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Nikon Motor Drive F36 Instruction Manual - Free Download


Nikon Motor Drive F36 Instruction Manual - Free Download


Product Description

Based on the S-36 Motor Drive designed for the Nikon SP rangefinder camera, the F-36 Motor Drive was released alongside the Nikon F single-lens reflex camera (SLR) in June 1959.

The standard back of the Nikon F is removed and is replaced by the F-36 drive unit. Unlike the future MD-2 Motor Drive designed for the Nikon F2 camera, use of the F-36 required a minor modification to the Nikon F body.

Early F-36 Motor Drives were powered by an external battery pack utilizing 8 "C" type batteries connected by a trailing power cord. Nippon Kogaku introduced the Cordless Battery Pack in 1966, which attached directly to the base of the F-36 to form a compact unit. It utilized eight AA-type batteries, with a push-button release located on the top of the pack's grip.


An accessory to your Nikon F, the F-36 Motor Drive opens new vistas of photographic opportunities. Attached as a substitute for the Nikon F’s standard camera back, this device advances the film and fires your camera automatically.

The motor drive may be operated either manually or by remote control using cables, timers or radio triggering equipment. You can adjust it to take single exposures or bursts of sequential exposures—as many as four frames per second.

To get maximum benefit from the F-36, read these instructions carefully and refer to them often until you are thoroughly acquainted with the motor drive.


  • Attaching the Motor Drive 6
  • Loading the Camera 7
  • Unloading
  • Controls of the Motor Drive 8
  • Frame Counter
    S-C Ring
    Firing-Rate Adjusting Knob
  • Power Sources for the Motor Drive 10
  • Standard Battery Pack
    Cordless Battery Pack
    External Power Sources
  • Operation of the Motor Drive 14
  • Single Shots
    Continuous Shooting
    On-Camera and On-Pack Control Interaction
  • Remote Control of the Motor Drive 17
  • With Standard Battery Pack
    With Cordless Battery Pack
    Using Relay Box
  • Simultaneous Firing of More Than One Camera 20
  • Time Delay
  • Accessories 22

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