I'm looking to expand my Nikon stable & can't decide whether to get an FM3A or a F2AS next. I currently have an IVSB, EM(wife's), FE, FA, F4, & an F100. I use the FE & FA primarily, so the new camera would replace one of them. Any suggestions?
The FM3a would complement the FA or the FE better than the F2AS. That said, unless you're looking for something that has a mechanical shutter in manual, the FE2 is otherwise pretty much identical to the FM3a, looks less funky, and is about 1/6 the cost of the FM3a. The FM3a back and the focusing screens for the FM3a fit perfectly on an FE2.
The F2AS is a nice camera (is my main camera these days, although, I've been using my F more frequently lately). If you're looking for a mechanical camera with a very accurate meter and don't intend to do a lot of flash work with it, the F2AS is an excellent choice.
F2AS, F FTn, Nikomat FTn - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
Sun 29-Jul-12 11:36 PM | edited Sun 29-Jul-12 11:38 PM by jaulph
I've got 4 of the semi-pro bodies FE2, FM2n, FA & FM3A, I'm aobut to thin that by two. I'll be keeping the FE2 & the FM3A, why because the mettering is the same. When using these two together I don't want to be changing methods between bodies. But, as John said, the FM3A is the more costly of the lot.
I chose the F2S for a few reasons. The LED display for low light is gorgeous. I, for one, do not mind "The Nikon Shuffle" of indexing my lenses upon mounting. And finally, it got me an F2 without a needle photomic head for a fraction of the cost of an F2A or F2AS. The metering is somewhat slow, but very accurate.