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Setup Process and Basic Operation Part V


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Before we proceed further, can your MD-12 shoot pictures vertically ? Yes. Nikon has this tiny device designed to hook on to the remote terminal socket for vertical shooting with the MD-11/MD-12 or with MD-15. It is called Terminal Release MR-2 (This code name sounds like my old car, the first version was the MR-1, hmmm.. I remember I had it somewhere). This accessory provides an additional trigger button for firing the motor drive with the camera in the vertical position. It also allows the MD-11/MD-12 to be triggered with either the Nikon Cable Release AR-2 or the Double Cable Release AR-4. By depressing the button halfway, you can take a meter reading; the meter will automatically stay on for approx. 50 sec. after pressure is removed from the button.

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To take the picture, depress the button all the way. Nikon has replaced the MR-2 with a newer MR-3 now that has a treaded center column to accept cable release(s). But both still workable with the MD-11/MD-12/MD-15.

Click here to see how this looks like on a MD-15. For remote operations or control multiple cameras fire at the same time, the MD-12 has such accessories in the shared resources with other Nikon cameras. Most of these are NOT specifically a dedicated unit for the MD-12 but were designed for compatibility among ALL Nikon cameras. For instance, these same accessories can be shared/used for your Nikon F3/MD-4 as well. For distances of up to 60 meters, there's the ML-1/ML-2 Modulite Remote Control Set which uses a modulated-light output signal for interference-free operation.

The MW-1/MW-2 Radio Control Set provides you with a wireless triggering capability at up to 700 meters. Only 3 meters away ? Use the MC-10/MC-12 Remote Cord with button release. And for time lapse single-frame exposures or multiple-frame sequences at regular preset intervals, try the MT-1/MT2 Intervalometer stated earlier. Who says you have to be there to take pictures? Note: Newer or upgrade of these are illustrated at another page. The Remote Cord MC-4 serves two purposes: it can be used singly as a remote cord or in combination with other MC-4 cords for simultaneous operation of multiple motor-driven cameras. One end of the MC-4 features a plug for connection into the camera's remote control socket while the other end has plus and minus banana-type plugs. For remote control operation, you can attach the banana plugs to a triggering circuit of your own design. The cable can be extended to any length, provided that circuit resistance does not exceed 1 kilo-ohm.

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For long distance operation, however, you will find that Modulite Radio control systems are more convenient.

Remote Cord MC-4
Allows you to setup a few camera/MD-12(s) for simultaneous operation.

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For simultaneous operation, you can connect two or more motor-driven cameras in parallel using a circuit containing two or more MC-4 cords, plus additional wiring. (Refer to the diagram for details.) For trouble free operation, the common electrical leads (indicated by bold lines in the diagram) should be kept as short as possible. In particular, the total length of each connecting cord (including the MC-4 cord) from motor drive to switch and back again must not create a resistance of more than 5 ohm. In certain installations in which long cords are required, the use of a relay box is strongly recommended.

Note: When the MC-4 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch.

Remote Cord MC-10 With a convenient hand grip and trigger button, the Remote MC-10 Cord can be used to fire the MD-12 remotely at up to a distance of 3 meters (10 feet). Nikon has another remote cord MC-12A that works with 0.8m. However, since it is so short, you might as well buy a cable release instead.

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Note: When the MC-10 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch.

Pistol Grip Model 2 and Connecting Cord MC-3

The Pistol Grip Model 2 screws into the tripod socket of the lens or motor drive to serve both as a means of support and as a means of motor triggering when working with long telephoto lenses. For electrical connection between the pistol grip and the remote control socket on the motor drive, you will also need an MC-3 cord. Note: When the MC-3 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch.

Intervalometer MT-1/MT-2 and Connecting Cord MC-5 The Nikon MT-1/MT2 is a precision digital timing unit for slow sequence shooting of experiments or work study programs. Fully solid state, the unit requires only four AA size penlight batteries for operation; this makes it convenient for use on location, as well as in the laboratory. Use of the MT-1 in conjunction with your MD-12 equipped camera is merely a matter of connecting the two units with the MC-5 cord supplied with the intervalometer. Exposure intervals of up to eight minutes can be set on the MT-1/MT2 control panel. The MT-2 can works in conjunction with other remote devices like MW-2 Radio Control Set. : When the MC-5 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch.

Modulite Remote Control Set ML-1/ML-2 (Connecting Cord MC-8 for ML-1) With the ML-1/ML-2 set, you can trigger your MD-12 equipped camera by remote control at distances of up to 60 meters. Using Nikon's modulated light system, the earlier ML-1 set permits remote control operation over moderate distances. The set's lightweight and compact size, plus its use of a 9V laminated dry battery, make it ideal for use in both field and studio applications. Connection to the motor drive's remote control socket is by the MC-8 cord supplied with the set.

The ML-2 (left) provides infrared remote control for three separate channels up to 100 meters. Very compact in size compared with the ML-1 and has a modern cosmetic. Wireless slave flash operation is also possible.

Note: When the MC-8 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch. The new ML-3 is not workable with the MD-12.
Radio Control Set MW-1, Connecting Cord MC-5 and MW-2 The MW-1/MW-2 provides you with a wireless, remote control triggering capability for your MD-12 equipped Nikon FM/FM2/FM2n or FE/FE2/FA. The set can operate up to three cameras, either simultaneously or individually, at ranges up to 0.7km. Battery powered, the MW-1/MW-2 is compact and lightweight, making it ideal for field use. it connects to the remote control socket on the MD-12 via the MC-5 cord supplied with the set. Note: When the MC-5 cord is connected to the MD-12's remote control socket, the camera's meter is switched on as soon as you turn on the motor drive's power switch. As I said earlier, unless you are heavily engaged in remote photography, investing into a newer and more expensive set is just not viable. Try it on with the older and more economical used unit should be more logical in this sense.

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