Among the many cameras in Nikon’s ‘Compact F’ series (including the FE, FE-2, FM, FM-2, FM-2n, FM3a and more), The FE has always stood out to me as a particular gem, quite possibly the best all-round package for what is still a simple-to-use SLR, all while boasting an admirable feature set. Alongside the expected features such as full manual control and aperture priority (auto-shutter speed), there are some real bonuses in the form of a self-timer, exposure compensation dial, and even a multi-exposure feature.
Introduced in 1977 and 1978 respectively as a successor to the Nikkormat cameras, the FM and FE are often looked at as two options for the same camera. While they sport matching chassis vertical-plane shutters, the FM is all-mechanical, making it reliable in extreme conditions and even functional without a battery, while the FE trades this for an electronically-triggered shutter, enabling an auto shutter speed option where the camera will set from the meter to effectively operate in aperture-priority mode. Notably, the FE also includes a mechanical 1/90s shutter speed option (M90), for use in the case of a failing battery.
|Key features:||Full manual control, Aperture-Priority automatic exposure control, Electronic vertical-plane shutter with 1/90th mechanical speed.|
|Compatibility:||Nikon F mount lenses, Accepts the MD-11 Motor Drive.|
|Batteries:||2 x LR44 (included)|
|Condition:||Some brassing and signs of wear, but very clean viewfinder/internal condition.|
|Included:||Nikon FE, original manual, 2 x LR44 batteries, body cap.|