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Nikon MV-1 Data Reader - for F6, F5 & F100 Cameras

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The Nikon MV-1 allows you to transfer the recorded shooting data that's stored inside the F6, F5 or F100 cameras for each shot as a text file (.txt) to a Compact Flash card (CF Type I, included). Data can then be transferred from the memory card to your personal computer, and used with data management programs like Excel, etc.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Nikon MV-1 Data Reader - for F6, F5 & F100 Cameras
  • Compact Flash Type I
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  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonMV-1 Data Reader
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves function (13)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use (7)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    EXIF data for Film? Yes !

    This is a solution if you want to have EXIF data for each shot made on film.

    I scan film and write EXIF data for scanned .jpeg using ExifTool (by Phil...Read complete review

    This is a solution if you want to have EXIF data for each shot made on film.

    I scan film and write EXIF data for scanned .jpeg using ExifTool (by Phil Harvey).

    As many of you might be interested in, theese are the examples of command line usage of stand-alone Windows executable ExifTool:

    * Writing Date&Time from MV-1 file to .jpeg:
    exiftool -DateTimeOriginal="2013:04:20 21:33:05" CNV000008.JPG

    Note: Date&Time recording is possible only for F5 with MF-28 data back and for F6. This is all in the instruction manual.

    * Writing Exposure from MV-1 file to .jpeg:
    exiftool -ExposureTime="1/125" -FNumber="1.8" CNV000008.JPG

    Combination of MV-1 and ExifTool (by Phil Harvey) is really nice and makes it possible to write EXIF data from MV-1 files to scanned .jpeg files.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better than a notebook and pencil...?

    The question you have to ask yourself before buying this item is: "Would I rather have an MV-1 or a notepad, pencil, and $180?"

    That said,...Read complete review

    The question you have to ask yourself before buying this item is: "Would I rather have an MV-1 or a notepad, pencil, and $180?"

    That said, this device works as advertised, allowing shooting information to be copied off of the F6, F5, and F100 cameras to a text file on the CF card. It is lightweight and relatively compact, but feels somewhat flimsy compared to other Nikon gear.

    Would I recommend this? Well, I'm not entirely sure I would, but it can be very useful for those who want detailed shooting information, but don't like to (or, like me, forget to) write down shooting notes.

    And it's a good way to recycle all of those too old, too slow, or too small CF cards collected over the years...

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    4.0

    Neat device for film

    By Ctrclckws

    from New York metro

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Function

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

      A great tool to capture exif data for the pictures you shoot with film.

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      5.0

      EXIF data for Film? Yes !

      By Ilya

      from Ukraine

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Improves Function

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

      This is a solution if you want to have EXIF data for each shot made on film.

      I scan film and write EXIF data for scanned .jpeg using ExifTool (by Phil Harvey).

      As many of you might be interested in, theese are the examples of command line usage of stand-alone Windows executable ExifTool:

      * Writing Date&Time from MV-1 file to .jpeg:
      exiftool -DateTimeOriginal="2013:04:20 21:33:05" CNV000008.JPG

      Note: Date&Time recording is possible only for F5 with MF-28 data back and for F6. This is all in the instruction manual.

      * Writing Exposure from MV-1 file to .jpeg:
      exiftool -ExposureTime="1/125" -FNumber="1.8" CNV000008.JPG

      Combination of MV-1 and ExifTool (by Phil Harvey) is really nice and makes it possible to write EXIF data from MV-1 files to scanned .jpeg files.

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      5.0

      It is expensive, but it worth.

      By JM

      from Miami

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Improves Function

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

          Short history: I do not know why I wait to get this.
          It is expensive, Yes. But the F6 is expensive and I did not complaint.
          Could I obtain good exposures without it? Absolutely, Yes.
          Do I feel better after I bought it? Yeeeeesss.

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          5.0

          How to get EXIF-like data from film

          By Brendan

          from Pretoria, South Africa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Improves Function
          • Simple
          • Well made

          Cons

          • Not inexpensive

          Best Uses

          • Action Shots
          • Everyday Use
          • Experimental work
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

          It is a big advantage to be able to see exactly what the camera settings were for each slide film frame shot without having to break the inspiration when it is happening by writing down camera settings in a book! One must just make sure that the frame by frame metadata are compared with the processed slide film before it is cut. Leaving out that step will make it a much less useful piece of equipment.

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          4.0

          Can it embed file data into image EXIF?

          By Raj

          from New Jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

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            Cons

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                Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                Using the utility provided by MV-1, or Nikon's NX software, can the data in the file created by MV-1 be imbedded as EXIF data in the image file?

                Only one review which hints at this is by "Noon" in Sydney, below. All other reviews below make no mention of being able to embed the data into EXIF.

                I would very much appreciate if someone answers the above question, as my buying decision hinges on being able to imbed the data directly into the EXIF via some provided utility by Nikon.

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                5.0

                Must have for F6,F5 and F100!

                By Noons

                from Sydney

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Improves Function
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use

                  Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                  This has been a God send for my F100 and F6.
                  There are things you simply can't do with a F100 that are only enabled with the MV-1. Same goes for the F5.
                  The F6 is not as dependent, but then again the MV-1 retrieves a LOT more information than the F6 can print between frames.
                  I find it absolutely indispensable: the files it produces go together with my scanned images and a little utility that extracts the info from the file and slaps it on the scanned image as exif: all it needs is a convention for suffixing the scanned images so I can track them back to the file.
                  Works like a charm and has made it a lot easier to document my scans.

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                  5.0

                  Great Gadget!

                  By Buddyfoureyes

                  from Chicago IL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Improves Function

                  Cons

                  • A bit pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use
                  • Record keeping

                  Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                  I use both an F5 and an F100, so getting this device makes keeping track of shooting data a breeze! I should have gotten one a long time ago, finally bit the bullet and ordered it -- it has simplified my record keeping immensely.[...] great product from Nikon.

