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Nikon FE2 - Basic Operation Part VIII

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Warning: Skip this page if all your current lenses are AI, AI-modified, AI-S, Series E or AF- type lenses. If you attempt to make a stop-down exposure measurement when an Al lens or equivalent mounted directly on the FE2, incorrect exposure will result.

Skip this page to the exciting potentials of Nikon FE2's Through-The-Lens (TTL), Off the film plane (OTF) Flash Metering that may work wonders for you in flash photography.

Stop-Down Exposure Measurement The stopped-down metering measurement allows the FE2's meter to be used for lenses that do not couple with the meter coupling lever on the camera (Non-AI and manual lenses are NOT recommended to use with this body, in fact, other than the professional F series, Nikkormat, FE and FM). Please note the FE2 (FA & newer series) has a FIXED and nonadjustable meter coupling lever. Older Nikkors needs to be modified (AI conversion) to be used in conjunction with the FE2. However, due to some of the Nikkor Lenses like PC Nikkor doesn't has the meter coupling, these can be used in the stopped down method. There are differences between the procedure that is followed when using an FE or an FE2, much due to the fixed meter coupling lever in the FE2, therefore operational procedures are varied with both bodies.

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The term 'Stop-Down' sounds very technical or confusing to many new SLR users. What it meant was just close down the iris of the lens to the indicated/selected aperture value that you set in your lens (Often by the Depth of field (DOF) preview lever (2) next to the lens mount, with the exception of Nikkormat FT series, where their DOF button is at the top panel). The illustration shown is with a AI manual focus Nikkor lens, the red arrow (3) is the auto coupling device (You can turn the aperture ring to see the iris open and close, corresponding to your setting). The aperture stop-down lever (1) inside your lens mount (Camera Body) will trip your aperture selected on your lens to the exacting value during the exposure. Other times, the lens will stay open to the maximum aperture value of your lens (eg. f.1.4 will be display) to present you with the brightest available lens opening (f1.4 in this case) for easy view, focus and composing. Please note the FE2 (FA & newer series) has a FIXED meter coupling lever (4).

Stop-down exposure measurement must be made whenever the aperture ring of the lens doesn't couple with the meter coupling lever of the camera. After focusing and switching on the meter, follow these procedures. Compared with the earlier Nikkormat Series in operation.

For lenses with automatic diaphragms On auto: Depress the depth-of-field preview lever (3) all the way and, while holding it in, take the shot. Or depress the depth-of-field preview lever to take a meter reading. Then, while holding it in, push the self-timer lever towards the camera body to lock in the exposure setting. With the exposure locked in, release the depth-of-field preview lever and take the shot.

On manual:
While holding in the depth-of-field preview lever, determine the correct exposure by turning the shutter speed/mode selector dial or the aperture ring of the lens. Then release the depth-of-fleld preview lever and take the shot.

For lenses without automatic diaphragms When the automatic diaphragm doesn't couple with the meter coupling lever of the camera, such as when a PC-Nikkor or bellows attachment is used, focusing should be done with the lens wide open while exposure measurement and shooting must be done with the lens stopped down. On auto: Take a shot with the lens stopped down. With a PC-Nikkor, the correct exposure must be determined before shifting. To do so, first use the memory lock, then the lens can be shifted to take the shot. On manual: Stop down the lens to determine the correct exposure, then take the shot.

For lenses with fixed apertures Since the aperture is fixed when using Reflex-Nikkor lenses, or in photomicrography or telescopic photography, it is impossible to change the exposure by varying the aperture On auto: Take the shot by simply depressing the shutter release button. On manual: Turn the shutter speed dial to set the correct exposure. If a correct exposure can't be obtained, use either an ND filter if the scene is too bright or supplementary illumination if too dark. Notes: Keep the depth-of-field preview lever firmly depressed when you release the shutter. Again, I would remind you here that : If you attempt to make a stop-down exposure measurement when an Al lens is mounted directly on the FE2, erroneous or incorrect exposure will result.

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