Saying Goodbye to My Nikon FM3A

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After completing all my film rolls, I decided to let go of this film camera. This camera has accompanied me for quite a few months, and I really enjoy shooting with it. It’s a great camera, really. Handling is smooth (except the rather odd exposure compensation dial), metering is rather accurate, and it’s not heavy or bulky at all.
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During these months of shooting with this camera, I dare to say my shooting habit has changed a little. I have become more selective in shooting. I’m not sure if my framing has improved, but certainly I have grew to enjoy shooting in 50mm focal length, which is a focal length that I’m not used to before this. Other than that, I do get a taste of “full frame” depth of field with this camera. I have also improved in terms of handheld slow shutter speed shooting, which can be useful for me as most of my lens do not have image stabilization built in.
Going Full Frame with Nikon FM3A + Kodak Gold 200
It’s a sad and heavy decision to make. The main reason I decided to let go is mainly due to the cost of shooting film, developing and scanning them. If I were to develop or scan the film myself, I can still see a point to keep shooting. But as the cost keeps increasing, it’s getting less economical for me to continue. Perhaps is time for me to move on to a new chapter. The time I spent with this camera will definitely not get wasted.
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Goodbye to my Nikon FM3A.

2 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to My Nikon FM3A

  1. You say ‘Goodbye’, I say ‘Hello’. 🙂 Just picked up a FM3A myself and look forward to many years of shooting with this fabulous camera. Yes, it is more costly shooting film than digital, but I do my own developing and scanning. If you can keep as much as possible do-it-yourself, film shooting really isn’t too pricey. And the results remain unique. I shoot both film and digital and enjoy them both equally. This really is a very fun time to be a photographer.

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