Post by yashica1943 on Mar 6, 2017 14:13:18 GMT -5
I have just bought a Nikon FE on ebay, I used one on a Nikon photographic course in 1980 and always wanted one. However this one has a dented (chrome) baseplate and possibly some light internal damage. It is cheap and I might be able to rescue it. (Otherwise, nice for display)
What I would like to know - and probably there is somebody on here that knows. Is the FE base the same or interchangeable as/with on any other Nikon cameras ? For example FM 3 etc.? This is so that I can try and order a used base before the body arrives.... Thanks in advance for any info.
Post by yashica1943 on Mar 8, 2017 11:31:38 GMT -5
The Nikon arrived, it is in good cosmetic condtion. The baseplate only has a small dent, so I won't have to get another one. The main problem is a loose flat rod in the base and the rear door being locked shut, as the rewind lever assembly has been removed, the rewind rod was rattling around inside.
I think that I got lucky with that. I bent a paper clip double and inserted it into the hole where the rod should be. After a couple of tries, I pulled the clip up and the rear door opened. I have now stuck some tape over the catch to stop it closing until I can fix the rewind lever.
Thanks for the interest, Bob. I looked at two videos on YouTube for Nikon FE repairs, both had different internal layout and components to mine inside the baseplate. I have put the loose bits supplied with the camera back in the right order, but the wind on does not actually do anything. I removed the battery compartment lid with great difficulty and disposed of the corroded batteries environmentally. I am quite happy to do nothing more with this camera, it looks really good - just to display it - as I have a mint FM3a and a good F80 plus all my Nikon digital stuff.