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Nikon FM2(n) - Instruction Manual Part 6

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Motor Drive MD-11/MD-12 (Instruction Manuals are available for: MD-11 | MD-12 ) The MD-12 can be mounted onto the FM2 by simply inserting and tightening its built-in screw into the tripod socket at the base of the camera body.

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Well, other than action related photography, once you attach a motor drive onto any of the Nikon mid compact bodies (Usable on earlier FM, FE, FE2, FM2, FA and FM2n), you are also open up a new photographic possibility in unmanned or remote photography to enable wireless, cable or IR control up to a kilometer away and there are provision to allow simultaneously operating three bodies at any one time.
Further, there are other possibility in time lapse photography with intervalometer designed by Nikon. So to limit motor drive to just sequential action photography is a little too shallow to relate.

* Alternate 3rd party products: Soligor Power Winder | Y.I.C Power Winder

<<-- Far Left: Modulite Remote Control Set ML-2 Provides infrared light remote control for three separate channels to enable auto operation of motor driven cameras at a distance up to 100 meters. Wireless slave flash operation is also possible.

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LEFT: Remote Cord MC-4A The plug on one end of the MC-4A connects to the camera's remote-control socket, the other end has both plus and minus banana-type plugs. These banana plugs enable you to simultaneously fire several motor-driven F3-series, F4s , F-801, F-301 or FM2 cameras.

The use of the MD-12 motor drive unit with the FM2 enables automatic film advance when the unit's trigger button is pressed. In addition to single-frame shooting, continuous firing at the maximum rate of 3.2 frames per second is possible (i.e., when the shutter speed set is between 1/125 and 1/4000 sec.). The motor drive unit proves very convenient when shooting fast moving subjects since the photographer does not have to wind film manually or take his eye off the viewfinder. Note that lightly pressing the MD-12's trigger activates the all FM2's exposure meter but the camera shutter release button is also usable as normal. For vertical shooting, you can added an accessory (MR-1/2/3) to the remote control terminal as the third release button.

Can any of FM2 series models used with Nikon earlier MD-11 ? Yes. But if you can afford it, go for the MD-12 or consider getting a good used unit if you are tight with your belt. Why ? It is easier to get support as the long discontinued MD-11 may suffer maintenance and support problem. Further, the operation sequence is slightly different from the much improved MD-12 (MD-11 will only advance to next frame AFTER you have release your finger from the shutter release button) in 'S' mode. Among quite a few refinement made to the original MD-11, the newer MD-12 is reputedly to be extremely reliable and rugged. I have not heard of any serious problems caused by mechanical nor electrical issues.

Speedlights: Additional Info on Nikon's Speelights SB-1 to SB-21B Nikon Speedlights are convenient for shooting in dim light or taking backlit portraits, as well as for synchro-sunlight shooting. Various models are available - from speedlights for beginners to those for professionals. Technically, ALL Nikon made Speedlights can be mount and used on a Nikon FM2 camera. Difference is just may be with limitation to its full features or functions. In certain cases, you may have to make use of a flash coupler to enable flash units specifically produced for Nikon camera that do not have a conventional standard ISO-type accessory shoe. Yes. You need not have so specifically buy for a dedicated manual flash such as SB-15 or SB-16B to enjoy some limited functions like flash ready light in the viewfinder. Current autofocus flash should work equally fine, Nikon SB-28, SB-27, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24, SB-22s, SB-22, SB-20, SB-19 or SB-16B Speedlight can be directly mounted onto the FM2's built-in hot shoe. These speedlights also activate the camera's LED ready-light inside the viewfinder which lights up when the flash unit is fully recycled and ready to fire, and blinks when the shutter speed set is outside the synchronization range - all without having to remove your eye from the viewfinder.


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<<--SB-20 AF flash ;
SB-27, SB-21 Ring flash


From older manual flash units, latest AF flash or special application strobes such Ring light designed for macro photography or fast repeating light SB-6, all can be used either in manual or auto mode. (Non standard mounting foot flash units can also be used either via flash coupler or by cable connections.

