The Kodak Professional
DCS 620 (referred to as the DCS620 from now onwards)
is the latest generation of Kodak Professional
digital cameras. Much anticipated it is a collaboration
between Nikon who bring the wonderful F5 body
and Kodak's digital back.
at sports, photojournalism, scientific, industrial
and general professional use the 620 will be a
popular choice for those traditional Pro photographers
already used to the F5.
The DCS620 now makes up the fifth
generation Kodak Professional digital cameras,
the manual (pre-production) refers to the camera
as "600 series" which does rather hint
towards other models in the range (similar to
the 500 series which features the two million
pixel 520 and six million pixel 560) the Kodak
Professional heritage now reads like this:
1998 - Present
1999 - Present
For this review Kodak Singapore
were good enough to loan me the following equipment for a
short period (thanks again to Steve Seah of Kodak Singapore):
Kodak DCS 620 Body
Nikon NIKKOR AF 28mm Lens
Maxtor 130Mb PCMCIA Type
III Hard Disk
Battery & Charger
because of the size difference between 35mm film and the CCD
in the camera you have to multiply the focal length of a lens
by a "focal length multiplier", in the case of the
620 this is 1.6 (focal length multipliers are listed on the
engine for all pro SLR cameras).
Therefore the 28mm lens supplied
had an effective 35mm film focal length of 45mm. Another example
would be a 28mm to 70mm zoom lens would effectively be a 45mm
to 112mm zoom lens on this camera. (And a 500mm lens would
be 800mm !!) Obviously to get true
wide angle you would have to use an 18mm or less lens.
with the 520 the 620 also features an anti-alias filter which
prevents the effect known as "aliasing" (rainbow
coloured bands on fine detail such as hair / distant fences
The anti-alias filter sits
between the lens and the mirror and can be removed if required
by removing a two small screws. The anti-alias filter on the
620 is of a notably different design than the 520, however
the effect is the same.
The anti-alias filter has no
noticeable effect on the viewfinder, exposure metering or
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