The Nikon FM2 was so strong that proponents of it were known to deliberately drop it on the ground to show off its invincibility. It was a heavy, reliable camera that sold very well; presumably as most other cameras at the time were relying on electronic automation and lightweight construction as their key selling points. First produced in 1984, it cost about 40% more than other SLRs of the time. It had a mind blowing fastest shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second. It is completely operable without batteries; a rarity for any gadget that was in production up until 2001.

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Michael Bradfield