Classic SLR Series
Nikon MD-1 was introduced along with the Nikon F2. Barely less than two years later, it was replaced with an upgraded MD-2 which has identical basic features, appearance and operational sequences. The MD-2 remained as the "premium" grade Motor Drive for Nikon F2 series bodies until the F2AS was finally discontinued in 1980 and replaced with the Nikon F3. It is very difficult to locate a MD-1even at the used market and I am still locating for some good pictures so as to replace these pictures that I scanned from an early '70 marketing leaflet that I eventually bought from John Craig just to fill-up this missing part from this F2 site !
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Credit: All the 5 great images of MD-1 which has a MD-2 knob design displayed in this page were contributed by:. Tor Lemhag® Images Copyright © 2002
While I am not too certain if there were any mechanical or electronic circuit improvement incorporated inside the MD-2 from earlier MD-1; in many ways, MD-1 and MD-2 are very similar and could easily lead you to mix up these models unless you use few areas to differentiate the two models (not always applied):
The most noticeable section is at its removable S-C knob. The Shutter release button for MD-1 and MD-2 is significantly different in its shape and design. The button for MD-1 is rectangular shaped while the firing button for MD-1 is a rounded button. The finger rest for MD-2's S-C knob has better human engineering than MD-1. Updated: Check the MD-1 contributed by Mr Tor Lembag shown above, his Nikon MD-1 S/N 201078 shares similar MD-1 shutter release knob design.
<<<<<<<<------- Credit: Picture at right courtesy of Edward Ngoh, Pictured by: MCLau®.
While I don't have a chance to test IF the MD-1's knob can be interchangeable with MD-2's S-C knob, a user wrote and confirm the MD-2's S-C knob is usable on MD-1 BUT he is also not too sure whether it will works the other way round. If anyone of you has a real experience swapping the two knobs of different time, please mail me your finding and I will publish here for everyone to share.
Nikon F2/MD-2 w/MF-3
<<-- Credit: An excellent image of this MD-1 courtesy of Mr. Peter Prinskorv <firstname.lastname@example.org> ENLARGED View (120k)
<<<-- Credit: Picture of camera courtesy of Edward Ngoh, Pictured by: MCLau®.
MD-1 will rewind the entire film back into the film canister when you activate power film rewind after entire roll is exposed because the MD-2's electrical contact for auto stop film leader during power film rewind is not available yet in MD-1 and hence specialize film back introduced later such as MF-3 or equivalents are NOT recommended to use with MD-1.
Next, another difference is, the control panel of the MD-1 lacks the LED pilot lamp as used in the MD-2. While the MD-1 has only an analogue type battery check dial. Other controls are virtually identical (If you are picky enough, the marked country of origin "made in Japan" was shorten as "Japan" in the MD-2). Nikon MD-1 is compatible with any Nikon F2 models (But NOT the F2 High Speed Motor Drive camera which has its own dedicated motor drive MD-100). MD-1 still commands a good premium even though it is an "older" model while many seasoned users would use "brief spell life span" to determine its year of manufacture.
Two fabulous views of a MD-1 mounted onto a Nikon F2 and F2S with 250 bulk film magazine back where I scanned them from the same marketing leaflet which I bought.
Recently, Mr. Bob Hammond sent me an interesting image of the two versions of Nikon MB-1 which made me have a second thought of concluding there is only one version.. . Click on the thumbnail to see an enlarge view of the two MB-1.
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