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Nikon FE - Sample Photos and Specs


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Baggles

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The Nikon FE is a joy to use. As soon as you pick one up, you immediately notice the quality of construction that is not present in today's models. This camera was (in the late 70's) sold as an advanced model for amateurs, but also used by pros. It's release followed that of the mechanical FM, but unlike that camera, it is mostly electronic and operated by two watch batteries that power the meter. I understand these batteries last for years. I've had mine for about six months and I am yet to change mine. But even then, should your batteries die (they shouldn't, there is a battery warning light to warn when they are low) there are two mechanical speeds that allow the camera to operate without batteries. M90 (1/90s) and bulb, which is perfect for long exposures at night...startrails and the like.It has an auto mode, which is what we would call 'aperture priority' today. Set this on the speed dial and then select your preferred aperture (on the lens, not with a dial) and you get brilliant exposures every time. It has an exposure lock(push the self timer to the lens) and a simple yet effective way of viewing exposure with a dual needle system. There is also the option to use exposure compensation (to +/-2) and select ISOs from 25 to 3200.By the real beauty of this camera is its simplicity and because of it you are taken back to pure photography. There is no need to worry about which button does what, the exposure setting...white balance etc, just set the exposure, focus and click. And the fact that you can get these for under $100/£100, means this is the cheapest way into ful frame photography. Simply put, this is the film version of the Df, but without the frippery.In short, the FE is a superb camera that I want to use all the time.

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Thanks for the informative review.  I intend to pick up a Nikon film body one of these days, and something like the FE definitely seems like a good option.  



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Unless you need aperture priority, go for the FM or FM2. The FM is the same as the FE with the exception of the auto option.  The FE2 and FM2 were the follow-on versions...I believe the major difference with the 2s was a faster shutter speed at the high end...long time ago, so sorry if I didn't hit everything...



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Unless you need aperture priority, go for the FM or FM2. The FM is the same as the FE with the exception of the auto option.  The FE2 and FM2 were the follow-on versions...I believe the major difference with the 2s was a faster shutter speed at the high end...long time ago, so sorry if I didn't hit everything...

I never liked the diodes to indicate correct exposure in the FM and prefer the match-needle of the FE. The 2s have a much more useful 1/250 flash sync as well as the higher shutter speed.