5 frames with...

5 Frames with a Nikon FE2 – Ryan Jones

The Nikon FE2 is not a fancy camera. And my Nikon, in particular, is most assuredly not a pristine example of this model. I am, in fact, drawn to the blue collar appeal of it. When I saw this beat-up looking camera body in the shop, and then opened up the back to reveal the spotless interior and clean functioning parts, it told me everything I needed to know; it was well-used, well-maintained, and it has seen some shit.

The lens, too, looks like it has weathered some severe events in its life. The Nikon 28mm F/2.0 provides a very comfortable focal length for my style of shooting and is quick enough to work in basically any lighting condition I encounter.

The workman-like ethos of the FE2 seems to put me in a particular mindset when I’m out shooting. I’m not looking for clean images. I want to capture the dirt, the emotion, and the feeling of a place. The lens begs to be up close, to be in the scene – not a detached observer from afar.

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The five frames featured are shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 800. I typically use aperture priority mode when photographing people (a great feature of the FE2) so I’m not having to fiddle with exposure too much and can focus on capturing the right slice of time. All the shots were taken in a 24-hour period of time while I was wandering around the Shibuya area of Tokyo.

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    NSOLO
    November 17, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Quite simply one of the best 35mm camera I ever used. and i went trough a succession of three FE2 and two FM2
    Unfairly overshadowed by the (also excellent) FM2, a bit of snobbery maybe.

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    George Appletree
    November 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

    4#5 and rather poor compositions.
    Photographing the dirt?

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    Daniel Castelli
    November 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve always like the size & weight of the FM/FE cameras. They seem to be a good size as a companion to a Leica M.
    My FE2 is fitted with a micro-Nikkor 55mm lens.
    Nice photos – my favorite is the blurred shot w/the stationary figure.
    I wish you continued good shooting.

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    Adam Laws
    February 7, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I really enjoy the somewhat utilitarian aspect of this camera as you describe. Really like the 4th image and the expressions captured.

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    Des McSweeney
    May 30, 2018 at 8:11 am

    despite randomly miserable comment from Appletree I like number 4, so there 😉

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      Hamish Gill
      May 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Randomly? 98% of his comments are miserable Des, get with the program man! 😉

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