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    Smooth operator - Nikon FE2

    A while ago I was awarded a $100 bonus for my hard work, and as such, used it to buy a Nikon FE2. I simply love the camera - one of the nicest Nikons I own. A while ago on another forum site, a guy wrote that Minolta's XE-7 has the smoothest film advance ever made. After using the FE2 I'd be inclined to think the FE2 is right up there - or is my FE2 loosey goosey? It advances very nicely with little effort and the film has been spot-on evenly spaced between frames.
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    I had the opportunity to use a Nikon FE once for a couple of weeks. I found it to be a really nice camera- even if the lens focuses backwards.
    So many great cameras from that era. Enjoy it!

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    The XE-7 is very nice in terms of winding smoothness. I have to try again with my FE2, but I don't remember it being as smooth.

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    The XE-7 I have has the smoothest film advance compared to all my others - Minolta or other brands. Have you compared it to an XE-7 or any other camera?
    For instance, according to MIR review of the F3 it states, "Through the use of eleven ball bearings in its shutter and film winding assemblies (most cameras use only one or two) the F3 represents a big advance in smooth and quiet operation. And to reduce film winding torque even more, Nikon created a completely new film winding mechanism and interconnecting gear trains for the most efficient transmission of energy." My F3 is smooth but near the end of the stroke, there is a "catch" that requires a little extra effort while the XE-7 is gliding smooth all the way through. To your point - as good a condition as my F3's are in, they are not in factory new so they may not be as smooth as they were originally.
    It's too bad they don't identify the amount of torque in the specifications as that would provide a good reference to judge the condition particularly of the older cameras.

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    Thanks Les, yes, I do have an XE-5 which is nicely smooth, but tends to scratch negatives. I also have, as a matter of fact, an XE-7 on the way, to compare with.
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    Dunno about those but among my Pentaxes the MX wins, hands down, From the smooth wind to the near silent shutter and just-so feel in the hand I love that camera. My LX has more features and is a great camera but the MX beats it for sheer ergonomic joy of use.

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    The smoothest operating camera I have ever owned is my Canon E.F. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_camera
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    Smooth describes the first Canon F-1
    You feel the nice build up of tension floating on those ball bearings

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    in my house, the family nick named the Nikon FE as the 'jewel' for a reason. i is everyone's favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
    Smooth describes the first Canon F-1
    You feel the nice build up of tension floating on those ball bearings
    I have three Canon New F1' s, but my Canon EF is smoother than any of them, I.M.O it's the smoothest Canon ever made.
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