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    Nikon FG users?

    I recently purchased a Nikon FG (re: an earlier post on KEH) and later bought a 50mm f/1.8 Series E lens for it, which makes for a very nice, compact carry-everywhere shooter (in addition to a number of other compact carry-everywhere cameras which I own), and I'm very impressed with it. For those of you who have shot or shoot with it, what are your feelings about it? (I was wondering about the durability of the camera, and then I realized that I've never, ever, worn out any camera I've ever owned.)

    Thanks to all who reply.

    With best regards,

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    I've got two FG bodies -- the second because I just couldn't not buy it when it was offered for $35. It's a very capable, smaller Nikon body. While I may not wish to use it as my primary body, it would be great as a second body (for a second film) or a back-up. What's not to like?

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    I had an FG and I liked it very much. I sold it in the classifieds here a while back. Perhaps to Trask? I do not recall. At one time it was my only Nikon, and with the series E 50/1.8 lens, I got some very good results with it. It is small enough to be kept in a jacket pocket, meters well, and is more flexible in use than the similarly lightweight EM. It is a very good camera, and do not listen to the nay-sayers who claim that it is not a "real" Nikon.

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    The Nikon FG was the first to introduce TTL flash on the standard flash hot shoe (the F3 has TTL flash, but uses a proprietary shoe). It was also the first multi-mode Nikon and introduced the Program mode.
    The FG is based upon the EM, just like the FA is based upon the FE. Its dimensions, weight, meter, viewfinder, winding and motor drives are all based on the EM.
    In the accessory list for it, there was a new TTL flash, the SB-15, a new motor drive, the MD-14 and a D shaped rubber eyecup.
    It is a nice SLR.
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    I happened to get lucky on one and buy it. It came with dings and screws missing. Is my favorite smaller format camera to shoot. Takes knocks and then goes 'so what's the next shot about?'
    Effortless shooting plus all that toughness. What more might I want... Hmm. Maybe weather sealing.
    But then an F5 isn't that compact!

    Ricardo, ah really? Guess I got really lucky then - I was very happy that I could use regular ttl flashes on the camera. :-)
    Although I prefer having it off camera and wirelessly triggered. (mines fg20 -dunno how much they differ)

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    I had an FG a few years ago-very capable little body. I probably put 75 rolls thru it with no problems. The good-TTL flash with standard ISO flash shoe, accepts motor drive, right hand grip, aperture priority, program exposure mode(but I never used program), the LED's next to the shutter speeds light up in the viewfinder-easier to see in low light than match needles. The bad-top shutter speed is 1/1000 and flash sync tops out at 1/60.

    I also had a few 50 1.8 Series E lenses over the years. It seems many of the Series E lenses would get slack in the focus helicoid with heavy use. It would be best to find one that looks great cosmetically-that's a sign that it didn't get used much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by analoguey View Post
    I happened to get lucky on one and buy it. It came with dings and screws missing. Is my favorite smaller format camera to shoot. Takes knocks and then goes 'so what's the next shot about?'
    Effortless shooting plus all that toughness. What more might I want... Hmm. Maybe weather sealing.
    But then an F5 isn't that compact!

    Ricardo, ah really? Guess I got really lucky then - I was very happy that I could use regular ttl flashes on the camera. :-)
    Although I prefer having it off camera and wirelessly triggered. (mines fg20 -dunno how much they differ)

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    The FG-20 is a different camera and it doesn't have TTL flash. It was a budget priced SLR based on the FG, but with several features removed, such as the Program mode and TTL flash meter. You can study more about what TTL flash metering is on this site: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...g20/fg/fg3.htm
    Your FG-20 uses Automatic flash metering and you can read about it here: http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...use-A-995.html
    In the case of Auto (A) flash, metering is done by the flash itself using an external sensor and not by the camera.

    For more on the FG-20 capabilities, read here: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...fg20/index.htm
    Personally, I like a lot the FG-20 as it is in essence an EM with added Manual mode.
    BTW, the flash that was released as a companion was the SB-19. It uses a system of Auto Aperture setting that is only used by the EM and FG-20. No other Nikon has it as TTL flash metering became the standard in the late 1980s for all subsequent SLR, apart the F55, which is the only AF Nikon not to have TTL flash for external flashes.
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    Ah. Right, thanks for that clarification. I was wondering about the TTL capabilities after I wrote in as I haven't seen a significant meter - very primitive metering actually.


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    FG-20 was my first film SLR; still have it. thing feels like garbage but it's such a fantastic camera. ergonomically perfect (overhanging shutter speed, analog-needle exposure meter), tiny, lightweight, and while it may not feel up to taking much of a beating with how flimsy the advance-lever is, it's certainly been up to the task of keeping up with me, and even saving my butt once while i was on a cross-country cycling trip on roads so rough they unscrewed the front retaining ring on one of my voigtlander LTM lenses.

    i know it's not an FG, but i still thought it deserved honorable mention. likewise for the 50/1.8 E -- a lot of people knock on them, but if you know what you're doing, they're a fantastic walkaround lens capable of impressive shots (although they're a bit soft wide open and benefit from use of a hood).
    Last edited by Spicy; 12-24-2013 at 02:20 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Just got an FG recently along with a N75... have a backlog of cameras to test, but the FG will be compared with my Oly OM 2n, as it's similar in size and specs...

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