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Nikon FM3A SLR Camera - Technical Specifications

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Technical Specifications for Nikon FM3A

Type of camera: 35-mm single-lens reflex with electronically and mechanically controlled focal-plane shutter
Applicable film format: 35-mm film in a cartridge
Picture Frame Size: 24 x 36 mm
Lens mount: Nikon F mount

Shutter: Vertical-travel, metal focal-plane shutter
Shutter-Speed settings: Automatic: "A" (aperture-priority auto): 8 to 1/4000 sec., shutter speed electronic control stepless (indicative scales inside finder are 1 sec. to 1/4000 sec.); Manual: Bulb, 1 to 1/4000 sec., mechanically control
Viewfinder: Eye-Level pentaprism
Eyepoint: 14 mm (at eyepoint.gif)
Focusing screen: K3 type (split prism-image microprism type, Clear Matte Screen IIa) standard, B3 type and E3 type optional
Viewfinder frame Coverage: Approx. 93% (objective screen)
Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.83x
* with 50-mm lens set to infinity
Viewfinder information: Shutter speed, exposure meter indication, shutter indication, direct aperture value, exposure compensation mark, ready light

* Original manual indicates it is 0.82X, rectified in a supplement as 0.83X; all previous FM models (includes the FE2) provides 0.86X

Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type Exposure meter sync Ai type (automatic compensation at full-aperture f-stop)
Metering System: TTL center-weighted, full-aperture exposure metering system, approx. 60% of the meter's sensitivity concentrated on a 12-mm diameter circle (60:40)
Metering Range: EV1 to EV20 at ISO 100 (with a 50-mm f/1.4 lens)
Film-sensitivity settings: DX system or manual. With DX: ISO 25 to 5000 Manual: ISO 12 to 6400

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensated to ±2 EV in units of 1/3 EV (compensation to the '+' side not possible with ISO 12, and that to the '-' side not possible with ISO 6400)
Auto Exposure Lock: Enabled by pressing the AE lock button
Film advance Lever: provided, 30° standoff angle and 135° winding angle, automatic film advance enabled with MD-12 Motor Drive (sold separately)
Frame Counter: Additive type (S, 1 to 36), automatic reset
Film Rewinding: Film reset button and rewind crank provided
Self-timer: Mechanical controlled, countdown time of approx.4 to 10 seconds, cancellation possible
Lens Aperture: Instant-return system, with aperture lever
Multiple Exposure: Activated with multiple exposure lever
Sync Contact: X-contact only; synchronized with the flash at a low speed of less than 1/250 sec.
Flash control:
TTL flash: Enabled by using SB-27, SB-26, SB50DX etc. in combination
TTL flash Compensation: Compensation to -1 EV activated with the TTL flash compensation button on the camera
Film speed Synchronization: in TTL flash: ISO 12 to 1000
Sync Terminal: JIS sync terminal provided as standard, with lock screws
Accessory Shoe: Hotshoe contact (sync contact, ready-light contact, monitor contact, stop-signal contact for TTL flash) with a lock hole to prevent accidental dropping
Ready Light: Lights when the flash is fully charged with SB-27, SB-26, SB-50DX etc.; blinks for full-output warning or shutter-speed settings from 1/500 to 1/4000 sec.
Camera-Back: Detachable hinged back, accepts optional MF-16/MF-12 Databacks
Camera-Back Opening: Achieved with film advance lever
Power Source: One 3-V lithium battery (CR-1/3N type), two 1.55 V silver batteries (SR44 type), or two 1.5 V alkaline batteries (LR44 type)
Meter-on Timer: To turn the camera on when the shutter-release button is pressed lightly, turning it off 16 seconds after your finger leaves the button. With the MD12 Motor Drive, the camera is turned on when the shutter release button of the MD-12 is pressed lightly, and it turns off approx. 66 seconds after your finger leaves the button.
Battery Power Check: Displayed for 16 seconds with the meter-on timer The exposure meter does not work if the batteries are exhausted.

Number of film rolls that can be shot : When repeating the procedure of holding the shutter-release button in the lightly-pressed position for 10 seconds, pressing it all the way, and waiting until the timer activates, with 36-frame film rolls, a shutter speed of 1/250 second in Aperture-Priority Auto mode:

Optional exclusive or common accessories: MD-12 Motor Drive; SB-27 Speed Light and equivalents; MF-16 Data Back; CF-27S / CF-28S / CF-29S Camera Case; AR-3 Cable release etc.

Camera Back: Detachable hinged back; MF-16 Data Back can be attached in place.
Tripod Socket: 1/4" (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 142.5 x 90 x 58 mm / 5.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in.
(camera body only)
Weight: Approx. 570 g / 20.1 oz. (camera body only, including battery)

All specifications are calculated assuming fresh batteries are used at normal temperature (20'C / 68'F); Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.

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Standard production Nikon FM Series models:- Nikon FM | Nikon FM2 | Nikon FM2n | Nikon FM10 | Nikon FM3a |
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