Modern Classic SLR series
Nikon F3 High Speed Camera, 1996/7

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Picture was from my Copyright-free © Images Collection, 2003. leofoo ®
System configuration of the 13 Frames per second Nikon F3 High Speed camera. Outlined the differences between the F3 HP Classic and High Speed Model.

It consists of two system components. A modified camera body (F3H) with a fixed main reflex mirror (Pellicle) and a special motor drive based on the original motor drive for Nikon F3, it was named as MD-4H. Originally, I was told only around 100 units was produced, but a proud owner of the earlier F2 High Speed camera body, Robert Johnson told me the production may be could more than that figure, may be in the region of around 500 units.

ALSO CHECK: Nikon F TRIBUNE High Speed | Nikon F High Speed-Motor Drive Camera | Nikon F2-High Speed Motor Drive Camera
<<----- All illustrations used in this site bearing a serial number H 9600010 and H 960148 for the MD-H Motor Drive Unit. The number is self explanatory, 'H' for MD unit, manufactured in 1996 and unit count ? number 10.

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Nikon F3H camera body

Nikon High-Speed Motor Drive MD-4H

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Battery holder MS-3 (for AA-type penlight batteries)
Nikon Quick Charger MH-2
NiCd Battery Unit - MN-2 (optional)

Important: The Nikon F3H camera body is compatible with the Nikon Motor Drive MD-4 . However the Nikon High speed motor drive MD 4H can only be used with F3H camera body.

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The camera also uses a DE-4 special prism similar to those used on the F3-P (Press) and F3 Limited that has a standard ISO-type accessory shoe on top of the viewfinder prism (It is Non-TTL but only AUTO and manual flash is possible, the standard F3's accessory still permits TTL flash exposure control).

Credit: Mr Andrew Blake for alerting a mistake made in an image at this page.

Batteries

continuous framing rates

shutter speed

NiCd Battery Unit MN-2

Approx. 13 frames per sec.

1/1000 sec. or higher

AA-type Alkaline Manganese

Approx. 7.5 frames per sec.

1/250 sec. or higher

Note: Continuous shooting is possible at shutter speeds slower than those listed above, but continuous framing rates will slow down accordingly.
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If you set the frame counter on the MD-4H to the orange dot (for normal shooting), double exposures may occur at the end of the roll. To prevent this, set the subtracting-type frame counter on the Motor Drive and the motor drive will stop at the end of the roll.

Picture was from my Copyright-free © Images Collection, 2003. leofoo ®

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Nikon F2 High Speed

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Canon New F-1 High Speed


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1. Set the S-C Mode Selector to C. (Fig. 3).
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2. Set the shutter speed. (Fig. 4)


When the S-C Mode Selector is set to 'C', shots can be taken rapidly and continuously at a maximum of approx. 13 frames per second, so long as you keep the trigger button pressed down (using NiCd Battery unit MN-2).

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3. Press the trigger button on the Motor Drive.
(Fig. 5). Continuous exposures of up to 6 frames can be set by sliding the designated switch on the Motor Drive.


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ALSO CHECK: Nikon F TRIBUNE High Speed | Nikon F High Speed-Motor Drive Camera | Nikon F2-High Speed Motor Drive Camera

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