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Film winder is loose and meter is not accurate.

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!

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  • eVoWei Oct 11, 2008

    Owh okay, thanks for the tips mate! Appreciate it. I'll send in the FE to another local camera shop soon to get the winder tightened.

    And about the metering, I've read somewhere that it could be caused by some metal parts in the body itself malfunctioning, causing wrong readings. So far I've made my own temporary fix by dialing in a +2 EV compensation and also setting the ISO to a stop slower then the film loaded. Using this way, its been giving me pretty consistent readings. Still, I would like to get it fixed too.

    Thanks!


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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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