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Nikon Professional Motor Drive MD-2 - Instruction Manual Part II

 
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CONTENTS

Main
Reference Map (Nomenclature) ..... Attaching the Motor Drive ..... Power Sources ....Installing the batteries.. .Life-span of the batteries ..... MB-1 ..... MB-2 ..... Checking battery power ....... Attaching to the Motor Drive . . . . Loading the Camera . . .Basic Operation . . . . Frame Counter . . . Single-Frame ("S") Operation ...... Continuous ("C") Shooting . .Firing rate..... Usable Shutter Speeds Range .... Rewinding/ Unloading . . .

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Automatic Rewind Stop with MF-3 . . . Double/Multiple Exposures . . . Using "S" Setting . . Using "C" Setting . . . External Power Source . . . . AC/DC Converter MA-4 . . . . Remote Control . . . Grip Head and SC Remote Cord MC-1....

Remote Cord MC-4 . . . Pistol Grip Model 2 and MC-3 Cord . . . Intervalometer MT-1 . . . Radio Control Set MW-1..... Modulite Remote Control Set ML-1 .... Simultaneous Firing . . . Time-Lapse Exposures . . . . Accessories: . Optimum Battery Performance . . . . Specifications . . . .

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Attaching the Motor Drive

The motor drive MD-2 is designed to work perfectly with any Nikon F2-series camera. There is no need for factory adjustment to match camera and motor drive.

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Unscrew the O/C key with a coin or similar object. A threaded hole is provided on the back of the motor drive grip for storing the O/C key. Set the camera on the motor drive and tighten the knurled mounting screw until the camera and motor drive fit together snugly.

This links the motor drive coupling and the shutter release coupling on the camera with the drive shaft and shutter release plunger, respectively, of the motor drive. Take care not to apply excessive force as the attachment screw is tightened-lot the two units seat themselves.

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In particular, avoid displacing the camera, for example, by trapping the neck strap ring between the hand grip and the camera, as this may result in incorrect coupling; the shutter appearing to cycle, but not exposing the film. As a precaution, before loading the film, set the shutter speed dial to 1/125 sec. or faster, and make a few blank exposures, checking that the shutter is operating correctly. If it is not, simply re-attach the motor drive and check again.

Note: To replace the O/C key, position it in the opening in such a way that the coupling pin an the O/C key drops into the slot. Then turn the key until the arrow lines up with "C" and screw it tight.

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Power Sources The Motor Drive MD-2 can be used with the Cordless Battery Pack MB-1or MB-2, or with the AC/DC Converter MA-4.

MB-1 The Cordless Battery Pack MB-1 holds ten penlight batteries, or two NC Battery Units MN-1, which are available as optional accessories.

Installing the batteries

Fold out the clip on the O/C key of the battery pack and turn in the direction of the arrow to open the cover of the battery holder. Place five batteries in each of the Penlight Battery Holder MS-1 as illustrated on the side of the holder.

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Then slip the holder into the battery pack. To install the NC Battery Units MN-1, slide them into the pack in the same way.

Life-span of the batteries The number of rolls that can be shot with one set of batteries varies as follows. Approximately 10 36exposures rolls can be shot at the guaranteed rated firing speed with zinc-carbon batteries, and approximately 20 rolls with alkaline-manganese batteries. This table shows the number of 36-exposure rolls of film which can be fired on one set of batteries.

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These amounts can be extended to approximately 50 and 80 rolls, respectively, but with a corresponding slowdown in the firing speed. NC battery units have enough power for shooting 50 rolls of film at the rated firing speed, or up to 60 rolls but at slower firing speeds.

Note: The performance figures take into account power rewinding of the film in the camera.

Checking battery power

To check the battery power, depress the power check button on the side of the battery pack. If both the LED's light up, the batteries have sufficient power.

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If only the lower LED lights up, the batteries can still be used, but will be exhausted soon. If neither LED lights up, the batteries must be changed. All ten batteries should be changed, since full performance will not be obtained if old and new batteries are mixed.

CHECK HERE FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE VARIATION


MB-2 The Cordless Battery Pack MB-2 holds eight penlight batteries. Installing the batteries Release the battery holders by pressing the grip clips on each side of the battery pack, and pull them out.

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Place four penlight batteries in each holder MS-2, making sure that the positive and negative (+ and -) terminals are lined up correctly. Then fit the battery-loaded holders back into the MB-2 until they click into position.


Life-span of the batteries The number of rolls of film that can be shot with one set of batteries is difficult to predict accurately, since this depends on too many variable factors. In the same manner, the number of rolls of film that can be shot at the motor drive's rated speed varies with the types of batteries used. This table shows the number of 36-exposure rolls of film which can be fired on one set of batteries. (Rewinding power consumption included.)

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The rated firing speed can be maintained for approximately five 36-exposure rolls of film when zinc-carbon batteries are used, and for about ten rolls of film when alkaline-manganese batteries are used.

These amounts can be extended to approximately 15 and 30 rolls, respectively, but with a corresponding slowdown in the firing speed. Please note that these performance figures take into account power rewinding of the film in the camera.

Checking battery power

Check here for another possible variation of MB-1 and it has a different way of checking power status. If you are using the MB-2 - Press the power check button on the side of the Battery Pack MB-2.
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If the LED lights up, the batteries have sufficient power. If not, the batteries are exhausted and must be changed. All eight batteries should be changed, since full performance will not be obtained if old and new batteries are mixed.

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