Nikon F2AS Data camera, black + MF-10 Data Back, c/w MD-2/MB-1 Motor Drive + DS-12 EE Aperture Control Attachment


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NEAR NEW OUTFIT! Fitted with a 50mm f/1.4 Ai lens. Exceptionally rare and almost unheard of in this condition. The body, lens, data back, motor drive and aperture control unit appear unused

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NEAR NEW OUTFIT! Fitted with a 50mm f/1.4 Ai lens. Exceptionally rare and almost unheard of in this condition. The body, lens, data back, motor drive and aperture control unit appear unused

The extensive range and versatility of the F2 body configuration is typified by a special camera product available for advanced scientific/industrial applications – the Nikon F2 Data 36-exposure Camera Set. Consisting of a slightly modified standard F2 Nikon body equipped with finder choice, plus a Databack

MF-10 for 36-exposure operation. This set provides the most advanced step yet available for precision, 35mm recording techniques. The design of the MF-10, enables the superimposition at the left edge of the frame of picture and/or exposure-related information, including date, time, etc.; and data back – equipped cameras, are capable of operating with both colour and black-and-white the body included with each set is virtually standard (only with a special focusing screen and film mask, differentiate these bodies), it offers all normal camera, functions, including non-data operation, finder/lens inter-change, automatic exposure control operation via the DS-12 control unit, automatic maximum aperture indexing operation with Al-type Nikkor lenses, motorized photography, flash photography and more. Also, when used with the motor drive unit, the data-back-equipped camera is capable of providing continuously data-annotated recording at speeds to one frame per second (1 fps) regardless of the firing speed of the motor drive.


Special camera body features

Although virtually identical to a standard F2 configuration, the F2 Data body provided with each data camera set is specially fitted with two unique elements to ensure the most precise data recording operation. The focusing screen included with each camera (designated Type S) offers all the features of the popular Type A screen, but with the addition of an etched marking denoting the area of data superimposition; with this screen, composing can be performed with full knowledge of the “data area,” thus, eliminating the possibility of cropping off an essential part of the subject matter. Also, a special masking plate is fitted at the picture frame (removable for non-data operation) to prevent exposure of the data area by the subject image, this special feature ensures that the data area has sufficient contrast for easier reading. Note that factory alignment of the masking plate and the databack are performed during camera assembly; thus, bodies and backs are not interchangeable.


Data entry

Nikon Databack MF-10 offer three separate devices for entering data–the timepiece unit, the dating unit and the memo plates. The timepiece unit is a miniature 3-hand clock with main-spring-powered movement for up to 24 hours of continuous operation. The dating unit offers control of data information and features year/month/day selection via click-stopped thumb-wheel controls. The memo plates are available for entry of hand-written information such as lens settings, shooting location, type of film, etc.; a set of ten memo plates is provided for rapid operation in situations requiring rapid change of data information. All units fit into special mounts at the rear of the databack for error-free installation.


Data superimposition mechanism

The special design of Nikon Databacks incorporates a high-intensity, short-duration electronic flash capable of synchronization at any shutter speed. The film is illuminated from the rear via a precision 10mm f/1.8 lens (4 elements in 4 groups) incorporating an iris diaphragm for control of exposure to match the requirements of the film in use. The flash unit also features a rapid recharge circuit that enables continuous exposure operation at the rate of one flashing per second letting the condenser be fully charged for every flashing; and when motor drive operation is performed at faster speeds, proper data area exposure is maintained intermittently, giving approximately one superimposed frame per second for every 2-5 frames without data printing.


Unmanned photography capabilities

Nikon Data cameras are also designed to permit remote control or unmanned operation, as is often required for general data photography applications.


The databack-equipped camera can be operated with motor drive, DS-12 EE Aperture Control Unit, flash (via the second sync terminal provided), any of the various remote control devices available to F2 Nikon cameras and external power a socket is provided) for the finest results under virtually any shooting condition including low-light photography.


Additional information

Second-hand grade


Second-hand Grading Description

  • NEWAn item that has not been removed from the box or protective wrapping.
  • UNUSEDAn item that may have been removed from the original packaging, but has never been used.
  • MINT100% as new
  • MINT-98%-99% as new
  • EXC++95%-97% as new
  • EXC+90%-94% as new
  • EXCOriginal finish may have slight scratches or rubbed. No dents or deep scratches.
  • VGMay be slightly scratched, scuffed or worn, but in good mechanical order with clean optics
  • VG-An item that falls below our regular level of gradings. Items in VG- condition will have excessive signs of use.

Please note that the following important points when you see our grading description. When applied to lenses it means that the optics are in perfect condition. What we are describing is the cosmetic condition of the lens barrel. When it applies to cameras, motor drives, speedlights etc. the understanding is that the item is in perfect working order and the description would mean the exterior appearance. In other words we are judging cosmetic appearance.

“Grays of Westminster, where mint is also a highly prized English adjective.”

– Professional Photographer magazine

Returns and Refunds

All second hand equipment comes with a 14-day Sale or Return period and a 6-month warranty. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with a second hand item you have received from us you may return it for a full refund within 14 days of purchase, the only stipulation being that the item is in the same condition as it was purchased.

If an item is found faulty at the time of purchase your shipping costs to return the item to us will also be refunded.

Where the item has been used within the 28-day returns period, we may make a deduction from any refund if the value of the goods has been reduced

You may return a second hand item for a refund if it is no longer desired or required but please note that your shipping costs will not be refunded under these circumstances.

Special Grays of Westminster extended warranties on both new and second-hand Nikon equipment are included on certain Nikon Owner magazine subscriptions which can be purchased via our online shop.

This returns policy does not affect your statutory rights. Details of your statutory rights are available from the Citizens Advice Bureau or Consumer Direct.

Delivery Information

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Cost of delivery:

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