Nikon FM2/T


        Yes! Once again, dream comes true! I have this camera now in my hand! I received it on the 4th July 2000. I bought it from Pahang, Malaysia with the help of my friend, Kenneth. This camera is so extinct now and I guess I was real lucky to be the proud owner of it.

        My Titan is presented in a Nikon gold colour box. I have a very personal likes towards Nikon gold box, and I collect and keep all my Nikon boxes as new/as good as they can be. Nikon FM2/T box is very easy to distinguish as there is the wording FM2/T stated outside the box. I personally feel that this box worth some value in it as it is now not available anymore. I wouldn't buy a FM2/T that's without this box, and of course some other accessory. (Ok ok, unless if someone offers me a very low price...)

        My Titan is brand new! It is new in shop with one year original Nikon's warranty start from the day I bought it. However, the shop is a bit dishonest as the FM2/T has a little dot on the prism, 1 mm scratch around the tripod, body has been mounted to tripod before and the hot shoes has flash mounted before. I am really disappointed by all these imperfection...what I was hoping was a real perfect body with no scratch at all, and never been used. Other than that, the camera is fine. The film guide rail is still shine and I guess no film has gone through it...or the shop is lying to me again...ha...I made my Titan sounds like bad condition...but it is actually still very new! I am just a little bit of particular...



        My Titan is in gray colour (whoever is not?!). The colour is exactly like the picture beside. The grayish colour comes with a little gold shine, which is hard to explain. Besides the colour, the FM2/T can easily be differentiate by the word FM2/T stamp on the left front side of the body. Ordinary FM2 will only has the word FM2 on it. Another difference is the film advance lever's colour. FM2/T has the grewish colour but todays FM2 comes with only black colour advance lever. The serial number of FM/T model starts with TxxxxxxxB, in my case it is T90088884. Besides that, all the functions of the camera are same as todays FM2.



Why I treasured FM2/T so much? I guess it is because of its distinction nowadays. Sincerely, there is not much difference in term of durability between the titanium body and today's aluminum alloy body. The colour of today's chrome body is even much shiner than the titanium body. Some might think it is beautiful and some might not. It is just the personal taste.

     I do found the FM2/T film advance lever (thanks, Don Ferrario!) a little bit smoother than my Dragon. When advancing the film, I find I have to give a little bit more strength to my Dragon compare to my Titan. This very little difference is hard to notice, unless if you them side by side.

    My Titan comes with a leaflet stating the unit of the titanium uses in the body. There are 4 languages in the leaflet, which are E, G, F, and S. I quote the English version in the leaflet as below:

The Nikon FM2/T, a special version of the Nikon FM2 camera, uses titanium for its right and left top covers and the baseplate.
Titanium is one of the world's strongest yet lightest materials; its specific gravity is approximately half that of brass, yet its hardness is almost the same as that of steel, while its corrosion resistance is greater than that of stainless steel. However, titanium is a very difficult material to process. Nonetheless, as early as 1957, Nikon first fashioned shutter curtains out of titanium, and now, Nikon's technical know-how is utilized in creating one of the toughest SLRs around - the Nikon FM2/T.
The FM2/T's other features and specifications are the same as those of the Nikon FM2 camera except for weight: the FM2/T is approximately 515g.



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Nikon FM2 body is a superb camera. However, I do find that with a little bit modification, the camera would be perfect!

    1. Change all the plastic buttons (DOF preview, self-timer) to alloy.
    2. Incorporates spot metering into the body (even Olympus OM2000 has spot and center weighted metering, so why can't Nikon?!).
    3. Use HP viewfinder (This is generally very useful for eye-glass wearer).
    4. Incorporates TTL flash metering.


Yeah, a perfect body! Too ideal for today's world...Nikon always think that if you want such such function, go to another body...(e.g. TTL? Get a F3HP; Spot metering? Get F4, F5...), this is how they earn more money...



Updated Year 2001: Nikon introduce a NEW Manual Focus SLR, the FM3A! An answer to the above...