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- The Nikon MD-12 Motor Drive -
Setup Process and Basic Operation Part III


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When the roll of film in the camera has been fully exposed, the MD-12's motor will automatically stop, releasing film tension, with the pilot lamp remaining lit. Turn the power switch off to prevent unnecessary battery drain. Then, push the rewind slide on the motor drive up. Since the MD-12 still haven't got any automatic rewind feature, you have to manually rewind the film using the rewind crank on the camera body.

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Other than the Nikon FM bearing Serial No. below 3,000,000, it switches automatically from motor drive to manual film advance operation when the motor drive is switched off. If at any time you wish to manually advance the film without removing the MD-12 from the camera, turn off the motor drive's power switch after it has finished advancing the film from the previous exposure.

The MD-12 can work very effectively in the multiple exposure. Although I haven't seen any creative images for a long time, but it still present some very good creative means for you to try it. Anyway, if you have some nice and cool images taken with this technique, mail me and I will publish in this section for you so as to encourage more creative use of this feature. How to use this ? On the "C" setting, triggering the release button, while holding the multi-exposure button or lever depressed, will produce multiple images on the same frame. Since the trigger button is not close to the lever, it may not be that convenient as working with the camera alone, but it still permits single hand operation. Other than the Nikon FM (1), which has its multiple exposure lever at position differs from FE/FE2/FM2/FM2n and FA (2) that may need two hands to operate (3) this task. The FE/FE2/FM2/FM2n/FA has a common position (4) for the multiple exposure lever. Note: The FM 10 and FE10's multiple exposure lever is the same with the rest BUT it cannot work with a motor drive as it doesn't has a motor drive coupling.

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Either the motion of the subject or your movement of the camera will result in the images being separated, producing an original and interesting effect. Remember to release the multi-exposure button or lever just before the last exposure, so that the camera is left ready for the next sequence with an unexposed frame in the film gate. If not, cap the lens and make one "blank" exposure. The camera is then ready for the next shot. Before you intend to try this on, always take a look at the frame counter number and remember it for that purpose.

Other Potential Photographic Applications With the MD-12

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Your MD-12, works in daylight or when the night falls. Some Nikon Flash has a MD feature which you can try out for repeating flash in daylight or in pitch darkness. The SB-16B and earlier SB-15 varies greatly in their respective power output when it is set to MD setting(a) for repeating flash functions. Generally, the maximum output of the power will be drastically reduce by to 1/4 of the maximum power per exposure (depends on model). For instance, the SB-16B's guide number is 32, when you set that to MD setting, it will be having an effective guide number of around 8... Well, application can be limited unless the subject is close enough physically and you are using a bigger aperture or compensate with a faster film speed negative/film.

Actually, Nikon has a very high power repeating flash in the SB-6 (Click here for a view on the Nikon F2A) during the '70 (Strange, I was told it is still available as new). It uses the standard F2 flash coupler mounting foot (A flash unit step down coupler like AS-5 will mount Nikon F3 mount to the F2. I don't know which coupler (AS-2 ? F3 uses AS-4 to convert) will convert F2 to standard ISO type hotshoe to make that works. Anyway, the SB-6 is operate in AC. Single flash operation can synchronize with a MD for up to 3.8 fps while strobe operation (Flash per second) is a mind boggling 40 flashes per second! That is why they need a 250 magazine to work with this flash.

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