Nikon FM3AFilm Camera

Nikon FM3A

  • Camera Type for Nikon FM3A


  • Film Type for Nikon FM3A


  • Manufacturer of Nikon FM3A


  • Origin Country of Nikon FM3A


Size & Weight

  • Camera Size for Nikon FM3A143.5 x 92 x 60 mm
  • Camera Weight for Nikon FM3A570g
  • Camera Build Material for Nikon FM3AMetal


  • Camera Focus Mode for Nikon FM3AManual Focus
  • Camera Focus Type for Nikon FM3ASplit Image


  • Camera Shutter Speed Range for Nikon FM3A1s – 1/4000s
  • Camera ISO Speed Range for Nikon FM3A12 ISO – 6400 ISO
  • Camera Exposure Modes for Nikon FM3AAperture Priority, Manual
  • Camera Exposure Meter for Nikon FM3ACenter Weighted
  • Camera Viewfinder for Nikon FM3APentaprism

Lens & Accessories

  • Camera Lens Type for Nikon FM3AInterchangeable Lens
  • Camera Lens Mount for Nikon FM3ANikon F Mount
  • Common Camera Lenses for Nikon FM3ANikkor 50mm f/1.4 is a common lens for the Nikon FM3A Nikkor 50mm f/1.4Nikkor 35mm f/2 is a common lens for the Nikon FM3A Nikkor 35mm f/2Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 is a common lens for the Nikon FM3A Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
  • Camera Flash for Nikon FM3ANikon FM3A Flash No Built-In Flash
  • Camera Common Accessories for Nikon FM3AMD-12 Motor Drive is a common accessory for the Nikon FM3A MD-12 Motor DriveSoft Shutter Release Button is a common accessory for the Nikon FM3A Soft Shutter Release ButtonLeather Half Case is a common accessory for the Nikon FM3A Leather Half Case


  • Camera Battery Type for Nikon FM3ALR44
  • Battery Life for Nikon FM3AOne year of normal use
  • Battery Replaceable for Nikon FM3AReplaceable


Use Cases

  • Camera Use Cases for Nikon FM3A
    Street Photography
    Portrait Photography
    Travel Photography
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Description for Nikon FM3A Description for Nikon FM3A

The Nikon FM3A is a manual focus 35mm film SLR camera that was introduced by Nikon in 2001. It is a highly regarded camera among film enthusiasts and professionals due to its exceptional build quality and advanced features. The FM3A combines the best of both worlds by offering both manual exposure control and aperture-priority autoexposure modes. It features a rugged, all-metal construction that is built to withstand the rigors of professional use. The FM3A also has a bright and clear viewfinder, allowing for precise composition and focusing. With its versatile exposure control, reliable metering system, and compatibility with a wide range of Nikon lenses, the FM3A is a reliable and versatile tool for both beginners and experienced photographers.

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The FM3A is compatible with Nikon F-mount lenses, which means it can use a wide range of high-quality lenses from Nikon and other third-party manufacturers. It has a shutter speed range of 1/4000 to 8 seconds, as well as a Bulb mode for long exposures. The camera uses a center-weighted metering system for accurate exposure readings. The FM3A also has a built-in motor drive, allowing for continuous shooting at up to 3.2 frames per second. It uses standard 35mm film and has a manual film advance lever and rewind crank. The FM3A is powered by two LR44/SR44 batteries, which provide power for the metering system and the electronic shutter control. Overall, the Nikon FM3A is a highly capable and reliable film camera that offers a great shooting experience and excellent image quality.

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Description for Nikon FM3A Pros and Cons for Nikon FM3A

Highly regarded as one of the best 35mm film cameras ever made

Exceptional build quality and durability

Offers both manual and aperture priority exposure modes

Accurate and reliable metering system

Compatible with a wide range of Nikon F-mount lenses

Supports multiple exposure and mirror lock-up

Limited availability and can be expensive to purchase

Does not have built-in motor drive for automatic film advance

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Description for Nikon FM3A Potential Problems and Fixes for Nikon FM3A

Sticky Shutter Syndrome

The Nikon FM3A may sometimes encounter a 'sticky shutter' issue, where the shutter fails to open or close properly. This is typically due to old lubricant that has hardened over time. Regular maintenance and cleaning by a professional is recommended to prevent this issue.

Light Meter Failure

The light meter in the FM3A can fail due to age or exposure to moisture. If the light meter is not functioning correctly, it may require professional repair. To prevent moisture damage, it's recommended to store the camera in a dry place.

Focusing Screen Scratches

The Nikon FM3A's focusing screen can be prone to scratches, especially if not handled with care. To prevent this, avoid touching the focusing screen directly and always use a lens cap when the camera is not in use.

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