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The shutter mechanism and other major parts like the critically computer circuit are protected by a strong die-cast metal body which enables the FE2 to take the punishment of all kinds of heavy duty professional usage. Nikon cameras are famed for their built quality. One of their strong asset behind the trade name all these years (While I have some reservation on a couple of selective models). It can be best answered by holding any of the FM and FE series bodies in your hand. But personally, I always thought the FE has a more solid feel than the FE2.
I did a spec check, earlier FM/FE were termed using 'copper silumin' bodies, as with the Nikon F2, while the FE2/FM2 was using 'Copper Silumin Aluminum bodied'. Err..it was an alloy, was that the key to the lighter weight in the FE2 ?
Note: 'Silumin' was registered trade name of American Aluminum Co. Ltd'
Camera with metal structured bodies ? This is a luxurious specification. Heavily missed in the current mass production with latest plastic injection molded process. The robust body structure in the FE2 has a greater resistance to effects of extremes temperature and humidity . The aluminum alloyed body, provides a solid, rigid feel and it possesses some metal characteristic of greater resistance to metal fatigue and corrosion, but still retain a remarkably light body. The 'brain' of the FE2, those advanced microelectronics for TTL center-weighted metering, like bi-MOS IC measures light via the FE2's light sensitive metering sensors which responds to the most subtle changes in light and an 12L LSI controls shutter speed steplessly from 8 sec.to 1/4000 sec., based on TTL (through-the-lens) center-weighted exposure measurement. are all protected by the two pieces die cast metal structure. This enables the FE2 to, apart from shielding it from possible environmental changes, take the harsh punishment when subjected professional usage.
Although the FE2 shares the same F-mount. But the camera is designed to work with AI (Automatic Indexing), AI-Modified, AI-S, Series E Nikkor optics. The current AF lenses are also workable. There are more info pertaining to this issue in another section. There are many improvement in this upgrade compared with the original FE. The fixed meter coupling lever is one of the most significant change during the early '80 that could affect many old faithful users of Nikon. Anyway, no one complaints about this move and neither I want to be a hero... so, just skip here.
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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
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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