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Nikon FE2 - Preface

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Nikon FE2, 1983-1989

A Nikon manual focus FE2 with a 28mm AF-D Nikkor ? This is one of the many reasons that has made the manual focus FE2 so attractive - Since all AF Nikkors are AI-S in nature, the FE2 is compatible with all the current AF Nikkors lenses. This, includes any Nikkor optics that have Automatic Indexing (AI). It is an extremely well made and dependable SLR camera as with its earlier model, the original Nikon FE of 1978 but it has been updated with a lot of extra features and refinement has been made to its original specifications. Bearing in mind that some of the FE2's basic features are still very much up to date even today. I also want you to know that this is one of my few favorite Nikon bodies. It strikes a good balance in the best price-versus-performance ratio among all the Nikon bodies available on the second-hand market.

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The FE2 is an upgraded version of the original electronic Nikon FE (1978-1984). It was first released back in 1983. The mechanical original FM2 was launched a year ahead of the FE2 in 1982. It created a lot of attention as the general expectation of breaking the speed barrier of 1/4000 sec was eventually materialized with the original FM2. The camera, benefited from the newly designed Nikon titanium honeycomb pattern shutter with a shorter vertical shutter curtain travelling time, and also provided a higher maximum sync speed of 1/200 sec. - the highest sync speed available in a commercially produced SLR camera body during the early part of the '80s. However, with a newly revised shutter mechanism, the FE2 featured an improved sync speed of 1/250 sec, which was the world's fastest sync speed SLR then in 1983. The original FM2, was eventually upgraded with a newer shutter with similar performance, it was renamed the FM2n or called New FM2 in Japan.
Note: Currently, there are two SLRs claiming the highest sync speed(s), the Olympus OM4Ti (1985) and the Nikon F5, both can boast up to 1/4000 sec with a dedicated flash in the FP mode (but compromise is with a lower guide number with its dedicated flash, thus, may narrow the scopes of application). The Minolta Maxxum 9xi & the Nikon F5 have a true shutter based 1/300 sec. sync speed with the custom setting #20. * Credit: Paul Carter <> clarified N90s/F90x also equipped with that unique feature.

Amidst all these changes in the FM2/FE2 cameras, Nikon had simultaneously launched another multimode automatic camera in the Nikon FA,, also in 1983. Incidentally, it was the first Nikon camera that provided a built-in Shutter Priority AE ('Built in' - because as early as 1976, Nikon had developed a device called EE Aperture Control Unit to be mounted on the Nikon F2S/SB that provided a mechanical 'shutter priority', you can bookmark the Nikon F2 site by Michael Liu for future reference). The FA, introduced a new and highly innovative metering system, called multi-pattern metering system (An early test bed for the current matrix metering). Together, it enables Nikon FA to offer Shutter Priority AE and an intelligent dual-program AE mode, the Nikkor lenses have a new revised mount for lens/body data communication interface, called 'AI-S' (Automatic Indexing - Shutter). The Nikon FE2 is fully compatible with these newer series of lenses, although it doesn't benefit much from the new features provided in the new AIS lenses, as the FE2 has only Aperture Priority AE and manual exposure controls, which donít need lens data input. Both the FE2 and the FA were discontinued in 1989, making way for the AF era. For more information on the FA, please visit the separate site featuring that camera. In chronological order, Nikon automatic manual focus SLR bodies were: The early EL(1972), ELW(1976), EL2(1977), the original FE(1978), EM(1979), the professional F3(1980), the FG(1982), the FE2 here (1983) and the FA (1983). For models other than those mentioned here, you can use the Pictorial History of Nikon cameras Site as a guide.

This Nikon FE2 site is comprised of three major sections. The first details the basic camera operations, the next outlines on some technical notes and the last details the shared resources with other camera bodies in the FM/FM2/FM2n/FE and the FA series. Thus, depending very much on your personal preferences, expectations, experience and knowledge with this camera, it is hoped that some sections within this site will help you in one way or another.

This Nikon FE2 site is comprised of three major sections. The first details the basic camera operations (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11) the next outlines on some technical notes (Page: A | B | C | D | E | F | G) and the last details the shared resources with other camera bodies in the FM/FM2/FM2n/FE and the FA series. Thus

Recent Upload: Nikon FE2 with Aluminum Shutter Contributed by Mr. William F Kleimenhagen <>

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Shared Resources: MD-11 | MD-12 | 3rd Party Power Winder Only for FM2(n)/FE2/FA | Focusing Screens | Titanium Shutter | Flash Units - | SB-15 | SB-10 | SB-16B & Other Options | Databack | Nikkor lens mount (related info) * Alternate 3rd party products: Soligor Power Winder | Y.I.C Power Winder | Update: Nikon FE green Lizard Skinned Model

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Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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Credit: Chuck Hester for some of his beautiful images used in this site; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input; Lars Holst Hansen, Danish 'Hawkeye' who shares the same passion; Mr Poon from Poon photo for their input; Ms Miss Rissa (Sales Manager) & members of the Technical Service dept. of Shriro Malaysia, local distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia & Singapore, in providing so many useful input to make this site possible. Special thanks to Mr MC Lau, who has helped with his images of the MF-12 databack. Michael Tan, Pertama Photo (603-2926505) for lending his original Titanium Shutter Display Unit. Dave Hoyt who has prepared the introductory page and offer some images of his FE2 in this site.. Hiura Shinsaku, Nikomat ML, Japan for his contribution on all the various images; A contributing site to a long lost friend on the Net. Note: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work to publish in this site based on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such possible dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Made witha PowerMac.