Nikon FM2: Motor Drive: Cable Release
I was wondering if there was any possible way to use my newly aquired FM2 body to shoot remote shots using the motor drive that I got with it.
I have one of these 25 foot air cable releases and I would like to mount the camera up behind a backboard to shoot with a a wide angle lens for some basketball photos.
The problem I have run into is that the motor drive doesn't have a thread in shutter button and the shutter button on the camera can only be activated with the film advance lever pulled slightly outwards otherwise it locks the shutter button. The motordrive seems to only work when the film advance lever is in this locked position.
Does anyone know of a way to get around this outside of creating some kind of bracket to hold the cable release near the new shutter button located on the motordrive?
This is kind of hard to explain and hopefully some of you can follow what I'm getting at.
thanks a bunch,
#1. "RE: Nikon FM2: Motor Drive: Cable Release" | In response to Reply # 0mulch Basic MemberWed 30-Jan-02 12:55 AM
I use a Nikon MR-3 you can get for around $30. it screws into the motor drive grip and allows for use of cable release, as well as making vertical shooting a bit easier. i think theres a generic adapter available as well.
#2. "RE: Nikon FM2: Motor Drive: Cable Release" | In response to Reply # 0f8bthere Basic MemberWed 30-Jan-02 01:32 PM
I use the MC-12a remote release cable. It is a switch activated electric cable that works great. The switch has two functions: single release or continuous release (via a sliding lock). The cable screws into the MD-12 motordrive and is very secure. It is 10 feet long, so it allows me to move around my tripod mounted camera with ease. My Bogen tripod has a small plastic clamp that keeps the cable fixed to a leg, preventing my movement from jarring the camera.
It is a bit expensive, but it gives me good service because besides operating on the FM2 and MD12, it also works on my F3 with MD-4 motor and my autofocus N8008s, so it is always in my bag.
#3. "RE: Nikon FM2: Motor Drive: Cable Release" | In response to Reply # 2avm247 Charter MemberWed 30-Jan-02 02:26 PM
If I'm not mistaken, you can also use the MC-10, 10'release, no sliding lock, straight "foot" connects to the body or motor drive (as opposed to the MC-12a's 90 degree "foot"). The MC-12b should also work, its a shorter 30-inch version of the MC-12a.