Quote Originally Posted by agfarapid View Post
It probably falls into that in between class known as "pro sumer". It is certainly professional grade in construction and build quality. It takes the MD12 motor drive which was pretty fast for that time period as well as the full range of Nikor lenses. The Nikon FM10, for example, would definitely fall into the consumer category. It shipped with the series "E" 35-70 mid range zoom and it's build quality, while not the most robust, was certainly adequate for it's market--the occasional shooter.
I don't want to say which is pro and which is not. Only that the FM3a, introduced around 2000, with the MD-12 it's very slow for its time. The F5 can do 8fps, The F100 5fps. Even the N80 is capable of about the same framing rate as the FM3a.