Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon F Motor Battery Packs and Accessories


Standard (Cord) Pack

The Cord Pack is for use with both the F36 and F250. It is a fairly basic item which holds eight 1.5V "C"-type batteries. The original kit included a shoulder strap and a 1m (3.3ft) connecting cord, which plugs into the power socket on the front of either drive. A 10m cable was available.

The top of the Cord Pack contains, in addition to the power socket, a S/L/C (Single, Lock, Continuous) collar surrounding a shutter release. This control completely overrides the one on the back of the F36 and F250, and provides some measure of remote control.

Cordless Pack for F36

After the success of the American Remopak (and other such items, including one made by Jacobsen), Nikon finally released a fairly compact battery unit for the F36, one which does not interfere with bellows units or any lens, including fisheye types. A nice bonus is the scalloped handle, which allows the self-timer lever to be turned, set, and operated (although self-timer with a motordrive isn't really necessary, and Nikon got rid of this "feature" with the MD-1/2). The Cordless Pack accepts 8 1.5V "AA"-type cells.

The batteries are loaded through the battery-chamber cover, which is located on the right (i.e. opposite to the grip) side of the pack, and is removed via a coin/thumbscrew. Immediately below this screw is the external DC-power socket. On the opposite side of the Pack are the S/C rocker switch and the remote control socket, which looks like a standard US AC mains socket. It cannot be said enough: this socket is only for low voltage devices, which may be fashioned with a spare length of, say, lamp cord, but should not be plugged into a mains outlet. At the very top of the grip is the shutter release (with surrounding lock collar); at right angles to it is a fastening knob, which holds the Pack firmly to the body.

Mounting the Cordless Pack to the F36 is relatively simple:

  1. insert the "terminal adapter" into the power socket on the front of the drive
  2. put the Cordless Pack on, taking care to line up the electrical contacts with those of the "terminal adapter
  3. attach the attachment screw to the F36's tripod socket, using a coin
  4. push the fastening knob (at the top of the grip, facing forward) and tighten

One bit of trivia: the Cordless Pack incorporates a micro-relay, which obviates the need for the Relay Box for many cases of remote controlled trickery. After all, the F made its name not just for its reportage mastery, but also for its amazing flexibility, including all kinds of remote-triggering devices.

Again, the S/C selector on the side of the Pack overrides the selection on the back of the F36. The F36 with Cordless Pack was what the classic studly photojournalist of the 1960's packed into all situations (one image in particular that sticks out in my mind is that of Ron Galella, with a football helmet on and a F (eyelevel) and F36/Cordless with Honeywell Strobonar, following at a safe distance behind Marlon Brando, who'd just broken Mr. Galella's jaw).

MA-1 AC/DC Converter

Input Voltage:
100-120 or 200-240V AC (at 50 or 60 Hz)
Input Power:
Output Voltage:
9V and 12V DC (changed over)
Output Current:
400mA continuous
1.8A instantaneous maximum
Current for Automatic Overload Protection Circuit:
1.8 - 2.5A
Stability of Output Power:
+/-100mV for 10% fluctuation in input voltage
+/-100mA for loads 0-400mA
Permissible Ambient Temperature:
-10 to +40 deg. C
Remote Control Terminal:
S/C switch:
Dimensions and Weight:
70 x 135 x 140mm; 2.3kg
2.8 x 5.4 x 5.5 in; 5 lb.
input cord
motor-drive connecting cord (1m long)

Why doesn't it surprise me that, like everything else in the F36 arsenal, the MA-1 comes with its own shutter-release button? It has a remote socket for the MEx interconnects to the various other accessories, including the NC-2 and Wireless controls.

ME3, ME6, ME15, ME30 Interconnects

These were especially designed for connecting power supplies to the Relay Box or connecting remote devices together. They all have the two-prong plug on each end, and the number refers to their length in feet, e.g. the ME15 is a fifteen-foot long cord.

AE-1 Tripping Button

This is basically a switch with the two-prong plug on one end.

AE-2 Alligator Clip Cord

Ok, not really a cord, but rather an adapter: it has a two-prong socket on one end and alligator clips on the other. It was designed mostly for use with the MEx cords and a 12V power supply.

AE-3 Twin Lug Cord

Ok, not really a cord, but rather an adapter: it has a two-prong socket on one end and twin lugs on the other.

AE-4 Mini Plug Cord

Ok, not really a cord, but rather an adapter (are you sick of my cut-and-paste yet?): it has a two-prong socket on one end and mini plugs on the other.

AE-5 Banana Plug Cord

Ok, not really a cord, but rather an adapter: it has a two-prong socket on one end and banana plugs on the other.

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