great solid camera.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:24:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By km:
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
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Fuckin' immortals.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:26:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By xanadu:
I was in the photography business for 35 years. Knowing what we can do with digital, and the cost of doing anything at all with film, I'd have given you my F and FM2 as well. Hell I have 60 or so Nord SLR 35mm unperf cameras and 100ft roll mags, with cords, power packs and cases rotting away in our warehouse.
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Let me guess: you hate Garands, too.   Hey, obsolete, clunky, lo-cap old piece of shit, I guess we should just throw them all away, amirite?

Excellent camera, OP.  My first serious camera, love mine, never selling it.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:27:27 PM EST
I still have my Pentax H1-v I bought in '66 and my developing tank. Should run some B&W through it and develop it just for old time's sake.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:27:36 PM EST
Nice.  I love old Nikons and Nikkormats.

Seals are likely shot based on the dozen's I've handled in the last 10 years.  Replacing them isn't bad at all.  Check eBay for a kit.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:27:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DontBuryMe:
Fuckin' immortals.
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Originally Posted By DontBuryMe:
Originally Posted By km:
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/64775/07323-286568.JPG
Fuckin' immortals.
Gotta cut the head off if you really wanna kill them...
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:33:43 PM EST
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I've got a FG that I really enjoyed shooting black and white as well as infrared many years ago. I kinda miss it at times but without a darkroom nowadays it may have to wait to see if I get back to it.

I've got about 20 rolls of developed B&W and Infrared I've never had a chance to see on Paper. If my be a fun discovery to find some really ones in there in the future.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 4:36:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By km:
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/64775/07323-286568.JPG
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Pretty good shape for 1868
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:32:53 PM EST
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Pretty good shape for 1868
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Picture was taken about 2 years ago.  I have had many newer cameras that no longer work.  That 50mm f1.4 lens still gets used often with my digital bodies.  Also still use the 85mm and 135mm primes a lot too.  The lens in the picture is on a D750 now.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:47:10 PM EST
I have both a FTn and FM2! Tank-like is right!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:40:49 PM EST
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Pretty good shape for 1868
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Originally Posted By 9divdoc:
Originally Posted By km:
I still own my first Nikon.  Bought it in November 1868
https://www.AR15.Com/media/mediaFiles/64775/07323-286568.JPG
Pretty good shape for 1868
LOL -

I have one from 'almost' back then.
It was my dad's along with the Weston 715 light meter for calculating exposure.
Everything seems to work, I just need to get some 120 film for it.

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Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:44:52 PM EST
I had that camera. Bought it because of the 1/4000 shutter speed
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:46:38 PM EST
Nikon F and F2A owner here.

Love the old cameras.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:50:53 PM EST
I still have a FA, a couple F3's, an F4s, 6006 and N90s. 

Also my grandfather's Rollieflex and Rolliecord. 

Haven't shot film for years. Only digital anymore. 
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:53:21 PM EST
Fluffy, that's a great gift to receive. Slow, deliberate film photography with a beautiful device. Nice to have even just as a collectible.





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Originally Posted By TEOTWAWKI:
I picked this one up recently.  Almost mint condition.  Haven't run any film through it yet though.  So nicely built...

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The FM3A was (and remains) a superb example of industrial art, mechanical wonder, and photographic performance.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:57:27 PM EST
I still have my Canon A-1 and AT-1.
One full auto and one full manual.
My daughter is using the AT-1 for her photography classes.

It would be great if someone could make a CCD adapter for 35mm cameras. The roll housings could be used for batteries and/or memory.
Imagine the image quality of a 35mm CCD!
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:59:37 PM EST
Ive got an F3 hp haven't used it in years. hell of a piece of equipment.
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