The Nikon FA offers three automatic exposure modes, in addition to full manual override. For fast-breaking events, the programmed mode automatically sets both shutter speed and aperture for correct exposure in any light. Or when action must be stopped or blurred, such as in sports photography, shutter-priority lets you choose the shutter speed manually, then the FA automatically sets the aperture to match. If depth of field is important, aperture-priority allows you to select the precise aperture with the matching shutter speed set automatically.
But possibly even more important are the FA’s two separate metering methods. In Nikon’s revolutionary automatic multi-pattern metering system, the brightness from 5 areas of the focusing screen is analysed by the camera’s microcomputer; this automatically ensures the correct exposure-even in tricky lighting situations – without any exposure compensation whatsoever. Traditional centre-weighted metering is reserved for the manual mode, but is usable in any of the three automatic modes with the metering control button. Other features of the FA include 1/4000 sec. top shutter speed, 1/250sec. flash sync, interchangeable focusing screens, and a comprehensive line of Nikon accessories.