Just fixed an FE2 I had sitting around

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by clayne, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. clayne

    clayne Member

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    Bought an FE2 a few years back that wouldn't advance due to some kind of mechanical issue with the advance lever, almost as if some kind of internal clutch were slipping and the film not winding on.

    Well, figured out shortly afterward that the camera I had been sold had, at some point in it's life, been dropped on the right back corner - as the metal showed the typical inward/upward buckling. Said buckling had caused that corner of the top-plate to protrude upward and made the single-vs-multi lever pretty much jammed in place. After I was able to force the exposure-mode lever to single, film advancing was now working better but the advance lever still wouldn't return back to place on it's own as the washer under it had excessive pressure being placed on it from the below bulging of the top-plate corner.

    A simple 7mm craftsman punch and a few whacks with a hammer later, the bulge was now lowered enough such that the washer had less pressure on it and the advance knob was rotating back on it's own without any issue. Problem effectively solved, and a body I had set aside for years is now loaded back up with film and equipped with a classic Nikkor 24mm f/2.8, ready to roll.

    Nothing better than restoring life back into something that others might have given up on.
     
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    Good to hear that another "Beater" Nikon is back in service.

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    Hah, yep, I guess technically now it's a "beater." The body itself is actually in pretty clean shape except for that corner dent. Would have been a shame to just mothball it over that.

    Things should be made to be fixable....
     
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    I recently bought a non-working Olympus XA for US$3. Put new batteries in... Didnt work: then I unscrewed the case and it worked... Scwewed the case back on, gently, and it is a fine carry around.
     
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  7. clayne

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    Yep, and may I also point that this worked out fine because said machine was made of METAL? Plastic would have just initially fractured and left a hole in the body.

    It's funny, one can generally trace the downfall of quality manufacturing to when plastics were introduced heavily in the 80s and on.