Data Back MF-16
Instruction Manual for
MF-12 Databack; Other related info on MF-16 Databack To keep track of when photos were taken, the FM2 has a slim, lightweight Data Back MF-16. This back attaches in place of the FM2's regular camera back with no sync cord required. Three imprinting modes are provided: year/month/day, day/ hour/minute, or picture counting (up to 2000); each mode is displayed on the data back in clear LCD numerals and printed by LED's, on the photo in unobtrusive red numerals. Serving as a handy clock, a quartz timer with alarm is incorporated.



Nikon was one of the first putting LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology to good use in SLR design.

While most of the competitions were still offering analogue display (dials and button) which has limitation in length of years display, older cable connected Databack MF-12 of late seventies is still usable up to year 2009 (As a plain comparison, Canon Databack was working until 1987 !) Note: The Nikon FM2 also accepts older Data Back MF-12. In this case, use the cord provided with the data back to connect the socket contact of the MF-12 to the sync terminal of the camera.

Anti-Cold Battery Pack DB-2

In cold weather, although the Nikon FM2 being a mechanical SLR should remain operative, but in extreme cases the button cell (for the metering circuit) may exhibit deteriorating performance.

In such cases, consider use a Anti-Cold Battery Pack DB-2, which accepts two M-type batteries, as an alternative power supply to the batteries inside the camera body. Simply connect the DB-2 to the camera body, then slip the assembly inside your pocket or coat to keep it warm. This assures that the camera's metering system will function even in very cold temperatures. For those who has eyesight problem or seeking more comfort and confidence for focusing, there are a host of dedicated accessories designed to supplement. These accessories, are also originally designed as a standalone system and mostly can be shared among many Nikon manual focus or even AF bodies.

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Right Angle Viewing Attachment DR 3 Screws onto the viewfinder eyepiece to provide a viewfinder image at a 90° angle to the camera's optical axis. Very helpful for close-up photography, duplication work and photomicrography Eyepiece Magnifier DG-2 Attached to the viewfinder eyepiece, this accessory enlarges the image at the center of the viewfinder to assure ever precise focusing in close-up photography, duplication work and telephotography.

Rubber eyecup Attached to the finder eyepiece, this eyecup excludes strong light and helps prevent eye fatigue. A cheap accessory and strong recommendation to have one for your camera body.

Eyepiece correction lenses Accessory lenses that screw onto the viewfinder eyepiece to enable near- and farsighted photographers to take pictures without having to wear eyeglasses. Nine models are available, offering a choice of the following diopters: -5, -4, -3, -2, 0, +0.5, +1, +2 and +3; the diopters represent the combined diopters of the viewfinder and lens, and not the diopters of the eyepiece correction lens only.

For best results, choose the eyepiece correction lens most suitable for you only after actually trying out various models at the camera shop.


Cable Release AR 3 The screw-type AR-3 makes for vibration-free shutter release.(Cable Release AR4 with Nikon Thread; AR-7 with ISO Thread; AR-10 for MD Terminal; for macro with bellow/lens combination, a double cable release is essential.).

Color and B/W Filters

Compatibility Chart of Nikon made Filter with various Nikkor/Nikon lenses. Available ONLY in PDF format (250k). While most older manual focus lenses have a standard filter size of 52mm right from 20mm to 200mm prior to 1980. Along with rapid devlopment of Nikkor optics, faster speed lenses started being introduced which resulted in some 'odd' filter sizes for these lenses. Refer to the chart for more.

As is shown on the table, Nikon filters are broadly divided into the screw-in, drop-in, and bayonet type. Because the FM2 incorporates a TTL full-aperture metering, the filter factor can be ignored except in the case of the R60. For example, when using the R60 in daylight, set the aperture three f/stops wider than the figure indicated by the exposure meter.

