Chuyển tới nội dung

Nikon FM10 review – Kosmo Foto | Topdeblogs

Nikon FM10
(All pics: Ronald Hogenboom)

By Ronald Hogenboom

A lot of people don’t know what to make of this camera.

It has a Nikon nameplate, but was in fact made by Cosina, who used the same basic chassis for a long line of cheap SLRs, sold under many different names. Even the well-regarded Voigtlander Bessa rangefinders are based on the same basic design.

The low price of the FM10, and the lack of Nikon heritage, makes many people dismiss this camera. Being a Nikon FM2 user, a camera for which the expression ‘tough as nails’ seems to have been invented, I never gave the FM10 much thought. Until I picked one up at a swap meet and saw the light.

Cheap and plasticky the FM10 may be, but it is a surprisingly nice camera to shoot with. It feels good in the hand and has what I would call a ‘photographer’s UI’. Everything you need is there and works the way you expect it.

The meter especially is lovely. It is centre-weighted and the readout consists of three LEDs, a green dot for correct exposure and a red ‘+’ and ‘-‘ for over and underexposure. Its simplicity is an asset, not a limitation. (Even Hollywood actress Brie Larson is a fan, apparently)

I would even go as far as to claim that the FM10 feels like an extension of me, a claim very few cameras can boast. It pairs well with Nikon ‘E’ lenses or with the excellent manual focus Cosina-Voigtlander SLII lenses. Lenses that lack an aperture ring, like Nikon’s ‘G’ lenses and later, cannot be used though.

Throughout 2018 I took my FM10 on many museum travels, paired with my favourite primes and a lightweight tripod for indoor use. I mostly shot cheap Kodak Color Plus 200, and Fomapan 400. The resulting negatives were scanned on my Nikon Coolscan V using Vuescan software.

When it was too dark for handheld photography I put the FM10 on a tripod, used the self-timer as a poor man’s mirror lock-up, and used a cable release to trip the shutter. Yes, very old school, and something that can be done much easier with a decent digital camera with image stabilisation.

Nevertheless, my success rate with this camera is very high, because I consciously have to make all the decisions. This is for me part of the appeal, because if things go wrong, I only have myself to blame.

There are of course many other cameras that can offer a similar experience, but the FM10 deserves kudos for offering this in a time when everything went electronic.

As an object of desire, the FM10 would score pitifully low on any list, maybe ranking just above a pink Holga (yes, I use one of those too). In this area it cannot compete with a quality camera from the 1960s or 70s. As a photographic tool however, it ranks near the top.

Now go out there, get one, and make the Leica snobs cry.

Want to review a camera for Kosmo Foto? Email me at [email protected] Every published review earns you two rolls of Kosmo Foto Mono film.

Trả lời

Email của bạn sẽ không được hiển thị công khai. Các trường bắt buộc được đánh dấu *