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Nikon FE - Basic Operations Part II

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The FE took virtually any Nikkor lenses, of coz' with the exception of some older lenses which has a extended end (Like the scarce in numbers, 6mm Fisheye or the 10mm OP Fisheye-Nikkor).

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Since the FE/FM/FA series models omitted the Mirror Lock Up Lever from its feature lists, these lenses cannot be use on the these models. The latest AF Nikkor ? No problems. As a general guide line, AF Nikkors will fit any Nikon bodies after 1977 with the introduction automatic indexing communication between camera and lens.

Since the FE/FM/FA series model(s) is a AI-spec camera body, it takes virtually all the current AF lenses as well, not to mention all those non-AI, AI-modified, AI, AIS, E-series lenses which can also be used on the Nikon FE with no incompatibility issue betweencamera and lenses.

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To mount a lens fitted with a meter coupling ridge, first make sure that the camera's meter coupling lever is in the normal position (1) (i.e., it protrudes from the camera's lens mounting flange, you should NOT lift this lever in the up position IF you are using AI, AI-modified, AIS, E series or AF Nikkors as it may cause erratic exposures, this is meant to fit older Nikkor that do not fitted with a meter coupling ridge).

Position the lens in the flange so that the mounting index on the lens is aligned with the mounting index on the camera body. Then, twist the lens counterclockwise until it clicks and locks into place. The lens' maximum aperture is automatically indexed to the camera's meter as soon as it is mounted.

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As the FE/FM/FA models are compatible with many older Nikkors, thus, to mount a lens not fitted with a meter coupling ridge, first make sure that the camera's meter coupling lever is locked up out of the way by pushing the coupling lever release and manually lifting the lever up. The mounting procedure is the same as described previously.

Remember that stop-down exposure measurement is required for these older lenses or working with attachment or accessories that require stopped down metering method of metering.

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To remove the lens from the camera body, push in the lens release button (1) while twisting the lens clockwise as far as it will go. Lift the lens out when it comes loose. The sequence is reverse if you want to mount a lens (referred to the top picture).

Setting the Shutter Speed Let us move back to the top panel. First starting from the right hand side where we will start from the shutter speed dial and detailing its various functions.

The shutter speed dial can be one of the more frequently used feature in the FE/FE2/FE10. If you happen to invest into a FE/FE2/FE10, I would suggest you read through the description below to get familiarized with its various combinations or applications provide.The shutter speed dial on the FE is calibrated for speeds from 8 seconds to 1/1000 second, plus B, M90, and a AUTO setting (16 settings in total). The FE2's shutter speed dial is very similar, except that it is calibrated to include speeds from 8 seconds to 1/4000 second, plus B (Bulb), M250, and A (Auto) (18 settings compared).

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When either the FE or FE2 is set to the AUTO (A) position, the dial has a safety device designed for locking the setting in aperture priority AE setting.

To move the shutter speed dial off of AUTO (A) setting, you can just simply press the lock release button (1) in the center, hold it down while turning the dial to release from the lock. Once the camera is out of the AUTO (A) position, the lock button need no longer be held down anymore. The Nikon FE is set for automatic or manual shutter speed selection via the shutter-speed dial positioned to the right of the finder, with setting operation possible at any time either before or after the shutter is wound. The dial is provided with positions for automatic (AUTO), and manual speeds from 8 seconds to 1/1000 second. To set the dial for automatic shutter speed selection, simply rotate the dial clockwise until the green AUTO (automatic) setting clicks and locks into place aligned with the shutter-speed scale index at the base of the dial; the built-in locking mechanism ensures that the dial cannot be accidentally shifted from the automatic position during shooting. To set the dial for manual shutter speed selection used during "match-needle" exposure measurement, simply hold in the shutter-speed dial lock and rotate the dial counterclockwise off the "AUTO" position; when the dial is aligned with white settings from 2 to 1000, the actual shutter speed is a fractional value from 1/2 second to 1/1000 second, while the remaining settings indicate the actual values from 8 seconds to 1 second (Orange coded). The "M90" setting indicates a mechanical shutter speed of 1/90 second which operates independently of battery power. This is the only setting (except "B") which can be used when the batteries are exhausted or none are loaded in the camera. The "M90" setting also serves as a known shutter speed when shooting with electronic flash. At the "B" setting, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter release button is depressed.

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The "B" (Bulb) setting is also a mechanical shutter speed, it is one of the two settings in the FE to provide mechanical solution IF your FE fails to function due to power failures or accidental jam of the shutter (Most of this problem can be resolved with these two setting (M90 & B) used, although I haven't experienced any jamming of the shutter, but twice with drained power cells, ha!).

One thing to note is, there is no battery drain when you use this setting for shooting time exposures (As this is a mechanical mechanism). To conserve battery power when making really long time exposures, use a cable release and then push the film-advance lever back in flush with the camera body after opening the shutter. Note that the 125 setting is engraved in red; this indicates 1/125 second, the fastest shutter speed available for synchronization with electronic flash units. Of cause, you can set any speed lower than this maximum synchronized speed for more creative control in flash photography.

This section covers:
Film Loading | Film Speed Setting | Memo Holder | Film Unloading
Earlier section covers:
Basic Instruction on Battery and related Issues

Next | Section covers: Mount and removing a lens | Lens Compatibility Issues | Shutter Speed Settings

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