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Lens mount / IR filter

The 760 has a Nikon F lens mount which can accept most Nikon Manual and Automatic lenses. There are some caveats, some of the more obscure lenses can not be mounted with the IR filter in place (a full table of compatible lenses can be found in the manual).

Nikon lenses mount anticlockwise and are removed by pressing the lens release button (right hand side on this shot) and twisting clockwise.

The IR filter (supplied with the camera) filters out light in the Infrared portion of the spectrum, it also helps to protect the CCD from dust and dirt. It can be replaced with the optional anti-aliasing filter.

It's interesting to note that the 760 doesn't come with an anti-aliasing filter as standard (other brand digital SLR's have their anti-alias filter attached to the front of the CCD). It's fair to say that there are advantages in not using an anti-aliasing filter (extra sharpness and detail). The 760's six megapixel resolution means that aliasing is far less of a problem (as aliasing only occurs at the CCD's Nyquist frequency) than it was on the two megapixel DCS cameras and is something that can be taken care of in software (indeed the latest version of Kodak Photo Desk has a moiré removal option).


Connections

The 760's connectors are in three locations around the camera:

Bottom right (rear) you'll find the remote release port (10-pin), Firewire (IEEE 1394) and DC-IN (7.5V 3.6A) connectors. Inside the battery / storage compartment are a serial connector (for connection to a GPS device) and video out (something new to DCS SLR's)
 
On the top front of the camera is a standard PC Sync terminal for connection to external / studio flash systems.  


Accessory / Flash shoe

On top of the viewfinder you'll find the accessory shoe, a ISO-type hot shoe allows direct connection to flash and other accessory systems.

Kodak / Nikon recommend use of the SB-28D or SB-28DX Speedlight.


Battery / storage compartment

On the left side of the camera (looking from the back) you'll find the large battery / storage compartment door which is held closed by a metal twist lever. Opening the door exposes the battery (which fits into a slot towards the front of the camera) and the two PCMCIA slots which can take two Type I/II or one Type III PC Card's. In the shots below you can see that you can also use Compact Flash Type I/II storage with the appropriate PCMCIA adapters. In use you can selectively switch between which slot you use.

Two more details: you can remove the entire storage compartment door if you wish, it's only held in place by a spring loaded clip, secondly the video and serial connectors (mentioned above) are inside the compartment (but there isn't a gap in the compartment door for wires). One thing about which I've always been curious is why there's no weather proofing employed around the edges of this door, you'd think for such a professional 'rugged' camera there would at least be a rubber seal to protect from water droplets entering the compartment.


Battery & Charger

Kodak's supplied battery charger can charge up to two packs (at the same time). The charger is rated with an input of 100 - 240 V AC. The battery packs are essentially a 'boxed set' of six AA batteries (in a sealed unit with a temperature sensor and some other intelligence). Supplied with the DCS 760 is one of the 'Premium Plus' packs which contains NiMH cells can provide 7.2 V @ 1700 mAh (12.2 Wh). Note that the 760 also comes with an AC adapter (100 - 240 V AC).


Box Contents

Inside the DCS 760's (substantial) box you'll find:

  • Kodak DCS 760 Professional Digital Camera Body (IR filter installed)
  • AC Adapter
  • Dual-slot battery charger & power supply
  • Set of 5 international power cords
  • IEEE 1394 Cable
  • Hand strap
  • Users Manual, Quick Start Guide, New Firmware features addendum
  • CD-ROM: Users Manual & Quick Start Guide in various languages
  • CD-ROM: DCS Photo Desk, Acquire module, Host Software, Manuals
  • Warranty card & Service information
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