DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

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DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by snapabraham » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi everyone! I'm new to this site. Thought I'd share a couple of galleries with you that I put up on Flickr. I own a Canon DCS-3 and a Kodak DCS 420. (I just picked up the 420 for $50. on Ebay! I work as a photojournalist at a daily newspaper in CT (An endangered species to say the least!) and have seen just about every major change in the newspaper industry since I stated in 1987. I started with B&W film and printing to scanning color negs using the big bulky Kodak film scanners tethered to G3 Macs and all the way to using a Nikon D3s. (This camera rocks!!) Anyhoo, I have an affinity for all the "old school" technology and like to mess around with it when time permits. Heck, I still have my Nikon F body from when I first started! (I wish I kept the Nikkor 55mm f1.2 lens though! I still kick myself for selling that one. :-)) I must say, I think these two cameras can still put out a decent quality photo under ideal conditions and proper lighting, and that any of the photos I've posted would look fine in newsprint and, I dare say, would reproduce well in any magazine.

Flickr gallery for the Canon DCS-3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24 ... 395463257/

Flickr gallery for the Kodak DCS 420: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24 ... 729061988/

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Webmaster » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:54 pm

Hi and welcome aboard! Always nice to see someone appreciate and having fun with these old things. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Paul » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:03 pm

Nice pictures
I bought a 420 0n ebay a little over a year ago. Never could get the camera to recognize the memory card. I think the firmware is corrupted.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by snapabraham » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:14 pm

Hi Paul,

One thing I discovered is that you can't just put a PCMCIA compact flash card with a standard card in the camera. I've either had to use the original
Type III PCMCIA memory card or use an IBM Microdrive with the PCMCIA adapter. Then the camera works fine. Otherwise I would get an error and the camera doesn't work Hope this helps. Otherwise sell me the camera for parts! Ha, ha.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Stan Disbrow » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:34 pm

Hi,

If the old wetware is working properly today, the key for the 4xx series is FAT-12 formatting and under 512 MB.

The newer cameras are FAT-16 and so many of the CF cards these days are over 512 MB.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Paul » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:35 pm

I've tried both a viper 340 and 170. I can only guess the firmware is corrupted, or possibly, even though the battery seems to take a charge, and I've tried it plug in to the adapter, maybe the battery is not strong enough.

One of these days I'll figure it out.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by snapabraham » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:47 am

I also have a Viper 170. It failed to work in my camera. It's so old, I assume it's unreliable. I also have a Microtech 260mb card which doesn't work either. Both were formatted and seemed to work at first, but then wouldn't open when placed in the computer's PCMCIA slot. I just got a good deal on a couple of Sandisk Type II cards that are 440mb each. They will go right into my G4 laptop's slot no problem. The type three cards are a pain to deal with because you have to use a real old laptop with dual slots. Good luck with your camera. Keep me posted.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Stan Disbrow » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:18 pm

Hi,

Allow me to add a bit here.

The older cameras want the cards formatted FAT with 12 bits.

Modern computer OS's will format them FAT with 16 bits unless you specifically use FAT-12.

If you put a FAT-16 formatted card into a FAT-12 camera, you won't get it to work, yet it will work just fine in the FAT-16 aware computer.

It's a 'gotcha' I recall from my days way back when using Kodak 4xx series cameras.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Paul » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:08 pm

Thanks Stan
I have no idea what my cards are formatted at. If I reformatted them using a DCS 315 or 660, would they be formatted right for the use on a 420?

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by snapabraham » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:07 am

Hi all,

I just picked up a Kodak nc2000e camera (This is the model I have been wanting to get all along) I've posted photos from it onto a new set in my Flickr account. Check out the pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonman24 ... 957197542/

Also, if anyone cares to look, I've started a new blog featuring photos from these old cameras. Most are the same shot on Flickr, but I will try to keep things interesting and have different material to show. Enjoy!

Blog link: http://snapolson.blogspot.com/

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Stan Disbrow » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:21 pm

Hi,

IIRC, the 660 formats FAT-16. I never had a 330, but I bet it's also FAT-16. I used to format FAT-12 using the PC and changing the format control from 16 to 12....

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Paul » Sun May 02, 2010 4:57 pm

Thanks Stan

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by Paul » Sun May 02, 2010 4:58 pm

snapabraham
The color on your pictures are amazing.
great pictures.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by snapabraham » Tue May 11, 2010 12:28 am

Thank you Paul.

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Re: DCS-3 and DCS420 galleries on Flickr

Post by 30Cal » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:08 pm

I had some card formatting issues with my DCS420c. When I got it, it had a 2GB flash & PCMIAA card and it worked fine.

When the battery pack started going south, the files stopped showing up on the card. The space was getting taken up, but nothing showed up in the directory. I was able to retrieve them with recovery software.

I've tried a bunch of CF cards in it 4GB and less since replacing the pack. They all work. I format them on a D1x.

Ty

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