Nikon FM2

A brief outline of the Nikon FM2 manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the Nikon FM2. The original Nikon FM of 1977 had been a great commercial success highly valued for it's reliability and performance but technology had moved on in five years and Nikon decided they could make the camera even better so introduced an updated version, the Nikon FM2.

The new camera had many significant improvements, the GaP photodiode sensor was replaced with a SPD (Silicon Photo diode) which had a faster response and greater range , the shutter design was improved allowing the maximum shutter speed to be raised from 1/1000 sec to 1/4000, the maximum flash sync speed was increased from 1/125 to 1/200 of a second, the focusing screen was made brighter allowing easer focusing in low light situations. As the X200 flash synchronisation speed was not one of the standard/normal speeds it had to have a separate entry on the control dial after the other speeds.

The only negative point was the loss of the FM's retractable Meter Coupling Lever.


After one year of production the shutter design was changed to allow a flash synchronisation speed of 1/250 sec and the X200 was removed from the shutter speed dial, the camera name remained Nikon FM2 but a "N" was added in front of the serial number to identify the camera as a Nikon FM2n, it was necessary as spare parts and maintenance procedures were different for the old and the new versions of the camera. There is little difference between the cameras but most photographers prefer to have the 1/250 sec sync speed even if they don't use it.


X200 only on the Nikon FM2 camera

Basic specifications of the Nikon FM2 MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1982 to 1983
Lens meter coupling type AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Aperture coupling range N/A
ASA film speed range ISO 12 to 6400
EV range at ASA 100 EV 1 to 18
Meter sensor type if applicable TTL centre weighed SPD (Silicon Photo diode)
Shutter type and curtain material Vertical Titanium focal-plane mechanical
Shutter speed range 1 to 1/4000 second + Bulb
Auto exposure modes available Manual only
Flash exposure type and sync speed Electronic flash hot shoe 1/200 second
Interchangeable focusing screens K2 split-image microprism - B2 matte - E2 grid
Interchangeable viewfinder heads No
Interchangeable backs MF-12 or MF-16 date/time data-back
Film advance method Single stroke lever
Motor drive or Auto winder availability MD-11 or MD-12 (3.2 fps)  motor-drive
Film rewind method Manual folding crank
Self Timer Yes - 10 seconds
Battery type and number required Two S76 1.5v silver oxide batteries
Body weight without lens attached 540g

VFM Flash Memory Cards


VFM Flash Memory Cards


VFM Flash Memory Cards




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