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The Motor Drives MD-11, MD-12 & MD-15

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Nikon produced their first motor drive unit for the rangefinder model, the SP in 1957. Nikon first SLR, the Nikon F in 1959 also came with two motor drives, a 4 fps F36 Motor Drive and also a F-250 Motor Drive Unit. Some previously unimaginable photographic possibilities opened up along with accessories like relay box that permits long distance, timer or intervalometer control. In short, wireless and unmanned photography is possible. For the professional Nikon that followed, the Nikon F2 has MD-1, MD2 and MD3 to support various needs and requirements of users. As for the first batch of midrange Nikon, the Nikkormats, there were no Motor Drive to offer at all. When the electronic version of the Nikkormat, EL launched in 1972, expectation were high, but Nikon didn't obliged. It was only in 1976, the second model of the EL series Nikkormat, the EL-W, finally a dedicated winder, the AW-1 Winder was introduced, it fits the later automatic indexing Nikon EL2 as well. The AW-1 was slow, traveled at one frame per second. Incidentally, none of the Nikkormats other than the EL-W and EL2 has a motor driven capability.

The Olympus OM-1 in 1972 was a killer. Everything available on the market become so bulky in comparison. Yet, it was a full fletch SLR camera, it even came with a 5 fps motor drive as accessory The first batch of the SLR to use the K mount, the Pentax K2 in 1975, also an aperture priority AE camera, came with a 3 fps motor drive. The Nikkormat's weakness was apparent then. Thus, we saw the debut of the first compact Nikon in 1977 in the FM and FE in 1978. Feature wise, aimed to substitute and patched what the Nikkormat do not provide and put Nikon back to the competitive edge (Not quite true, there are a little compromises). The Nikon FM, came with a companion MD-11 Motor Drive Unit which is compatible with the FE that followed.

General users also started to appreciate the advantage of motor-drive for situations like fast pace and responsive sports, wildlife and reportage photography. The advantages in powered film advance offered by a motor drive has increased the rate of successful photography in which, previously situations where missed shots due to shutter wasn't wound or couldn't be wound fast enough were minimized With a motor drive attached to the camera, sequential shooting becomes a matter of pressing just one button, once. The photographer can literally follow the action without the distraction and loss of time involved in manual film advance. With the right accessories, too, even remote-controlled shooting becomes possible. For those working on the filed, a motor drive balance very well if you attach and working with long lenses. Whatever, the MD-11 was eventually discontinued in 1980 making way for an upgrade, the MD-12. To synchronize with the new features that was made available for the upgrade in the camera body(is), the Nikon FM2 in 1982 and FE2 in 1983, there are internal upgrades again in the circuitry. Since then, we haven't seen any upgrade from this 18-years-old workhorse motor drive from Nikon. Because, since all other electronic Nikon bodies, the FE, FE2, FA have retired from service. Since the FM2n series are mechanical bodies, there is no further needs for other potential improvements (The FM10/FE10 doesn't even has a motor coupling for automatic film advance!). Well. that is Nikon's view. The MD-12 now retails at RM1,300-00 from the RM280-00 in the early '80, for heaven's sake, at least give the FMn and MD-12 a automatic rewind feature in your next update with wahtever camera model that you intend to launch in the future, Nikon !

Update: Nikon FM3a has not provided with such feature of film rewind. I am not sure whether the camera can be used with the MD-11 either.

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Operation & Control | Accessories | Instruction Manual for MD-12 : PDF (224k) | MD-11 (Operation manual (PDF Format: 202k);
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Soligor Power Winder Only for FM2(n)/FE2/FA/ Y.I.C. Power Winder
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  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.

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