52 Cameras – Week 21 results – Nikon FM2

In contrast to my Dolly experience, I am very happy with the FM2 results.

I have been shooting this camera for many years, so I find it easy to use despite its full manual control suite. Aperture is set with a standard ring on the lens and is visible in the viewfinder via a periscope/prism arrangement. Shutter speed is set with a large knob to the right of the viewfinder, which I find I can rotate with my thumb while holding the camera. The setting is visible on a small rotating disk inside the viewfinder.

The light meter features three red LEDs inside the viewfinder on the right side. These indicate under-, over-, or correct exposure.

My favorite feature is a lock built into the film advance lever. Cocking the lever slightly unlocks the shutter release and activates the meter. When done, a solid click of the lever ensures the camera will not fire accidentally nor drain the batteries.

(Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I have trouble shooting Canons. Their locking mechanism is foreign and nonsensical to me. Early imprinting, I guess.)

The net result is a fully manual camera which I can operate without removing my eye from the viewfinder. This makes it a winner.

Luckily, it seems to have survived the fall incident without any damage. The shots from both before and after the drop look good and everything seems to function as intended. It was difficult to pick only a few.

#8 Moosilauke

Twin Mtn., NH

WiFi, maybe?

Twin Mtn., NH

Along the Ammonoosuc


Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Lakes of the Clouds Hut, 5012 feet

Summit Station, 5050 feet

Cannon Mt.

My way or the tramway

Cannon Mt.

Sit a spell

Cannon Mt.

Observation Deck

Cannon Mt.


Cannon Mt.

Yes I took my Nikon to the top of Cannon Mountain. I met a Minolta shooter there with an SRT variant.

Images on HP5 and developed this week by Old School Photo Lab.