Thanks to the advent of 3D printing, I’ve been able to satisfy the engineering vein within me. Printed locally from ABS plastic, here are a couple of accessories that Nikon forgot to make.
The Nikonos V
The Nikonos V is a great little underwater camera that is built like a tank. Couple it with the 15mm f2.8 and it suddenly becomes a lot to hold. Whilst a double strobe bracket solves this nicely, the strobes take up a huge amount of space which is of little comfort to anyone wanting natural light only. My solution, make a grip just like the old motor drives. *Only compatible with the 15mm.
The Nikon Df
The Df is Nikon’s answer to the retro camera market aimed at the purist photographer. I absolutely love mine but Nikon did go light on producing accessories for it. Like the true systems cameras (F2, F3 and F4) they all had options. The Df I find is a little hard to hold, especially when you have a speed light on top. So, I have designed a grip styled to that of the old MD-4 which was for the F3. Call it the MG-Df. It weighs just over 100g and has space to store a battery internally. I have also included the provision of a tripod socket which is a 1/4″ hex bolt and can be glued in place. Unfortunately 3D printing is not advanced enough to be able to make this electrically functional. It also has its limitations in that each print will be slightly different in some areas. However, I can honestly say it transforms the camera and makes it a joy to hold. Further images and news can be found here.
The Nikon F3
The F3 is timeless. The MD-4 for the F3 is made to fit it like a tailored glove. Coming up with an Arca-swiss compatible bracket that stayed true to the form of the camera was quite hard. Inspired by the Leicavit the key was less is more. With space for spare batteries and a 10c piece to remove the battery compartment I’m happy with the end result. Ultimately I’d like to see one of the larger tripod/bracket companies pick this up and produce out of aluminium with an option for a custom engraving on the front right area.