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Aja B
07-31-2011, 11:03 AM
Buy an FM3a and definitively answer the question for yourself. Better get an F2 and F3 for a thorough comparison. What is the point of this poll-taking?

Chan Tran
07-31-2011, 11:33 AM
I am quite sure that the OP has an FM3a. Not so sure about the OP familarity with other cameras in the Nikon lineup.

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
07-31-2011, 11:39 AM
Why do the Mods tolerate these "best/greatest/sharpest" posts? Pointless.

"best" of course is subjective and everyone takes it that way. It's a way for those with these and similar to give opinions as to what they like and why and so far there's been some decent posts with such. Is the site short on bandwidth or something. If you see no value ignore it.

slumry
07-31-2011, 11:47 AM
We have the best mods in the business :)

Vsanzbajo
07-31-2011, 11:49 AM
I am just taking opinions. If you do not like the question, do not answer. Grow up people. Go and bitch somewhere else. I am just asking for some opinions.

narsuitus
07-31-2011, 12:10 PM
Here is my opinion (listed in descending order of priority) to this very subjective question:

1. Nikon F2
2. Nikon F4 (best manual focusing auto focus camera)
3. Nikon F3
4. Nikon F
5. Nikon FM3a (lacks interchangeable view finder)
6. Other Nikon FM series (except FM 10)

I have owned and used all except the last two.

CGW
07-31-2011, 12:10 PM
I am just taking opinions. If you do not like the question, do not answer. Grow up people. Go and bitch somewhere else. I am just asking for some opinions.

Is the Nikon FM3A the best MF film camera?

Like there's a shortage of reviews/evaluations of the FM3a? How many responding here own one?

It's an open-ended question that just generates largely irrelevant responses about other cameras. Had you asked what features make the FM3a a great camera, responses would have been more focused.

Les Sarile
07-31-2011, 01:50 PM
The FM3A does lack an interchangeable finders but it does have the K3 split image screen that never blacks out regardless of stopping down, slow lens, multipliers or bellows. (This screen can be used on other compatible bodies.) I don't believe this type of screen is available to any of the F/F2/F3 unless it is third party. I don't know if the other auto focus F's have this available? I have only seen this type of screen on my Canon (new) F1 and not aware if it is available for any other brand/model.

The FM3A also has advantages of higher shutter speeds, higher sync speeds as well as other automation not available in any other MF body as well as full manual functionalities without batteries then any/all Nikons. It's build may arguably be lesser then the F/F2/F3 and certainly it's time of release has possibly relegated it to far less use so we may never know how robust it really is compared to it's earlier siblings. Perhaps what speaks volume for it is the commonly held notion that it cost more to build then what Nikon was able to sell it for and of course that it commands a very good price in the used market.

Rol_Lei Nut
07-31-2011, 04:10 PM
No way!!!

It strikes a nice balance between durability, price & usability, though.

IMHO, while on paper its specs seem nearly perfect, in reality it could be better (viewfinder could be better for image/focusing, shutter & mirror better dampened).

jgjbowen
07-31-2011, 04:16 PM
Is the FM3a the best? I don't know, but I own 3 of them.....

2F/2F
07-31-2011, 04:58 PM
I don't think so, personally. I also don't think the word "best" is really that useful without clarification. Best for what? Each camera has it's strong and weak points. The best camera in one way or for one person will often not be the best in another way or for another person.

My "favorites" are the F and F2 (as well as Nikkormats). Anything else is really no better to me; it just has more "fluff" IMHO. Since I rarely use the fluff, I prefer not to even have it there most of the time. That and they feel great in the hand, and look beautiful.

Eric Rose
07-31-2011, 05:36 PM
For me "best" means the following:
1. rock solid
2. reliable
3. no fiddly parts
4. runs without batteries
5. can be put under a wheel to keep car from rolling
6. not so pretty someone wants to steal it
7. takes Nikkor glass
8. easy to load under fire
9. still works caked in mud
10. easy to focus in all kinds of light

Given all that my favorite MF camera of all time is the Nikon Nikkormat FTN. It was always my go-to camera when the chips were down. Or up for that matter. Sure I have owned and used the venerable Nikon F, the F2, N90s, F5 and even an EM. Plus Nikonos IV and V.

