Classic SLR Series
Nikon did produced a Data Recording System which consists of a specially modified Nikon F2 with matched data back MF-10 (36 exposures) or MF-11 (250 exposures) film magazine. Capable of imprinting film frames automatically with time, date and other information by means of an internal electronic flash system. The MF-11 requires MD-2 motor drive; and the MF-10 can be operated with manual film advance or MD-1/2/3 motor. Both data recording cameras provide extensive Nikon system versatility and can fulfill highly critical, exacting requirements. These two camera setup were a special order item during those time.
The camera is a normal F2 camera and the trick is only at the film back section. If you are using a standard camera back in place of the Data Back and removing the film mask, the special F2 Nikon camera could be used as an ordinary F2 Nikon. The F2 Nikon Data camera sets are compatible with virtually all F2 Nikon accessories such as interchangeable finders, focusing screens, lenses and close-up equipment. Flash photography was performed with the appropriate Nikon speedlight. EE Unit DS-12 can also be used.
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Nikon F2A DATA, Nikon F2S DATA & Nikon F2AS DATA BACK camera
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F2 NIKON DATA CAMERA SETS
The Nikon F2 data camera is probably one of the rarest in number among all Nikon F2 series models. Believing it or not - based on info made available on Hiura Shinsaku's Rare Nikon SLR bodies site - These bodies are actually all handmade to order !
More info is available at Hiura Shinsaku's Site.
There are three ways of input data onto the camera at the left edge of the picture frame - the timekeeping unit, date unit and also the memo plates for handwritten data input. The time keeping device can power up to 24 hours continuous use. The date control evice is thumbwheel adjust and povide standard imprint of year/month/day selection. Hand written dtat can be used for keeping exposure data such as aperture/shutter speed settings, film type or speed or locations etc. A set of 10 x 12 x 21mm memo plates were supplied with each camera. Exposure is control via a builtin electronic flash and a lens with diaphragm to control exposure in accordance to the film speed.
These are believed to be the only two data-recording camera systems produced by Nikon, both based on slightly modified F2 bodies. The special feature found herein would enable photographer to record time, date and a small amount of handwritten information on the side of each frame as it is exposed. Both use a special camera back, a special focusing screen "Type-S" and a special removable mask at the film plane to keep light from the lens off the area where data is recorded.
However, these F2 Nikon Data Camera Set cameras can also uses standard 36 exposures film cartridges, and any of the Motor Drives (MD-1 MD2 but NOT with a MD-3) or with the EE Aperture Control attachment Unit (DS-11, DS-12 are recommended over earlier DS-1) They were supplied with an AH-1 hand strap as standard. Both bodies can be converted back to a standard F2 unit by switching to a standard camera back, installing any standard focusing screen and removing the special mask at the film plane.
The purpose of the mask is to create a shadow on the picture corner in order to permit data to be imprinted. The mask is a removable type when you intend to revert the F2 Data camera as any normal F2 camera.
Two types of Film Backs are used in conjunction with the F2 Data Camera Set: a 36 exposure film back MF-10 and 250 Bulk Film MF-11.
Note: All F2 Data cameras were produced with a serial number commencing 77. There is a word 'Data' appears above the serial number on the top plate.
Specifications for MF-10 36 Exposures Back for Nikon F2 DATA CAMERA SET
Type of device: 35mm SLR camera with data superimposition mechanism
Type of camera : Specially-prepared F2 Nikon camera body
Type of camera Back: Nikon Databack MF-10 for 36-exposure operation
Usable film: All black-and-white films of from ASA 25 to ASA 1600; color films (both transparency and negative type) of from ASA 25 to ASA 640
Flash unit: Short-duration output type powered by two 1.5V AA-type batteries mounted in the rear of the MF-10; maximum flash operation rate approximately one flash per second
Optical system: 10mm f/1.8 lens provided in MF-10 lens construction of 4 elements in 4 groups; aperture control provided for exposure adjustments to match film in use; lens reproduction ratio of 1:5.56 employed
Data superimposed: Time via timepiece unit built into body of MF-10 (maximum 24 hours operation); date via built-in dating unit (year settings of 11 years, month settings of 1 - 12, day settings of 00 - 99); additional miscellaneous data (handwritten) via slip=in memo plates (area of 12x21mm provided); ten memo plates provided; data area of 3.5 x 10mm recorded on left side of frame
Number of flashes: Approximately 250 when fired every 1 second at normal temperatures and using alkaline-manganese batteries
Battery: Four 1.5V AA penlight batteries
External power: Via socket provided at rear of MF-10; stable 300 - 330V DC input required
Dimensions: 176.5 (W) x 69 (H) x 60 (P) mm
Databack weight: Approximately 400g (without batteries).
<<<----- Note: Steven Gandy has the best information on his website where this camera relates: Click Here will go to the specific webiste featuring the camera. where he believes there are around 1,000 units of these cameras were being made. credit: Image at left was from his website.
Other references that may also help: Nikon F2/T, Gold plated Nikon F2, Nikon F2H-MD, Nikon F2 DATA Camera Set, Nikon F2A 25th Anniversary model, Nikon F2 Pin camera, Nikon F3 H-MD4/H; Hiura Shinsaku's Rare Nikon Models, Nikon F3 Limited Edition, Nikon F3 SpecialEdition, Nikon FM2n Millennium (Year of the Dragon), Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model
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