The #Nikon FM2 and the #Sekonic Twinmate L-208

Back to the Future…

Today I rescued my old Nikon FM2 camera from the shelf in the studio where it has sat, forlorn and neglected for about 5 years. It’s a fully manual film camera, no autofocus, no automatic exposure no ‘modes’ and certainly no WiFi or video capabilities.

Nikon FM2 Camera
Nikon FM2 Camera

It had been neglected only because the little strip of metal that maintains contact with the battery was broken and according to our local camera shop, it’s not worth repairing.

But on the FM2 the battery has just one function and that is to power the exposure meter, (and the photographer must then decide to accept that reading or compensate above or below, for example in snow, I would have overexposed by a stop or two, to make the snow white, not grey.)

The wind-on is manual, and the shutter release is manual, – so without a battery only the meter is disabled. If I could just replace that meter…

Then I remembered! There’s a Sekonic Analog Meter along with the remains of an old Bronica kit.

Sekonic Twinmate L-208
Sekonic Twinmate L-208

I fished it out and, lo and behold, it’s still working! Johnson Photopia (the UK Sekonic distributors) can kindly supply me with a mount to fit it to the FM2’s Hot Shoe, and once again I’ve got a working fully manual SLR, – with hopes that maybe one day in the not too distant future I’ll keep it in my ‘explorer’s bag’ loaded with colour film and perhaps attempt some colour developing.

So the FM2 has been rescued and dusted and the half-used roll of Portra Film that was still in it has been pulled out and replaced with B&W Ilford – so I can test the light seals.

I’ll post some of the images from this venerable old friend when I get some developed.