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Should I sell my Nikon FM2?

Bernie . , Nov 14, 2007; 05:15 a.m.


Since I have my M6 classic and the Summicron 50mm I rarely shoot with my FM2. I tend to think that my M6 is my "people camera" and my FM2 is my "landscape camera", merely because I always use it with the 24mm f2.8 AI-s and filters. But I think I can do the same buying the Elmarit 24mm. Maybe It's hard to use filters with the M, but I can live without them. I'm thinking about selling all my SLR equipment (FM2, 50mm AI-s, 24mm AI-s and filters, not much at all) and start to save for the 24mm or the Voigtlander 25mm...

What do you think?

Thank you in advance


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Howard Vrankin , Nov 14, 2007; 05:29 a.m.

A few years back I stood at a specialty photo shop counter with the owner and had the same conversation, going from film to digital. I think you should weigh the personal value of your FM2, whether still being used or not, against the dollars it would bring toward the Elmarit 24mm. Though the market for film bodies is depressed, your AI-S lenses could probably still bring good money, since they could be compatibly mated to a number of DSLRs. Some of the filters are probably more limited in saleability, since so much can now be done through post processing. (I see mostly use of split field ND and polarizers on the Web lately.) If I were trying to sell an FM2 body I'd do it in a place like Photo.net classifieds where people who value these high quality film bodies would shop. Trading it would hit the price pretty hard.

Brian Southward , Nov 14, 2007; 06:01 a.m.

The FM2 can do a few things that the M6 can't (I'm thinking close-ups in particular), so bearing in mind the low resale value I would think it's worth keeping. Maybe sell the 24mm and put the proceeds towards a CV 25mm...

Ronald Moravec , Nov 14, 2007; 06:08 a.m.

Why is is hard to use filters for an M? A polariser is the only one because of the filter size.

CV 25mm is a more than decent lens and takes the small filters like most 50`s, 39mm. If you have the 1989 or newer 50 mm, the CV25 will not match it ultimate sharpness. Any privious versions will.

AI-s lenses can be used on digital Nikons. I have bought a few recently.

i would just buy the CV25 and not sell a thing.

Alex S. , Nov 14, 2007; 06:25 a.m.

Keep it.

Donald Largo Jr. , Nov 14, 2007; 06:37 a.m.

Sell it.

Kevin Teo , Nov 14, 2007; 06:55 a.m.

Keep it.

Stephen Lewis , Nov 14, 2007; 07:38 a.m.

I keep both SLRs and RFs. Each has a place. Oh sure you can use a Visoflex with your M6...but it doesn't take a wide angle lens. I recommend keeping both.

Craig Cooper , Nov 14, 2007; 07:41 a.m.

Response to Should I sell my Nikon FM2 ?

Keep it.

Rob F. , Nov 14, 2007; 08:00 a.m.

I sure wouldn't sell my pair of FE2s, my 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor, or any other Nikkors. I use them side by side with my Leicas, M and R. They may not be in use for periods of time, but their day always comes again--even though I have a Leica R outfit as well.

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