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Film loading/unloading in Nikon F2 has been greatly improved from earlier Nikon F where you need not have to removed entire film back to load/unload film. This was because when the Nikkormat was introduced in 1965, Nikon could have realized the benefit of a hinged removable back design should be a more user friendly and efficient way for the Nikon F2.

The F2 film back will swing open on sturdy hinges, locks securely with double catch. Back remains on camera while changing film, even when basic motor drive is attached. The film back can be removed quickly to permit use of 250- or 880-exposures or special purpose film backs with motor drive or to fit Speed Magny large-format attachment. Back has receptacle for film box tab or other data.

To remove the film back, first open the back and look for a small nub on the door's hinge. Push the nub down to disengage the back from the body and attach the accessory back. The design was so successful that even many of today's Nikon cameras still utilizing similar way to mount or detach film back.

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While in most cases, a normal film back which came along with the camera is sufficient for most photographic needs; however, there may be times where special film back that carries specific task or applications would be required to be used with the camera. In this respect, Nikon F2 still holds the distinction of having the WIDEST selection of interchangeable film backs in ANY 35mm photographic system.

Unlike Film Backs designed for modern electronic cameras, such as MF-14 for Nikon F3 or the MF-12 or MF-16 for the Nikon Mid-compact bodies such as Nikon FM, FE Series (Nikon FA) SLR bodies; one interesting aspect on film backs designed for Nikon F2 were generally designed to used with a Motor Drive. But one exception is the special hand-produced Nikon Data Camera Set which has a 36 exposures alternative with Databack MF-10 which can imprint data (even handwritten notes) onto film ! For bulk films such as 250 or the mighty 750 exposures specialized film back, it is only logical using them with a motor drive. Note: Motor Drive MD-3 and Battery Pack MB-2 cannot be used with the special magazine backs.

Most of these film backs carry with specific function or purpose. To avoid confusion, I would rather use its model designations to begin and outlined their respective functions.

| Nikon MF-1 | Nikon MF-2 | Nikon MF-3 | Nikon MF-10 | Nikon MF-11 |
| Speed Magny Film Back | Special/Odd Film Back |

A quick reference guide on these film backs and their respective usage:

: 250 Exposures Bulk Film Magazine Back
MF-2: 750 Exposures Bulk Film Magazine Back

MF-3: 36 Exposures Rewind auto film-Stop Back
MF-10: A 36 exposures Data Back version for a matched F2 body, an MD-2/MB-1 motor drive, and an AH-1 hand strap. The combined setup is known as the F2 Data/36
MF-11: A 250 exposures Data Back version for a matched F2 body, an MD-2/MB-1 motor drive, and an AH-1 hand strap. The combined setup is known as the F2 Data/250
Speed Magny Film Back: A creative way to convert F2 exposed image into 4" x 5" film in standard holders or Polaroid Land 3-1/4" x 4-1/4") film packets.

Nikon MF-1 250 Bulk Film Back

At 5 fps, a MD-2 Motor Drive will zip through a 36-exposure roll of film in approx. 7-8 seconds. That may leave a question whether should one get a bulk film back for those who often engages some special assignment which would require burning of frames to catch an specific action or scientific research shot.

A special accessory which often relates to professionals or scientific researchers who possibly form the bulk of users that may find applications suitable put it to good use. It is too expensive, cumbersome for any general user to think of buying a unit for personal recreational photography.

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Nikon has designed three special Magazine Backs for the F2. The MF-1 standard bulk film back and MF-11 special data back holds 250 frames and the MF-2 holds 750 frames. Magazine Back MF-1 gives you up to 250 exposures at one loading.

Cross reference: Compared this model with MF-4 for Nikon F3.

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A full accessory line-up includes the MZ-1 reloadable film cassettes two are required which allow a partially exposed film to be removed mid-roll without fogging any of the exposed frames.

The MZ-1 cassettes (Same canister used in F-250 fr Nikon F) are loaded in the darkroom, it works in a pair whre one unit os for film hosting and another at the other end of the MF-1 for take up. Using a Nikon Bulk Film Loader which is manually driven to spool off film from bulk rolls inside darkroom, spare cassettes can be pre-loaded for field works. The film cassettes can be closed so they are light-tight, therefore you can load several before beginning the shooting assignment. The magazine replaces the standard camera back, which can be easily removed by depressing the locking catch on the camera-back hinge.

To mount, the sequence should be removal of the back, then mount the camera (likely already attached with either a Motor Drive MD-1 or MD-2) and mount the special Magazine Back which will lock in place by using a lever on the side of the MF-1, and closes a flange onto the camera body section. Power source such as Battery Pack MB-1 should be installed at last.

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Just like any normal sequence of loading film into camera, when the loaded film cassette is in placed in the feed side of the magazine, you can pull the film across and slotted it into the film take-up cassette. Close the magazine back when that is done with, remember, use the rewind knob to tighten the film and while taking the initial few shots, observe the film advance and see if the knob on the other section rotates. The cassettes are then opened by knobs at each end of the magazine, which reads "OPEN/CLOSE". I don't have any instruction for the MF-1, although I 'd to have a copy published here to guide you how to use it. IF you have problem operating this accessory, consider buy a copy of the user's manual from outlet such as Well, if possible - after you have totally familiarized with its various controls and operations, please furnish this site with the manual or write some user's experience and share with all of us in this site. NOTE: I cannot afford to pay anyone, but appropriate credit will be given for such voluntarily effort to make this site more complete.

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