Nikon FE Series
Nikon FE10 - Preface

 

SLR Photography has slowly developed into a luxurious hobby. Joke ? Indeed. I had a hand on to the FE-10 a week ago and I was told it is selling at RM1,080-00. I paid my Nikon F3T in 1982/3 at around RM980-00. While the FM-10 and FE-10 are the current cheapest entry Nikon SLR available today.

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Nikon Nikon FE-10 SLR camera
Thanks to the competitions such as Pentax P30 or Canon 888 model which, intentionally comes with a price tag of RM888-00 (You will not be seeing this model in the US or European market, as the number '8' carries a prosperous meaning to the Chinese community and obviously it was intended to name such way to please potential new SLR users in the Asian market, smart cookies...). But more interestingly, the FE-10, along with the FM-10 which both bear with the original FE/FM designation.

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Nikon FE10:- Year Introduced 1996

* The FE10 is prized at RM1,080-00 (US$1-00 = RM3.80 as at 30-09-99)

The mechanical version of the Nikon FE-10 - Nikon FM-10 site was up ! (New)
While the exterior appearance and basic specification of the FE-10 could have made a lot of magazine reviewers happy - they have always demand or wanted to have a lightweight, nice looking and multi features bodies ? They got one (Oh, no - in fact two! ) here eventually. But it is hard to strike a good balance among keywords like: durable, economical, light weight and system compatibility. Obviously, if someone has complained about the Nikon FE's 590g's body is being too heavy to carry around, he might as well buy a P&S. A 400g FE-10 body comes with many compromises, you should hold one in your hand and you will understand what I am trying to tell you here. But since this camera is not made for the US market (The Yen has been weakening since the day of 80 Yen to a US$1-00, and now it stands at around 140 Yen to a dollar as at Oct 1998, you can expect the young executives at the headquarters of Nikon want you to put more attention to something else like the F90x, F60 or the F5...). The FE-10 is a strategic product in certain quarter of the market to answer competition like those carbonated light entries in the likes of Canon EOS 500, Pentax P30 etc. and fittingly made for financially strain economies, like us..Errr... (Malaysian's Rinngit used to stand at RM2.50 for the last 15 year to a dollar and now only stands at RM4-00 to US$1-00, thank you very much to whoever that have shorted currencies in Asia...). Obviously, a SLR needs to fill the vacuum those who has to tighten their waist belt. But what are the compromises ? You will have a camera that highly suspicious made use of 'high-tech 'plastic injection and molding in a carbonated shell. (Why I said that ? Because it is very unusual for Nikon to publish their product with explanation such as 'Nikon F mount (Metallic)...' Does it mean the rest are not ? The body weight tells all. While the body is intelligently chrome finished - looks very inviting (It has a titanium look - but it was a zinc alloy body as explained in a revised marketing leaflet and mentioned specifically that is not made of a aluminum die cut body anymore). Its body is shaped with a modern styling, click stops still preserve with a solid and positive feel. But it still cannot shaved off the heavy plastic feel when you hold it in your hand.

Who cares ? Yeap ! Gone are the days where buyers that still concerned how durable a camera should be, carbonated bodies (Whatever, if you want some comforting words, like 'fibre-strengten industrial grade plastic' still classifies under a common term - plastic!) has made a camera lesser parts to produce and assemble, it can go mass production, lowering the production cost and thus interpreting into higher margin of profits. If a body was to be made like yesteryears models, durable and rugged - where will be the income streams then ? Canon started this production philosophy in the AE-1(1975) and 5 million units has been sold worldwide and nobody cares whether it is a plastic shell or a die cast alloy body. I was wondering WHY my cousin went and bought a new Canon entry AF SLR, it doesn't fair any better than the FE-10. Worst still, I thought the much advertised and very innovative Eye-Control-Focus function was in and found out later that was not the case. Innovative features can fetch for a premium. But repackage an old 'innovation under the brand name to lead others to 'own' something that physically not available is another issue (I know, that is nothing wrong with it... I have experienced how Windows 95'was launched), so this is not just a Nikon 'proprietary problem that I am complaining so much, it is all about the attitude of the respective manufacturer and the consumer's interest. Must all commercial photographic products be so profit orientated ? Come to think of it, photography is the backbone of their economy. It is only too unfortunate that they think SLR market is dispensable. And since most companies in the trade are public companies, corporate profits matter most and THUS WE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. So, I should not complain so much. I am just concerned the fact where a starter camera like Nikon FM for a college student's used to be priced at around RM320-00 15 years ago, the entry cost into SLR photography now starts at RM1,000-00 and yet comes with some compromises. This is very unhealthy in the course of development for SLR photography in many third world countries (One of the main objective behind the 'Classic Modern SLR series', where equivalent options in the used market can be a good source for alternatives.

