The Nikon FE is a classic advanced manual focus 35mm film SLR that was made from 1978 to 1983. It's a compact, relatively lightweight and superbly well-built camera. This example includes a sharp Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens and strap. With its bright 'full-information' viewfinder and excellent ergonomics, the FE one of our favorite Nikon cameras.
The Nikon FE requires two 357 silver oxide batteries (optional). Alternatively, it will work with two alkaline LR44 batteries or a single lithium 1/3N cell.
Condition notes This camera (serial number 4426365) and lens are in excellent cosmetic and working condition (see photos). We tested this camera and lens with film and it delivered sharp, correctly exposed photos.
Lenses available: Nikkor 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8, f/2, or 55mm f/1.2 as standard; more than 50 interchangeable Nikkor lenses in all
Shutter: Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with speeds from 8 to 1/1000 sec., “B” and M90 (mechanical, 1/90 sec.); automatic shutter speed selection within a range of 8 sec. to 1/1000 sec.; manual shutter speed selection for the 8-1/1000 sec. range plus “B” and M90; shutter speed selected indicated in the viewfield; shutter release via shutter button or self-timer
Flash synchronization: Built-in ISO-type hot-shoe contact with safety switch for synchronization with electronic flash units; built-in ready-light for use with the optional Nikon Speedlight Unit SB-10, serves also as a sync warning signal; sync terminal provided
Synchronization range: For electronic flash units, 1/125 sec. to 8 sec. plus “B” and M90; for flashbulbs, 1/30 sec. to 8 sec. plus B; sync speed of 1/90 sec. fixed when the SB-10 is mounted on the “AUTO”-set FE camera body and the flash unit is switched on
Accessory shoe: ISO-type built into the finder housing; fitted with hot-shoe contact and electrical safety switch which turns on contact as flash unit is mounted; fitted also with ready-light contact for use with the SB-10 Speedlight Unit
Viewfinder: Fixed eyelevel pentaprism type with built-in through-the-lens (TTL) exposure meter; shutter speed indicated to the left within the viewfield; lens aperture setting indicated in the finder when lens in use is fitted with a meter coupling ridge and an aperture-direct-readout lens aperture scale
Focusing screen: Matte Fresnel focusing screen with central split-image rangefinder spot and microprism collar (Nikon Type K screen); two other types of screens available optionally (Types B and E)
Reflex mirror: Automatic instant-return mirror
Self-timer: Can be set for approx. 8 to 14 sec. delay; setting “cancellable”; serves also as a memory-lock lever
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens, center-weighted, fullaperture exposure measurement employing two silicon photodiodes (SPD’s) with Nikkor lenses fitted with meter coupling ridge; stop-down metering applies for other lenses; exposure correctly set either automatically or by matching two needles; meter cross-coupled with both lens diaphragm and shutter speed controls, meter powered by two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries or one 3V lithium battery
Metering range. EV 1 to EV 18 (i.e., f/1.4,1 sec.—f/16, 1 /1000 sec.) with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ASA 100; built-in meter coupling lever can be locked up, enabling use with both Al-type and non-AI-type Nikkor lenses; aperture coupling range f/1.2 to f/32; film speed setting ASA 12 to ASA 4000; exposure compensation range EV +2 to EV —2 (up to —1 at ASA 3200 and 4000; up to +1 when set at 12)
Film winding: Via single-stroke lever with 135° winding angle and 30° stand-off angle; lever also serves as meter on/off switch; automatic film winding also possible using the optional Motor Drive Unit MD-12
Frame counter: Additive type; automatically resets to “S,” two frames before “0,” when camera back is opened
Film rewind: Manual crank type
Depth-of-field preview: Via lever provided on front of camera Camera back: Hinged, swing-open type; removable; memo holder provided
Dimensions: 142mm x 89.5mm x 57.5mm (approx.)
Weight 590g (body only, approx.)
Other features included are multiple exposure facility and motor drive functions.