Nikon FM2n

A brief outline of the Nikon FM2n manual focus SLR film camera

This page is dedicated to the superb Nikon FM2n 35mm SLR camera produced by Nikon from 1983 to 2001 at which time it was superseded by the Nikon FM3a.

The Nikon FM2 already produced had already built on the successes of the original Nikon FE of 1977 replacing the focusing screen range with brighter ones and increasing the maximum shutter speed from 1/1000 sec to 1/4000 sec, a result of a new carbon/titanium curtained shutter, the GaP photodiode light metering sensor was upgraded to a faster responding Silicon Photo diode. The flash synchronisation speed had risen from 1/125 sec to 1/200 sec.

So why the need for the Nikon FM2n? The main change was the flash sync speed, when it was originally increased from the Nikon FM's 1/125 the target was the next obvious speed on the dial which was 1/250 but it had only been possible to raise it to 1/200 sec, this resulted in an extra odd and "out of place" speed having to be added to the shutter speed dial.


Modifications to the shutter design and curtains continued after the FM2 was released and the following year successfully raised the maximum flash sync speed to 1/250 sec, these changes were put into production one year after the Nikon FM2 had been in production and was designated the Nikon FM2n. Although there is little change from the photographers perspective, maintenance procedures, replacement parts were quite different and a new designation helped, this is not shown in the cameras name but by adding an "N" to the front of the serial number.


Nikon FM2n shutter speed dial (the FM2 had 1/200 as well )

Basic specifications of the Nikon FM2n MF SLR Camera

Production period (later availability via stock)

1983 to 2001
Lens meter coupling type AI (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing)
Maximum 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
Exposure modes available Manual only
Flash exposure type and maximum sync speed Electronic flash hot shoe 1/250 second
Interchangeable focusing screens K2 split-image microprism - B2 matte - E2 grid
Interchangeable viewfinder heads No
Interchangeable backs MF-16 or MF-12 date/time data-back
Film advance method Single stroke lever
Motor drive or Auto winder availability 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


Nikon FM2n back view

Nikon FM2n Camera


Nikon FM2n top view




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