Nikon F3 High Speed Camera, 1996/7
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System configuration of the 13 Frames per second Nikon F3 High Speed camera. [Outlined the differences between the F3 HP Classic and High Speed Model]. It consists of two segments. A modified camera body (F3H) with a fixed main reflex mirror (Pellicle) and a special motor drive based on the original motor drive for Nikon F3, it was named as MD-4H. Originally, I was told only around 100 units was produced, but a proud owner of a F2 High Speed camera body, Robert Johnson told me may be production was more than that figure, could be in the region of around 500 units.

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Nikon F3H camera body Nikon High-Speed Motor Drive MD-4H

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Battery holder MS-3 (for AA-type penlight batteries)

Nikon Quick Charger MH-2

NiCd Battery Unit - MN-2 (optional)

Important: The Nikon F3H camera body is compatible with the Nikon Motor Drive MD-4 . However the Nikon High speed motor drive MD 4H can only be used with F3H camera body

Batteries

continuous framing rates

shutter speed

NiCd Battery Unit MN-2 Approx. 13 frames per sec. 1/1000 sec. or higher
AA-type Alkaline Manganese Approx. 7.5 frames per sec. 1/250 sec. or higher

Note: continuous shooting is possible at shutter speeds slower than those listed above, but continuos framing rates will slow down accordingly.

If you set the frame counter on the MD-4H to the
orange dot (for normal shooting), double exposures may occur at the end of the roll. To prevent this, set the subtracting-type frame counter on the Motor Drive and the motor drive will stop at the end of the roll. (See page 12 ol the motor drive, MD-4 manual )

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1. Set the S-C Mode Selector to C. (Fig. 3). When the S-C Mode Selector is set to 'C', shots can be taken rapidly and continuously at a maximum of approx. 13 frames per second, so long as you keep the trigger button pressed down (using NiCd battery unit MN-2).
Fig 4.gif (3k) 2. Set the shutter speed. (Fig. 4)

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3. Press the trigger button on the Motor Drive. (Fig. 5). Continuous exposures of up to 6 frames can be set by sliding the designated switch on the Motor Drive.



Exposure modes and shooting methods

As the lens aperture is not linked to the exposure meter on the camera body, be sure to perform stop-down exposure measurement in both automatic exposure (aperture-priority auto exposure) mode and manual exposure mode, perform stop-down exposure measurement when shooting as instructed at below. (Also see page 27 of the Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint camera manual).
For lenses with automatic diaphragms:
In auto exposure mode: Rotate the lens aperture ring to select the desired aperture, then release the shutter to take the picture. In manual exposure mode: Rotate the shutter speed dial and lens aperture ring to determine correct exposure, then release the shutter to take the picture.
For lenses without automatic diaphragms: In auto exposure mode: Rotate the lens aperture ring to select the desired aperture, then release shutter to take the picture. In manual exposure mode: Rotate the shutter speed dial and lens aperture ring to determine correct exposure, then release the shutter to take the picture.
For fixed-aperture lenses
: In auto exposure mode: No control is necessary, simply release the shutter to take the picture. In manual exposure mode: Rotate the shutter speed dial to determine correct exposure, then release the shutter to take the picture.

Important: As at fixed-type translucent half mirror (Pellicle mirror) is built into this camera, exposure compensation adjustment is required when using an external exposure meter (simply overexpose by approximately 2/3 step). Note: Also see page 21 of the Nikon F3 High Eyepoint camera manual.

Continuous flash firing:
When shooting continuously with a Nikon dedicated Speedlight, the available number of flashes is roughly 30% less than the figure given in the instruction manual provided with each Speedlight
Backup mechanical release lever:
This lever
cannot be used when operating the F3H camera body with the Motor Drive MD-4H. Wind the film advance lever fully if you use this lever. (Also see page 25 of the Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint camera manual.)
Optional accessories: (See page 39 of the Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint camera manual and page 17 of the MD-4 manual )

Important: The following accessories are NOT compatible with the F3H camera body and Motor Drive MD-4H combination.

Magazine Back MF-4
Firing Rate Converter MK-1
Data Back MF-14 (compatible with F3H camera body alone)

Specifications: F3H camera body for high-speed Motor Drive
Shutter speed:
8 sec. to 1/2000 sec., plus B, T and X settings, and A (auto) setting. (See page 17 of the Nikon F3 High-Eyepoint camera manual. )
Reflex mirror:
Fixed-type translucent half mirror
Viewfinder:
Interchangeable eye level pentaprism type finder
Focusing screen:
Matte type screen (Type B)
Exposure control:
Through-the-lens, stop-down metering with averaged light metering pattern and metering circuits incorporated into camera body.
Aperture control:
Manual aperture control, maximum aperture can be set by pressing the aperture release button.
Weight:
Approx. 780g (27.5 oz.) (camera body only)

Specifications:
High-speed Motor Drive MD-4H
Firing rates:
Approx. 13 Frames per second at shutter speed of 1/1000 sec. (with NiCd Battery Unit MN-2, fully charged, with up to approx. 15 rolls of film)
Continuous exposures:
Up to 6 frames can be set by sliding the designated switch.
Shooting modes:
Choice of single frame (S), continuous (C) and lock (L) positions
Battery life: Approx. 70 rolls of 36-exposure film (at normal temperature) using NiCd Battery Unit MN-2. Approx. 140 rolls of 36-exposure film (at normal temperature) using AA-type alkaline-manganese Batteries.
Weight:
Approx. 500g (17.6 oz.) (without batteries)

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