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Motor Drives & Power Winders - Part IV

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Olympus Winder 1 (Instruction Manual)

Still lighter than the full-fledged motor drive is the 290g (10.2 oz.) Winder 1 unit. This original winder by Olympus provides automatic single frame advance (Continuous mode is NOT possible). But within the limits of winder performance, it is perhaps the most practical choice for many applications. It is also an extremely lightweight unit that can attach to the OM body in the same way as the Motor Drive 1, but version 1 provides only single frame film advance which make it less appealing to those who wants more flexible options. It is powered by a few sources, you can select four Manganese, Alkaline, or Ni-Cd rechargeable penlight ( AA ) batteries.

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Specifications: (More... detailed info)

Battery loading:
Snap-in type with special battery holder.
Shutter speed: All speeds available by camera.
Capacity: 20 rolls of 36 exposure film (Manganese), 50 rolls (Alkaline),15 rolls (Ni-Cd).
Size: 130 x 64 x 100mm (5.12 x 2.52 x 3.94 in.)
290g (10.2oz.) without batteries.

Olympus Winder 2 (Instruction Manual)

Combining all you can get from the Version 1 OM Winder with some of the benefits you can find in an OM Motor Drive unit but it comes with a slower film advance speed rate. It is a lighter, and considerably more economical than the motor drive assembly. A perfect choice for those whose works demands a fair level of automatic power film advance but without the need for high speed film action. The 2.5 fps is the fastest you can find within its class. It takes most of the accessories designed for the earlier version, including the power supply options. Unlike the Winder 1, you can select either Single or Sequence mode, and of course shoot at any camera shutter speed, as with the motor drive. In fact, the Winder 2 has a whole lot of full-fledged motor drive sophistication. It also takes bulk film with the 250 Film Back 1, permits wired or wireless remote control, and even provides a separate M.6V Power Pack 1 for use in extreme cold conditions. Weight is a mere 290 grams (10.2 oz.) without batteries. The usual power source is four "AA" penlight batteries, loaded in the "snap-in" type M.6V Battery Holder 1. Rechargeable Ni-Cd cells may also be used, but if your intention is to used them in cold weather, change to the M.6V Power Pack 1 or version 2 instead, they are designed specifically for that purpose. Some users reported Ni-Cd cells perform miserably under such usage, I live in a all year round tropical climate and cannot share anything with you here except how these bodies react to high humidity condition and under hot topical weather.

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The M. 6V Power Pack 1 and M. 6V Power Pack 2 are pocketable external power units for Winder 1 and Winder 2. These units allow operation of the Winders in extreme low temperatures. They can also be used to power the modelling lamps of the Macro Flashes.

The M. 6V Power Pack 1 is a small lightweight unit that consists of a Battery Holder that accepts four 1.5V "AA" batteries (Manganese, Alkaline or Ni-Cd), a 1.2m cord that plugs into the Winder, and a plastic case. The M. 6V Power Pack 2 is a larger and heavier unit that accepts four 1.5V "D" batteries, providing extra power for longer battery life. The leather case has a strap. The cord is also 1.2m. When these units are not used for long periods, remove the batteries to prevent battery leakage. When the output plug is plugged into the external power plug of the Winder, the Winders internal batteries are switched off automatically.


Compatible cameras: OM1, OM2, OM-3, OM4 series, OM20, OM30 & OM40
Film advance: Single-frame advance as well as sequential filming (2.5 fps); instant film wind after exposure.
Wind-on time: Approx. 0.3 sec.
Shutter speeds: All available speeds.

Power supply: Four 1.5V'AA' batteries, including Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries; a jack for external power source is built in. Battery loading: Snap-in, magazine-type M. 6V Battery Holder 1. Additional magazines available. Input voltage: DC 4 - 6V.

Capacity: Approx. 20 rolls of 36-exposure film with a set of fresh manganese batteries; approx. 50 rolls with alkaline batteries; approx. 15 rolls with Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries, at normal temperature. Film end stop: Automatic film wind stop after last exposure. Dimensions and weight: 130 x 64 x 98mm; 290g (less batteries) (5.1 x 2.5 x 3.9 in., 10.2 oz.).

M.6V Power Pack 1 A separate power source for the Winder 1/Winder 2 featuring cord attachment that allows the batteries to be kept warm when the camera is used in mountaineering and other extreme cold conditions.

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Allows the Winder unit to be operated in temperatures as low as -10°C. Contains four penlight (AA) batteries (1.5V Manganese or Alkaline, 1.25V Ni-Cd rechargeable) in a case kept warm in the photographer's pocket at 15°C or over. Connected to the Winder by cord.

Battery Holder 1 Snap quickly into the Winder 1/Winder 2 unit. Holds four 1.5V Manganese or Alkaline, or four 1.25V Ni-Cd rechargeable penlight (AA) batteries.

Power Pack 2 ---->>> A versatile power unit that can be used both for the Winder 2, and to power the illuminator lamps in various macro flash units. It utilizes four "D" batteries, and is supplied in its own carrying case.

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AC Adapter 3 Allows the Winder 2 to b6 operated off regular household current. This same adapter can also be used to power T Series electronic flash units simultaneously or separately, or to power both flash and illuminator elements of the OM System ring flashes.

