Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Automatic Winding/Control Functions
As every Nikkormat fan knows, the mechancal and the first electronic EL don't have the capabilities to use auto winder or motor drive. But the ELW, as the name suggested, was a Nikkormat EL with a Winder: the same goes for EL2, which also enables one to use the AW-1 winder, designed specially for the EL later series. You can just attach the accessory AW-1 Auto Winder to the EL2's base plate and it will extend the camera's automatic functions into the area of powered film advance.
Previously an esoteric item strictly for professionals, powered film advance was something amateurs could only dream about. Now, with the AW-1 attached, the EL2 owner can have almost all the advantages of a motor drive, plus the added advantages of lower purchase price, lower running cost and lighter weight.
Compared with the competitors, as with the 5 fps Canon A-1 on the Motor Drive MA, this may sound a little conservative, but since the EL2 was targeted at a different market segment, thus, it is very unfair to make such a comparison. Anyway, Nikon produced a very good and reliable motor drive (MD-11 3.5 fps) for the compact FE and FM the same year. Still, you should know that Nikon has always been very strong in motor drive technology, like the Nikon F high speed motor drive camera (7fps), and the superb 5fps MD2 for the Nikon F2 - both are classic now.
For more detail on the AW-1 Winder, I have prepared a reference map for you to refer: Views presented are Top, Bottom, Side and back view. The map also outlines its main controls and functions.
Click here to access. (HTML - combined file size is quite big, please be patient, approx. 21 sec for 28.8 modem).
The EL2 with AW-1 provides auto advance of the film to the next frame in a relatively slow 1/2 second, but eliminating any risk of missing the crucial shot when following action. However, the EL2/AW-1 combination should not merely be thought of as an action camera; it functions perfectly at all shutter speeds, making life easier in all aspects of photography, even for studio work or copying - automatically. Finally, weighing a mere 400g (approximately, with batteries), the AW-1 breaks the weight barrier with a compact, lightweight and economical unit that also provides outstanding economy of operation; it can transport up to 150 standard cassettes of film before the batteries need to be replaced, eliminating the necessity to carry huge quantities of spare batteries.
The AW-1 uses six 1.5V penlight batteries housed in the unit's integral battery chamber. Access to the chamber, for loading or unloading batteries, is by the removable cover at the end of the winder. Under normal operating conditions, with alkaline-manganese batteries, the AW-1 will transport about 150 standard 36-exposure cassettes.
The control panel on the back of the AW-1 incorporates both the power ON/OFF switch and the LED pilot lamp. The LED pilot lamp glows during film winding and serves as a visual check of correct operation. As soon as the cassette has been fully exposed, the Auto Winder's motor stops and the pilot lamp lights up continuously. The power switch should then be turned off.
Shutter Release. A gentle pressure on the release button is all that is required to capture the decisive moment on film. The instant the finger is lifted off the shutter release button, and the shutter completes its travel, the Auto Winder springs into life. It winds the film and re-cocks the shutter, readying the camera for the next shot in merely half a second.
Film Rewind. Film rewinding with the AW-1 attached is the same as for the EL2 on its own, except that you have to turn the AW-1 off first; rewind is actuated by pressing the button on the AW-1's base plate.
Basic Operation | Shutter Mechanism | Lens Mount | Exposure Control | Viewfinder info | Metering | Flash | Film Advance (Auto) / Transport
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