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

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Automatic Rewind Stop with MF-3 (
Optional Accessory): The MF-3 Back provides circuitry to connect to the MD-2 Motor's Auto Rewind-Stop Mechanism. During power rewind, when the film leader disengages from the take-up spool, a micro switch automatically shuts off the power rewind, thereby preventing the film from being pulled into the cassette.

The convenience of having the film end sticking out of the cassette will facilitate developing with processing machines which require this feature.

To indicate completion of power rewinding the MD-2's LED indicator will light up. The use of a special anatomical grip on the MF-3 provides the photographer with a uniquely comfortable and firm grip on the camera, especially when using longer focal length lenses.
Caution: 1. Return the rewind ]ever to its original position as soon as automatic film rewind is completed to prevent the excessive battery drain that will result from the continuous lighting up of the LED indicator. 2. Keep the automatic rewind stop terminals clean to ensure positive contact. 3. Avoid touching the film rollers on the camera back MF-3 to ensure proper operation of the motor drive.

Double Exposure / Multiple Exposure
You have a choice of two operational modes for making double or multiple exposures with your motorized F2, either "S" or "C." The "S" setting is recommended for photographic situations where a deliberate composition is aimed for; the "C" setting is more suitable for special effects such as multiple images of a moving subject on a single frame.

Using "S" setting First, set the mode selector to "S" and remember the number shown in the frame counter of the motor. (A) For double exposure 1. Push the rewind slide up as far as it will go- this will disengage the film transport mechanism and returns the frame counter on the motor drive to "S." Then release the slide. 2. Make the first exposure by triggering the release button on the motor drive. When you lift your finger off the button, the shutter will be recocked by the motor drive but the film will not be advanced.

3. Trigger the shutter for the second exposure. Releasing your finger from the trigger button will result in the film advancing normally and the shutter recocking ready for the next ordinary exposure.

4. Reset the frame counter of the motor drive to read one frame less than the number shown before making the double exposure.

(B) For multiple exposures:

(A) For double exposure 1. Push the rewind slide up and hold it up for the duration of the multiple exposure session. 2. Make the number of exposures you require, and release the rewind slide. 3. After completing the last exposure, make two blank exposures with the lens covered with a lens cap. These blank exposures are to reset the film transport mechanism and to advance the film ready for the next ordinary exposure or set of multiple exposures. 4. Then, reset the frame counter of the motor drive to read one frame less than the number shown before making the multiple exposures.

Using "C" setting First, set the mode selector to "C," and remember the number shown on the frame counter of the motor drive.

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1. Push the rewind slide up as far as it will go. Hold the slide in the "up" position for the duration of the shooting session; 2. Trigger the motor drive for the required number of exposures or until the action you are following has finished. 3. Release the rewind slide, cover the lens and make two blank exposures; 4. Reset the frame counter of the motor drive to read one frame less than the number shown before making the multiple exposures.

Note: 1) You can always verify the correct number of exposed frames by referring to the camera's frame counter. The camera's frame counter only advances as the film is transported, providing you with a reliable means of determining the number of frames exposed. 2) You can also get multiple exposures by pushing the rewind slide up and then releasing It before each exposure. Pushing up and releasing the rewind slide during this operation tends to shift the film frame slightly, although this is insignificant (0.2mm shift), but you can avoid it altogether by holding the slide up throughout the sequence.

External Power Source The motor drive can be operated with an external power source in place of the Cordless Battery Pack MB-1 or MB-2. A stable current of 1.5A at 12 - 15V must be supplied as high ripple voltages can damage the motor drive circuitry. To connect the motor drive to an external power source, plug one end of a suitable cord into the remote terminal and the other end into the power supply. The diagram at right may be useful in establishing a power circuit.

AC/DC Power Supply.jpg AC/DC Converter MA-4


The accessory AC/DC Converter MA-4 lets you operate the motor drive from any standard house current from 100 to 120V AC or from 220 to 240V AC.

The optional Connecting Cord MC-2 is used to connect the motor drive to the AC/DC Converter. The connector is provided with a locking screw for extra safety.
<<< - The Converter can also be used to power the EE Aperture Control Attachment Unit.

Remote Control Operation The motor drive can be controlled remotely by means of the Nikon remote control accessories.
Grip Head and SC Remote Cord MC-1 The grip head containing the SC knob and trigger button can be detached from the motor drive and used to trigger the unit by remote control.

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An accessory 3-meter (10 feet) SC cord MC-1 is used for this purpose. First press the release buttons on either side of the grip head and lift to remove. Then connect the 4-pin plug on the SC cord to the socket on the motor drive where the grip head normally fits. The grip head should fit the other end of the cord.

Remote Cord MC-4 The motor drive can also be triggered remotely by means of the accessory MC-4 cord. One end fits the remote terminal, and the other has red and black plugs for connecting the motor drive with a remote switch, timer, or wireless receiver. The connector is provided with a locking screw for extra safety. Insert the connector on the MC-4 cord into the remote terminal. Using a length of cable and an on-off switch, you can establish a triggering circuit with the switch replacing the trigger button. The cable can be extended to any length, so long as circuit resistance does not exceed 100 ohms. However, for long-distance operation; radio control offers greater convenience.

Pistol Grip Model 2 and MC-3 Cord The pistol grip provides comfortable support for fingertip operation for the motorized Nikon F2-series camera. It attaches to the tripod socket on the camera or on long lenses. The accessory Coiled Cord MC-3 connects the ger of the pistol grip to the motor drive.

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