Which flash should i buy for my FM2 ?. Considering it's a non TTL camera does it have sense to buy a TTL flash? I don´t own or any other camera and have no intention to buy a modern camera. My lenses are 28/2.8 50/1.8 & 105/2.5 manual
Probably it doesn't make sense to get a TTL flash. When I had my Nikkormats I got very nice results with the Vivitar 283. You can still get them new or used for bargain price. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile, My Gallery Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I was in the same situation about a year back, using FM2n. I decided on sunpak 383. It has manual power control which is a great great idea for a non-ttl camera. You can control how much power the flash emits. This way the flash unit works for fill, balance and/or as main ligh source.
I don't know if the vivitar 283 has the manual output control. Sunapk 383 is about 70 to 80 bucks new.
No, the 283 has no manual control, just full manual and 4 auto ranges. You can buy a cheap 283 accessory that plugs into the auto sensor, whereby you lose the auto ranges but gain manual control from 1/1 to 1/64 and various increments within.
Its bigger brother 285HV has all the 283 offers plus manual control down to 1/16.
You'd be wasting your money on a TTL flash unit if you're not planning to buy a camera that will use this feature.
I use a Vivitar 285 and a Metz 45 CL4 for my FM-2n, and have very reliablly for 10 yrs now. I find that once you are use the manual flash exposure you can do it very fast and reliable. Even fill flash is a snap once you get the hang of it.
John R Maple Ridge, BC
John R Nikonian to the West Coast of Canada Taking life 2-gigs at a time
If you are going to be using the flash alot, such as shooting indoor events or whatever, the Speedlights have a clear advantage--all the controls are on the back. This is especially convenient on the SB24 (26,28). It's nice to just tap a little button and read the LCD display, instead of having to turn the rig on its side and try to twist a tight little plastic dial to change settings, then read the microscopic color-coded numbers in low light. ---scott