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    Quote Originally Posted by LJSLATER View Post
    The MD-2 has a plastic gear that loves to self-destruct. Get an MD-1 or consult Sover Wong for an easy fix for the MD-2. I have an MD-1; it's damned heavy but I can't imagine life without it, mostly because I like having a hand grip (I don't use a camera strap; my camera needs to be in my hand, ready to go, or else it doesn't get used).

    If you can get a battery pack with the AA holders, lithium batteries work great. They make the camera top-heavy though.
    Got brass gears in mine. Use it all the time.
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    Thirty-plus years of steady (and often times heavy) use and not one of my four MD2 drives has experienced "gear failure." Either I have been unusually lucky or the issue has been overblown...
    An assortment of F-series Nikons with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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    I use my F2 all the time.

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    Bradley, what serial range are we talking about? Only well-used late model drives develop the problem. The one I had was in the 446xxx range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    Bradley, what serial range are we talking about? Only well-used late model drives develop the problem. The one I had was in the 446xxx range.
    Mine range from 425xxx on the F2(DE1)bodies to 460xxx + on the F2A/F2ASs. At what vintage of drive do the problems appear?
    An assortment of F-series Nikons with quite a few Nikkors, a pair of M6s with some Leitz glass, a pair of 500c/ms with a wide range of Zeiss optics and, just to help keep Duracell solvent, a D800.

    Favourite films: (1). KE ("Kodachrome Era"): 35mm: PKM25 and PKR64, HP5/Tri-X; 120: PKR64, PanF, FP4. (2). PKE ("Post-Kodachrome Era"): (a) 35mm: E100G, HP5 Plus/Tri-X and Delta 3200; (b) 120: E100G, PanF Plus, FP4 Plus, TMax 100.

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    F2 Use

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyK View Post
    Mine range from 425xxx on the F2(DE1)bodies to 460xxx + on the F2A/F2ASs. At what vintage of drive do the problems appear?
    Right around the 440xxx serial range, also when Nikon switched to the often-broken black plastic tabs to hold the body in place. So, probably around the time that the MD-3 and AW-1 were introduced. The gears tend to wear out on the MD-2's with heavy use, so, with a gently used MD-2, you might not yet notice it, whereas, with a beater, it'll quack like a duck when it advances the film. When you've a chance, I'd probably send the newer drives to Sover and have him replace the gears with the brass gears. Supposedly also makes the drives quieter than new.

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    Yes indeed, about 85% of the time. MD2 motor-drive needs new gears from Sover, I wore it out, ha!

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    I do like following threads where people extol the reliability and build quality of their equipment. I like hefty, well constructed and (sometimes) well-crafted and tactile cameras. But reading through this thread from the first post on just highlighted the clichés used like cheap currency. "Built like a tank" - please, stop saying that. Is it a good thing? Heavy, unwieldy... just over-used phrase and not at all meaningful any more. And "hammer nails with it" - really? Has anyone tried it? Don't think any camera will stand up that. And it is also a boring, banal statement. "It's a weapon" - yes, in as much as any moderately heavy object can be. So what. Your camera is heavy. Big deal.

    Like this thread though - nice info and love for a good camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viggi View Post
    I do like following threads where people extol the reliability and build quality of their equipment. I like hefty, well constructed and (sometimes) well-crafted and tactile cameras. But reading through this thread from the first post on just highlighted the clichés used like cheap currency. "Built like a tank" - please, stop saying that. Is it a good thing? Heavy, unwieldy... just over-used phrase and not at all meaningful any more. And "hammer nails with it" - really? Has anyone tried it? Don't think any camera will stand up that. And it is also a boring, banal statement. "It's a weapon" - yes, in as much as any moderately heavy object can be. So what. Your camera is heavy. Big deal.

    Like this thread though - nice info and love for a good camera.
    A tank is made of metal, used generously. Hammer nails? Yes, small nails, without doing much more than cosmetic damage. Weapon? There's a purportedly true incident of a pro photographer bashing a would-be assailant on the head with an F or F2 in bolo mode, assailant went to the hospital, Nikon kept taking pictures.



 

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