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The exposure meter on my Nikon FE does not work properly. I have tried it in all kinds of different light, and the needles won't line up. Only the shutter speed needle moves. Can anyone help me?

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  • kakima May 11, 2010

    Is the other needle stuck at the bottom, or is it somewhere in the middle? It doesn't move at all when you turn the aperture ring on the lens? Are you turning on the meter by pressing halfway on the shutter release?

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SOURCE: Nikon FE

TRy firing the camera in the M90 setting. If it fires properly, use the battery test switch. If the battery LED doesn't light up, replace the batteries (2 MS76 type). The FE requires healthy batteries to operate the shutter. If the meter is calling for a slow shutter speed (low light or lens cap still on?). If the batteries are good, but the shutter still won't fire normally in sufficient light, looks like you're in for a repair shop visit.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Ricoh KR-5 light meter needle won't move, new batteries

In my case, I had the same problem, because the housing that holds the two batteries built up corrosive material. Looking at the little housing that screws out from the camera the two batteries' negative poles face away from the main camera and towards the inside of the housing. It is where the bottom battery contacted this housing where mine had packed on corrosion disabling proper contact.
I cleaned the contact points out with q20 lubricating spray on an ear-bud, and also cleaned the thread where it screws into the body of the camera. This solved the problem for me. Now I'm a happy chappy again...

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

Obertelli
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SOURCE: Nikon Fe meter - warm batteries

If the batteries discharged sufficiently to become very warm in just a few seconds then there's an internal short circuit and the internal circuitry has almost certainly been fried beyond repair. To get warm so fast, those batteries will have shoved some significant current through circuitry designed to handle mere milliamps.

Your camera will be repairable using donor spares, but the repair will cost more than buying another fully functional FE especially when you add on the costs of the CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service that it will almost certainly need and the likely need for foam light seal replacement. If you buy another FE it will also most likely need a CLA and seal replacement unless there's proof of it being recently done, but at least you won't have the additional costs of buying a donor FE, stripping it for parts and then doing a heart transplant on it.

On balance, yours is best used as a spares donor; you'll get some of what you spent back if you sell it as a spares/repairs example.

Sorry there's no fix, but I hope that you have still found my reply to be of some use. If so, please rate my answer.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

Obertelli
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SOURCE: Nikon FG Shutter and light meter not working

Sorry, but there is nothing else you can do without dismantling the camera and giving it a full service. It's not a DIY job so will have to go to a repair specialist.

Note that unlike some similar Nikon models of the time, the FG's complex electronics mean that your camera may now only be good for spare parts as it's likely that the main circuit board has failed and replacements simply are not available and arevery difficult and expensive to fit if you're lucky enough to locate one. The reputation for failure of this model due to ageing circuitry means that it's now unpopular and near worthless.

A repair specialist can certainly tell you whether the camera is repairable before undertaking any serious work on it.

Personally, I'd just advise you to sell it as is for spares or repairs and to obtain a working example or even the mechanical Nikon FM/FM2 which are still plentiful, easily serviced and repaired, and available fairly cheaply or even free (via FreeCycle).

Posted on Apr 08, 2010

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SOURCE: nikon f3 hp light meter wont work

I'm interested in this as well. Just installed fresh batteries, light meter says 1/80 in all shutter settings faster than 1/60 (otherwise it shows the correct setting). Since 1/80 is the flash sync speed, it may be that the camera thinks there's a flash attached. But it is not...
Strange thing is that one time (I tried a couple of times today) the light meter worked correctly; it showed other timings and they changed as I turned the aperture ring...

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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