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Identification if possible please?

Discussion in 'Nikon Chat' started by transition, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. transition

    transition Member

  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Looks like a Nikon EM camera with E series lenses. Classed as a beginner's camera back in the day 1979_1982
  3. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Sorry mate, but it's a Nikon FM. A semi-pro camera in it's day and built to last.

    Cheers, Jeff
  4. saxacat

    saxacat Well-Known Member

    Its definitely not an EM, I think is an FM.

    (oops beaten to it :) )
  5. transition

    transition Member

    Thank you. Not wishing to steal anyone's thunder but it looked as if you could just see FM and a seral number in the oblique view. It also crossed my mind whether it was a legitimate sale?.
  6. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    It's Ebay - you just have to take your chances!

    The seller has a lot of feedback and it's relatively decent. The camera doesn't look too shabby from the pictures.

    The FM was a decent piece of kit - mechanical shutter, manual focus and battery-powered exposure meter. Providing it's in working order, the price at the moment is reasonable compared to FM bodies selling for between £50 and £100.

    Cheers, Jeff
  7. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Well what would I know I am a Pentax man. Only thought it was EM because of the E lenses:oops:
  8. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    The camera is a Nikon FM, as pointed out above the letters FM appear before the serial number. The 50mm f1.8 lens is NOT an E series lens but the 100 f2.8 is an E, I can't identify the zoom beyond that it appears to be a 35-200 but research suggests that it is an AI-S lens with an aperture of f3.4-4.5. The other lens is probably a wide angle but the image is too poor to tell any more.
  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    It went for £124.78 and is a good buy provided that the camera and Nikon lenses are indeed in fully working condition. I am not doubting the seller's honesty, however given the diversity of the things that he sells, and the poor description given, I do wonder if he had the knowledge to assess condition. The camera and 50mm type N Ai lens (in good condition) are worth more than the price paid. The 100mm series E AIS lens, and the wide angle (which look like either 28mm or 35mm series E) are a small bonus. The Sunagor super zoom might be at best be considered a museum piece example of what came before today's superzoom; I would not welcome a need to use it..
  10. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Yeah... I have a 50mm lens off an EM that works very well on an original F. And on a Df,

    It's sometimes a good idea to avoid offering opinions on subjects about which you know little or nothing. Such as Brexit. (No, that's not a hijack; just an attack on offering an opinion/ vote from a starting point of complete or at least substantial ignorance.)


  11. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Some of the item pictures are pretty useless here. The Nikon E Series lenses were good optically with lighter build than their Nikkor counterparts.
  12. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    If people followed that principle you could get most of the internet onto a couple of the old 8" floppy disks!
    beatnik69, spinno and DaveM399 like this.
  13. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Ooh that smarts...
  14. transition

    transition Member

    Thank you for all your replies. Someone once said "Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt". Wish I had the gumption to keep my mouth closed sometimes.
  15. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    There are no silly questions though there are often a lot of silly answers...;)
  16. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Nigel,

    No, there really are silly questions. One I can think of is "where is the battery compartment on my 1960s Leica?" As there are no electronics, and no need for a battery, a few moments' thought would suffice. Another is questions along the lines "What would happen if I..." when the answer is TRY IT. Unless there's a risk of breaking something (and you can generally guess pretty well when that is likely), why go on line?

    This was a perfectly reasonable question, as are most. But really, silly questions do exist.



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