Maintenance Report

What is a motor drive?



at first

I’m sorry

Because we can’t speak english

I am using DeepL translate, so it may be a strange sentence,

but I would like you to understand

Thank you

In this issue

I will write about motor drives attached to film SLR cameras in a
simple and easy-to-understand manner.

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What is Motor Drive?

A motor drive is an automatic winding device for film SLR cameras to wind up film quickly when taking fast-moving pictures such as wildlife and news photography.

Attached to the bottom from the shutter side is the motor drive.

What is motor drive?
Japanese news photographers started using this motor drive around the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and in 1974, the catchphrase of the Canon AE-1, “Continuous-Shooting SLR,” was adopted by the general public.

Around 1985, auto-focus SLR cameras became mainstream, and the external motor drive introduced in this article was eliminated after the motor drive was built in.

It is quite large when attached to a camera.

When removed, it is divided like this.

The power source is a battery pack that uses 12 AA batteries.

It makes you feel the times.

The size of this motor drive is an unthinkable piece of equipment for a modern camera, but I thought that the existence of this motor drive would be utilized in subsequent digital camera technology.

The above is what I wrote about motor drives.

I’ll be writing more about what I think, so stay tuned!

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Writer Takashi Okumura