Nikon FE does not advance fillm

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ALBERT C. GOOD JR., Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Hi
    I have a Nikon FE 35 mm Camera that was hardly used. I just got it out of
    storage thinking that I could use it for my daughters wedding. When I
    attempted to load new film into it in preparation to test it, I began to
    find that some things seemed to be frozen, (apparently mechanically).

    One of the major problems is that the film will not advance. Checking for
    controls that could be stuck, I found that; a. a small button/lever in the
    light seal seemed to be stuck. This was loosened by gently lifting it with
    a tooth pick. b. the button that is pushed to allow rewind was not
    returning properly. Lifting this with my finger nail and alternately
    pushing it back in seemed to help it stay out but the forward is still

    The camera was working well enough when my daughter put it in storage, and
    it was stored with its accessories in its Tamroc Bag and she had put it into
    a storage tub that had some ventilation holes in the hand grip and I believe
    the moisture from her basement got into the tub.

    At this point do not have the papers that came with the camera and I
    properly, I can't be certain.that I am doing things in accordance with the

    It would be much appreciated if it would be possible for someone to give me
    some guidance on this matter.

    Thanks in advanced
    ALBERT C. GOOD JR., Feb 11, 2006
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  2. Gimme a "B":
    Gimme an "A":
    Gimme a "T":
    Gimme another "T":
    Gimme an "E":
    Gimme an "R":
    Gimme a "Y":

    You know what you need, son? A BATTERY!

    Volts, sonny boy, volts! Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio would be
    ashamed of you!

    In 1881 an important electrical unit, the volt, was named in his honor.
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 11, 2006
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    bjw Guest

    The battery's dead. So the shutter won't fire, or it did fire but
    the mirror won't come back down and you can't advance the lever.
    Turn the shutter dial to M90 and it will come back. It should
    operate on M90. Then go buy a new battery, like UC said.
    bjw, Feb 11, 2006
  4. This camera is supposed towork with out a battery. There is a position on
    the shutter speed knob that is set at 90 if it has to be used without the
    automatic functions. It will also work at higher speeds using a external
    light meter.

    Also it had a baddery in it that ws of sufficient condition to operate the
    battery indicator.

    I still may try a new battery.
    ALBERT C. GOOD JR., Feb 11, 2006
  5. Hi .. forgot to mention that his camera is advanced manually with the
    advance done mechanically with a thumb lever. The only battery in the
    camera is a s,a;; button type that powers the electronics such as the light
    meter and shutter timing circuits.
    ALBERT C. GOOD JR., Feb 11, 2006

    Jerry L Guest

    New Century ___ it may be time for a new camera.

    Why would you want to use 'old' faithful for a wedding unless you know
    for certain the camera works 100 percent of the time?

    You may consider looking at the

    web site and maybe finding a decent N90s body and a SB-28 speedlight.
    The N90s runs on four AA cells and is a couple of decades 'newer' than
    the Nikon FE you have.

    Good luck.
    = = =
    Jerry L, Feb 11, 2006

    Matt Clara Guest

    And if none of that works, consider that just setting a camera on the shelf
    for years with zero use is a good way to freeze it up. If that's the case,
    it'll need a clean, lube, adjust. KEH of Atlanta will do one for you for
    around $100.
    Matt Clara, Feb 11, 2006
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