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Nikon FM3D

June 9, 2004 | Comments (0)

The rumours are getting stronger now photokina is getting close. Thom Hogan speculates about the D2X but also about a manual FM3d. This would be based on the 6mpix sensor of the D70. I would not know why Nikon would market such a beast as I wonder if there are much buyers. Although it looks like a nice piece of technology for certain people. Rumoured price is aroung $1800,-

Nikon FM3a photoshopped to FM3d (11Kb)
Photoshopped version of Fm3a



I want one!

Posted by: :) IM at August 9, 2004 10:34 PM

Will buy a sixpack and camp in front of the store in order to get the first one.

Posted by: :) GM at August 10, 2004 8:42 AM

Still nothing on this... :( What Nikon should do is a removable digital back for manual focus cameras like F3 or FM series. Something like the new Leica Modul R for both the R8 and R9. Yes, a removable back with different sensors from Fuji or Sony... It's like a dream, but I don't like the new fast market, I would like to have the same camera for years buying only new sensors as they are improved. I don't want to buy a new camera that won't cost a half in two years... All cameras are good (you take the photos, not the camera) but digital sensors are new and need to be improved (I'm sure I won't be using the same sensor next year), but, please, made new sensors, not new cameras or at least, let us keep on using the old good cameras. For example, my dreamed camera would be a Nikon F4 (for lens compatibility) with a removable digital back. This camera is the perfect mix between an old manual camera (F2, F3...) and a modern SLR (N90, F5...) and I would like to take digital images with it. Silly dream? Well, Leica has done it, as Kodak did with the Nikon F3D (as you can see here, at the bottom of the page), so please Nikon (or Canon, for example) make the D3 or D80 (or EOS 2D) with a removable digital back (just as medium format cameras) or make digital backs for old manual cameras.


Posted by: :) Fotografía digital at December 29, 2004 7:07 PM


I would boy this one as a pure black and white camera. 6 megapixel RAW-files in black and white, manual focus.

The perfect second body in my photo bag ...

Just dreaming ...


Posted by: :) Matt at September 1, 2005 2:08 PM

It would be great to have interchangeble back and I do think it is the way forward. Why the need to buy a whole new camera just for a improved sensor when you are happy with existing one except wanting a better sensor?! It would be absolute dream to have digital back for FM3a. Photography to bare basics with a digital touch... One can only dream... But probably if it dose happen, the cost of digital backs plus the installation probably would cost almost as much as brand new one.

Posted by: :) WJ at January 12, 2006 3:08 AM

it is my dream to have a digital back for the nikon F OR F2 that i have had for over 35 years.still in perfect use.hope the dream comes true in near future best wishes

Posted by: :) farzin at July 1, 2006 11:34 AM

the last time i sent an e mail was first of july.can anyone answer if it is possible to get a digital back for nikon f series,f,f2,f3,f4.
hope to get an answer. regards..farzin

Posted by: :) farzin at September 21, 2006 9:38 PM

They won't make any FMD until they can throw in a full frame sensor at competitive price.

Posted by: :) Paul at November 17, 2006 7:27 PM

Your article was good, ah, I love it. Hope to have more words for us to read! I wish you all the best! !

Posted by: :) coach at October 25, 2010 3:48 AM

I'd buy one if Nikon could squeeze a full frame sensor into such a beast.

Posted by: :) jsvfoto at November 14, 2010 2:27 PM

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