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Accessories for Nikon Motor Drive Units - Part II

 
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There are two AC/DC Converters, MA-2 and MA-4 (see Below ), used to convert AC power to DC for use by F2 motor drive(s). Connecting Cord MC-2 is used between the motor drive unit and the converter.

MA-2 AC/DC Converter: This unit provides power to drive motor from any 100-240 volt AC household current. It connects to the motor drive via the connecting cord MC-2.
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MA-3 Cold Weather Pack Jacket: To permit operation of the Nikon motor drives even under low-temperature conditions, Nikon provides the MA-3 Battery Pack Jacket. This is essentially a cold-weather battery pack jacket that connects to the motor drive via an MC-2 cord. Worn under the coat, the MA-3 accommodates either the MB-1 or MB-2 and utilizes body heat: to keep the batteries warm and delivering full power. Connection between the MA-3 and the motor drive is by means of the one meter long MC-2 connecting cord supplied. The two straps affixed to the jacket allow it to be slung from the neck, shoulder, or waist.

MA-4 AC/DC power converter: Converts 220/110/117-V AC to 15 V DC. Functioning in exactl:y the same manner as a laboratory power pack, the Nikon MA-4 AC/DC converter transforms, rectifies and smoothes out the AC mains supply to deliver a ripple-free, stabilized 15 volt DC supply to the motor drive in use. It can also be use to power EE Aperture Control Unit using optional connecting cord.

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It's ideal for applications where a great number of shots are taken from a fixed position, or when using the 750-exposure magazine back in conjunction with the MD-2 equipped F2.

System Accessories for Remote Control Photography (designed to trigger ANY Nikon Motor Drive with 3-pin Connectors, for F2, FM, FE, FA and some F-series Motors (as well as some Nikon old R8 and R10 movie cameras !).

Remote photography can in many forms. Nikon has designed to have all their remote accessories as an added on device attach to the motor drive rather than the manual focus camera directly. Well, the camera body does provide basic form of remote control restricted only to cable operated function via the threaded shuter release button. If you put a motor drive unit on Nikon F2 body then you can get an electric shutter release in two ways. A cheap cable connection or via a more expensive way of using electrical remote control devices. Actually, the shutter release button (S-C button) on the top handle portion of the motor drive section is a builtin remote socket where it can be act as a cable-based remote control device. It is actually a built-in control unit for firing the camera remotely via cable connection. The S-C knob can be removed from the motor drive handle by depressing the two little buttons to either sides and pulling it upward. The removed knob can then be attached to the 10 feet (optional cable of 33' or 66' were also available) MC-1 cord for remote shutter release. Further, the remote socket terminal in front of the motor drive can also take the 10 feet MC-10 cord for remote shuter release.

The remote socket of the motor drive served to connect the camera via some of the dedicated accessories for remote control photography. The socket has three contacts: power, ground and firing
pin (this socket also used to fit other accessores such as
MR-1/MR-2 shutter release) will also act as a shutter release button when you held the camera and shoot vertically. This socket is also used for connecting external power sources such as AC/DC or powerpack.

Note: The S-C Knob for MD-1 and MD-2 are different in its shape and design. But that is no problem using the Knob of MD-2 to fit into MD-1's 4 pin socket.

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Remote Firing Devices

Other than cable or cord connections, the MC-3 cable and the MR-1/2 release attach to the terminal on the front of the motor drive provides a second firing button as well as a port for the AR-2 cable release.The MR-2 shutter release would take the place of the MR-1, which functions in the same manner. Other remote firing devices that would extend the working range include the ML-1 Infrared Remote, the MW-1 Radio Remote, the MT-1 Intervalometer, and the Pistol Grip 2. The ML-1, MW-1, and MT-1 are unique remote triggering systems that enables Nikon F2 cameras be remotely controlled up to 0.7km away !Using Nikon remote control units is generally quite straightforward, however there are some precautions and special instructions. You should read the motor-drive instruction booklet and the instructions for the remote control unit.

MW-1 Wireless Remote Control Radio Set: The most sophisticated of the Nikon remote control accessories is the MW-1 Radio Control Set. This compact solid-state radio control remote firing unit comprised of a transmitter and receiver set allows full remote control of up to three motor-drive-equipped cameras at ranges of up to 0.7km (2,300 feet ).

Crystal controlled operating frequencies ensure interference-free operation at all times and this is the perfect tool for remote photography. It works on a 27Mhz Citizen Bond band at 80 megawatts whcih is highly resistant to interference. Each unit requires eight AA batteries. The MW-1 has a newer model called MW-2 which I am not so sure if it still works with older F2 bodies. The original unit weighs only 19.4oz (550g) for Transmitter and 24.7oz (700g) for Receiver Unit (excluding power cells which takes 8 x 1.5v AA cells).

MT-1 Intervalometer: For time-lapse photography, use NC-2 or MT-1 Intervalometer. For Wireless remote control, you can use ML- I Modulite Remote Control Set which triggers by a light beam, or MW- 1 Radio Control Set which uses a radio signal.

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<<<<<<----- The newer MT-2 essentially provide similar function but controls are different from MT-1. However, the boggest difference is: MT-2 is a Quartz Control Unit while the older MT-1 is analogue type for itsprogrammable timings.

