Lenses for Nikon FE2

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  1. djl4

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    Hello,
    I'm new to this forum and basically to the world of photography.
    I just found a Nikon FE2. It belongs to my father. I think it's a great camera; very vintage-like.
    I don't know much about SLRs. I was just browsing lenses. What kind of lenses would be appropriate for the Nikon FE2? Any suggestions?
    I'm currently using a Tokina 35-70 mm 1:4
    I also appreciate any tips and advice!

    Thank you.
     
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    50mm f1.4 ais manual focus is a GREAT every day lens... the 1.8 version is also good and a bit cheaper.

    After that you may be interested in a telephoto or wide angle lens, the nikkor 80-200mm ais f4.5 is a good telephoto zoom, and for the wide angle you may want to take a look at the 20mm f2.8 nikkor or the 24mm f2.8 if you are on a tighter budget.
     
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    If you have a bit of a budget then grab the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S. They can be had for about $250-300 on ebay.

    The FE2 needs a 50mm prime attached to it. It just has to be. :D

    Oh and congratulations. I have an FE and one thing is true of these old cameras is that they are built like a tank, and will outlive your grandchildren if you look after it correctly. Even with all my digital toys my FE + 50mm f/1.2 + roll of black and white comes with me on every outing.
     
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    Great! I'll check these out. Thank you for the suggestions!
    Also, how do I know if a particular lens would fit my FE2?
    Lenses aren't universal...are they?
     
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    I have a 1.2 and a 1.4, and there is very little difference between them--other then the fact the 1.2 costs and weighs twice as much.

    Not to dis the f1.2 50mm nikkor, it's probably the best glass nikon has ever made--but the 50mm f1.4 is also EXCELLENT.
     
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    As long as it's a nikon mount 35mm slr lens it will fit--of course a minolta\sony or canon mount won't fit.

    Some things to look out for:

    "G" lense = no aperture ring, meant to be used with modern cameras with digital aperture control

    Digital only lenses (DX) = these are meant to be used with digital slr's with smaller sensors then 35mm film, you can use them on your fe2 BUT the image won't cover the entire frame of film.

    If your on a budget I'd suggest a nikkor 50mm f1.8, and a vivitar series 1 zoom (70-210 f3.5)... both can be had for $50 or less (each) on ebay. That would be a nice combo, all you'd be missing is a wide angle, a 24mm nikkor will cost about $50 used, a 20mm about three times that.
     
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    My favorite all-around lens for my Nikon film SLRs is my 35mm f/2.8 AI-S. I find my 50mm lenses a little too long (though very useful in many contexts) and my 100mm lens isn't as useful (though more useful than I expected). 50mm is good for portrait shots (shot close up) and general shots, but I find it a little too long for what I shoot. To me having f/1.4 (which is amazing) or f/1.8 is the big plus for the 50mm, since I like shooting in low light. The 35mm focal length is just about perfect for most situations, from landscapes to room shots to shooting out of my windshield without getting too much of the car in the shot. If I were to get another lens, it'd probably be a 20 or 24mm lens for even wider shooting. 28mm would be great too, but it's a little too close to 35mm to warrant me getting (at least right now :lol:).
     
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    WAIT, WHAT?? Where can i find one of these for these prices?!?!?! :drool:
     
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    Ebay.... I sold a 24mm f2.8 nikkor ais mf for $50 there recently. The AF versions go for more.

    I had that same lens listed on this forum for $60 for three months and nobody bought it. ;)
     
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    Here are some that I found. Can someone explain if they're going to fit my Nikon FE2, and what kind of lens they are?
    1. TOKINA SD 70-210mm 1:4 - 5.6
    2. Nikon Nikkor Micro 55mm 1: 3.5
    3. NIKON AF NIKKOR CAMERA LENS 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
    4. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Lens

    Also, something I want to ask:
    a 210mm lens would allow to pictures zoomed in, correct? A wide angle would be something more of the "bigger picture," correct? A wide angle would be a smaller number...? For example <24mm...??

    In addition, my flash is broken. What is a nice flash accessory that'll go well with my Nikon FE2? (Something not too expensive).

    I apologize for such newbie questions.
    Thank you.
     
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    I saw that lens, or one like it, but just missed it.

    I currently have a pair of 2.8 Nikkor lenses

    - a 24mm 2.8 AF " D " Nikkor w/HN-1 hood,

    - and a 105mm 2.8 AI-S MF Nikkor lens

    listed out on eBay right now...
     
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    I found this on ebay. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Lens
    Would this fit my Nikon FE2?
     
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