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#1 Dallas

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 07:49

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 08:29

As far as classics go this one probably won't attract too much attention from collectors mainly because it uses an electronically controlled shutter and features Aperture priority automation (enough to make the mechanical purists shake their fists in protest - how dare Nikon make a camera that looks like an FM2 but needs batteries to function!).

The FE2 was one of the first "old" Nikon SLR's I ever bought and it looks and feels identical to the FM2. Apart from the electronics inside it, the main difference between it and the FM2 is the match needle metering it uses inside the finder. I didn't like it. It was really difficult to see the needles in a dim scene and whilst you can use A mode to get a correct exposure, if you can't see your shutter speeds in low light you're courting disaster. Try chimping at the back of a film door to see if you got the shot!

Other than that it is classic in design and provided you can get past the metering drawback in low light you should enjoy it.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 17:00

Awww Dallas :-(  You gave my baby a rather scathing going-over there!!

I started out with the FE as my first SLR in the early 80's and soon progressed to the FE2, a body which I still have in my cupboard, though I cannot remember when last I put a roll of film through it.

I have always loved it; I cut my photographic teeth on it, so to speak - and it accompanied me on many hiking adventures, in moist and humid areas etc and never let me down.  I have a screw-on diopter and a variety of focusing screens and it's a cool black body and I doubt I'll ever part with it, even if I never 'use' it again :-)

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 00:50

I used FE-2's for about 15 years,almost always with MD-12 motor drive units attached. I loved the 1/250 flash synch, and the TTL flash metering with the SB-16 was soooo cool 'back in the day'; when the F3HP was king, its slow 1/80 sec flash synch was horrible for synchro-sun flash work,and so the FE-2 was always a much,much handier camera for flash in sunlight (think outdoor weddings). The camera's viewfinder is not the best for eyeglass wearers, but its easy to use match-needle metering and good ergonomics made it my absolute favorite Nikon until the D1 hit the market.
    I shot a fair number of college newspaper assignments with the FE-2 model in the 1980's,and many other gigs,and always found it a pleasure to use. It was,in most ways, the best and most-versatile Nikon of the 1980's,especially if one wanted to shoot flash at higher speeds to prevent ghosting. I still have one,and its MD-12 motor drive. I liked the grid-lined "E" viewfinder screen for most uses, but also used the K-screen for five years or so. Very durable, my FE-2 still shoots well,and unlike most mechanical cameras of the era, it has _accurate_ slow speeds. The FE-2 is also fantastic at night-time exposure determination,using f/5.6 or f/8, the camera will accurately time out night exposures that are MUCH longer than stated in the spec sheets. A classic indeed.
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 21:58

I have or have had (besides the FE2) an N65, N80, F100, F4, D40, D80.

In terms of sheer engineering excellence and build quality, the FE2 is my all time favorite. It's my standard by which the others are judged.
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:10

Bought one second hand in the late '90's as a backup for the F4, so of course it was never needed. However it did a great job of flattening its batteries without even being switched on, and its default "dead-man's" manual shutter speed of 1/250 sec just sucked. Batteries go dead in cold weather, which is generally when there's not much light, which is for sure when you won't be looking for 1/250 as a usable shutter speed.....

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 13:56

The FE2 is a nice light camera. My only complaint is that the A.I. tab is fixed and
cannot be flipped out of the way as on an FE. Can't mount non-A.I. lenses like
my Vivatar or mount my Novoflex non-A.I. bellows.

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#8 w8btm@cinci.rr.com

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 12:18

I have the FE2 & FM2
and I think both are classics.
I have the MD-12 motor drive units on both of mine , what I like about
the FE2 is the TTL Flash , this is nice for macro work or wild life 
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