Powered by eight AA batteries, the MT-1 Intervalometer can fire motorized cameras at any user defined preset intervals. It festures a variable pulse durations from 0.1 second to 8 minutes and variable interval from 0.15 second to 8 minutes. It has a pulse setting and a frame setting. The pulse setting regulates the number of frames fired and related to the shutter speed and firing rate of the motor drive. It will work with any Nikon Motor drive that has three pins connections. Experimentation with the pulse and frame settings are usually required to achieve the desired firing rate. I was told the second upgrade, MT-2, a quartz time unit is more friendly in set up to use than MT-1. Both of these units can work in conjunction with the MW-1 Radio Remote Control Unit.

ML-1 Modulite Remote Control Set: Also compatible with any Nikon Motor Drives with 3 pin connectors and with older Nikon R8 and R10 Movie Cameras. The ML-1 Modulite comprised of an infrared wireless remote with a transmitter (photographer section) and receiver unit (on the camera section). Utilizing Nikon's unique light modulation principle (The Receiver only responds to nearly invisible beam from the Transmitter; it will not triggered by sunlight, electronic flash or even infra red beam! ) the ML-1 Modulite Remote Control Set provides interference-free operation of up to two motor-drive-equipped cameras at ranges of up to 60 meters. They work via modulated light signals and are powered by 2x 4 x AA batteries (the receiver for older unit takes a 9V battery). MC-8 cord is required for connection to the camera's motor drive. The working range is around 200 feet (60m).

The ML-1's twin channels permit the independent operation of two cameras depending on the needs of the shooting situation. The cameras can be set for either single-frame or continuous operation.
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In the studio, the triggering signal can be actually bounced off the studio walls to operate the cameras. Fully solid-state, the unit requires only four AA size penlight batteries to power it, making it compact enough for on-location use.

Exposure intervals of up to eight minutes can be set on the MT-1's control panel. Most of the original equipment designed for older Nikon SLR have been long discontinued, and possibly substituted by newer version or upgrades. What about the ML-2 introduced later ? Yes, I think it may be possible. According to a friend of mine who actually bought one for both of his Nikon FA/ MD-15 and F2A/MD-2, it also works on the F2.

Nikon F2 Film Cassettes for Motor Drive Use

36-Exposure cassette AM-1: Reloadable metal cassette couples to camera Open/Close key for low fiction operation even at fastest motor drive speed.
25o-Exposure Cassette MZ-1: For use with Nikon F2 and F-250 drive where minimum a pair is required. Metal construction with low fiction design.
750-Exposure Cassette MZ-2: Special cassette (minimum of two is required) for use with Nikon High capacity 750 exposure magazine. It accepts standard 100 feet 35mm film rolls Incorporating a low fiction design.

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Remote Control-Pistol Grip model 2 and MC-3 Cord may be used to control the motor drive from the pistol grip. Two or more motor drives may be operated simultaneously using an MC-4 Remote Cord connected to the Remote Terminal socket on each motor drive. The cables all connect to a user-furnished switch. It can use or mix with F2, F3, FM or FE series bodies with or without motor drive installed.

Related Accessories:

And to round it all off, Nikon provides yet quite a wide range of general accessories to further facilitate motor drive operation. These cover a complete selection of cords, leads and connectors for both simple remote control or power hook-up. Other accessories include the Pistol Grip Model 2 featured above for smooth, easy handling of telephoto lenses and, in conjunction with an MC-3 cord, precise motor drive triggering.

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Simultaneous Firing of Multiple Nikon F2 bodies

Two or more cameras may be fired in unison, either in single frame or continuous operation. Connect each camera with a motor drive, cordless battery pack and MC-4 remote cord. Then connect the red and black plugs on the remote cords to a single switch to trigger the motor drives together as shown in the illustration below.

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The total length of each connecting cord (including the MC-4 cord) from motor drive to switch and back again must not create a resistance of more than 5 ohm. In certain installations, in which long cords are required, the use of a relay box is strongly recommended.

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Note: If you change the batteries in one of the motor drive's battery packs, you must change the batteries in all the battery packs to avoid excessive battery drain.

There is also the AM-1 Precision Reloadable Cassette, specially for use with the F2, which accepts standard film "reloads" or cut lengths of bulk film.

The MR-1/ MR-2 /MR-3 Shutter Release, on the other hand, screws into the remote terminal on the motor drive. It converts 3-pin remote terminal on Nikon motor drives into a convenient auxiliary motor/shutter release but-ton. Also serves for remore control when used in conjunction with Nikon cable release.

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It permits the photographer to adopt a greater variety of shooting positions, it also provide an alternative shutter release button tot eh camera setup.

Remote and Connection Cords: SC Remote Cords-available in 10, 33, or 66-foot lengths; accommodate removable control head of MD-2 motor for remote operation. SC Remote Cord MC-1 (1) Connects the motor drive to the grip head when the latter is removed for remote control. Length: 3m (10 feet).

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Connecting Straight Cord MC-2 (2) Nikon 3-pin motor terminal to AC/DC converter MA-2 or MA-4. Length: 3m (10 feet)
Coiled Cord for Pistol Grip MC-3 (
3) connects Nikon 3-pin motor terminal to the trigger of the pistol grip II.
Remote Cord MC-4
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4) converts Nikon 3-pin motor terminal to male "Banana Plug" fitting for remote triggering in a timer or radio control unit. Connecting Cord MC-7: Extension cord for connecting MB-1 or MB-2 battery pock to F2 motors. Used to allow photographer to hold the pack separately to lighten the setup or protect batteries from cold.

As for the AH-1 Hand grip, it gives a more comfortable, secure hold on a camera/motor drive/ battery pack combination. Though these items may be small in themselves, they are but a few examples of Nikon's thorough systems approach to motor drive photography. This hand grip came in as standard accessory for Nikon F2 DATA Camera Set.

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