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    Your camera seems to have a tapping shutter. The shutter needs to be adjusted. A CLA should fix it!
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    As far as I am aware the FE Model has very few spares available. Nikon announced many years ago (at least 20) that shutter spares are non existent. However that does not mean that the camera is not repairable if it is a mechanical fault or a minor electrical one that can be repaired itself.
    Remember the Nikon F Photomic? The metering heads have been going bust and irrepairable for the last 30 years but I did come across a website a while back where these could be repaired, I think it is a matter of cost, and how much you value your equipment,

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    The Nikon FE uses a Copal Square shutter, one of the most reliable mechanical devices ever built.
    While a shutter failure is not impossible, it's highly unlikely, particularly considering that the slower speeds work.

    Most likely the OP's problem is dried or contaminated lubricant, which can be easily corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo Miranda View Post
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    Your camera seems to have a tapping shutter. The shutter needs to be adjusted. A CLA should fix it!
    Thanks!
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    I have an FM that does the same thing. Just get it overhauled or if spending money on a camera that would get $50 working on eBay puts you off, just use it at other shutter speeds (Mine only exposes 1/3 of the frame at 1/1000, so I use it at 1/500 or slower). Run some slower film and you'll be fine. A third option is to try and fix it yourself (best for cheap cameras of eBay, not for family heirlooms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesterthejedi View Post
    I bought a used but decent condition Nikon FE recently and I ran through a roll of Ilford HP5 400 iso film. I processed the roll and only frame 0, 9, and 36 were exposed. The rest if the roll was transparent. I remember shooting during a bright day and having the dial set to auto. Im testing out the shutter and see its not opening at 1/500 and 1/1000 on manual, and auto is working but also has trouble when pointed towards bright subjects. Does anyone have any advice on a fix or am I stuck with slower speeds?

    Thanks!
    I have almost the same problem, shutter was not opening at 1/500 and 1/1000 on both manual and auto mode.
    I found Nikon fe-fe2 service manual online and it shows that we have to adjust RV1

    I am not specialist who repairs camera but have fun to find solution in any broken thing.
    I used small screw drivers and other tools in my house to open the top cover and adjust RV1 (as shown in picture) then cock shutter several times until shutter at 1/500, 1/1000 waken up . You have to readjust - cock - adjust till you get these shutter speeds back to normal. Fortunately that i have a Nikon FM for comparison. Of course, it may not the right speed because it needs special tools to check but i don't have, so i have to test by taking picture , next step.

    if you don't want to pay service cost, try this

    [sorry for poor English]

    Last edited by focusian; 02-11-2014 at 09:25 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Do you have a link to the service manual? The F3 refers to it a lot. I think they must share some build designs, if not parts relating to the aperture ring.
    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by trythis View Post
    Do you have a link to the service manual? The F3 refers to it a lot. I think they must share some build designs, if not parts relating to the aperture ring.
    http://elektrotanya.com/nikon_fe-fe2.pdf/download.html


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    AWESOME thanks!! looks like a good site!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trythis View Post
    Do you have a link to the service manual? The F3 refers to it a lot. I think they must share some build designs, if not parts relating to the aperture ring.
    I bought several manuals from this guy.

    http://cameramanuals.freeservers.com/manual.htm
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