Anyway, I just have to complete this section on the FE-10. Before we proceed to other sections, let us go through the spec sheet of the camera.

Specifications

Type of camera: Electronically controlled 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) focal plane shutter camera
Picture format: 24 x 36mm (Standard 35mm [135 film format)
Lens mount: Nikon F mount
Exposure metering: TTL Centre-Weighted
Metering range (EV) EV1 to EV18 (ISO100)
Exposure control: Auto exposure (aperture-priority auto) and manual exposure control
AE-L (lock): Via AE-L (lock) button in A (auto exposure) mode
Exposure compensation: By ISO/film speed set ring within a range of + - 2 EV steps (in 1/3 EV increments) with scale
Film sensitivity range: ISO 25 to 3200 (set manually)
Multiple exposure: Available
Shutter: Vertical-travel, metal focal plane shutter
Shutter speed settings 8 to 1/2000 sec. in A mode; B, 1 to 1/2000 sec. in manual exposure mode
Viewfinder: Fixed-eyelevel pentaprism type; dioptre: standard - l (optional 9 eyepiece correction lenses available)
Viewfinder information Shooting mode: A, X90 or B; displays controlled shutter speed in A mode;
displays selected shutter speed and/or recommended shutter speed in manual exposure mode
Focusing screen: Fixed (split-image microprism, matte field), K type
Frame coverage: Approx. 93% (with 50mm lens set at infinity distance)
Magnification: 0.84x (with 50mm lens set at infinity)
Depth-of-field preview: Provided
Film advance/rewind: Manual
Frame counter: Additive type, automatically resets to "S' when camera back is opened.
Self-timer: Electronically controlled self-timer approx. 10 sec. shutter release delay
Flash synchronization: Automatically set to 1/90 sec. in auto mode (LED indicator lamp lights up next to X90 in the viewfinder.); 1/60 sec or slower set manually (automatically switches to X90 when the shutter speed is set to between 1/2000 and 1/125 sec.)
Accessory shoe: Standard ISO-type hot shoe contact
Power source: Choice of two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries (SR44 type), two 1 5V alkaline batteries (LR44 type) or one 3V lithium battery (CP-1/3N type)
Tripod socket: Provided
Dimensions: (W x H x D) 139 x 86 x 53mm
Weight (without batteries): Approx. 400g

Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 (Optional Standard Zoom Nikkor)

Focus distance: 0.4m to infinity
Attachment size: 52mm (P=0.75mm)
Dimensions: Approx. 63mm dia. x 64mm extension from the camera's mounting flange
Weight: Approx. 200g

Recommended Nikon Speedlights: With a built-in sensor for automatic flash control SB-26, SB-27, and SB-16B; There are several optional Nikon Speedlights to give you a wide range of flash possibilities. Other Nikon accessories: There are many other Nikon SLR accessories available to expand your photographic system. These include close-up equipment (close-up attachment lenses, cable release, etc.) and a variety of lens filters.

Nikkor Lenses
The FE10's Nikon F mount accepts the full range of Nikkor lenses, including the D-type AF Nikkor lenses, providing versatile photographic options.

AF 20-35mm f/2.8D IF
AF 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5
AF 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D IF
AF 28-70mm f/3. 5-4. 5D
AF 28-85mm f/3.3-4.5
AF 35-70mm f/2.8D
AF 35-80mm f/4.5-5.6D
AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5D IF
AF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6D
AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
AF 18mm f/2.8D
AF 20mm f/2.8D
AF 24mm f/2.8D
AF 28mm f/1.4D
AF 28mm f/2.8D
AF 35mm f/2D
AF 50mm f/1.4D
AF 50mm f/1.8
AF 85mm f/1.8D
AF 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF 300mm f/2.8 IF-ED
AF-S 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF 300mm f/4 IF-ED
AF-I 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF-I 500mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-S 500mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-S 600mm f/4D IF-ED
AF Fisheye 16mm f/2.8D
AF Micro 60mm f/2.8D
AF Micro 105mm f/2.8D
AF Micro 200mm f/4D IF-ED
AF DC 105mm f/2D
AF DC 135mm f/2D

These are extracts that reproduced from the marketing leaflet for the FE10. No manual focus lenses are mentioned. Has Nikon forgot about they has been producing manual focus lenses for the last 40 years ?

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