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Old 29th May 2020, 09:58 PM
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Default Nikon EM anyone

Yes dont laugh
I bought a EM as it was going for a good price and in great condition
Nikon built this camera for women but never caught on
Aperture priority, 90ms and bulb shutter speeds, +2EV exp comp, batter check and thats it
Anyone use one of these cameras,i quite like it to be honest
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Old 30th May 2020, 07:17 AM
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I used one very briefly in the 1990's as a lightweight body when I was riding my motorcycle. I cannot even remember now what I did with it, they were not worth a lot of money even then and I reckoned that if I came off the bike any damage to the camera could be shrugged off. It was OK it took all MF lenses and did the job but there was nothing outstanding about it.
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I've had two in the past, one bought with winder and dedicated flash cheaply from a dealer as a second body to my FE and the other found in a charity shop. I found them to be shoddily made, not worthy of Nikon. On both part of the rewind knob crumbled (I replaced one with a glued on knob from a box camera), the light seals went sticky sooner than older Nikons, frame spacing became erratic, the meters went and in one the spring holding the pressure plate pierced the back door. The flash was erratic and the battery compartment door on the motor drive very fiddly to open. The one good thing about the drive was that you could use a normal cable release with it.On the later of the two bodies the slowest speed was two seconds not one , using the backlight compensating button this could be extended two stops, meaning eight seconds. When they worked they were Ok but if not not.
The Series E lenses designed for this and other lightweight cameras made by Nikon were excellent and many are still in use on better Nikon bodies.
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Old 30th May 2020, 11:31 AM
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I found them to be shoddily made...the rewind knob crumbled...the light seals went sticky...frame spacing became erratic, the meters went...the flash was erratic...the motor drive very fiddly to open...When they worked they were Ok but if not not.
So, generally they were okay and you'd recommend them then? LOL

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They were really heavily promoted in the photo press when they were available new. There were various deals offered by shops at that time. I almost bought one, but the Ďall autoí arrangement put me off. Iíve had some of the Series E lenses. The 100mm was really good, the 35mm ok and the 28mm was not good. One of the zooms, I think 75-150mm achieved a cult following. I have never heard it said that the design was aimed at women. Thatís not how I recall it marketed here, but it may have been elsewhere. For some reason, the person who appears in Nikon instruction manuals is always a woman.
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If I recall correctly it was aimed at beginners to SLR photography? The outward appearance being designed by an Italian designer?

I have two EM bodies sitting unused and unloved in a cupboard if anyone wants to have a look for themselves - yours for the price of postage!
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Iíll take one off you as a spare if itís going mate
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Iíll take one off you as a spare if itís going mate
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I know they are not as robust as the regular F Nikon cameras, but most people use aperture priority anyway
Even the leatherette on the camera is made to match a handbag 😀
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Even the leatherette on the camera is made to match a handbag ��
Well, one does have to accessorize you know!

And the Wiki page says this:

'Nikon EM
The Nikon EM is a beginner's level, interchangeable lens, 35 mm film, single lens reflex camera. It was manufactured by Nippon Kogaku K. K. in Japan from 1979 to 1982. The camera was designed for and marketed to the growing market of new women photographers then entering the SLR buyer's market.'

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