Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon FE2 - Part IV

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Combined self-timer/memory lock lever. Use the approx. 10-sec. self-timer to take your own picture. Or push the lever towards the lens to "lock" the exposure measurement for a specific part of a subject. Located just under the depth of field preview lever and next to the lens mount. This is often an overlooked but a highly functional feature in the FE series camera. Doubting what I said ? Okay. Like any self timer, this device is useful in taking self-portraits or when you want to include yourself with other people.

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To operate, just set the self-timer by turning the lever as far as it will go in the direction of the arrow as shown in the illustration. It is cancelable - as long as the shutter release button has not been tripped to activate, simply use your finger to push it back to the standoff position.

First, not many realize this can be done either before or after the film is advanced. With the exception of B, the self-timer can be used at any shutter speed. After the self-timer has been set, press the shutter release button. The reflex mirror will go up and the self timer will start to operate; the shutter is released after a delay of approx. 10 sec. If you want to cancel self-timer operation after the lever has been set, move it back to its original position with your finger. You can then take the picture the ordinary way, as before. However, turning the self-timer lever when it is already in operation will result in the shutter being released the moment the lever is back in its original position. Thus, you can use this as a trick - should you need the timer to trip faster than 10 seconds, push it back to where it should be and the shutter curtain will open for the exposure.

But why would someone still behind the camera doing this if a self timer is used ? Good question. First of all, if you can, remove the lens from your camera, do the same action all over again. Did you notice as soon as you press the shutter release button, the FE2 will react - first by flipping the reflex mirror to the upward position. You will notice the exposed shutter curtain at the back during that delay action of 10 sec. How would this help you ? Although Nikon has designed the FE2 with an very much improved shock absorber for the mirror, but since in self timer, there is virtually NO vibration at all caused by the reflex mirror action, you may use this to take high resolution or magnification work. Note: The only area you need to take care when you are handling the self timer is: Since the two metering photo diodes are located so near to the eyepiece and it (Unlike the FA/F3 etc.) hasn't provide with a eyepiece blind, in the self timer mode, make sure the back is shelter or covered to avoid any strong light source behind the camera that may affect accuracy of the meter reading. Another main function of the self timer is, it is an electronic memory lock. This feature works only in automatic exposure mode and it is an indispensable way of over come some complicated lighting condition. In fact, it works better and more friendly alternative than the exposure compensation / film speed adjustment setting. This is very useful when there is a substantial difference in brightness between the main subject and the background in which in many situations could affect exposure reading by the camera's meter. (Provided you can have the access to the subject close enough to lock the metering). Before you use this lever, make sure to switch the meter on prior to using the memory lock, if the procedure is reversed, the correct exposure cannot be obtained. To activate and compensate for a more precise reading, just center the main subject in the viewfinder or move in close to the subject, turn the memory lock lever towards the lens and hold it in, then recompose and shoot. The reading will be retained as long as the control is held in this position. The shutter speed is "locked in" electronically while you depress the lever. The meter needle in the viewfinder of FE2 is also locked and doesn't move, you may view and compare the differences in both readings with and without the lever activates. Note: The FE2's memory lock is very much superior than the earlier FE in operation. The meter needle will not move after the lever is activated. The FE's needle will still be moving up or down in response to light changes even though memory lock is being activated. The Nikon FA, in a very strange move by Nikon, has omitted this convenient feature from the camera spec sheet.

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Depth of Field Preview Lever When a lens with an automatic diaphragm is used, the image in the viewfinder is viewed with the diaphragm of the lens wide open. However, pressing the depth-of-field preview lever will cause the lens to be stopped down to the f-number set, enabling you to examine the degree of depth of field obtained with the specific aperture in use before shooting.

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The image in the viewfinder "darkens" according to the selected f-number - the smaller the aperture, the darker the image. The areas of the picture that appear in focus when the lever is pressed will be within the zone of sharp focus in the final photograph.

This lever is most used in close up, portraiture and product photography, where depth of field is of prime important factor. This lever is also used when you work with manual lenses or lenses that doesn't have an automatic diaphragm installed.

Note: Be sure to depress the depth-of-field preview lever fully when you need to preview the depth of field only.

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A warmth Reminder: Avoid hold on to the lever while you taking an exposure, you HAVE TO release the lever before you depress the shutter release button. AS that action is another metering method called stopped down metering, and the action may result in erroneous or incorrect exposure.

Information in this page and the previous section covers almost all from the front portion of the FE2, except the PC sync terminal will be explained in the flash photography section on another page. We will move on to the top panel of the FE2 from here.

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