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                  5.0

                  Works great: F100 owners read the manual

                  By Johnnyzone

                  from Hong Kong

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use

                      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                      I bought this for my F100, at first I had no idea how to operate the MV1, as it's not very intuitive, apart from plugging it in, but after referring to the manual it thankfully worked. You need to program the F100 through selecting an command file embedded in the MV1, but I will leave you to work that out in your time. The product is great, I wish I had it years ago, as it may have delayed my digital camera purchase till full frame sensors came about, thought I doubt that. It makes for more sense than the Nikon Photo secretary from a few years back. I admit that this is more or less a novelty purchase having recently revived my interest in film again, but I have tried carrying around a pocket book to record data, but I am way too busy in the moment and undisciplined, especially after the convenience of digital. There are programs out there, that I can plug the efix data into an write it back onto a scanned image and then work with film seamlessly (though much slower) along side my digital workflow. This is not a product I would take a chance on buying second hand, if money is not an issue, buy it, otherwise its back to the note book for you.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A Must-Have Accessory for the Nikon F6

                      By jbcrane

                      from Fort Collins, Colorado

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Improves Function
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • General Purpose

                      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                      My only regret in purchasing the MV-1 is that I waited so long. It took a while to convince myself the need for EXIF data on 35mm film shots was enough to spend so much for what looked like a glorified CF card reader/dumper. When I opened the box and saw its size, how it was packed, what came with it, etc. I wasn't filled with regret for having purchased it -but for the 78 rolls worth of data lost in the overflowing buffer while I was busy dragging my feet.

                      The unit is simple to use right out of the box. Though it's completely plastic, the cable which attaches to the camera feels as though it's durable enough to hold up, as is the attachment point. Overall one comes to expect typical Nikon quality and isn't disappointed when opening the MV-1 packaging.

                      Mine came with a 128Mb CF card - a welcome surprise after reading only an 8Mb card would be supplied. The text files accumulate numerically as you'd expect, allowing the card to simply accrue data over time (not erase after import), serving as suitable backup.

                      Having only used it with the F6 I can't speak to other camera models supported - namely the F5 and F100. The instruction booklet seems amply appointed to instruct users of those cameras, however.

                      It's a beautiful thing to be able to reference EXIF on every frame of film made - with minimal effort & fuss. Yet another brilliant moment for the Nikon F6. I'm glad I didn't stall to the point when the MV-1 is no longer available, or the cost is even more exorbitant. If you shoot an F6, F5 or F100 and want to get the most out the fine Nikon engineering, the MV-1 should be at the top of your accessories list.

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                      4.0

                      Great concept

                      By Cluttered

                      from Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Improves Function
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                      It's really great to be able to read metadata from a film camera, makes keeping records of your shooting super simple. It's quite expensive for what it is, but given that it's a low-volume item without any real competition, it's not too badly priced. And the convenience of having that data is invaluable to me.

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                      5.0

                      The hardest part is reading the manual.

                      By Dennis

                      from San Diego

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Improves Function

                      Cons

                      • Pricy

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use

                      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                      This device enables you to download and utilize the data captured by the F6. Simply plug in, push button, upload recorded data to computer, convert to Excel file, done.

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A luxuous notebook for argentic photo.

                      By mcadart

                      from France

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Improves Function

                      Cons

                      • Bulky
                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Classify and archive

                      Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                      This data reader sure isn't an essential accessory but it's really great to be able to save on a PC something rather equivalent to EXIF datas. Easy to use, reliable, ... Only the price and the size are overmuch.

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                      5.0

                      Can work with F90/F90S/F90X

                      By Daniel Ernest

                      from Hong Kong & Japan

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                        But need use the old software (Photo Secretary (AC-1WE/AC-2WE)to start the camera boby to record data once.

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                        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A very important accessory

                        By Noons

                        from Sydney, Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Improves Function
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Full control of F100
                          • Hybrid workflow

                          Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                          This accessory is a must have for anyone using a Nikon F100, F5 or F6 camera.

                          It lets folks capture the shooting data for use in, for example, EXIF data for scanned images.

                          And in the case of the F100, the recording is actually controlled by the MV-1 itself and which files are presented to the camera.

                          The accessory is incredibly simple to operate. It creates the necessary files and directories itself and is operated by a simple on button.

                          Highly recommended for anyone with a hybrid workflow.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The Nikon MV-1 is very useful

                          By Summicron

                          from Saint Paul, Minnesota

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Improves Function
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                              The F6 saves much more information about each picture you take than it can print out between the frames or in frame 1. All that additional data is only accessible through use of the MV-1, which allows you to transfer that data to your computer and then print out the information for all the frames on a roll on one sheet of paper which can be stored with the negatives or contact sheets. Very well thought out and VERY useful.

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                              (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Better than a notebook and pencil...?

                              By jtk

                              from Bremerton, WA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good use for old CF cards
                              • Improves Function
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Bulky
                              • Flimsy

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon MV-1 Data Reader:

                                The question you have to ask yourself before buying this item is: "Would I rather have an MV-1 or a notepad, pencil, and $180?"

                                That said, this device works as advertised, allowing shooting information to be copied off of the F6, F5, and F100 cameras to a text file on the CF card. It is lightweight and relatively compact, but feels somewhat flimsy compared to other Nikon gear.

                                Would I recommend this? Well, I'm not entirely sure I would, but it can be very useful for those who want detailed shooting information, but don't like to (or, like me, forget to) write down shooting notes.

                                And it's a good way to recycle all of those too old, too slow, or too small CF cards collected over the years...

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