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Film Back for Nikon F2 Series bodies - Speed Magny 100


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From: "Mike Iacono" <>
To: "Foo Pak Sooi Leonard" <>
Subject: Polaroid back
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 13:42:36 -0400
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Some interesting info. and pictures.

- Mike Iacono -

Mikami introduced the Speed Magny 100 for the Nikon F in the beginning of the sixties, the idea was to be able to produce full size instant pictures using a “small format” 35mm camera. To achieve this, the image is picked up by a relay lens placed at the film plane, sent on the 45° mirror that reflects it through a 50/2.8 Nikon enlarging lens that blows it up before sending it again on another 45° mirror and finally on the Polaroid film. The long optical path “eats” about 5 stops of light, so a shutter speed of 1/250s becomes 1/8s. Due to optical design, Speed Magnys are not compatible with lenses shorter than 85mm, except a few. A Speed Magny is a complete assembly that replaces the standard back of the camera. The unit is further secured on the camera by screwing it using the tripod socket.

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Three beautifully taken images of the Speed Magny Film back ranges from 40-60k each in Jpeg. Click on thumbnail to enlarged.

Nikon bought Mikami around 1966 and kept producing Speed Magny units until the early eighties ! However, most of them were for the F, and it’s quite uncommon to find them for the F2 or F3 cameras.

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Credit: Mike Iacono for his effort to contribute some few lovely images on his Nikon SB-3, SB-4 speedlights and the Speed Magny Film Back; Chuck Hester, US for his patience, encouragement and help to setup the various content in this site; Robert Johnson for some of his original images on the F2H-MD appeared in this site; my ex-staff, KiaSu for his superb 3-D logo appeared in this Nikon F2 site; Marc Vorgers from Holland who generously provide me with some of his images of F2AS; MCLau®, who has so much time with me to re-edit the content in this site and not to mention buying a Nikon Coolpix 990 just for this site. Keat Photo, Kuala Lumpur for providing their Nikon F2A to take some images for this site; again, Mr Edward Ngoh the great camera collector who provides us his collection of F2AS with MD-2; for their images on the Speed Magny film backs; Sean Cranor for his image on Nikon F2 25th Anniversary Model; Ted Wengelaar®, Holland for his continuous flow of input on some of the early Nikon bodies; CYLeow ® , photo editor of the Star newspaper, Malaysia for some of his images used in this site. Ms Rissa Chan, Sales manager from Shriro Malaysia who has helped to provide some of the very useful input. HiuraShinsaku®, Nikomat ML, Japan for some of his images on various F2 models; my staff, Wati, Maisa, Mai and my nephew, EEWyn®, who volunteered and helping me did so many of the film scanning works. Contributing photographers or resellers: Jen Siow, Foo KokKin, Arthur Teng, Mark Fallander, John Ishii, Ed Hassel, YoonKi Kim, Jean-Louis, M.Dugentas (Dell, Mr "Arsenall" and a few images mailed in from surfers with no appropriate reference to their origin. Dedicated to KU Yeo, just to express our mutual regrets over the outcome of a recent corporate event.