The Nikon Zf brings back memories of my love affair with the Nikon FM2… and I am being seduced once again

Nikon Zf
(Image credit: Nikon)

I must confess to feeling a distinct twinge in the wallet area when I saw the Nikon Z f. It looks sensational – especially with the colored inserts – and certainly does a  pretty convincing job of creating a digital-era representation of the FM2. Under the skin, of course, the two cameras are poles – and over 40 years of camera technology – apart, but you get the picture. 

I have a real soft spot for the Nikon FM2. It was one of the first cameras I ever reviewed – in  the July 1983 issue of Australian Camera magazine – along with the much less desirable FG. The FM2 I loved, the FG I didn’t… and I wrote as much. Subsequently, I had my first editorial dressing down as the result of an unhappy advertiser but was then told to keep doing what I was doing (phew!). As an aside,  many years later, that same advertiser told me that the FG became known in their offices as the “homing pigeon” because so many of them came back for repair. In comparison, you had to work to break and FM2. 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.