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Nikon FE2 - Other General Info Part VII

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The film back for the FE/FM series can be easily changed - it may not sound a big deal but it is a vast improvement compared with the Nikkormat during the '60 and seventies, because none of the Nikkormat has a databack to work with. Secondly, the earlier FM/FE has no databack terminal . Thus, the first generation databack, MF-12 was a cabled film back. The FE2, however, was using the 2nd generation cableless databack MF-16.(But they still can take the earlier MF-12 through the PC terminal in front) After you have taken out the film back, you can see a clean picture of how the basic transport mechanism works in the FE2. The most striking part is, of cause the honeycomb pattern shutter curtain. Follows by the additional two contacts for databack communication, beside these, you may notice the serial number in the FE2 doesn't carry and start with the model designation as with the FE. Basically, the transport features a precision film transport mechanism that maintains film flatness within narrow tolerances for the sharpest exposures.

FE2 Back View.jpg (20K) FE2 Standard Film Back.jpg (8k)
As the film is advanced with each stroke of the lever provided, it travels over/between precision-ground guide rails that served to position the film emulsion surface exactly over the film gate. Aiding the two sets of guide rails in assuring film flatness are the film roller and the precision-finished film pressure plate, both attached to the interior of the camera back. There is another film guide pin to act as an additional guide.

The film is wound onto the take-up spool emulsion side out, to compensate for the film's natural tendency to curl, thus contributing to improved film flatness. Film feed to the take-up spool is precisely controlled by the sprocket roller located between the spool and the film gate; this roller has sprockets at either end to engage the upper and lower perforations on the film, and thus provide smooth feed. Any complaints ? Yes. I have seen a few FM2/FE2 cameras' polished guide rails (Horizontally placed above and below the shutter curtain tends to 'rust' overtime (Note the picture of this not too well maintained FE2 has that marks on the upper rail ?). While I have not seen any of such 'phenomenon' on the earlier FM/FE models. I am not sure whether the origin of the problems, choice of material used (like the most recent Nikon F60 AF, it has been 'substituted with an aluminum made rail), locations or carelessness of the users - which could attribute to this issue. Anyway, fortunately, replacement for such rails are not too expensive. There is one problem that I still cannot resolve. This is the shutter issue. As far as I know, the FE2 shared the same shutter curtain mechanism until both retired from service in 1989. Is there another version being used ? Because I remembered from a negative that I took quite a while ago that the shutter wasn't looked this way. Unless I could have penciled it wrongly on the negative sleeve. Just curious.. As far as the Titanium shutter is concerned, from what I can gather over the years, there were some updates and improvement done on the shutter, want to know more in details ? I guess so.

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NEW upload ! Nikon FE2 with Aluminum Shutter

Credit: William F Kleimenhagen <>

Before an exposure

After an exposure

These two illustrations show how the shutter curtain in the FE2 looks like. And this was captured with a FE2 that I acquired recently just for the development for this site (I have disposed off my original FE2 to a friend of mine long time ago, and I need to get the 'feel' back with this body). There were some complaints that the FE-2's shutter speed unchangeable during continuous shooting - although I doubt many of us handle the camera this way. But according to what I can gather, it was something relative to shutter speed does not change even if the amount of light, the aperture, or the film speed is changed during taking pictures with FE2 in auto exposure mode with a motor drive unit like MD-12 or MD-11. No indicator changes in the viewfinder and the memory function is locked. However, shutter speed changes and indicators work normally in single frame shooting mode. Shutter speed changes and indicators work unusually slow in some bodies depending on degree. (This phenomenon occurs constantly or occasionally depending on camera bodies.). Solution ? Yes. Basically, this can be handled by replacing the mirror switch. The camera works normally if there is less than 80ms chattering after switching the mirror switch from H to L.

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