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MF-28 Multi-Control Function Data Back - Instruction Manual - Index Page

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Nikon MF-28 for Nikon F5 Series models.

Contents: Foreword ................ Nomenclature ..........
PREPARATION ........ Installing Batteries ........ Attaching MF-28 Control Buttons ............. Setting Date and Time.

Adjusting Imprint Exposure Level ..........
About In-Frame Data Imprint Function ........
To Set In-Frame Data Imprint Function .......
About Between-Frames Data Imprint Function
To Set Between-Frames Data Imprint Function

Interval Timer Function . ........
Long Time Exposure Function ..........
Freeze Focus (Focus Priority) Function .......
Auto Exposure Bracketing Function ........
Combining MF-28 Functions ........

MISCELLANEOUS ......... Tips on MF-28 Care ........ About Batteries .......... Specifications ............ Initial Settings ...........

Foreword The Nikon Multi-Control Back MF-28 is designed for exclusive use with the Nikon F5 camera. Although it is easy to use, but for best results be sure to read this instruction manual thoroughly before you begin.

This sophisticated Nikon film back is also workable on other Nikon F5 versions (picture shown at left hand side is my MF-28 equipped Nikon F5 50th Anniversary Model) (except for the heavily modified Nikon/Kodak DCS-Series Digital Still SLR models (DCS-620 | DCS-720).

The MF-28 offers the following functions.

(1) Data Imprint Function Allows you to imprint data in-frame, between frames, or both.

Data that can be imprinted in-frame:

* Year/Month/Day
* Month/Day/Year
* Day/Month/Year
* Day/Hour/Minute
* Hour/Minute/Second
* Frame count
* Sequence number
* Fixed number
Data that can be imprinted between frames:

* Year/Month/Day/Hour/Minute/Second
* Year/Month/Day/Hour/up to eight characters
* Month/Day/Hour/Minute/up to eight characters
* Day/Hour/Minute/Second/up to eight characters
* Caption up to 22 characters
* Frame count
* Shutter speed/Aperture
* Compensation degree for Auto Exposure Bracketing
* Caption up to 18 characters Near

(2) Interval Timer Function Lets you take a specified number of shots at specified intervals for a specified number of shootings.
(3) Long Time Exposure Function Lets you set exposure duration up to 999 hours, minutes or seconds.
(4) Freeze Focus (Focus Priority) Function Lets you perform Freeze Focus operation.
(5) Auto Exposure Bracketing Function Lets you shoot up to nine continuous frames, each with a different exposure. Center value is selectable.

NOTE: After five to six years of normal use, however, LCD's contrast may deteriorate and display information may begin to fade. Should this occur, contact an authorized Nikon dealer or service facility to have the display replaced at a nominal charge.

NOTE: At high temperatures (60*C/I 40'F or above), the entire display turns black, making it hard to read display information. When the temperature drops, the display can be read normally. When the temperature drops below freezing, the LCD's response time slows. When the temperature rises, the display works normally.

Technical Specifications

Usable camera: Nikon F5
Attachment method:
Hinged to camera in place of standard camera back
Usable film speeds:
ISO 25-3200
Imprint exposure level adjustment:
4 steps; automatically adjusted according to film speed in use; manual adjustment also available
Data imprint type:
1) In frame: 7-segment, 6-digit LED; 2) Between frames: 5 x 7 dot matrix 22 digit LCD In frame:
Imprinted data
a) In frame: 7-segment, 6-digit LED Between frames: 5 x 7 dot matrix 22 digit LCD In frame: Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year, Day/Hour/Minute, Frame Count, 6-digit Sequence Number (up to 999999), 6 digit Fixed Number
b) Between frames
: Year/Month/Day/Hour/Minute/Second, Year/Month/Day/Hour/up to eight characters, Month/Day/Hour/Minute/up to eight characters, Day/Hour/Minute/Second/up to eight characters, caption with up to 22 characters, Frame Count, Shutter Speed/Aperture, compensation degree for Auto Exposure Bracketing, up to 18 character/4-digit year
Imprint area size: In frame:
Approx. 0,65mm (height) x 4.0mm (width) Between frames: Approx. 0.5mm (height) x 118mm (width)
Data imprint option:
By pressing SET/RESET button
Interval Timer function
: Intervals can be set for up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds; between Intervals, you can take up to 999 shots, for up to 999 shootings
Long Time Exposure function:
Exposure duration can be set from 1 to 999 seconds, 1 to 999 minutes, or 1 to 999 hours, with the camera's shutter speed set at con-bulb.gif.
Freeze Focus (Focus Priority) function:
Controls camera's shutter release with focus signals from the camera (with camera's focus mode set at M for manual focus)
Auto Exposure Bracketing function:
Allows you to take up to 9 shots of the same subject using a variety of exposures (increments of 1/3 to 2EV between frames, with maximum compensation range of ± 8 EV)
Speedlight charge control:
For Interval Timer operation, turn on the Nikon Speedlight (with standby switch) 30 seconds before releasing shutter
Frame counter
:Appears continuously in LCD panel
Built-in clock: 24-hour clock; timing accuracy within ±60 seconds per month (at 20
°C/68°F); date and time are automatically programmed and adjusted for leap years; clock starts from 00:00:00, January 1, 1996, whenever batteries are installed
Battery power confirmation: for sufficient power; indicates batteries are nearing exhaustion
Power source Temperature:
Two lithium CR2025-type batteries -10]
°C (14°F) to +50°C (122°F) for usage; -20°C (4°F) to +60°C (140°F) for storage
Approx. 156mm W x 78mm (H) x 32mm (D) or approx. 6.1 in. W x 3.1 in. (H) x 1.3 in. (D)
: Approx. 160g or approx. 5.3 oz. (without battery)

Initial Settings If batteries inside the MF-28 are exhausted and no power is supplied from the camera body, the settings on the MF-28 are reset to factory-set initial settings as shown below:
Date and time '96 1 1 00:00:00, January 1, 1996
in-frame data displayed Year/Month/Day
Between-frannes data displayed Year/Month/Day/Hour/Minute
Function selected Interval Timer
Function set No function set
Imprint exposure level adjustment Auto
Fixed number 00 000.0
Sequence number 00 000.0
Captions/letter No letter Input
Interval Timer function Start time --- (start Immediately)
Interval time 00 hour 00 minute 00 second
Number of shots per shootings 1
Number of shootings 000
Auto Exposure Bracketing function Center value 0.0
Exposure compensation degree 0.3
number of frames 3
Duration of Long Time Exposure 001

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