MD-14 & MF-15 for Nikon FG, 1982
Nikon Super Compact Bodies EM, FG & FG-20

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MD-14 Motor Drive for the Nikon super compact models.

Whenever I read something relating to motor drive, it always remind me about what Nikon didn't do for their MD-12. The MD-14, in this case was developed specifically for the Nikon FG, but since the EM,and FG-20 share the same dimension and was provide with a motor drive coupling at the base of the camera, you can just attach the MD-14 to any of these models. Up to 3.2 frames per second (fps) on high or 2.0 fps on low was its speed rate.The base of the Nikon FG show the motor coupling. It is not as sophisticated as compared with the FM/FE series. The button cells need to be in placed because unlike motor drive like the MD-4 for the F3 or the MD-15 designed for the Nikon FA, MD-14 motor drive is not capable of powering the camera operation. Anyway, other than these two automatic film advance devices, none of the drive were designed to power the camera.

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Shown at the left is also the Battery chamber with clip. This accepts the FG's standard battery(ies) as well as the DB-2 Anti-Cold Battery Holder for use in cold temperatures. It is relatively easy to attach and operate, the MD-14 - or its more compact companion, the 1.5 fps MD-E Motor Drive - goes along with the FG at every mode and shutter speed, from 'P' to 'A' to manual, but you can only use the FG's shutter button acting as the motor drive trigger (But still it is more sturdy than the handleless MD-E).

With its handy grip for firm handling, it provides a sure, steady operation and power efficiency is a impressive 50 rolls at normal temperature per fresh battery set (when used with the alkaline-manganese batteries). Like any of the mid range motor drive design in AW-1 winder,
MD-11, MD-12, MD-15 or the MD-E for the EM, the MD-14 is not provided with a auto film rewind feature.

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: The electronic EL series of EL-W and EL-2 can use with a 2 fps Winder AW-1.
All are made possible with the design at the base with various electrical contacts and motor drive coupling for the attachment of an automatic film advance device. Generally speaking, it is more luxurious than those days of the Nikkormat, where non of the mechanical version of the series enjoy the benefit of such an accessory.

Technical Specifications of Nikon MD-14

Framing speed:
2 steps changeover; H: 3.2 fps, L: 2.0 fps (at 1/125sec. or faster)
Usable shutter speed: Any speed from 1 to 1/1000 sec.
Shooting control: Camera's shutter release button Automatic winding stop Motor shuts off at film's end with LED indication
Number of 36 exp. rolls: More than 50 at normal temperature per fresh battery set (when used with the alkaline-manganese batteries).
Power source: Eight 1.5 V AA-type batteries
Dimension: 140mm(W) x 91.5mm(H) x 64mm(D) (including grip)
Weight: Approx. 350 g (excluding batteries)

: Photo of MD-14 above with courtesy of "Sandy, Eric, John" <>

Note: The MD-14 is compatible with the Nikon EM, and the MD-E, the original Winder designed for the EM is also workable with the Nikon FG.

MF-15 (Data Back for the Nikon FG) For those who may be demanding a recording device with the FG, Nikon has a dedicated Data Back designed for the Nikon FG. I am not so sure whether it fits on the EM, but I was told it fits nicely on the scale down FG version in 1984, the FG-20.

The MF-15, fitting neatly with no synchro cord needed (The MF-12 for the FM/FE requires a sync cord to work, but the current MF-16 model is cordless) in place of the FG's regular back, the slim, lightweight MF-15 offers three different modes: year/month/day, day/hour/minute, or picture counter numerals, displayed on the data back in clear LCDs and printed, if you choose, on your photo in unobtrusive red color LED numerals. And with a quartz timer incorporated, the MF-15 even doubles as timepiece with alarm, nice to have on hand when you're traveling or away from home.

Don't worry about the Year 2000 problem with the MF-12. It is programmed to work up to 2100 A.D. If I can still recall the MF-12 works until 2019.

Technical Specifications of Nikon MF-15 Camera usable: Nikon FG
Usable film speed: ASA/ISO 25-400 for color films; ASA/ISO 100-400 for B&W films
Data imprint type: By 7-segment, 6-digit red LEDs
Imprint data: Year/month/day (up to 2100 A.D.), day/hour/minute, or picture counter (up to 2000)
Data imprint: ON/OFF switch provided
Built in clock: Quartz-controlled type
Audio alarm: Alarm sound continues for 20 sec. at the time set

Imprint signal: Via direct contacts of the camera body
Data display
: By LCD (liquid crystal display)
Power source: Two 1.55Vsilver-oxidebatteries
Dimension: 136mm(W) x 53.5mm(H) x 26.5mm(D)
Approx. 85g (excluding batteries)

Caution: Lens Compatibility: Nikon FG accepts virtually ALL AI-spec Nikkor lenses for all its camera operations. This includes the AI-S and the AF lenses (With no confirmation on the AF-S/AF-I). Yhe AI-not applicable lenses, bellows attachments, or K ring set cannot be used on P mode. Other than some lenses, most AI converted lenses are usable with the Nikon FG. However, the following lenses are either limited in use, require modification before using, or cannot be used at all with the FG.

(1) P mode not recommended, A and manual mode use possible: Al converted Nikkor lenses 85mm f/1.8, Micro 105mm f/4, Zoom 85-250mm f/4, Al Nikkor lenses (early models): 50mm f/1.2, Noct 58mm f/1.2, Zoom 50-300mm f /4.5 ED (2) Early lenses which need to be modified before mount: PC 35mm f/2.8, PC 28mm f/4, Reflex l000 mm f/11 Reflex 2000mm f/11, (3) AI converted lenses produced before 1977 which are impossible to mount: 55mm f/1.2 (No. 184711-970110), 28mm f/3.5 (No. 625611- 999999), 35 mm f /1.4 (No. 385001 - 400000).

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