Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon FE2 - Part VI

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The left hand side of the camera hasn't been changed much compared with the FE. But rather more of a refinement in details, cosmetic changes and enhancing features as available in the FE. Most noticeable is the exposure compensation setting from the FE 1/2 stop increments to a finer exposure scale of 1/3. The film speed is the same as Nikon FE, reads at 12-4000.

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While a safety lock (2) prevents user's unintended shifting of the compensation setting (Always check the dial especially when you are sharing the camera with others, the neutral point should always be at '0' (3), this is aided by a red LED warning signal in the viewfinder when activates). The indicator (1) is the safety lock for rewind action. You have turn the lever first and follow by pulling the rewind knob before the camera back can be opened. Click HERE for further details for various operational procedures on: 1) Setting the film speed; 2) Exposure compensation.

Pentaprism Housing The Nikon FE2, as with the FE comes with a fixed, non interchangeable eyelevel pentaprism; it yields a 0.86x
magnification with 50mm lens set at infinity; frame coverage is approx. 93% (Practical in most cases, if you calculate the slide mount or the cropping of the sides by commercial one hour lab for your negative prints). It is using the same rigid metal outfit to protect the all important optical viewing structure, computer circuitry, condenser lens and the metering cells inside the camera. At the lower portion is the location of the accessory shoe that takes - not just flash, but also other system components like remote receiver, flash coupler accessories etc.

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The main function of this ISO-type accessory shoes, of cause is still focus and designed for flash photography. You may notice that the original FE's hot shoe has a second contact for the viewfinder ready-light and automatic sync speed. The FE2 has four terminals. This is in addition to the flash synchronization contact and ground, one is for the viewfinder ready light and two new additional contacts communicate and relay flash information to the TTL flash(s) being used.
More info: Nikon SB-1 to SB-21 Speedlight/Flash Units

The TTL output control is also the stop signal contact. As soon as the TTL-SPD senses the flash output enough and the current is reversed from the Speedlight to stop firing. The monitor contact checks if the Speedlight attached is set to the TTL mode. This initiates the circuit (diode) operation for the TTL output control.

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The ready light signal flows to the timing control when the Speedlight attached is switched on. Shutter speed is automatically set to the default of 1/250 sec on the completion of charging the Speedlight, this will caused the LED of the ready light of the camera lights up.

The ready light will perform another function, that is when you have set the ASA dial to ASA 880 or more. This will activate the stop signal to blink the ready light LED in the viewfinder to indicate out of flash exposure calculation. Why can't the FE has that as well ? No. Since the earlier FE was not designed with a TTL OTF (Through The Lens Off the film) flash metering in its design, it cannot benefits with the additional contacts (even if it has, probably for other functions). The TTL metering circuit works when shutter release turns the X contact on and the Speedlight begins to fire (Assuming a dedicated flash unit was used). The light travels out to the subject and is reflected back through the lens to the film plane and next to the SPD located at the mirror cage. The TTL SPD generates the current flow in response to the light intensity from the flash unit. The TTL metering circuit will then provide the voltage adequate to the amount of the current flow and put in into the integration circuit. The shift of the voltage will later relay to the flash output control circuit. The receiving circuit has the reference to compared with the input against it to decide when the flash out put should be cutoff for an theoretical optimum flash exposure. Other related information pertaining to flash is, even before the frame counter reaches '1', shutter speed is automatically set to default speed of 1/250 sec. on Auto or Manual mode (like if the shutter speed is set to 1/500 sec or more) with a dedicated flash attached.

Some situation where the ready light relates to TTL Ready light output control:

Ready light Should be turned on when a dedicated flash is full charged.
Ready light function when a dedicated flash is mounted Shutter Speed Setting(s) Mode
1/4000 sec - 8 sec
M250, B
TTL mode
A, M, MD mode
ASA setting error warning ASA 400 or below: Ready light glows in TTL mode
ASA 880 or higher: Ready light blinks in TTL mode
Ready light LED blinking after flash To be blinking after SB15/16 provides a full output on the TTL mode.
For the SB15, it will blink while the flash is being charged.
Output stop signal time EV15/ASA 50 /f1.4 Double firing for slow shutter speed Tobe be release at 1 sec or slower; not to use when ready light lights up with X contact on.

Note: SB15/SB16 was used as a guide, 'A'= Auto; 'M'=Manual; 'MD' Motor Drive setting (Flash).

Click here the see the location of the SPD sensor that works for the FE2's TTL Flash metering. The same applies to the Nikon FA which uses the same principle and for TTL OTF flash metering system. I think by now, you should realize what this simple, small wonder camera that can do for you, huh ? Now, we turn to the base portion of the camera and see what are the features available there.

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Very straight forward, apart from the battery chamber and film rewind button, the rest are meant for motor drive operation. As the dedicated motor drive MD-12 (Earlier MD-11 can also be used) has no automatic rewind and it doesn't power the camera as with the MD15 (as you notice there are only four contact point). You can compared this with the MD-15 for the Nikon FA. All the three motor drives has been featured individually in other sections.

* Alternate 3rd party products: Soligor Power Winder | Y.I.C Power Winder

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