This is my first camera and undoubtedly my favourite camera. Many people thought I went mad for buying a film camera in the digital era. I knew that there will be a lot of additional costs involved(like film and developing cost). Even then I didn't change my decision. I bought mine some 7-8 months back. So here is my review of Nikon FM10. I'm not an expert on cameras. This is just what I have learned from using my Nikon FM10 for more than 6 months.
Reasons for buying Nikon FM10
After I decided that I should buy a Film camera. I started searching for a cheap one even a second hand one, a camera that will not burn my pocket. So price was an extremely important part in my decision. For Rs. 8000 this was an absolute steal.
Next thing which might stun a few people is that I can operate this camera without any battery. Its a fully mechanical, manual focus camera hence doesn't require a battery. But if you want to operate the light meter you need two-SR44 (1.55V) or two A- LR44 (1.5V) batteries. Just how many digital cameras work without batteries, he he. NONE.
Viewfinder is one of the most essential part of a SLR, this camera has a good one. Compared to most of the starting & mid range digital SLR cameras, this camera has a better finder even though it has only 92% frame coverage.
Unlike digital SLR what I have is a 35mm full frame camera. What it implies is that if I use a 50mm lens the effective focal length is also 50mm. To get a digital SLR which has a similar full frame sensor you have to shell out a lot of money. Some of the recent full frame digital SLR cameras like the Nikon D700, Sony Alpha 900, Canon 5D/5D Mark II costs around 3000$.
It also came with a kit lens a 35-70mm f/3.5-f/4.8. Which is a good starting lens. I also bought a 50mm f/1.8 AF-D Nikkor. Yep you can also attach any AF-D Nikkor lenses, but you have to focus manually. :)
Is film better than digital?
Most people would love to debate over this topic. But its up to the individual to decide which is best for him/her. Both can capture the moment of your choice. Unless you are good observer in the right place at the right time you can't take good photographs with either Digital or Film SLR.