Nikon F with Photomic Finder with F36 Motor Drive
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The simple addition of a motor drive transforms the Nikon F into a unique, automatic instrument that opens up a whole new realm of picture opportunities

The value of the motor drive for producing action sequences is self-evident, as is its use in time-lapse studies, motion analysis and surveillance. No less important, however, is the facility the motor drive provides for capturing the momentary situation, the elusive action, the fleeting expression which so often occurs the instant after the exposure is made. Whether the user is stalking one picture or a whole sequence, the unrelenting fire pattern of the motor is sure to bag the quarry.

The motor-equipped Nikon F can be operated in-hand or remotely, wired or by radio control. It may be preset to fire single shots, burst of two or more, or continuously, through an entire film load, at rates up to 4 shots per second. The automatic mirror and diaphragm remain fully operative up to 3 exposures per second. At 4 frames per second achievable when the mirror of the camera body is in locked up position.

There are two motor drives for the Nikon F: the F36,for standard film cassettes with up to 36 exposures, and the F250,for special 250-exposure loads. They interchange with the regular Nikon F camera back.
Nikon F36MD Motor Drive LINK
There are two motor drives for the Nikon F: the F36,for standard film cassettes with up to 36 exposures, and the F250,for special 250-exposure loads. They interchange with the regular Nikon F camera back.

| Photo Showcase on few old /new versions of the Nikon F36 Motor Drive Units |

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Nikon F36 motor drive unit for Nikon F SLR camera

Full setup of Nikon F36 motor Drive Unit

Nikon F36 motor drive Remarkably light and compact, the F36 adds automatic fire power to the Nikon F without sacrificing the camera's easy maneuverability. It handles standard 35mm cartridges or bulkloaded Nikon cassettes with up to 36 exposures.

At the back of the F36 is a selector (1) which can be set for single shots or continuous sequences, or locked against accidental release. A separate selector (2) is used to determine the rate of fire for sequence shooting: 2, 2 1/2, 3 or 4 frames (Need to mirror Lock up) per second, at shutter speeds of 1/8 to 1/1000th second.

Single shots may be made at any speed. The motor drive also has a built-in counter (3) which shows the number of exposures left on the film. The F36 motor drive uses either the standard or cordless Nikon battery pack.

F36 with Cordless battery pack

Nikn F36  REAR SECTION VIEW WITH VARIOUS DATA
Provides automatic fire power in its most convenient form. Attaches directly to the F36 motor drive and transforms the Nikon F into an integrated, one-piece automatic unit. Has built-in release button and selector switch for single and sequence shots. Built-in relay simplifies remote operation. Uses conventional 2-conductor, household-type cord, which may be connected to a manual switch, intervalometer, radio control receiver or other switching device.

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The cordless battery pack is designed for use with the F36 motor drive only. It holds 8 penlite AA batteries. It may also be operated from an external 12-volt DC source. It is not necessary to detach the cordless pack while changing films.

Nikon F250MD Motor Drive LINK
Nikon F250 Motor Drive The F250 motor drive extends Nikon automatic fire power to applications where frequent film changes are impratical. Using special cassettes which hold up to 33 feet of bulk film, it delivers 250 exposures without the need to do reloading. It can also be used with standard 20 and 36 exposure loads.

| Photo Showcase on Nikon F250 |

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The F250 provides the same selection of firing rates and shutter speeds as the F36. It operates with the standard Nikon battery Pack.

Standard Battery Pack

Slim leather case holds 8 'C' batteries. Has triggering button and setting for single or sequence shots. Permits use of remote triggering devices, such as relay box, intervalometer and wireless control, as well as extension cords. Supplied with shoulder strap and 3 feet cord for connecting to F36 or F250 Motor Drives.

Full setup of Nikon F36 motor Drive Unit BASE VIEW

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Accessories for Nikon F36 andF250 motor Drives

This instrument enables the motor-equipped Nikon F to take pictures automatically at predetermined intervals from '/: second to more than 16 minutes. Once started it requires no attention until the last exposure has been made. Time-lapse photography, as this technique is called, finds application in virtually every field of research and development. It is one of many areas where the F250 motor drive with its tremendous film capacity provides ready-made capabilities far beyond the scope of any other 35mm system.
Intervalometer

The Nikon Intervalometer uses a 30-volt battery housed inside the unit. Where the motor drive is equipped with Standard Battery Pack, the Intervalometer is used with the Relay Box accessory. In the case of the Cordless Battery Pack, the Intervalometer is connected directly.

Wireless Control

Permits operation of the motorequipped Nikon F just as space satellites are controlled from earth. Relays your'fire' commend to the camera from as far as 3 mile away. Dangerous or inaccessible locations become photographically approachable. Security procedures can be reinforced by the unfailing dependability of radio-controlled Nikon photography. A single wireless control may be used to operate one or two motor-driven Nikon F cameras, individually or together.

Pistol Grip

Designed to give added support for hand-held shooting. Also provide facilities for operating motor drive. Grips screw into tripod socket, either under motor drive or under lens, as required for balance.

Model II Pistol Grip for use with cordless battery pack, accepts Switching Cord for electrical operation of F36 motor drive. Also accepts Mechanical Cable for operating shutter release on camera, with or without motor drive. Both couple to trigger on grip.

Switching Cord for Model II Grip permits electrical operation of F36 motor drive with cordless battery pack. Mechanical Cable for Model II Grip is used to trigger the shutter release on the camera body.

ST Pistol Grip

for use with standard battery pack is equipped with trigger-controlled micro switch and cord for electrical operation of F36 or F250 motor drive.

Bulk Film Loader

Permits rapid darkroom loading of film into Nikon 250-exposure cassettes used in F250 motor drive. May be preset to stop automatically at any desired film length.

30 feet Extension Cord

A 3-conductor cord which leads directly into the Standard Battery Pack to permit a Nikon F equipped with either F36 or F250 motor drive to be operated from a distance up to 30 feet.
Relay Box

Used with Standard Battery Pack, permits a Nikon F equipped with either F36 or F250 motor drive to be operated through a conventional 2-conductor cord, terminating in any circuit closing device: manual switch, intervalometer, radio control receiver, or other. May also be operated by button on relay box. Not required with Cordless Battery Pack.

Battery tester
Miniature voltmeter instantly checks condition of motor batteries in Standard Battery Pack. Indicates voltage as well as the point when batteries should be replaced.

Nikn F36 side view A Nikn F36 side view B Nikn F36 side view C

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