Classic SLRs Series
MF-12 was the first databack designed for the FM/FE (Neither the Nikkormat FT nor the Nikkormat EL series has a databack as accessory). Since none of the Nikkormat models nor the FE and FM have has any databack contacts designed at the back to relay information and synchronize with the film advance action. The databack MF-12 comes with a connection cord to hook on to the PC terminal (Sync) to provide proper synchronization with the FM and FE BUT it also works on all the models within the FE/FM models and also the FA (As long as the PC terminal is provided). The inconvenience is, you have a funny cable that sprang across the body from back to the front. But since it never physically passes through the body mechanically, other than the obstructive factor, other normal camera function will be the same - of cause, you need to unplug the cable before you can change the film. Another point of consideration is, since this is an obsolete item from the Nikon product list, prices should be cheap but compromise point is, you may not able to get equipment service from Nikon.
Don't worry, the MF-12's built in date and time imprinting function is automatically programmed until the year 2100 and adjusted for leap years.
Nikon MF-12 Databack
Usable cameras: Nikon FM, FM2, FM2n, FE, FE2 and FA by way of the cord that plug into the sync terminal (PC terminal) in front of the body. Replacing the standard camera back of the camera, a slight compromise is, since the databack has no film memo holder, you may not be having this convenient feature to store important notes or reminder for film in use. The manual film speed adjuster is for you to select and adjust the contrast of the eventual data prints on the negative/slides according to the sensitivity of film in use. On the top portion, there is a pilot lamp to tell if the action is in progress, blink per exposure.
Note: Both displays include a 'blinking' diamond which indicates clock operation (The diamond sign will NOT appear in the eventual photograph(s) processed). The Day/Hour/Minute display includes a colon. The clock is programmed for up to the year 2100.
Credit & Other Info:
MF-12 Operations: Part I | Part II | Part III
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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 lens, they CANNOT ADJUST APERTURES with any of these manual focus Nikon FE series SLR camera models; please ignore some portion of the content contained herein this site where it relates.
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