Hey all, hope that you all can help me with the problem I'm facing with the Nikon FE. It's my dads camera which he bought in 1978 and it has not been used till recently.
The problem is, the film winder is pretty loose, and even a slight touch will move the winder when a roll of film is loaded. My friend's old Minolta does not face this problem, his winder is tight and will not move if accidently touched. This sometimes cause the film to stop moving forward. The winder should make a full turn when winding but sometimes it only does half a turn or even worse, not move at all. Sent the camera to the local repair shop and they said its normal. Is it? =/
And another thing, the meter on the FE is severly off. Either that or i'm not metering the correct way. I've found that its about 2 stops underexposed. Example : I'm getting 1/250s at F2.8 on the FE with a 50mm F1.4 but the correct exposure as metered by my 40D with a 50 F1.8 is 1/60s F2.8. The FE is loaded with an ISO800 film and the 40D is set to ISO800 as well.
So, how do I get around to fixing this problem(s)? Any help will be much appreaciated. Thanks!
Re: Film winder is loose and meter is not accurate.
It is absolutely OK, my dad too has one (not older than urs). make it tighter, but u need some screws drivers (specially for cameras). Open the camera and tighten the screw holding the winder arm. Try this only if u have experience otherwise u may end up with a scramble of camera. About the F-Stop, i have no idea why this is so... might be the technology is gone too advanced compared to the 1978.
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No, the only thing that the FE uses the battery for is the light meter and shutter. You can operate it completely without the battery using the M90 and BULB shutter speed settings. Your film advance problem is a mechanical problem - check for any small objects that may be jammed into the film transport mechanism. If nothing is obviously causing a blockage, then the camera will need to be serviced.
This is normal. The meter is extremely accurate and as long as you're very close to getting the "+ -" indication then you're good to go. Half stop positions are available on the lens aperture scale precisely to help you get the metering close enough.
Negative film has a wide exposure latitude and exposure errors of just half a stop will not be noticeable in any way on the final print. Even errors of one stop will often be insignificant as the printing stage gives the opportunity to compensate for errors at the exposure stage. It's a different matter with slide film though as there is no second stage but even then you need to be aware that the meter indication is a centre-weighted average of what's on view in the finder. So as long as you're paying attention to important highlight and shadow details you can use the meter as an indication and base the actual aperture and shutter speed on informed judgement.
You may also want to look at an online user manual for the F3: http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf3ver2/f3manual/index.htm
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Is it the viewfinder or the film advance lever? If the viewfinder is not showing any image and the shutter is not getting released, then it could be a problem with the mirror box.To confirm, remove the lens and see if it gets released. To align the lens, you have to take it to the nearest service center (or repair shop).
I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SOLD A DAMAGED CAMERA. THIS HAPPENS MANY TIMES ON EBAY WHEN THE DEAL SOUNDS TO GOOD TO PASS UP. FOR ONE THING YOU HAVE A NIKON FE CAMERA, BUT THEN YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT MAKE LENSES, BOTH ECONOMY GRADE LENSES, NOT NIKON STANDARD QUALITY. THE PROBLEMS YOU ARE HAVING ARE MOST LIKELY CAUSED FROM A CAMERA THAT HAS BEEN DROPPED. I AM INCLOSING TO HOTLINKS OF NIKON DEALERS THAT DO REPAIR WORK AND GIVE FREE ESTIMATES. YOUR BEST BET IS TO HAVE THIS CAMERA SERVICED BY A NIKON REPAIR SHOP IF YOU PLAN ON KEEPING THE CAMERA. IF YOU JUST BOUGHT IT FROM EBAY, I WOULD FILE A PROTEST STATING THE CAMERA IS BROKEN AND DOESN'T WORK AND DEMAND YOUR MONEY BACK! THEY WILL USUALLY BACK THIS TYPE OF CLAIM. GOOD LUCK! SORRY FOR YOUR MISFORTUNE.
I have a Nikkormat FT, and I can assure you that there is no "timer" button on this camera. There is, however, a timer lever to the left of the lens if you are looking at the front of the camera. As for the light meter, have you tried moving the film advance lever to the "cocked" position, since that turns on the meter.
YES, THE PROBABLE CAUSE IS THAT AFTER 25 YEARS OF USE YOUR POOR NIKON PROBABLY JUST NEEDS A GOOD CLEANING! I DON'T THINK IT IS ANYTHING A GOOD CLEANING CAN'T CURE. I HAVE INCLUDED A COUPLE OF SHOPS THAT REPAIR NIKONS AND GIVE FREE ESTIMATES. WHILE I DON'T ENDORSE ANY REPAIR SHOP PERSONNALLY, I PASS THESE ALONG FOR YOUR INFORMATION. I HOPE THIS HELPS. I REALLY BELIEVE THIS WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROBLEMS. ALSO, BY THE WAY, I ALSO HAVE A NIKON FE AND IT'S A GREAT CAMERA. ENJOY!