1978: Nikon FE

Year of Introduction: 1978
Film Format: 35mm
Lens Mount: Nikon F-mount
My Lenses: 50mm f/1.8 and 28mm f/2.8

The Nikon FE, launched in 1978, is a classic 35mm film SLR camera that has earned a reputation for its robust build quality and advanced features. It was part of Nikon’s renowned “Advanced Amateur” series, offering a balance of professional-grade functionality and accessibility for enthusiasts. The FE became popular among both serious photographers and hobbyists who desired a versatile and reliable camera.

The Nikon FE featured a rugged metal chassis, providing durability and stability. It sported a bright viewfinder with a built-in light meter, allowing photographers to accurately measure exposure and make adjustments on the fly. The camera utilized the Nikon F-mount, which opened up a vast range of lens options, ensuring compatibility with a wide array of Nikon lenses, both manual focus and autofocus.

The Nikon FE holds a special place in my camera collection due to its historical significance and exceptional build quality. As a film enthusiast, the FE represents the golden era of analog photography, where photographers relied on their skills and understanding of exposure to capture stunning images. The camera’s compatibility with a vast range of Nikon lenses adds versatility and allows me to explore different creative possibilities. Owning the Nikon FE is a tribute to the legacy of film photography, and it reminds me of the craftsmanship and engineering that Nikon poured into their cameras. It continues to serve as a reliable tool for capturing timeless moments with its manual control and reliable performance.

The Nikon FE provided full manual exposure control, allowing photographers to have complete creative control over shutter speed and aperture. Additionally, it offered aperture priority mode, where users could set the desired aperture and let the camera automatically determine the correct shutter speed for proper exposure. This flexibility made the FE suitable for various photography genres, including portraits, landscapes, and street photography.