Clueless!!! Nikon MF-29 Data-Back for the F100

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  1. RMP-NikonPro

    RMP-NikonPro Member

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    Can anyone help! I've just got hold of a mint condition MF-29 Data-Back for My F100, but it didn't come with any Instruction guide! much appreciated if anyone can help, Any scans would be terrific!!

    Russ :confused:
     
  2. archphoto

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    The only thing I could find on the Nikon site is that it prints the time or the dd-mm on the film.
    It will need a battery and be connected to the camera: special contact or flash socket.
    What type of battery should have been mentioned somewhere on the back.

    Hopefully this helps,
    Peter
     
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    Cheers Peter,

    But what I really what I would like know is "does it print on the frame it's self or between frames!" does it do anything else other than print! how to set the T/D/Y?

    Thanks
    Russ
     
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    You will have to look at the film-side of the back wheither it prints on the neg or slide or inbetween the neg's/slides.
    My Olympus data-back it printed on the neg/slide, and that's all it did, it had an on/off switch, lucky me.

    If you have D, send me a picture of both sides of the back. so I can have a look at it.

    Peter
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  5. André E.C.

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    That back and sorry to say it, was a waste of money from you.
    Look at this, contrary to the MF-28 of the F5 (this one does print the data between frames), the MF-29, prints it at the first blank frame post-loading (selectable vía CSM #18) and keep doing so (on frame) unless you turn the back OFF.

    Isn't this ridiculous?:tongue:


    Sorry, I had both cameras and I think that MF-29 doesn't make any sense.



    Cheers



    André
     
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    Thanks André

    I've been playing around with it now for a while,
    and if I'm right I have Only the basic choice of Year/Month/Day, Month/Day/Year, Day/Hour/Minute - or No Imprint?
    and these I have to Switch on and off manually, and there is no programable modes?

    Thanks

    Russ
     
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    Yes Russ, unfortunately yes, and on frame, not between frames.:sad:

    The data style is set on the back I think (as I said above, I had the MF-28 for the F5, my F100 was with regular back), together with that CSM #18 on camera.



    Cheers



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    Bummer :rolleyes:

    many thanks all :wink:

    Russ
     
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    While this feature of printing within the frame may be a drawback to fine art and portrait photographers, there were real reasons why this type of imprinting was created, primarily in the police and investigative fields, where a date code on each and every frame would help in further legal trials, when photos were presented as evidence. In addition, photos of insurance loss, accident documentation, etc.
     
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    Maybe Nikon didn't want to cut into F5 sales too much... I got the feeling that the F100 was designed to be more of a shooter's camera, with as much high-tech as necessary but not completely loaded compared to the F5.
     
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    Keep in mind the F100 (and F6, F5, N/F90, N90s, F90x) does record shooting data and stores it in its internal memory. There was an expensive adaptor and software which you would use to retrieve that data, but it may not run on Windows newer than Windows 2000. That said, there is new a modern USB device which can read the data from the cameras above.

    http://www.meta35.com/
     
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