|Nikon EM with MD-E winder|
- Vertical-travelling metal shutter with electronically-controlled stepless shutter speeds from 1- 1/1000 sec.
- A metering range of EV 2 to EV 18 (meaning very capable in most situations).
- ISO film speed setting of 25 to 1600
- backlight exposure compensation button
- M90 and B setting (the M90 works with or without batteries)
- contacts for using an auto-winder (the MD-E as shown)
- rugged metal chassis
- compact size, weighs about 1 lb.
A few things to know about the EM
- When you load film into the camera, you may think that the meter is not working, as the needle in the viewfinder will be in the red zone over 1/1000 sec. Once you advance the film to frame 1, the meter kicks in. This makes sense for an AE camera, as if the meter worked as soon as you loaded the film, it would fire the shutter at whatever speed the meter indicated. So you load it with the lenscap on, and it takes 1 second for each time you wound and fired the shutter to advance the film. So it is a good feature, not a bug. However, if your batteries are bad or something else is wrong with the camera, you will know when the meter doesn't activate at frame 1. Also, this is why you can't test shutter speeds with the back open.
- If you want to compensate your exposure, such as shooting on snow or a bright beach, or maybe a black cat in a coal mine, you can do so by re-setting your ISO dial. So, for shooting on bright snow using ISO 400 film, you would set your ISO to 200 (you want MORE light to compensate for the bright reflectance reading, not less). Remember to reset your ISO when you are done.
- The meter will activate as soon as you press on the shutter release, and you do not need to back off the advance lever away from the camera body to do so, like many Nikons such as the FE.
- Find the SB-E matching flash unit for easy flash shooting.
- Adding the MD-E motor drive makes this camera really quick to use.
Some recent examples from my EM:
|Inside the bakehouse|
|Transit Center at the Museum|
|under the Library|
|Bell Tower Hotel|
|The big P|
|At the Small Plates reception, using the SB-E flash.|