Kodak Pro DCS 520 Review
Accessories and Software
Supplied as standard: the ELPAC power supply which can be used to power the camera when the batteries are on charge or in the studio.
Rated as 95-250VAC input with a healthy 6.5V @ 5.0A output (wow).
It's as big as a house brick too.
Supplied as standard: SPAN battery charge can take up to two batteries and features reconditioning.
The standard supplied Kodak battery is a NiCD 7.2V (I've heard rumours that this actually a six pack of AA NiCD's...) rated for 300 shots.
Also supplied is a power supply unit for the charger which can take a variety of different power plugs (for nearly every continent).
See images below:
Not a standard item:
Fast throughput, robust, low power and high capacity, it gives the camera a 153 shot capability (and that's at 1.9Mb per image!).
Kodak DCS TWAIN driver
For the review I used the latest available TWAIN drivers (version 5.5.10) which I must say worked flawlessly throughout the whole review. I found the easiest way to use the camera was to move the contents of the PCMCIA hard disk into a storage directory and use the TWAIN driver to manipulate them.
Because of the file format of the camera (Kodak's own hybrid TIFF) which is basically a compressed RAW CCD format the images are only 1.9Mb each compared to 3-4Mb+ for the equivilant "standard LZW TIFF" (which also doesn't store photographic information). It's best to keep the original TIFF's and just "acquire" the image through the TWAIN driver when you wish to publish / use it (I use the RAW mode of my Canon Pro70 for the same reason).
The TWAIN driver is a beautiful piece of work in itself, and I'll try to sum up some of the functionality here (although I couldn't use the take photograph and camera settings features as I don't have an IEEE 1394 interface on my review PC).
The main driver interface when browsing a folder full of images (in 'contact sheet' mode) looks likes this:
A simple and straightforward inteface, across the top we have mode changes you can switch between contact sheet view and preview (full size image viewable as small/medium/large) and the option to acquire an individual image or a contact sheet of the selected images. You can also rotate individual images or groups of selected images using the rotate icons.
On the right hand side we have acquire / copy to... / delete / done, the annotation textbox and the image information textbox. The bottom controls allow you to move between images (most useful in full preview mode) and to select / deselect groups of images. The small / medium / large select box in the bottom right corner changes thumbnail sizes in contact sheet mode and image size in preview mode.
Crop: you can individually crop images or setup cropping for subsequently taken images (through the TWAIN driver).
Copy To allows you to copy the selected images to other directories or to export all selected images as JPEG, compress quality alters the JPEG % compression, compress size allows you to output the images as full size or downsampled to smaller resolutions.
Rename allows you to rename individual images or groups of images, for image groups the software will automatically number the images.
Information for each selected image is displayed, as you can see the information available to the photographer is extensive and invaluable.
One more reason for keeping the original images as "digital negatives".
|Annotations can be added to any image and are stored directly inside the TIFF file (and therefore are kept with the image whenever it is moved).|
|An amazingly useful feature is the ability to alter the white balance setting after the image has been taken, this is especially useful if you forgot to reset the white balance, the dropper can be used to get a custom white balance directly from the image.|
|The preferences dialog allows you to set the TWAIN "acquire" settings such as image DPI and output mode (note: images can also be acquired at 12/10 bits)|
The TWAIN driver really is the icing on the cake of a superb photographic package, making the use and manipulation of images after you've taken them a real joy.
Note also that regular Firmware updates for the camera are available through the Kodak website.
|Sophisticated construction by the nature by Orchideon|
|After the Rain by Flor Tempra|
from Macro - Something Pink
|Asilah by Limburg|
from Cozy Corners
With card readers disappearing from MacBooks, USB-C card readers are now a necessity. Macworld's helpful guide compares five models and decodes the current mess of card speeds and certifications.
A Sony a7S II mounted on the outside of the ISS' Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) for the last seven months has sent back some impressive 4K video and stills.
A Federal judge has refused to throw out a copyright case against controversial artist Richard Prince, who used an image by photographer Donald Graham in an exhibition.
Sony has teased its customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor.
QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app and automatically creates 'stories' using the video clips you've shot during a day.
Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building claim they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus secondary display can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada.
Take one Digital ELPH (or IXUS), rotate it vertically, add a fully articulating LCD and a lens with a camcorder-like focal length, and what do you get? Why, the Canon PowerShot TX1, of course. In this week's Throwback Thursday we revisit Canon's one-of-a-kind hybrid stills/video camera.
Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, here's the definitive video proof that yes, a $50,000 cinema camera beats the pants off a $50 camcorder in a side-by-side test.
Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.
Images have appeared which claim to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash.
To celebrate the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 lens' successful Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has announced a chrome-plated version of the lens in Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts.
Nikon just released four new firmware updates, adding features and fixing bugs in the D600, D610, D750 and the KeyMission 80.
It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. Here are 9 must-visit locations in this beautiful state.
Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.
Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski just released his latest time-lapse, and it is absolutely stunning.
Looking to level up your video capture capabilities without buying a whole new camera? Blackmagic's Video Assist 4K is well worth considering, despite a few flaws and its lack of 4K/60p support.
We're big fans of Fujifilm's fast-growing GFX system, and the GF 110mm F2 lens is no exception. Positioned as the system's classic portrait lens, its optics are just as impressive with non-human subjects as well.
Nikon turns 100 years old today, and the company is celebrating with a wacky music video, some tributes to its history, and a new vision presented by president Kazuo Ushida.
Phottix just released the Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, replacing their Para-Pro line with a stronger, deeper and better made set of parabolic umbrellas.
The Moto Z2 is Motorola's first dual-camera smartphone and, compared to its predecessor, comes with a number of improvements and new camera features.
Researchers at Stanford have revealed a new '4D camera system' built for robots. The system is based on the same light field tech that allowed Lytro cameras to refocus images after they were taken.
If you want 'beautiful rendition' from your lenses, follow this simple rule: only buy classic low-element prime lenses with lead glass elements—everything else is junk.
In an interview with CNBC, Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann said he dreams of a 'true Leica phone,' and hinted at what's next for the Leica and Huawei partnership.
Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Mather tells the story behind this exceptional shot of a mama grizzly and her cub searching for salmon in Yukon, Canada.
Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts has put together this 33-video Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop—a godsend for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop from scratch.
The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be £290/$300 when it goes on sale in mid-August.
A new iOS app called Explorest wants to help you find new locations to shoot. It's limited to Singapore for now, but the app is packed full of useful location scouting features.
Nikon's D850 development announcement is extremely light on details, so we assembled a wish list of upgrades and features we'd love to see.