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    9 Nov 2009 - 7:12 PM

    Hi folks iam hoping you can help. someone gave me a nikon em 35mm film camera the other day was just wondering has anyone used one on here.. ive never used a film slr before and just wondering if this camera wa any good?? I was also givin a Zenit EM aswell which has to lenses.I make a new topic on tht one though.


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    9 Nov 2009 - 7:22 PM

    Oooh! The EM was my first SLR! I got it for my 18th birthday a million years ago and I loved it, until it got nicked in a burglary a few years ago. It was bottom of the range in its time but I used it for over 20 years.

    Pete Site Moderator 1318457 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Nov 2009 - 7:53 PM

    It was a budget model made by Nikon and launched with a few budget lenses called Series E. The lenses, while budget priced ,where excellent. The 100mm series E macro was almost as good optically as it's 105mm Nikkor.
    Nikon kept costs down on the EM by using a less robust casing than was normal for Nikon products, but the exposure system was good. It was too automatic for my liking...quite the reverse of your new fully manual EM.

    9 Nov 2009 - 8:13 PM

    I was actually given the Zenit Em as a first camera just before I purchased the Nikon Em.
    As Pete says, a good budget camera.


    9 Nov 2009 - 8:13 PM

    Quote: The lenses, while budget priced ,where excellent.

    I would second that - I can damned near shave with my 50mm f1.8. And it has a low front-to-back profile -it's almost a 'pancake' lens.

    9 Nov 2009 - 9:30 PM

    I had two lenses for mine. The standard 50mm f1.8 (why is it no longer considered a 'kit' lens?!) and a second hand Hoya 200mm. Kept me happy for years. It's all my Dad's fault that I ended up a Nikon lifer. I'd asked for the OM10 as it had a manual adapter. The Nikon EM was aperture priority. Took me another 25 years to use a camera on manual.....ahem.

    Last Modified By User_Removed at 9 Nov 2009 - 9:31 PM
    Graflex  11488 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Nov 2009 - 5:33 PM

    I still have one(EM) which I use,don't use the E series lenses though,except one, the series E 36-72mm zoom.Fab results..
    I use the expensive Nikkor from the other manual series.Great Camera works a charm.
    You can get a motor drive with it (2 frames a second).

    Will last a lifetime.

    DEL_B  7 England
    2 Feb 2010 - 4:52 PM

    I have an EM complete with E series 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 and 70 -150mm f/3.5 and winder, all in mint condition. Been in the cupboard for yonks but I am experimenting with using it for IR using the Rollei 400IR film and Ilford SFX gel filter. Reckon to use external meter and cable release on 'B' setting. (tripod of course). A pity it hasn't got independant shutter speed control. If I can't make it work will have to pick up a Canon AE1 on the Bay.

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