Tue 27-Nov-12 06:46 AM | edited Tue 27-Nov-12 06:48 AM by Kilted_F3_nut
It's definitely a later FM. But, almost looks like Nikon forgot to stamp the serial number. If it'd been removed, there would be evidence of the removal. That looks to be virgin chrome anodized brass. Maybe a closeup of the serial number area will provide better clues
F4s, F2AS, F FTn, FM2n, Nikomat FT2 - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
It appears to be the original FM. But SN should be on upper right above film back. The layout is identical to the FM, I bought in '78? The lens does not appear to be original. Mine came with the 50mm f2 lens.
It cannot be FM2 or later. FM2 had 1/4000 shutter speed.
Just noticed another thing. On the FM, the ring around shutter release button had two marks one black and one red. You aligned them with a black line on the body to lock or unlock the shutter.
Considering how good the top looks and the fact the serial number is not stamped on it I would agree it has to be a replacement top. Occasionally I see them on *bay and other sites I also see bottom plates as well I am sure there are still some new old OEM replament parts floating around for most FM/FE/FM2/FE2 cameras.
To add to the mystery, I also saw this at "The Property Room" there were 3 others just like this. The Property Room deals with equipment wholesal'd by Law Enforcement groups, or other public entities (I think). So who knows what sort of Lot this was that may have been specially designed or manufactured????
I took a look at the photos and they must be generic, since all the pictures of the back show the same number on the i.d. tag. My guess is that the cameras that are for auction do not have that number.
The "Property Room" is an online auction site. When the OP said he "found" it, I assume he means he found it online, not that he bought it or saw it in person. Here's a link to a page advertising the same camera and the SN is blanked out. The model is listed as "Unknown":
>The "Property Room" is an online auction site. >When the OP said he "found" it, I assume he means he >found it online, not that he bought it or saw it in person. >Here's a link to a page advertising the same camera and the SN >is blanked out. The model is listed as "Unknown": > >http://www.propertyroom.com/l/nikon-slr-camera/8800741
I guess that makes it a perfect generic Nikon picture. One could be bidding on anything from an FM to F3. An old saying about buying a "pig in a poke" might have some truth. Good shooting, Lee