Classic SLRs Series :
There are many controls and features available in the FE2 and I think it is appropriate that we should go through individually and outline their respective function. We will start from the front portion of the camera. Earlier, we have discussed the F-mount issue. The reflex mirror is the rapid return type, big enough to accommodate up to super telephotos like 880mm lenses without significant image falloff. To mount a Lens on the FE2 body, just us align the aperture/distance scale index on the lens with the lens mounting index on the camera body.
Turn it in a counterclockwise direction until it clicks into place. To remove a lens, on the right hand side, just next to the lens mount, depress the lens release button, turn the lens clockwise.As you may have noticed, the electronic FE or the FF2 was a more 'quiet' shutter than the mechanical FM. In fact in this respect, among these few models, the FA is the most impressive (very similar to those of the FG).
Noise level is very much reduced - much owing to a newly designed mirror shock absorber in the FE2. Using the mirror-down movement, Nikon developed a rectangular plate linked to the mirror rises automatically when the mirror goes down to cancel out shock. Result ? This offset mirror bounce or shake and, as a spin off, virtually eliminate possible light leakage to the film even if a strong light source enters through the lens.
Further, a unique flywheel mechanism was designed for vibration-free mirror-up. This mechanism linked to the mirror-up movement: the inertia of the rotating flywheel suppresses vibration or bounce when the mirror reaches the up position. Additionally, FE2's mirror is quite large in comparison, there is negligible vigneting even when used with an 880mm super-telephoto lens. There is a chart available for such functions, I am not sure it will benefit any, as most can afford those exotic optics are likely to have other pro series models.
Just above the lens mounting flange, there is a tiny window for relaying aperture value you have set on the lens to the camera viewfinder, called the aperture direct readout window (ADR) (1). It works with all AI, AI-S (E Series included) and AF lenses. Inside the mount, there is a latch for you to release the holder that housed the focusing screen.
Other than the professional F series models, Nikon FE was the first compact Nikon camera that has interchangeable focusing screen capability. Neither the earlier Nikkormat nor the Nikon FM were provided with such feature. The original FM2 in 1982 shared the screens with the FE. But all those upgrades in the FE2, FA and the FM2n use a newer series of K2, B2 and E2 screens BUT the scaled down version of the FM10 & FE10 came with a fixed standard type K screen).
There are three types of focusing screen available for the FE2. The new screen is a stop brighter than the older screen designed for the FE (These screens are interchangeable among the FM2, FM2n, FE, FE2 and even with the FA - but they require some exposure compensation when used with specific models/screen combination).
When you intend to change to a specific type of focusing screen to suit your kind of photography, just use the holder or finger nail to release the holder and it will fall down. As the focusing screens can be shared to use on other few Nikon bodies, for a more detail description of how to handle the task safely, various types of screens available, options and compatibility issue, you may click here for another separate article - the shared resources site. Illustration here are meant for discussion. If you have removed the lens, please handle the camera with utmost care and attention to protect the exposed mirror. It can be easily scratched. The mirror's main function is act as a viewing aid; the mechanism in the reflex mirror action synchronizes and timed with other mechanism as well. A scratched mirror will not affect image quality but a badly defaced mirrors might lower the contrast and brightness of the viewfinder. Tiny foreign particles should be removed by using a blower or canned air. Further, when you have acquired a used camera, make sure the foam/sponge just above the reflex mirror (Use to absorb/reduce impact of the mirror when flip up during an exposure/tripping an empty shot) had not melt (If the camera was kept unattended under high humidity condition for few years, this may occur). These are the most difficult lots to clean when fall onto the mirror. NEVER attempt using a lens cleaning tissue or cloth to wept them, use a blower first or can air instead, as they are melt plastic materials and may take extra attention to clean them. Cough out a small sum to ask a technician to do for you, if you can.
As for exposure information, all the facts you need are there, including the most important: a new LED exposure compensation indication to the right, lens aperture in use above, and a shutter speed scale with a green needle on "A" to confirm auto operation and a black needle that points to the shutter speed selected by the camera.
This unique feature was not presented in the earlier FE or the Nikkormat EL, ELW or the AI-EL2. It is good enough to alert anyone who has activated an exposure compensation and it helps as a reminder to reset back to the neutral value.
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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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