Chapter two: Nikon AF N8008S with 28-85mm lens

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Lenny, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. Lenny

    Lenny Guest

    I had written a previous post about this camera which had been dropped
    before we got it and would not autofocus.
    I have since taken the camera to a store where we tried a new lens and
    found that it focused ok. Armed with the knowledge that the body was
    working we disassembled the camera side of the lens and reseated the
    contact strip. After reassembling the lens it as well as the rest of
    the camera both now seem to be working fine. It seems that the
    contacts were simply out of alignment with the body.
    So now that we know that we have a proper working system of decent
    quality, I'm interested in persuing two other items for this camera.
    first is a "cable release". I have learned that the MC-12 is the unit
    that Nikon made for this job however what special features does the
    MC-12 have? I would like to be able to simply hold the shutter open
    for time
    exposures as I do mechanically on my F2 but do I need whatever bells
    and whistles this MC-12 offers to do this? Can someone please explain
    the MC-12 works, what it does and if perhaps just placing a short
    across the
    two pins on the camera will hold the shutter open until the short (as
    provided by say a small toggle switch) is removed? I'm also told that
    depressing the MC-12 button just slightly activates the display just
    as the camera button does. I don't know how important or desirable for
    time exposures this would be. Does anyone have some further insight on
    this? And to go a bit further technically does anyone know how this
    "two step" push button switch scheme works (electrically)?
    The second item thats missing from this outfit is a flash. The book
    says that only a Nikon Speedflash will work with this cameara. Is this
    true? Now I realise that to do autoflash you would need the camera to
    commmunicate with the flash via the extra two pins on the shoe so for
    that application that flash or a compatible one apparently would have
    to be employed, but I wondered if it would be possible to just use a
    plain vanilla flash if one wanted to, having a standard two conductor
    shoe by placing
    the camera in manual mode?
    To test this I insulated the two extra contact pads on the camera shoe
    and I tried my old Vivitar flash on this camera and shot two pictures
    of a subject from five feet. Since there doesn't appear to be a sync
    mark on the 8008S as my F2 has at about 1/75th sec, I used manual
    mode, 1/125 sec. @ F11 and then shot a second at F5.6 The flash fired
    both times but whether it will be synchronised is another story. Since
    I don't do a great deal of flash photography I may decide to forego
    buying an expensive autoflash unit for this camera if I don't have to
    and simply use a cheapie such as this old Vivitar on the rare
    occaisions that flash is necessary. If this seems feasible, is there
    any particular shutter time setting that would be optimum to sync with
    the flash? On the other hand I've seen SB-24's on Ebay for under
    100.00, so I'm not really sure which way to go. Thanks very much once
    again for your responses.
    Lenny Stein.
    Lenny, Dec 22, 2003
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Please see my reply to the earlier thread. I replied just this morning.
    In short, you can't go wrong with the SB-24, and you're certainly
    compromising quality by going the other routes you describe here.

    The 8008s will sync up to 1/250th of a second.
    Matt Clara, Dec 22, 2003
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