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This review is from: Nikon FM-10 SLR Camera with 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 Zoom Lens (Electronics)
This is a fully manual film SLR which I purchased roughly around the time when it was first released and I used for about a decade.
I am taking off one star because it is plastic. I don't like that and it takes something away from the feel of quality. There is something intangible about that. Now that this camera is retired, I would have expected that given the many years of use, I would feel more sentimental about it. I don't and I blame the plastic.
But plastic construction is where my criticism ends. Let me be clear: this camera is a work horse and looks pretty much as new after about 10 years of use and abuse. The only apparent wear and tear is on the lens. Also, in terms of design, it is an elegant looking camera.
I have taken it on many trips abroad as a student and have brought it to remote wilderness areas. I even dropped it into a lake once. The film was obviously ruined, but I immediately opened it up and dried it out in the sun. Nothing happen to it! I've never had any mechanical problems with the camera and the the pictures that it produces are great!
I don't believe any reviewer who says that this thing is not durable because of its plastic construction. My guess is that people just assume that it won't last. I think this really is just an aesthetic issue.
What I really like about this camera is the very large (although slightly dim) viewfinder. The camera is just asking to be held up to your eye. The lens is good but also plastic with cheap looking aluminum mount . The focusing ring has a smooth and nicely dampened action. It's relatively small too.
I hate to say it, but in spite of the fact that this is a good camera, if I were to shop for a manual SLR all over again, I would purchase something that's metal. Having said that, I've never regretted owning it and I am happy with it. I would recommend it.