Notes: 1) For lens protection, the NC filter is recommended. 2) When shooting a backlit subject or ff there's a bright light source in the frame, a ghost image is likely to result from the use of a filter In this case, you should take the picture without a fitter

hoods Recommended to prevent extraneous light from striking the lens, Nikon's lens hoods come in four styles: screw-in, slip-on, Snap-On, and collapsible-rubber. Every lens should be fitted with the lens hood specially designed for it. Note, however, that some lens hoods can be used in common by several lenses.

Camera cases, Neck straps & Compartments Semi-soft cases, such as the CF-27, CF-28 and CF-29, are available. The CF-27 case accommodates the FM2 mounted with a lens smaller than 50mm f/1.4. The CF-28 is for the camera mounted with any fens from 50mmf/1.2to 105mm f/2.5. When a motor drive is attached to the FM2, use the CF-29 case. The soft-type CS-17, CS-18 cases are also available.

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Two camera cases are available for this camera: FB-14 and FB-17. ( MORE info...); Also available are the leather neck strap AN-1 (black), webbed nylon neck straps AN-4Y (yellow) and AN-4B (black), and wider webbed nylon neck straps AN-6Y (yellow) and AN-6W (brown).

Tips on proper Battery Use and care

Keep batteries away from infants and small children. In case a battery is accidentally swallowed, call a doctor immediately as the material inside the batteries can cause serious problems.
Battery power falls off in extremely cold temperatures and this may cause the camera's photometeric circuit to malfunction. In this situation, use new batteries and protect the camera body from the cold. Note that battery power will be recovered as soon as the temperature becomes normal.
Should the battery be left in the battery chamber for a long period, insufficient contact may occur due to battery leakage. Thus, it is good practice to periodically clean the battery and the contact section in the battery chamber with a soft cloth. If the battery chamber is stained with a leaking battery, remove the battery at once and clean the chamber.
If you're using a pair of batteries, change them at the same time; never mix new and old batteries.
When not using the camera for a long period, take batteries out and store them in a cool, dry place.
Never disassemble batteries or discard them in fire.
When using a pair of batteries, make sure they are of the same make.
Always check battery power before the shooting session because battery power can become exhausted without warning. It is a good idea to have spare batteries on hand during a protracted shooting assignment.
In normal use, a battery's life span is about one year. The battery packed with this camera, however, is for test purposes only so its life span may be shorter than usual.

Care and
Maintenance Although the FM2 is a tough and durable camera, bear in mind that is a precision optical instrument, and that careless or rough handling may damage it. Observe the following tips, and the FM2 will always work as perfectly as the day you bought it.

Don't touch the reflex mirror or the focusing screen to prevent them from getting scratched. Remove dust with a blower-type brush.
Do not touch the shutter curtains which may cause you a bomb to repair.
Clean glass surfaces such as the lens or the finder eyepiece with a blower-type brush; avoid using lens tissue as much as possible Gently wipe dirt, smudges or fingerprints with soft cotton moistened with a small amount of absolute alcohol, using a spiral motion from center to periphery Make sure you leave no wiping traces.
Generally, the camera does not need lubrication.
If the camera body is exposed to rain or mist, wipe moisture gently with a soft cloth and dry the camera. After using the camera near salt water, take care that you wipe it with a cloth moistened with pure water to remove possible traces of salt
If the inside of the camera body accidentally gets wet, its internal precision parts may get rusty. Take the camera right away to the nearest authorized Nikon dealer for a checkup which may require repair payment.
When not using the camera for a long time, take out the batteries and store the camera away from high temperature, high humidity, naphthaline, or camphor

Caution: Please note that the use of a spray-gun type blower to clean the lens may cause possible damage to the glass (especially when ED glass Is used for the front lens element, by suddenly lowering the temperature on the lens surface. To avoid damage, hold the blower upright keep Its nozzle more than 30cm (approx. 12 Inches) away from the lens surface and move the nozzle around so that the stream of air Is not concentrated In one spot.

Clean metallic parts with a blower-type brush or with a dry soft cloth
Before using the camera, it is a good practice to check it thoroughly first.
In a humid environment, it is best to store the camera in a vinyl bag with a desiccant to keep away dust, moisture and salt.
Note that storing leather cases in a vinyl bag may cause the leather to deteriorate, so exercise due care.

