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The Nikon FM3a is the last of the 35mm totally manual SLRs, of course you had Leica,…another digital holdoutand one of the last film cameras released in the 21st century,… other than the F6. However, it was totally manual. Why did Nikon cm3a that at the start of the digital era? And not a serious contender to film yet.

Nevertheless, Nikon thought it prudent to keep a toe in the waters of film in the 21st century. Well, kudos to Nikon.

Nikon FM3A Manuals

Maybe it was just a matter of Japanese pride. Without a true manual camera in the stable, Hari Kari was the only alternative! I made up that part. Which required a battery.


Nikon FM3A Manuals

In the days of manually selecting the aperture and shutter speed to take a photograph, it somehow was imagined as more appealing on a base, he-man level. Those were manul days of doing a wedding, and getting lots of respect, and no stinking cell phones in your face. While Minolta went whole heartedly into the eye control thingie, and Canon actually changed lens mounts, Vm3a only got on board when they thought it was a truly necessary endeavor.

Hence, diehard Nikon fanboys never left the stable. But users did want, and clamor for, aperture-priority modes with a mechanically controlled shutter.

The FM3A used such a system. Remember that the digitization of all that was photographic was in full gear. Camera companies were frothing at the mouth to get in on the action. Although for the first time in history, they were lagging behind Canon cameras,…at least in the megapixel race.

Between an onslaught of digital and autofocus cameras, surprisingly, the market for a totally manual camera held strong. Like majual Samurai of legend, Nikon took a stand in a battle they knew they would lose. The Nikon FM3a was sold out before it was even released.


The FM2 was still selling strongly. Many thought this impossible to reach in a manual camera.

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One of the most difficult parts to produce was an accurate meter. Many consider the Nikon FM3a the best Nikon ever made! And for good reason. Sadly, in January of Nikon formally announced the discontinuance of the FM3A, and the dedicated production line was informed by email.

Nikon FM3A Instruction Manual

The staff of engineers who designed this wondrous machine proudly keep and cherish that email. Maybe the last of the Nikon cameras to elicit that level of pride by employees.

The Writing On the Wall But users did want, and clamor for, aperture-priority modes with a mechanically controlled shutter. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.