Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?
Today I was looking at a used FE2 with Nikkor 24mm 2.8.
Seems like a bargain at US$200, but maybe not.
The body has no dents, scratches or brassing whatsoever but has a lot of dirt and crud around all the dials.
The mirror is suffering from a fungal infection which I find scary.
I opened the camera back and inside (and the shutter)are perfectly clean.
Looks like this camera has not seen a lot of use but rather has been sitting idle in someones cupboard for too many years.
My Question- is it worth buying a camera/lens in this condition/at this price and then spending more to get it professionally cleaned? I'm sure the body will clean up beautifully, but is it possible to ever get that fungus off the mirror? Could there be more fungus inside eating away at the electronics? Fungus,fungus,fungus-I've almost talked myself out of it! Or should I look around for a body that has been better cared for?
#1. "RE: Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 03-Dec-01 03:21 AM
Scary fungus indeed.
As your local repair shop for their opinion, my own is to run away, but maybe a good treatment of ultraviolet rays can cure it completely.
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#2. "RE: Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0nkcllewis Charter MemberMon 03-Dec-01 11:43 PM
Hey, the way I see it, the 24mm nikkor is worth $200 by itself! Nothing wrong wiht fungus on the mirror, it doesn't take pics anyways. Besides, I am sure a good cleaning will suffice. Check to make sure the body works, ie, that the meter is still functioning and that the shutter is working and that the film winder isn't striped. Regardless, it sounds like a good deal. Get it and pay to have someone professionally clean it and have fun. You will still be way ahead as a good condition FE2 with a 24mm nikkor can easily run you $550 plus.
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#3. "RE: Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 2scooby Basic MemberTue 04-Dec-01 04:47 AM
Yes,I went back today for another look. That 24mm Nikkor alone looks good- I'd give it at least an 8 out of 10. It looks like a not-too-old AIS.
I checked the body more carefully. The crud seems to wipe off easily and underneath looks very good as I said,no scratches.
Unfortunately the battery was flat ,so could not check the meter.
Could only fire the shutter on M250 and seemed OK. Visually the shutter looks perfect.
I did notice though that the foam seals around the camera back have perished somewhat. Is this a big problem?
I'm going back tomorrow with a battery to check the meter and shutter again.
I'm still thinking....even if I spend $100 for a good clean, I'm still way ahead...but what about those seals?
#5. "RE: Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 3
Things I would look for ...
1) Lens mount screws , bottom plate screws and any screw should look like it has not ben tampered with.(check focus on ifinity with the 50mm , unable to focus properly indicates lens mount tampering)
2) shutter curtain and reflex mirror , should be untouched , unscrathed.
Fungus can be easily removed or stoped. foam very cheaply replaced.
3) Make sure that you check the camera with fresh batteries loaded , along with a dedicated Nikon speedlight and that lightly pressing the shutter release button turns ON the flash from standby , Also that TTL confirmation works. You will be in big trouble if after a while you find out that your camera works fine , but it cannot meter TTL with a flash.
For the price I would try and get 2 Bodies not one !
#6. "RE: Dirty Used FE 2 - Worth it ?" | In response to Reply # 0
KEH wants 325 for a 24 f2.8 in excellent condition, I paid 350 for my new one last year. They want 286 for an FE2 in Bargain condition, I paid 275 for mine in excellent condition.I bought mine from a Camera store which also sold me a 2 year warranty for an extra 10% so I don't have to worry as much. I guess the unknown is the damge wrought by the fungus and also if the meter, ttl flash and speeds on the shutter are all working properly. If it were me, I'd ask the guy if I could leave the 200 for a dposit, take it to a camera repair man and ask him to check it out for me. I'd tell the guy that for doing that I'll give him an extra $20.00 which he can keep if I decide not to buy the camera. I'd put that in writing by the way. If you can put that camera in working condition for $100 bucks you're still getting half price.