Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon FE Series - FE10 - Part I

 
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Don't worry. Together with those AF Nikkor lenses, FE10 takes all the AI, AI-Modified, E Series and AI-S lenses as well.

On first impression, the FE10 has a very strong resemblance of the F-301 in its finishing, controls and layouts, especially the feel. But camera specification is leaned more toward among some of the FE series models. The titanium-finish stealth it from the fact that Nikon tried to unleash it as a new model - a new user may not have a parameter to compare with the original models in the FE of 1978 or a 1983's FE2. It may be very difficult to 'appreciate the FE-10 if you were a previous user of any of the earlier automatic Nikon bodies. But as I said, from a perspective of a new buyer, this camera is indeed a very attractive budget entry camera, especially to starter who prefers the Nikon system.

One of the strongest selling point for the FE-10 is behind the trade name of 'Nikon& the Nikkor lenses. Nikon owes a lot to the grassroots in SLR photography from school, art colleges or magazines (During my 'youthful days, most lecturers will recommend a manual camera for the photography course, choices are limited. The FM (FM2n) and the Pentax K1000 are the two most popular cameras among the students. Cheaper alternatives are there, but you will be a lone ranger in the school and you cannot share lenses or accessories with others. In this case, the FM10 may sound even more attractive than a FM2n - where it is ridiculously priced at now. Other than price factor, it is hard to find an convincing reason going back to manual focus photography in a everything autofocus era. It seems you are turning back the clock back to stone-age. At least, the shop assistant will tell you 'Sir, no one is taking photographs this way anymore...'

Why not ? Where you have little budget to spare and in many cases, manual focus camera does make you spend more time to think more before you execute an exposure rather than spending 50% of your time following the little or multiple autofocus sensor(s) in the viewfinder and worrying the AF lock-on will go out of focus. If you are convinced, the FE10 can be a very good companion. It packs inside with some very useful, diminishing but functional features. Let start from this tiny little button where you will take a picture.

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The shutter release button is threaded in the middle for cable release operation. As most novice likes to experiment when they picked up a new technique, like multiple exposures or taking a night scene which may require long exposure time - this becomes an essential element (Because probably he won't try again if it fails to meet his expectation). The camera's meter will be turned on by half pressing on the shutter release button and remains on for 16 sec before it turns off automatically to conserve battery power.

The right hand side of the camera was very neatly designed and well layout in most of its major controls. The location of the multiple exposure lever is retained as any of the FE/FM series to allow for single hand operation. The exposure counter will preset at 1/90 sec at the initial first few frames prior reaching the frame 1.

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This applies to flash photography, where the safety feature will prevent accidental tripping of the shutter for long exposure time when you are in 'A' (Auto) mode. If an dedicated flash is used, it will also auto synchronize at 1/90 sec.(You can override it to any speed below the red 1/60 sec marked on the shutter speed dial. The shutter speed ring has 15 settings. B, 1 to 1/2000 sec. are for manual exposure control. While A (Auto) will lock the camera into an automatic exposure more (Aperture Priority AE) The FE-10's has an extended exposure range from a high 1/2000 sec down to a lower shutter speed range of 8 sec. (Even the shutter speed ring doesn't present the numeric in the manual mode as in the case of the FE or FE2).


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The numeral of '60' is printed in red to indicate only 1/60 sec sync speed is recommended for flash. This will automatically override and reset to a higher sync speed of 1/90 sec if you use a Nikon dedicated flash unit (With a bonus of a flash ready light in the viewfinder - only IF you use a Nikon dedicated flash).

How does it compared with the brothers in FE or FE2 ? The FE10 has a higher maximum shutter speed setting than the FE's 1/1000 sec. but falls short of the FE2's 1/4000 sec.; the shutter speed scales in manual mode is a very fragile one second at the lowest scale, while both the FE and FE2 has three more settings in 2, 4 and 8 seconds in manual mode to control. I think Nikon could have done a better job in the FE10's 1/60 sec for the flash sync speed in manual flash mode (Although it will reset to 1/90 sec when used in conjunction with a Nikon dedicated flash). Even then, a Nikkormat EL in 1972, the 1978 FE's 1/125 sec and 1983 FE2's 1/250 sec is far superior than the FE-10. Further, the tradition of a mechanical back up shutter speed of 1/90 sec for the FE and FE2's 1/250 sec has been removed by Nikon in this new body. This made the FE10 a solely battery dependent camera. Good news is, power efficiency in this Nikon is commendably good to last for a year (Depends on usage). Speaking about the power issue, the FE10 needs either two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries (SR44 type), two 1.5V alkaline batteries (LR44 type) or one 3V lithium battery (CP-1/3N type) to power all its operations. As these are commonly found power cells, you shouldn't have any problem to identify or locate them, should any need arises.

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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