Relay Cords 1.2m and 10m Connecting/remote-control cord between the Motor Drive 1 or 2 and the power unit. Useful whenever it is preferable to have the control unit separated from the camera/ motor drive combination. Such as used to connect the Motor Drive 2 to the MAC Control Box, or to the Control Grip or Control Pack power units whenever it is necessary to keep them separate, for example in extreme cold, for remote controlled nature photography, etc. Available in two lengths, 1.2m and 10m. The relay cord 1.2m allows the photographer to hold the Control Grip in his pocket in low temperature conditions. It also increases handling convenience when tripod, Copy Stand, Macrophoto Stand or Auto Bellows are used.

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Relay Cord 10m A longer relay cord used in the same way as Relay Cord 1.2m at far left.

The M.AC Control Box is connected to the Relay Cord for operation on house current. In addition, the remote terminal built into the power supply plug allows wireless and wired remote control, and the DC terminal serves as a relay box when a separate DC power supply is connected to it.

Note: Remote Terminal Sockets (A & B) on the Power Supply Plug accept leads from remote control apparatus for remote or simultaneous multiple motor drive photography. DC Terminal Sockets (+ & -) on the Power Supply Plug accept leads from large potential DC power supply (12V~16V DC). Relay Cord 10m is ideal for extended remote control operation of the Motor Drive. However, due to the greater resistance in the long cord, a voltage drop of approx. one volt may occur with direct DC power, resulting in a slightly slower filming rate. To obtain best results, the use of M. AC Control Box and standard AC current is recommended.

M.Grip Cord Cord These cords allow the Motor Drive (with the Ni-Cd Control Pack) or Winder to be fired using the Motor Drive Release Button on the Power Bounce Grip 2 or the electronic flash T45. The M.Grip Cord Cord 1 also used to connect the Motor Drive 1 (or 2) / NiCd Control Pack 1 (or 2) combination.The M.Grip Cord 1 has two different plugs; the straight plug goes into the M.Grip Cord Socket of the Power Bounce Grip 2, the angled plug goes into the Remote Control Jack of the Motor Drive of Winder.

Olympus 250 Bulk Film Back 1 Olympus is one of the few manufacturers that provide full professional setup in 35mm SLR photography. The OM also provides an option for bulk film shooting. However, NOT all OM bodies can accept a Bulk Film Back. It can only be used with single digit OM camera bodies. The OM 250 Bulk Film Back provides up to 250 exposures on 10m lengths of film and it provides greater convenience for long sessions of sequence shooting, lengthy copying work and all applications where frequent film changing is too troublesome or time consuming. The bulk film back takes two 250 Film Magazines, each of which provide a cutting edge so the film can be cut to any length desired.

If you plan to purchase a motor drive or a winder to works with a 250 Bulk Film Back, always check and examine the coupling gear on the side of the Motor Drive and see if there is any excessive wear or broken gear teeth or mishandling by any previous owner.250filmack.jpg

Two units of 250 Film Magazines are required for film supply and take-up. Naturally, you will need a power film advance device to work efficiently for film transport, in such case, Motor Drive 1 or 2, or Winder 1 or 2 can be used. The 250 Film Loader is used for winding bulk film onto the supply spool. To remove the Rear Cover, pull up the Rear Cover Lock Key on the right Magazine Chamber, and pull backward the Rear Cover Button. Other OM accessory such as Eyecoupler can be used with the Eyecup 1 for comfortable viewing of viewfinder images.

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Attachable to the camera before or after the Motor Drive 1, the 250 Film Back 1 has a capacity for bulk films of up to 10m (33ft.) length giving 250 exposures. Motor drive or winder will stop winding automatically when the subtracting type preset exposure counter (on the right Magazine Chamber) has reached "0". Film Type Indicator on the left Magazine Chamber can be manually set as a reminder for film type or ASA speed. Dimensions & weight: 63 x 272 x 85mm and weighing 600g.

250 Film Magazine A companion piece of equipment for the 250 Film Back 1, loading films of up to 250 exposure length. A blade edge on the magazine permits film to be cut simply to any desired length. The 250 Film Back 1 uses two 250 Film Magazines.

250 Bulk Film Loader Used in the darkroom to load the 250 Film Magazine with bulk film. It automatically stops at any preset film length.

This tool provides a quick and easy way to replace film in the darkroom. Scale Plate is provided to preset desired number of frames. Film Holding Lever stops at set position with a click to press on film and prevent slippage. Commercially available 100-ft roll film cans are mounted on the Large Spool. To mount, first remove rim by twisting counter-clockwise, put film on, and replace rim. To preset desired number of frames (max. 250), pull the Scale Plate out and turn counter-clockwise. The subtractive frame counter automatically stops at "0". Dimensions: 142 x 250 x 153mm and weighing 940g.

Grip hand Strap A comfortable leather strap used to firmly hold the camera, motor drive and control pack assembly, for superior balance and security during one-handed operation. Winder Soft Case Holds any of the OM cameras with standard lens and Winder 2 (or Motor Drive plus Ni-Cd Control Pack).

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