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Nikon 250-Exposures Multi-Control Back MF-24
Instruction Manual - features and settings applicable for MF-23 as well except for the Bulk Film Loading section and the use of various power sources)

Especially recommended for sports, wildlife observation or scientific/industrial applications. The MF-24 allows uninterrupted shooting of up to 250 exposures without changing film. Used with two Nikon 250 Exposure MZ-1 Magazines for loading up to 10m of bulk film. Unlike the Nikon F2 and in particular the Nikon F3 Bulk Film backs system which comprises of two versions in standard 250 exposures bulk film back MF-4 and the databack 250 exposures Bulk Film Back MF-17, Nikon has decided only supply a standard data back version. The MF-24 offers the same data back and other various sophisticated functions as the MF-23. However, in order to deal with the demanding high speed, long continuous shooting, the unit was designed to use additionally a few external power sources. The correct power sources for the MF-24 are:- Nikon High Speed Battery Pack MB-21 (Nikon F4s) or External Power Regulator MB-22 and the Multi-Power High Speed Power Pack MB-23 Power Pack (Nikon F4e) which was introduced at later stage (see the spec section below for more info).

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The 250 exposures Bulk Film Back MF-24 in combination with the Nikon F4 has made Nikon the SOLE remaining 35mm SLR system camera manufacturer that still offer such a technical option in bulk film shootings. Yes, not even the Canon EOS system nor the Minolta Maxxum provide such a solution if such need arises. Well, the amazing aspect is the truly sophistication of the MF-24's Multi-Control camera functions if offers the photographer and unique Nikon proprietary function such as Freeze Focus and other practical features such as Interval Timer, Long Time Exposures, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AE-B) etc. has truly enhanced and extend many other possible applications in bulk film handling and/or photography.

Please bear in mind, the Nikon F5 has still not offered such an alternative solution yet and neither I think Nikon will (hope I am wrong..) but it is one of the remaining strength of the Nikon system right now over rivalries and it keep me wondering why isn't a MF-28 (see picture at left hand side) modified 250 exposures Bulk Film Back version being introduced thus far - probably Nikon was trapped by the design of the thumb control AF Focus Area Selector Dial that has on all standard Nikon F5's camera back. because there is no way for you to control the focus selector via the back if the extended bulk film back is attached onto the Nikon F5. Errr .....

Specifications for Multi-Control Back 250 Exposures Multi-Control Back MF-24

Usable SLR camera model(s): Nikon F4 Series
Usable Film Speed
: ISO/ASA 25-3200
Data imprint type: 7-segments, 8-digits LEDs (between frames), 7-segments, 6-digits LEDs (in frame)

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Imprint data: Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/ Year, Day/Month/Year, Day/Hour/Minute, Hour/Minute/Second, frame count, sequence number, fixed number, shutter speed/aperture, exposure compensation value; date and time are automatically programmed and adjusted for leap years
Imprint location: In frame, between frames, or both
Other functions: Interval-timer, exposure delay, auto bracketing, long time exposure, freeze focus, daily alarm, film alarm, film stop
Max. no. of frames: 250 frames

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Power source: For MB-21, six AA-type alkaline (LR6) or NiCd batteries; for the MB-22, Nikon AC/DC Converter MA-4 for the MB-23, six AA-type alkaline (LR6) or NiCd batteries, or MN-20 NiCd Battery Unit
Dimensions (W x H x D): 329.5mm x 98.5mm x 87mm
Weight (w/o batteries): 1,315g * With MB-21B, MB-22B or MB-23

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<<< ---- Credit: Images of the MF-24 Bulk Film Back and other accessories courtesy of Mr. "Kuo-Hsiung Huang" <khuang@mn.rr.com>. Mr Huang also has a Ebay store. All images copyright© 2003. All rights reserved.

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Third Party Alternative(s):

No. Don't get too excited. It is not a standard film back to challenge the Nikon standard products. Instead, it is a specialized version of camera back that uses Polaroid Films manufactured by a independent company aimed to assist two groups of photographers: one seriously has demanding requirement in controlling exposures in a critical way and/or pre-visualizing a setup shot in studio and another is to serve people who really lacks of self confidence, hehe ... joke a side, it is an excellent proofing item for those jobs that require accurate exposures. this accessory has been around for quite sometimes, in fact, they even has a version for the Nikon FM/FE series bodies as well.

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Naturally, these guys do not just produce and serve the Nikon F4 camera alone, they made for virtually all popular brand names and popular SLR models, in which they include popular medium formats bodies such as Hasselblad, Mamiya and others as well - where I think such medium and large format(s) serves more purpose to assist advertising/fashion/industrial photographers - so do the Forscher's NPC ProBack, as they called it.
Credit: Image of this NPC ProBack for Canon EOS 650/630/RT series AF camera models courtesy of Mr. Marv "Gooeyduck"® <ssearss@aol.com>. He also operates a popular Ebay Store where he often provides unusual introduction of how he sells/introduces the many used photo equipment he auctions... Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

But strangely, they do have many 35mm SLR users who owns this accessory as reflected by many of the used units surface regularly at online auctions such as Ebay as well. The Proback II lets you make two independent contact size images on each sheet of Polaroid film. By so doing, you can do a side-by-side comparison to evaluate varying composition, lighting changes, or compare results produced by lenses of different focal length.

NPCqualitycamB.jpg NPCqualityCamA.jpg Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Christopher Boehme® <qualitycam@ mindspring.com>. Quality Camera Co.(QCC) operates a popular Ebay Store. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

The Forscher's NPC ProBack is manufactured by a Company named NPC Photo pty Ltd. In the US. It uses a free-floating fiber optic lense to transfer the image from the camera film plane to the Polaroid film plane. This gadget is not inexpensive either - retailing at USD805.00 a piece (new) and trades between USD250.00-450.00 in good used condition - well, don't you think isn't it only for those who can't live without it ?

NPCqualitycamC.jpg NPCnikonEvan2.JPG Credit: Image of this NPC ProBack for Nikon FM/FE series models courtesy of Evan E. Fusco, MD & Nixa, MO® <F5Evan@aol.com>. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Frankly, the only NPC Polaroid Camera Back that shown in this page designed specifically for the Nikon F4 is this one locates at the bottom. All the NPC Polaroid Film Backs are supposedly tailored designed for individual camera model and/or group with a series (for an example, Nikon FM/FE/Nikon FA and/or Canon EOS 650, 620, 630, RT etc..which share the same standard film back design), the trick is to verify them via the inner film back design which should correspond with the actual model.

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<<< ---- Credit: A Nikon F4's NPC Polaroid Back contributed by Mr. Jim "Mud" Weaver James Weaver® <jmudw@gassers.com> Image copyright© 2003. All rights reserved.

| MF-22 Databack | MF-23 Multi-Control Function Databack | MF-24 250 Exposures Multi-Control Function Databack | NPC Polaroid Back

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they cannot adjust aperture(s)when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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