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Nikon FE

Nikon FE

I purchased this Nikon Fe on ebay. It was not the cheapest possible but if you want to buy a good and a cheap one you have to buy two. A major strength for Nikon FE is the F mount that has remained virtually unchanged since its introduction in 1959? These FE models work with all Nikkor lens models past (Except the OP Fisheyes and Ultra wide Fisheyes Nikkor), present and even the latest AF-D lenses. Manual mode is naturally the only usable and specially when using the zoom lenses you may feel some inconvenience in handling. Zooming could be "too" easy and focusing might not be so smooth.

The FE was introduced in 1978 and the production continued until 1983. It is an aperture-priority manual exposure camera very similar to the FM except, that Nikon FE has also an aperture priority system of exposure automation first developed for the Nikkormat EL in 1972 and later refined in the Nikon EL2. Unlike the FM it has interchangeable focusing screens. It takes the same backs and motor drives. It has two needles in the finder: one is the setting of the camera's shutter speed knob, and one is the exposure chosen by the light meter. This allows easy use in manual exposure setting: just match the needles. In the A setting the shutter speed is indicated by a needle.

Primary difference on the newer model FE2 is the higher shutter speed 1/4000sec and a flash synchronization speed, 1/250sec.


Nikon FE2

Nikon FE2

"If it works don´t fix it" That´s good rule in many cases but it is also said that the development is advancing whatever we do.

Nikon FE2 can be considered as an upgraded FE (1978) with max. shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and 1/250 flash sync (originally 1/200 sec.) It was released in 1983. The mechanical FM2 was launched a year ahead of the FE2 in 1982. Specifications are generally much alike as in FE. but still many upgrades were made (TTL), and some of the features were also stripped away. It is an extremely well made SLR camera as with its earlier model, the original Nikon FE. Some of the FE2's basic features are still very much up to date even today.The production of the FE2 was stopped at the end of 1987.

Sorry this desecration that I took this photo of FE2 with a Tamron lens. "Not bad" so to say. Would 2.8/24mm AF Nikkor be better?

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  • Specifications (FE2 in brackets)

    Type: 35mm manual SLR , Nikon FE/FE2 is available in chrome and black finish
    Eye-level pentaprism type, with 93% frame coverage and 0.86X viewfinder magnification with 50mm set at infinity
    Viewfinder display:
    Shutter speed selected, f/number in use via ADR window, and 3 LEDs in 5 exposure graduation display for overexposure ( + ), correct exposure ( O ) & underexposure ( - )
    Focusing screen: Split-image microprism type (Type K2) provided as standard; matte type (B) and matte with horizontal and vertical line etchings (E) optionally available.
    Automatic Instant Quick-return type
    Lens mount : Nikon bayonet type
    Film advance: Lever provided wind only in single stroke; 30° standoff angle and 135° winding angle. Automatic film advance is possible with optional Motor Drive MD-12.
    Shutter : Vertical - travel focal - plane shutter with speeds from 8 to 1/1000 sec., B and M90 (mechanical, 1/90 sec.), automatic shutter speed selection within a range of 8 sec.(actually some minutes)to 1/1000 sec. (8 - 1/4000 sec) Manual shutter speed selection for the 8-1 /1000 sec. Shutter speed indicated in the viewfinder. Shutter release by a shutter button or self-timer. Manual speed of 1/90 (1/250)second (M90) (M250)and B in case battery falls flat. Lever is also used to un-lock the shutter if it jams during exhaustive of power supply.
    Multiple exposure lever:
    Provided, disengages frame counter for correct count
    Frame counter:
    Additive type (S, 0-36); Automatically resets when camera back is opened.
    Film rewind: By crank provided after film rewind button is pressed
    Exposure meter:
    Through-the-lens, center-weighted, full-aperture exposure measurement employing two silicon photodiodes (SPD's) with Nikkor lenses fitted with meter coupling ridge; stop-down metering applies for other lenses; exposure correctly set either automatically or by matching two needles; meter cross-coupled with both lens diaphragm and shutter speed controls, meter powered by two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries or one 3V lithium battery
    Accessory shoe : ISO-type built into the finder housing; fitted with hot-shoe contact and electrical safety switch which turns on contact as flash unit is mounted; fitted also with ready-light contact for use with the SB-10 Speedlight Unit, alternate way using PC terminal.
    Flash synchronization: Built-in hot shoe for mounting flash unit; sync cord terminal also provided; 1/125 sec. (1/250sec) Synchronization range : For electronic flash units, 1/125 sec.(1/250sec) to 8 sec. plus B and M90;(M250) for flashbulbs, 1/30 sec. to 8 sec. plus B; sync speed of 1/90 sec. fixed when the SB-10 or equivalent is mounted on the AUTO- set FE camera body and the flash unit is switched on, Flash sync via accessory hot shoe or PC terminal.
    Film sensitivity range: ASA/ISO 12-6400
    Power source:
    Choice of one 3V lithium battery, two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries, or two 1.5V alkaline-manganese batteries
    Exposure meter switch:
    Light pressure on shutter release button switches meter on; meter stays on for approximate. 30 sec. after finger leaves button, then automatically switches off
    Self-Timer: Set/cancel type provided; approximate. 8-14sec. shutter release delay
    Shutter Release Button:
    Switches meter ON when depressed halfway, threaded in center to accept standard cable release.
    Dimensions: (W x H x D): 143mm x 90mm x 58mm
    Weight : 540g. (550g)

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