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The physical dimension of models in the FE/FM series and the Nikon FA stands mid between the bigger and bulkier manual focus professional model(s) and the super compacts in the EM/FG series cameras.

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Since these three groups of cameras has a different specification, designing concept and aimed at varying market users, and thus, affecting an ideal possibilities of full compatibility among all the accessories available in the Nikon system.

135mm (W) x 54mm (D) x 86mm (H) - EM 92% - 0.86X
136mm (W) x 54 mm (D) x 87.5 mm (H) - FG 92% - 0.84X
142mm (W) x 60.5mm (D) x 89.5mm (H) - Nikon FM 93% -
142mm (W) x 57.5mm (D) x 89.5mm (H) - Nikon FE 93% - 0.86X
142.5mm (W) x 57.5mm (D) x 90mm (H) - Nikon FE2 93% - 0.86X
142.5mm (W) x 60mm (D) x 90mm (H) - Nikon FM2n 93% -
142.5mm (W) x 64.5rnm (D) x 92mm (H) - Nikon FA 93% - 0.8X
148mm (W) x 54mm (D) x 96mm (H) - Nikkormat FT3 92% - 0.9X
145mm (W) x 54mm (D) x 93mm (H) - Nikkormat EL2 92% - 0.9X
146.1mm (W) x 95.3 mm (D) x 101.6mm (H) - Nikon FTn 100% - Varies with finders
152.5mm (W) x 64.5mm (D) x 102mm (H) - Nikon F2AS 100% - Varies with finders
148.5 (W) x 65.5 mm (D) x x 96.5mm (H) - Nikon F3 100% - 0.8X F3; 0.75 (F3HP)

Motor Drives/Winders

F36, F250, F High Speed - Nikon F
later), MD-2(later), MD-3(later), F2 High Speed - Nikon F2
MD-4 - F3, MD-H High Speed - F3H
AW-1 Winder - Nikkormat ELW, EL2
MD-E Winder- EM/FG/FG20
MD-11, MD-12 - FM/FE/FM2, FM2n, FM2T & FA
MD-15 - FA

DataBacks -
MF12 | MF16
Focusing Screens - K, B & E | K2, B2 & E2
Frame coverage; (Viewfinder magnification using 50mm lens set at infinity)

Alternate Third Party
Soligor Winder and Y.I.C Power Winder.

What is the relevant of these statistics ? First, the size (especially the width) affects compatibility. Obviously, you cannot fit a motor drive designed for the F2AS to a FG which has a width of 136mm and has a different location of the motor drive coupling. Specification of what features should the motor drive provides comes next and so on. Should the EM or FG has a motor drive ? The marketing guys in Nikon has the opinion in, since the EM/FG/FG20 were produced for amateurs, to reduced cost of production, some corners were cut, like: Auto rewind feature is out, the mirror and transport mechanism may not take the punishment of high speed film advance, instead, a winder of moderate speed is cater for them (Mostly are cost relates issues) etc. So, size and dimension does contribute to availability of such accessories, of cause it depends mainly on revenue can such a new product generates (We don't see a 250 bulk film back cater for the FM/FE models because it is not impossible to design and built one, but lesson like the big, exotic but unprofitable MF 300mm f2 ED-IF made Nikon even more careful when launching commercially viable products, anyway perspective can be very much different from a manufacturer and a consumer, Errr..). Next is the viewfinder frame coverage/magnification: Only the professional models in the Nikon F, F2, F3, F4 and F5 have interchangeable finders feature - providing these models (variations) with a virtual 100% coverage. This affects some accessories like eyepiece, eyecup etc..

Since we are in the FM/FE and FA site, in many ways, these cameras are designed as standalone system camera. They have dedicated motor drives, eyepiece diopters, Databack, focusing screens specially tailor designed based on spec sheet of the camera bodies and thus, differ from the rest of other groups. Other than these dedicated accessories, most of the other general accessories such as filters, lens cap, body caps are designed to share among other models in the huge Nikon photographic system. Even then, some different models within these group can still be used on newer system cameras. For instance, the Nikon F and F2 in the sixties and seventies shared most of their accessories like some of the standard interchangeable prisms and most of the focusing screens, but it won't work in the F3 in the eighties.

The motor drives and focusing screens are typical example in the mid compact cameras. ALL drives designed for the original FM/FE dating back to the late seventies can still be used on the current FM2n. With the exception of the MD-15, which is specially produced for the Nikon FA. But even then, the FA can still take the MD-11 or the MD-12. While focusing screens can be shared and used among all these bodies (Except the FM, FM10 & FE10, which doesn't provide interchangeable focusing screen feature). Note: Certain screens needs exposure compensation when adapted to models earlier or later. This concept applies to the Databack as well. Since all these bodies has a sync terminal, thus, even the original cable linked databack MF-12 designed for the FM/FE can still be used among all these Nikon models. However, the FM and FE cannot use the current cableless Databack MF-16 because both cameras doesn't carry a databack terminals at the back.

It is impossible to list all the shared items in this site, you may used the message board to patch whatever its is missing for all to share. Some resources like remote control accessories have been featured in the respective motor drive section click to find out more from those pages.

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Current available featured items are:
Focusing screens; Motor Drives - MD-11, MD-12 & MD-15 (FA); Databacks

For Macro/Close up items, you may used
Michael Liu's Nikon F site as a reference point because, macro photography is a stand alone system. For general accessories, click here.

