The Nikon FE
is an advanced semi-professional level, interchangeable lens, 35 mm film
, single-lens reflex
. It was manufactured by Nikon
from 1978 to 1983, and was available new from dealer stock until circa 1984. The FE uses a metal-bladed, vertical travel focal plane shutter
with a speed range of 8 to 1/1000 second, plus Bulb, and flash X-sync of 1/125th second. It had dimensions of height, width, depth and weight. It was available in two colors: black with chrome trim and all black. As on the FM, its model designation did not appear on the front of the camera, but was engraved as a small "FE" preceding the serial number on the rear of the housing.
The FE was the replacement for Nikon EL2
of 1977 and was a member of the classic Nikon compact F-series. It used a rugged copper aluminum alloy chassis developed from the one introduced in the Nikon FM
in 1977, with minor external controls and cosmetic differences. The Nikon compact F-series SLRs were moderately priced, semi-professional level stablemates to the company's premium-priced, professional level Nikon F2
(1971) and F3
(1980) SLRs. They were all-new successors to the Nikkormat
F and EL-series of amateur level SLRs. With their quality construction, impressive durability and evolutionary technical innovation, the F-series were very popular with professional photographers, who prized their durability and ability to operate in extreme environments.
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