They were all great cameras (well maybe except the EM). I dropped an F from a moving car during a hostage taking situation and once retrieved still worked like a charm. The F2 was probably the prettiest, sexiest camera I have ever used. It's fit/finish and mechanical smoothness was second to none. The F5 is a major work horse and can pound nails but heck if the batteries go dead that's about all it's good for. The Nikonos cameras I used underwater until I switched to a housing for a D700. They sport a 35mm lens that is probably the sharpest in the industry.

Anyway that's a long winded answer to a quick question. :blink:

BobD
07-31-2011, 06:11 PM
The answer is obvious:

http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac253/graflok/my%20pics/best.jpg

lxdude
07-31-2011, 08:25 PM
Why do the Mods tolerate these "best/greatest/sharpest" posts? Pointless.
Probably for the same reason they tolerate posts complaining about thread subjects.:whistling:

yeknom02
07-31-2011, 10:20 PM
Well, a few months ago, I might have asked a similar question, because I was in the market for a Nikon manual focus* SLR. I ended up purchasing an FE2, which I'm surprised hasn't got any mentions yet.

* - I almost complained about the original post because the FM3a is not a medium format camera...

hidesert
08-02-2011, 10:48 AM
Yeah, those darned hostages can be a pain when they get feisty. I always bring my F4s when I'm taking hostages. A conk on the head with it really calms them down.


For me "best" means the following:
1. rock solid
2. reliable
3. no fiddly parts
4. runs without batteries
5. can be put under a wheel to keep car from rolling
6. not so pretty someone wants to steal it
7. takes Nikkor glass
8. easy to load under fire
9. still works caked in mud
10. easy to focus in all kinds of light

Given all that my favorite MF camera of all time is the Nikon Nikkormat FTN. It was always my go-to camera when the chips were down. Or up for that matter. Sure I have owned and used the venerable Nikon F, the F2, N90s, F5 and even an EM. Plus Nikonos IV and V.

They were all great cameras (well maybe except the EM). I dropped an F from a moving car during a hostage taking situation and once retrieved still worked like a charm. The F2 was probably the prettiest, sexiest camera I have ever used. It's fit/finish and mechanical smoothness was second to none. The F5 is a major work horse and can pound nails but heck if the batteries go dead that's about all it's good for. The Nikonos cameras I used underwater until I switched to a housing for a D700. They sport a 35mm lens that is probably the sharpest in the industry.

Anyway that's a long winded answer to a quick question. :blink:

Eric Rose
08-02-2011, 11:43 AM
Yeah, those darned hostages can be a pain when they get feisty. I always bring my F4s when I'm taking hostages. A conk on the head with it really calms them down.

Ya I guess I should have spelled it out that I was PHOTOGRAPHING a hostage situation for a local newspaper. But I understand you were adding some humour.:laugh:

AezranHakim
08-02-2011, 11:15 PM
for me, yes :)

wblynch
08-03-2011, 04:57 PM
Being the most modern and so greatly built, do you guys think is the best MF Nikon body? Opinions....
Thanks

Yes... Yes, it is.


or maybe not...

dreamingartemis
08-03-2011, 08:16 PM
Nope. F4 all the way, followed by the F2as. Matrix metering with Ai lenses, built in spot and center weighted metering, smaller body size with MB-20, built in motordrive, silent mode, ability to use non-Ai lenses Standard, extended shutter speed range, 1/250 sync, multiple finders and wide variety of screens to match lenses, legendary F series construction, able to find for 10-20% of new cost, AA battery use, umm, did I forget anything? Oh yeah, swing it around as a weapon.

Oh the last point I totally agree! I bet it could take a bullet !