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- bfgardinApr 6, 2007by
Nikon FA Camera Body
It's the last of it's breed. A Nikon that does it all. Fully automatic when set at Program mode, Aperature Priority, shutter priority or fully manual! A Manual focus body 35mm camera that's not made of plastic, has a titanium shutter, TTL, 250th synch speed. I am a professional photographer and I do use the more modern cameras with autofocus too but sometimes autofocus hinders and I want to fall back on an old rugged manual focus workhorse F series camera. I personally don't care about the auto exposure features but it's nice to have them. What sold me on the FA over the FE and FM series is that when coupled with an MD-15 motor drive, the camera runs off the AA batteries in the motordrive, meter and all. At this stage in the game with everything gone digital, face it, We are not using film all that often and really don't want to keep batteries in these old film bodies to corrode. So being able to just pop freshly charged batteries in the motordrive and go, is a blessing. You can do the same with an F3 HP and an MD-12 drive but the FA has the advantage still of faster synch speed of 250th vs 1/60th, twice the top shutter speed at 1/4000th, compatibility with modern iso speedlights vs the oddball special foot specific of the F3, and they generally cost significantly less. The FM, FM2(n) also functions without the battery. The only loss is the meter but the FA with an MD-15 doesn't even lose the meter! The FA is the clear choice for manual focus Nikon bodies.Read full review
- dakotad555Jan 25, 2007by
The best Nikon of the 80s
I got my first FA as a hand-me-down from my Dad. I was 15 at the time, and this is the camera I learned 90% of what I know about photography using. That said, and sentimental attachments aside, this is an excellent camera.
This is not going to be an extremely technical review, so if you are looking for pure numbers, I would suggest doing a google search.
The FA is a solidly built, manual focus camera with an extremely good light meter, full manual, full automatic, and aperture and shutter priority mode. It accepts all AIs lenses (even auto focus if you want to use them in manual mode). The body is solid metal, and has some heft to it. No plastic parts.
It is smaller than most digital SLRs are now, but weighs about the same.
The camera does what all manual focus cameras do, but in general it just does them better. I have shot many manual focus cameras, including Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Minolta, and this is by far my favorite. Camera layout is Nikon standard with buttons where you would expect, and everything within easy reach. I cannot stress enough that of all the cameras I have used, this one feels the most natural and well balanced. Perhaps that is because it was my first, but judging from other reviews I've read, there are a lot of people who feel the same way.
This is an excellent 2nd or 3rd camera. It is great for taking into rougher areas where a more expensive camera might attract more attention. My current FA is pretty beat up looking, and not much of an enticement for a thief. Also, because of Nikon's attention to making their equipment backward compatible as well as forwards, you can use the camera as a back up to a more expensive digital or film camera. I shoot with a F100, a D200 and the FA. The majority of my lenses work on all three cameras.
For the money, you cannot buy a better manual focus camera. Most people prefer the black body over the silver and black, but I don't have a preference. They are both the same camera, so choose on taste; there is no difference between them.
Also, invest in either a Nikon 50mm F 1.8 or 50mm F 2.0 as the main working lens of the camera. If you don't have a good prime (fixed focal length) manual focus lens, and you are considering buying this camera, get one at the same time. You cannot beat the quality of images that you get using that combo.Read full review
- talktohowardFeb 2, 2007by
FA versus FE2
This camera has been overlooked by many Nikon users. It came to the market at a time when most of the SLR users were still attached to all manual cameras. It was too advanced for many. So later, Nikon stepped back a little and marketed the FE2, which is bit more manual than FA (FE2 had aperture priority automation only). The FA enjoyed a better success than FA.
Both have much overlap in their specs, such as viewfinder percentage, same shutter assembly, same TTL flash, etc. The screen of both can be interchanged. I have used both, and FA's exposure system is more accurate than FE2. While FE2 allows exposure lock, FA uses matrix metering. I found FA has better accuracy on exposure. Given the two has the same shutter mechanism, I believe FA has better metering. Which was proven in latter models, such as F-801, F4 and so on. Of course, exposure lock will be nicer. Other than that, I find FA is more versatile. More exposure modes, and with MD-15, you also get higher speed than FE2.Read full review
- mariapantaDec 29, 2016Verified purchase - USEDby
This product was in great condition. Inside the camera was clear of dust, no dents on body and a good condition cap came with it.
- sandy_44Sep 12, 2015by
You won't be disappointed.
With the popularity of film photography on the rise, this is an amazing camera to use. Matrix metering and ease of use makes this camera a solid performer. Light, easy to handle and built to last, the FA is one of the best values on the market today. Paired with Nikon's MD-15, this is a rugged, versatile shooter that won't disappoint.