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Olympus Motor Drive 1 - Instruction Manual - Part II


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Checking the Motor Drive 1 Operation Before loading the film into the camera, shoot several "blank" exposures to make sure the units (including the power supply) are attached properly. The use of optional Eyecup 1 is recommended for comfortable operation of the motorized camera.

Taking the Pictures (1) Load the camera with film in the normal manner. Always try to load your camera after the Motor Drive has been attached. This eliminates even the remotest possibility of light leak through the motor drive socket. If this is not possible, attach the Motor Drive unit in a dimly lit area.

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(2) Turn the mode selector on the power supply to either "SINGLE" or "SEQUENCE". In the "SINGLE" mode, the Motor Drive advances the film by one frame and automatically cocks the shutter. In the "SEQUENCE" mode, the Motor Drive repeatedly winds the film and cocks the shutter as long as the release is pressed.

* When you are not taking pictures, REMEMBER to turn the mode selector to the "OFF" position.

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(3) To release the shutter, press either the Shutter Release atop the hand grip of the Motor Drive or the one on the power supply, whichever is more convenient.

MANUAL SHUTTER RELEASE: Should you wish, you can use the camera's shutter release even with the Motor Drive and power unit attached. The film can then be advanced manually or with the motor.

(4) Rewind and unload the film in the normal manner. IF THE MOTOR DRIVE STOPS DURING PICTURE TAKING...

1 ) Check the exposure counter. The Motor Drive automatically stops advancing after the last frame is exposed. Rewind the film into the cartridge. IMPORTANT: After the last frame is exposed avoid pressing either Shutter Release to prevent the possibility of film damage. 2) If the Motor Drive stops in the middle of a roll and makes a droning sound, the batteries are exhausted. Turn the mode selector to "OFF" and insert fresh batteries.

Power Source

To use with 250 Bulk Film Back 1 The OM System 250 Film Back 1 provides up to 250 exposures on 10m (30 ft.) lengths of bulk load film. The outline of its operating procedures is described in the followings.
1) Shift the Gear Cover on the 250 Film Back Coupling Gear to reveal the gears. 2) Replace the standard camera back with the 250 Film Back 1.

The Film Back can conveniently be attached to the camera before or after the Motor Drive 1. 3) Set the subtractive-type exposure counter manually. 4) The 30m (100 ft.) film is taken out of its storage can, rolled around the supply spool, cut at the desired lengths and put in the 250 Film Magazine, which along with the take-up magazine, is installed into the 250 Film Back 1. * The 250 Film Loader is available to make film spooling from the 30m film fast and easy.

To use the Motor Drive 1 with
Relay Cord The Relay Cord 1.2m allows the photographer to carry the power supply in his pocket or gadget bag to reduce the weight and bulk of his handheld equipment or to prevent battery degradation by keeping the power supply warm in subzero temperatures.

It is also used in conjunction with the M. AC Control Box to provide power for the Motor Drive. The power supply plug of the Relay Cord provides a terminal for wireless or wired remote control and a DC terminal to act as a relay box when separate DC power supplies are connected for extended remote control operation of the Motor Drive.
Remote Motor Drive Photography (1) The Remote Control Jack on top of the hand grip of the Motor Drive 1 provides a facility for remote motor drive photography. The jack accepts a 2.5mm mini-plug (output terminal of remote control apparatus).

* When inserting the mini-plug into the jack, the mode selector of the power supply should be set to "OFF"; otherwise the Motor Drive may start functioning as soon as the connection is made. (2) Commercially available remote control apparatus, such as radio- or photo control devices, self timers, intervalometers and remote control cords are applicable.

Simultaneous Multiple Motor Drives Photograpohy The Remote Control Jack also provides a facility for electric shutter release in simultaneous bursts with two or more motorized OM cameras. The wiring is illustrated at left. The right is the System Accessory Chart when the Motor Drive 1 was made available, may not be applicable now, but only serves as reference (PDF file size: 52k)


Care and Maintainance

If the Motor Drive will not advance when shooting in extremely cold temperatures, advance the first frame manually and then use the motor. The Relay Cord 1.2m is recommended when shooting in low temperatures because it allows you to keep the batteries warm by carrying the Control Grip in your pocket.

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