Michio Yamauchi's Nikon FM3a

Fukagawa, Tokyo


Detail of Michio Yamauchi's Nikon FM3a.  This is a camera that was introduced in 2001. 



There are some people who spend a lot of time arguing the finer technical points of the latest and greatest lenses and digital camera bodies with strangers on internet forums. It is important to keep in mind that the only camera or lens these people believe is worth shooting is the one that is rumored to be released next year.



Mr. Yamuchi shoots black and white film with manual focus Nikons and and wears the leather covering down through to the chassis of his camera.  Photographically the 35mm f2.8 you see here is as basic as dirt on a farm.



Some people use $10,000 worth of camera and lenses and computers to shoot HDR snaps of an old barn which they toss on Flickr. (shrunk to 500 pixels across, of course). 



Mr. Yamauchi has published 10 books worth of his street photography and consistently exhibits his own prints in solo exhibitions in Tokyo.



Mr. Yamauchi is a photographer.  

  • Paulo Moreira 5y

    Very well said.
  • jonmanjiro 5y

    This FM3A has character!
  • Aya Takada 5y

  • Oliver Sesemann 5y

    That's real kool!
  • Kenneth Armstrong 5y

    Favorited as much for the soliloquy as for the photo.
  • Bertrand Monney 5y

    Now that's blue!

    Seen in Top 20 Blue!
  • Bijesh K 5y

    Well said.. And that's the ugliest fm3a I've ever seen. I hope to make my camera like that in a year.. shoot .. shoot ..shoot..
  • Bijesh K 5y

    That camera makes me feel like a camera collector.
  • lupofoto 4y

    Well said. Thank you for the chance to learn about his work.
  • Terry Young 4y

    Yes! And now I have seen all of your photos here. I want more.
  • Maurice d'Anjou 4y

    Shooting is much more fun if you don't have to worry about 'the first scratch' ! First i thought this guy must have sandpaper fingers, but now i see he has been shooting for a while, and quite a lot i imagine. The FM3a seems like the perfect camera if you could only pick one. I'd get two tho, one for heavy shooting and one for display in mint condition ;).
  • pokerbugD40 4y

    Great pic for a first post.
  • _Rashomon_ 4y

    Thanks for the lesson :-)
  • Patrick 4y

    Great camera, nice picture, and well said.
  • gary's images @ studio g 4y

  • batang-gala 4y

    Yamauchi is my hero.Along with Vivian Maier
  • Ÿs✟zenƃ 3y

    fm3a crying
  • Patrick 3y

    A camera being used like this in the hands of Yamauchi-san should feel happy.
  • AOI-Alt (reduced) 3y

    Jamie A. MacDonald: "Yeah I don't know what to say here so I guess just let the image do the talking."

    Spared (Explored FRONT PAGE!! July 5th) by MacDonald_Photo
    ©2012 Jamie A. MacDonald

    Aoi-Alt: I have a weird sense of humor lately .... ha, ha, ha .....

    Nikon FM3A by BSMK1SV
  • Robert Lesti 5mo

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic camera-collection.
    Greetings from Germany.
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