Hi,\n\nAt approx. 10.50 this morning, I was checking out the online catelogue\nof an auction house in the next town that was holding a sale scheduled\nfor today. One of the items listed was a "Nikon F plus accessories" No\nfurther details were given, bar a really fuzzy picture of the camera\nmostly concealed by the bag it was in; it's metering head just about\nvisible among a bunch of strapping.\nTo cut a long story short, by 11.05, I was in the auction hall with a\nbidding number and a maximum figure in mind. I had no idea what exact\nmodel it was, what condition it was in, whether it even worked, so I\nfigured I'd go to 0 and no higher. In the end I got it for 59 bux -\nbut I had no idea what I'd won!\nAnyway, I had expected to remove my prize from the bag and discover a\nterribly battered old 'F' from around 1967 with evidence of chronic,\nheavy useage. What it turned out to be was a chrome Nikon FE in fully\nworking order in what would be described by most sellers as A minus\ncondition. The lens was nothing special, but it was at least a genuine\nNikon: a 35mm/f2.5 again, though, in excellent condition. Plus a\ncouple of filters, two nice straps and a hefty, semi-pro Nikon SB-16\nflashgun in its own case.\nI don't normally buy stuff blind, but now and again it does make for a\nbit of excitement and I'm quite pleased with the bargain I got. It'll\nmake a nice addition to the collection and whilst the build isn't up\nto the 'bullet proof tank' standards of 10 years earlier, it does feel\nreassuringly solid and well made. :-)\n\nI know virtually nothing about the FE, though. If anyone has any\ncomments on them regarding quality/common issues or whatever, I'd be\nkeen to hear about them.\nCheers guys,\n\nCD.