that when i press the battery check on my MD-15 motordrive attached to my FA - it turns on the meter! even with it in lock mode and the rewind lever in the off position. interesting as i could not take a picture as the shutter is locked!
>that when i press the battery check on my MD-15 motordrive >attached to my FA - it turns on the meter! even with it in >lock mode and the rewind lever in the off position. >interesting as i could not take a picture as the shutter is >locked! > >thought i would share... and a post for Dave!
Mine does exactly the same thing. And the meter stays on for about 15 seconds after you remove your finger from the check button.
Hmmm...I don't have a motor drive for the Nikons but the motor drive for my Leica does the same thing plus it does not allow the camera battery to be activated, thus saving the cameras battery. I bet the Nikon motor drive does the same.
The only bodies that do that are the FA and the F3. Both receive the power for their light meters through their respective motor drives. That said, pressing the battery check on an MB-21 or MB-23 battery grip on an F4 doesn't turn on the meter. Only shows that there's power.
The MD-12 has no battery check function, nor does the MD-11. The MD-1/2/3 drives for the F2's with their battery packs do, but they won't turn on the meter. In fact, on an F2, if you want to use the meter with the motor drive, you have to turn it on manually, just like if you don't have a motor drive attached.
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