Nikon FM Black Camera Body (Early Version) -Read, New Light Seals-
This is one of my all time favorite cameras. My first serious camera was an FM (not this one) and I took some of my favorite photos with it. It also survived several uncontrolled trips down ice covered stairs during Ithaca winters (Cornell University: clear the snow before it freezes!)
For those who do not know these cameras they are the zenith of classic manual focus design. They are surprisingly small, feel great in your hand and have a huge viewfinder, larger than the later HP designs (it is true!) and drastically larger than current digital cameras. These cameras are perfect for people who know how to use a camera and prefer to set the controls directly rather than relying on automatic settings and menus and they are also the best way to learn photography.
This is the first version of the FM with the cool knurling (bumps) on the rewind knob. Note that it has an On/Off switch surrounding the shutter release.
We have tons of Nikon lenses so we can kit you out!
This camera is in good condition with moderate wear. There is a small dent on the bottom plate and another on the back but they are only cosmetic, they do not affect the function of the camera. The glass covering the ASA readout is also missing but it does not affect the function of the dial. Otherwise the camera looks good with a cool amount of brassing on the edges.
The camera works well mechanically and the shutter and meter are accurate. There are a few spots of dust on the focusing screen but they do not affect your image quality.
We have replaced the light seals, a $75 value. A body cap and batteries are included.