Classic SLRs Series :
In 1994, Nikon introduced a Titanium version based on their immensely popular mechanical Nikon FM2n. As the camera was officially discontinued in 1997 and many collectors have started collecting this rare piece of hardware. As opposed to the Champaign finished for the Nikon F3T in 1983, the FM2T's finish is matted finished in a very distinguishable grayish Titanium color but shown its shinny interior once the exterior coating is scratched.
I have spent a while trying to retouch the images which aimed to restore its original color via a computer screen. Probably the owner of the camera shop that I loaned the camera body knew my intention was to create a website. He willingly offered to dispose his where it was originally bought directly in Japan back in 1996 on a personal trip. It was packed even with an instruction manual in Japanese only and also accompanied with an invitation to join the Nikon Club, Japan.
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The accompanying leaflet was printed only in Japanese outlining the various parts where the tough and corrosive resistant Titanium metal pieces were being used in the construction of this camera. Well, as you know Nikon has a very long history of adopting Titanium as a material of choice for their top notch SLR camera models. Not just the body shell, but more engaged in the development and deployment of shutter curtain design in their SLR cameras. That has resulted with all the professional series F models (Except the vertical traveled curtain F4 and the current F5) employed a horizontally traveled focal plane Titanium shutter curtain inside those bodies.
The two generation of the Nikon F2 and F3 was best represented by these Titan models. The far left is a Nikon F3/T with a HP finder while its right is a Nikon F2/T with a non-metered Eye-Level finder.
The popular FM2, FE2 and the FA were employed with a different type of design, instead, the curtain was a vertically traveled beehive-looked honeycomb pattern Titanium shutter curtain. Titanium is one of the world's strongest, yet lightest materials; its specific gravity is approximately half that of brass, yet its hardness is almost the same as that of steel, while its corrosion resistance is greater than that of stainless steel. However, titanium is a very difficult material to process and thus you won't find a lot of models were made in Titanium. I am not sure whether the Nikon F has a Titanium version (Even the NASA spec Nikon F was not mentioned).
The camera has a dedicated box and packing on its own instead of resorting the using similar Nikon FM2n boxes. The "New" shown on the box carries no meaning as FM2n was often called "New FM2" in Japan.
The FM2n/T is marginally lighter than the FM2n or even the older Nikon FM when compared. FM's weight is 590g, FM2n is around 540g but the FM2n/T is 515g (body only). The FM2n/T is essentially a current model of a Nikon FM2n but with a Titanium exterior shell.
Well, there is not much additional bonus or surprises inside the camera as the shutter curtain used for the camera remains the same as with the current Nikon FM2n. The shutter curtain uses a vertically traveled aluminum alloy shutter blades (The FM2 and early batches of the FM2n were using Nikon developed Honeycomb Titanium Shutter design mentioned earlier - until 1989 and replaced with the current Aluminum Alloy blades). The rest of control, functions and features operate exactly like a Nikon FM2n.
<<<--- Serial number for this model starts with an alphabet "T".The texture of the titanium body is well revealed in this photograph taken by Mr. MCLau.
Well, to conclude there is no differences between the normal FM2n and a FM2/T may not be entirely correct. Here is something that may appeal to me differently - the FM2/T is very much smoother in operations than the Nikon FM2n. Click stops in the shutter speed ring is positive and tension spring has improved a lot when you turn or adjust the film speed settings. Another section I have noticed is the film advance mechanism, it is extremely smooth. On what basis can I remarked this ? Because I have all the Nikon FM, FM2n (three units) and two units of the Nikon FM2T when I took these images for this site (So don't argue with me...). It is the reason why I decided to buy this after on a friendly 'loan to shoot' session from the shop I mentioned earlier.
The FM2T featured here is essentially the same spec used for the launching of the limited edition of 300 units Taiwanese 'Year of the Dog'.
Check the new FM2n Millennium 2000 !
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The single piece of information was in Japanese, thus I have to ask Hiura Shinsaku of the Nikkormat ML, Japan to translate for me as such:
Translated from the Japanese Text : "Thank you for purchasing Nikon New FM2/T. This body utilizes genuine Titanium material for its exterior cover (Top cover/bottom cover) with Nikon New FM2 body. Titanium has its various advantages as being extremely hard, lightweight and excellent anti-corrosive metal characteristic.
Genuine Titanium material makes Nikon New FM2/T very durable that protects internal precise mechanisms against external shock and hard knocks. The specifications of this body is same as Nikon New FM2/T except its finish and in the weight. Please read instruction book of Nikon New FM2 to use this camera. * weight: about 515g (body only)"
Note: Other than the material used for the body shell, there is no significant difference between a FM2n and a FM2T in various camera operation and control. You can safely use the FM2n camera Instruction Manual for the Titan model.
A latest AF-D Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a Nikon FM2n/T camera. Copyright-FREE images collection © 2001
From the FM2/T's pamphlet says: " The Nikon FM2/T, a special version of the Nikon FM2 camera, uses titanium for its right and left top covers and the base plate. Titanium is one of the world's strongest yet lightest materials; its specific gravity is approximately half that of brass, yet it is hardness is almost the same as that of steel, while its corrosion resistance is greater than that of stainless steel.
<<< --Credit: Scanned copy (85k) (Gif file) Courtesy of Mr. John Newell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
However, titanium is a very difficult material to process. Nonetheless, as early as 1957, Nikon first fashioned shutter curtains out of titanium, and now, Nikon technical know-how is utilized in creating one of the toughest SLRs around-the Nikon FM2/T".
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A recent auctioned at Ebay shows a Limited Edition Nikon FM2n/T model.
NEXT - Nikon FM2/T Limited Edition
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Standard production Nikon FM Series models:- Nikon FM | Nikon FM2 | Nikon FM2n | Nikon FM10 | Nikon FM3a |
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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