Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Remember to do all this in a darkroom. The preset dial has glow-in-the-dark numerals to help you along, although they are possibly made from tritium instead of phosphorescent paint.
MZ-1 250-Exposure Cassette
Yes! I hope to bore you by again describing how to open the cassette:
If that wasn't enough, here's how to close it, again!
Nikon's reloadable standard cassette, recommended for use with the F36, doesn't have any felt. As a result, it is probably a bit faster to use and more battery-efficient (less drag), but given the cheapness of batteries and the convenience of preloaded film, there is no compelling reason to use it today.
Pistol Grip Early type for F36 and F250
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.
This Pistol Grip has a microswitch and may be used with either motorised or non-motorised cameras, as it accepts both the motor connecting cord or a cable release. It is appropriate for motorised cameras with the Cord Pack and has a cable for its attachment. It offers single-shot or continuous mode.
Pistol Grip Model 2
This Pistol Grip is appropriate for only motorised cameras with cordless battery packs (i.e. Cordless Pack or MB-2/3). It connects to the motor drive via a cord; it offers single-shot or continuous mode. With all pistol grips, don't attach it to the tripod socket of the old non-AI 300f/4.5, as the F36 with Cordless Pack will interfere with the fit.
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.
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.
Wireless Control Model 2
You can directly
hook the receiver into the Cordless Pack via a special cord. Otherwise, you need
a different cord to hook the receiver across R1 and R2 of the Relay Box, for use
with the Cord Pack. Since the receiver has two "OUTPUT" sockets, you can
connect a couple of remote motorised cameras to fire simultaneously.
The cord that comes standard with the Wireless Remote set has the appropriate plug for an "OUTPUT" socket on one end and two leads coming out the other end, one red and one black. These are meant to be plugged into the R1 and R2 terminals of the Relay Box, but may be adapted (via a two-prong plug) to use on the Cordless Pack. Button 1 on the Transmitter fires "OUTPUT 1", Button 2 fires "OUTPUT 2", and Button 3 fires both "OUTPUT"s. It is important to keep the button depressed as long as necessary -- 50 msec for shutter speeds 1/125 and faster, 1.5 sec for slower shutter speeds -- to fire the shutter.
NC-2 Intervalometer 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.
The Nikon NC-2 offers fairly good accuracy (+/- 3%) in timing, and is remarkably flexible. One large knob selects the base time delay between consecutive shots, and a smaller knob to its left selects the "multiplier" factor; e.g. to set a 4-second delay, you could either set the "multiplier" to 1x and the base interval to 4 sec. or "multiplier" at 4x and a base interval of 1 sec. Immediately below the "multiplier" knob are two switches: one toggle switch controls the power (on/off/savings) and one push button controls the timer start. The power switch may be turned to the "save" position to select a battery-saving circuit when the NC-2 is to be used for longer than three hours. The push button is depressed once to begin automatic timing; while the NC-2 is timing, it may be depressed at any time to immediately fire the shutter (the automatic timer does not reset after you press this button, so it will operate as scheduled, regardless of how many times you press).
Three sockets are on top of the NC-2, a remote control (two-prong) socket and external power (coaxial) socket on the left and a timing out (two-prong) socket on the right. When the external power socket is in use, the batteries inside the unit are disconnected. The timing out socket is connected to either the Cordless Pack (via the MEx cords) or the Relay Box (via the AE-x cords); AE-x cords may be connected to the remote control socket to remotely begin timing or immediately fire the shutter, as the push button on the front of the NC-2 does.
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.
The Relay Box made all kinds of remote-control photography possible with the F and F36 or F250. It is a fairly unassuming box not really bristling with terminals, but with enough to cause some confusion. The left side of the box has four terminals; the ones close to the top edge, from left to right, are the power-supply terminal to the motor (labelled "M") and the power-input terminal from the battery pack (labelled "B"). Near the bottom edge are the DC input terminals, clearly labelled "+" and "-", which may be used in lieu of the battery pack input. The right side has two terminals, R1 and R2, which must be connected by a switching mechanism of some kind, via one of the AE-x cords (or by a switch of your own design). The top of the box has a S/C rocker switch and a shutter tripping button. Yes, this one, too, overrides the one on the back of the F36 or F250. The Relay Box is most appropriate for long runs of remote cords or adapting the Cord Pack to more remoteness.
The Relay Box is probably amazingly difficult to get. If you want to drive yourself crazy, you might want to hunt up the accessory AC mains adapter for the Relay Box (which hooks into the DC input terminals and supplies DC current sufficient for up to 4 motorised cameras) So long as the resistance across R1 and R2 does not exceed 100 Ohms, your wire can be as long as you like (my source quotes 1-2 mi. (1.6-3.2km)!). It looks as though the time lag between closing R1 and R2 and releasing the shutter is approximately 40-80 msec, with a synchronisation error between simultaneously-fired cameras of around 20 msec. Just to make your hunt harder, the Relay Box was originally supplied with a 1m connecting cord between it and the battery pack.
Miniature voltmeter instantly checks condition of motor batteries in Standard Battery Pack. Indicates voltage as well as the point when batteries should be replaced.
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