Are you aware that ALL Nikkors lenses below the 200mm focal length shared the same 52mm filters at one stage ? Up to end of 1979, if I can still recalled, only six Nikkors (13mm, 15mm (provided), 18mm ultrawides (86mm), 135mm f2, 180mm f2.8 (72mm) telephotos and the 28mm PC-Nikkor (72mm)) (Except the circular/full-frame fisheye Nikkors, because filters are provided free). Joke ? Even the 50mm f1.2, 58mm f1.2 Notc Nikkor, 35mm PC Nikkor and all the Micro-Nikkors (55, 105 and 200mm). I thought that was very considerate for users like us. Who wants to keep a few red filters in different filter size for an occasional infra-photography ? Well, the trick is to buy the biggest filter size and use a step-down ring (72mm-62, 62-52mm ring) or use your hand to hold...ha!

Yes, gone are the FM, FE, FM2, FE2, FA and the super compacts. But there is still one left - the current FM2n. And lately joined by another two revise designed but generally considered a scale down version of the FE and FM series, the FM10 and FE10. Thus, as far as the accessories is concerned, you can buy them as new.

But what are major add-on accessories that can be shared among these Nikons ?
We will start off with the three most common add-on accessories for any of these bodies. First is the Interchangeable Focusing Screens, next is the Motor Drive and Databack options.

You may refer to Michael Liu's Nikon F site for other info relates to many other general accessories or the newer site originally designed for the Nikon F2 like close-up, macro, filters, cases, extension tubes, bellows, eyecup, eyepiece, cable releases etc.

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Of cause, to any user like us, the most important factors among all which could directly affect us is none other than the eyes of Nikon. With the exception of certain Nikkor Lenses that require Mirror Lock up feature to work, most Nikkor lenses can still be used on all these cameras (restrictions may apply, depends on features available on individual models). I am grateful Nikon decided to retain the F-mount for the AF age to come during the mid '80. Thus, you can enjoy the full benefits of tabbing on the huge pool used lenses in the secondary market. Even if you are a current AF camera user and decided to take in any of these bodies. Don't worry.

Your investment in your current AF lenses won't go to waste because they still can be fitted on any of these fine cameras mentioned (Certain limitations may apply). While on the accessories, to invest into used items, you ought to use a little imagination, depends very much on your personal or future photographically requirements.

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Since there is a big crowd of users are shifting to the latest multi-featured AF bodies and lenses. Some are laughing all the way to the used camera outlets - how nice, I think that doesn't insult our own intelligence and wallet either. Thus, I have bought this FE2. (Latest: My partner has 'hijacked' it.. he said, this is cute, Errr..)

Although it doesn't sounds a best buy of the century at RM900-00, because I bought my Nikon F3T at RM980-00 in 1983. And now a new F3 HP is retailed at RM4,200-00! What is happening ? I don't see the F3 has matrix, spot or other fancy features... Inflation, they called it. Let me check the dictionary again tonight.

Relative: Nikon Focusing Screens for Nikon F, Nikon F3, Nikon F4, Nikon F5 & Screens for MF-Nikon Mid-compact Bodies.

Shared Resources: MD-11 | MD-12 | 3rd Party Power Winder Only for FM2(n)/FE2/FA | Focusing Screens | Titanium Shutter | Flash Units - | SB-15 | SB-10 | SB-16B & Other Options | Databack | Nikkor lens mount (related info)

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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.

Shared Resources: MD-11 | MD-12 | 3rd Party Power Winder Only for FM2(n)/FE2/FA | Focusing Screens | Titanium Shutter | Flash Units - | SB-15 | SB-10 | SB-16B & Other Options | Databack | Nikkor lens mount (related info)

Others:- Nikon AF-TTL Speedlights | SB-20 (1986) | SB-22 (1987) | SB-23 | SB-24 (1988) | SB-25 (1991/2) | SB-26 (1994) | SB-27(1997) | SB-28 (1997) | Nikon SB-29(s) (2000) | Nikon SB-30 (2003) | Nikon SB-600 (2004) | Nikon SB-800 (2003) Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series: Nikon SB-28DX (1999) | SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002)

Nikon BC-flash Series | Original Nikon Speedlight
SB-2 | SB-3 | SB-4 | SB-5 | SB-6 | SB-7E | SB-8E | SB-9 | SB-E | SB-10
| SB-12 | SB-14 | SB-140 UV-IR| SB-15 | SB16A | SB-17 | SB-18, SB-19 | SB-21A (SB-29) Macro flash | Flash Accesories | SF-1 Pilot Lamp

Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page (under constant construction)
Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

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  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm
MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm
Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: Hansen, Lars Holst

Recommended Reading Reference on Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses
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Credit: Chuck Hester for some of his beautiful images used in this site; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input; Lars Holst Hansen, Danish 'Hawkeye' who shares the same passion; Mr Poon from Poon photo for their input; Ms Miss Rissa (Sales Manager) & members of the Technical Service dept. of Shriro Malaysia, local distributor of Nikon cameras in Malaysia & Singapore, in providing so many useful input to make this site possible. Special thanks to Mr MC Lau, who has helped with his images of the MF-12 databack. Michael Tan, Pertama Photo (603-2926505) for lending his original Titanium Shutter Display Unit. Dave Hoyt who has prepared the introductory page and offer some images of his FE2 in this site.. Hiura Shinsaku, Nikomat ML, Japan for his contribution on all the various images; A contributing site to a long lost friend on the Net. Note: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work to publish in this site based on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from such possible dispute except rectifying them after verification."Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" & "Nikkor" are registered tradename of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Made witha PowerMac.