Warning: If the camera malfunctions, take It Immediately to an authorized Nikon dealer or any reputable and reliable service center.

Full Specifications of FM2 & FM2(n):

Type of camera:
35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) focal plane shutter camera
Usable film:
Any cartridge-type 35mm film
Picture format: 24 mm x 36 mm
Lens mount:
Nikon bayonet F-mount

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Vertical-travel, metal focal plane shutter
(FM-2 with Titanium Honeycomb Pattern Shutter, FM2n series models have two versions with later models using aluminum alloy shutter blades)
Shutter Speed settings:
1 sec.- 1/4000 sec., B (bulb); 14 fixed settings in all, 1/250 sec in red to indicate maximum sync speed permissible with electronic flash
(FM-2 has 15 settings, with separate 1/200 flash sync and 1/125 sec indicated in red)

Self-Timer: Set/cancel type provided; approx. 8-14sec. shutter release delay
Eye-level pentaprism type, with 93% frame coverage and 0.86X viewfinder magnification with 50mm set at infinity
Viewfinder display:
Shutter speed selected, f/number in use via ADR window, and 3 LEDs in 5 exposure graduation display for overexposure (
+), correct exposure (O) & underexposure (-)
Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing: Provided (Fixed type)
Focusing screen:
Split-image microprism type (Type K2) provided as standard; matte type (B) and matte with horizontal and vertical line etchings (E) optionally available.
Automatic Instant Quick-return type
Film advance: Lever provided wind only in single stroke; 30° standoff angle and 135° winding angle
Automatic film advance:
Possible with optional Motor Drive MD-12 or older MD-11
Multiple exposure lever:
Provided, disengages frame counter for correct count
Frame counter:
Additive type (S, 0-36); Automatically resets to 'S' (Start) when camera back is opened
Film rewind: By crank provided after film rewind button is pressed
Exposure meter:
TTL center-weighted full aperture exposure measuring system using a pair of SPD's (silicon photodiodes) as photoelectric element; measures from EV 1 to EV 18 at ASA/ISO 100 and with 50mm f/1.4 lens (i.e., from 1 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/4000 sec. at f/8.0)
Flash synchronization: Built-in hot shoe for mounting flash unit; sync cord terminal also provided; 1/250 sec. sync.
For FM2: --->>> Synchronization: X-contact only, sync speed 1/200 sec. or slower. with many other flash units such as SB-15, SB-10, SB-E, SB-11 and SB-14 (with SC-13 cord) or any of the AF speedlight for manual or auto flash control (But it is Non-TTL OTF): At speeds of 1/4000 - 1/250, LED blinks to warn of improper shutter speed setting. At speeds of 1/125 -1 sec., X200 and B, LED lights when flash is recycled
Ready light:
via second flash contact on accessory shoe; Glows inside the viewfinder when a dedicated flash is recycled; Also warns Out-of-Sync shutter speeds
Film sensitivity range: ASA/ISO 12-6400
Power source:
Choice of one 3V lithium battery, two 1.55V silver-oxide batteries, or two 1.5V alkaline-manganese batteries
Exposure meter switch:
Light pressure on shutter release button switches meter on; meter stays on for approx. 30 sec. after finger leaves button, then automatically switches off
Shutter Release Button:
Switches meter ON when depressed halfway, threaded in center to accept standard cable release.
Battery power check: LED exposure display inside viewfinder lights up when the exposure meter is switched on if there is sufficient power (i.e., the shutter speed dial should be set anywhere except B)
Film Back: Hinged; Pops open by pushing safety lock while pulling up rewind knob; interchangeable design which is detachable to accept Databack MF-16 or older model cable connected MF-12; memo holder provided.
(W x H x D): (camera body only): Approx.142.3mm x 89.7mm x 60.2mm or 5.6 x 3.5 x 2.4 in.
: (camera body only): Approx. 540g or 19 oz. (FM2 bodies with titanium shutter in 590g).

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