My Digital Cameras
Before the digital age, I had a variety
of standard film cameras, like Nikon, Minolta, Konica, Kodak etc...
Needless to say, all the photos taken with
those cameras stayed in their original developed photo paper format and
still remains somewhere in my collection of photo albums.
So I have dedicated this page to the digital
age, whereas all the pictures taken with a digital camera can be easily
shared with the rest of the world.
QV Series Digital Camera
It wasn't until early 1998 when I acquired
my first digital camera, photos started to pile up in their digital format
from that date forward. My first digital camera was a Casio QV series.
It is now considered a Dinosaur of Digital cameras, but very expensive
and high tech at the time it was introduced. People used to
gather around me and ask me all kinds of questions about that camera.
It took very marginal quality pictures, with very low resolution, and very
limited in memory size and it was not upgradable. And the digital
imager can never capture the correct color.
the specs. of my Casio QV Camera
System: NTSC standard: QV-10A BIB/PAL standard: QV-10A CIB
Resolution: Approximately 300 lines
System: Digital (JPEG base)
Medium:: 16Mbit internal flash memory
Capacity: NORMAL: 96pages
Deletion: Single-page; all-page(individual pages can be protected against
Element: 1/5-inch CCD (250,000 pixels)
Output Images: 320 x 240 dots
Fixed focal point with macro position
F2.8/f=5.2mm (equivalent to 60mm lens on 35mm full-size camera)
Manual switching between F2.8 and F8
Range: F2.8 NORMAL: 0.6m to 3.1m /MACRO: 13cm to 16cm/F8 NORMAL: 0.3m to
(degree)/MACRO: 11cm to 21cm
Metering: TTL center point by CCD
Aperture priority automatic exposure
Light Metering Range: EV + 5 to 18
Correction: -2EV to +2EV (1/4 EV Steps)
shutter : 1/8 to 1/4,000 second
1.8"TFT, low-glare color LCD (61,380 pixels)
Terminals: DIGITAL IN/OUT, VIDEO OUT, AC adaptor connector
Supply: Four AA-size Batteries or optional AC adaptor
Life*: Approximately 120 minutes on alkaline Batteries; 300 minutes on
(W)x(H)x(D): 130mm x 66mm x 40mm
(excluding Batteries): Approximately 190g
are some pictures taken with the Casio QV Digital Camera
the pictures to see the highest possible resolution from this camera)
DC-260 Megapixel Digital Camera
In early 1999, during the initial boom
of the mega pixel digital movement I too jumped on the band wagon.
Took delivery of a Kodak DC-260 Megapixel digital camera. This camera took
what I've considered at the time amazing "film" quality pictures.
I was completely amazed at the quality of the pictures and the ease of
the use of the camera. It uses a removable compact flash memory card
design, and came with NiMh rechargeable batteries. It even had a
USB port for connecting with your desktop computer. The camera operates
in a firmware enviornment, sort of like an operating system for your desktop
computer. Which means you can download updates from Kodak's web site
to update this camera with the most recent color corrections and bug updates.
Kodak even sent me a compact flash card reader free of charge when I reported
that the USB port had compatibility problems talking with the desktop PCs.
Majority of the pictures on my P-car.com
web site are all taken with this camera. The very minor things I
didn't like about this camera were it's construction, I felt that it was
slightly loose fitted around the lens area, which allowed dirt and lint
to easily enter the camera. And it only offered a 3x optical zoom,
and an additional digital zoom (which I will never use). The shutter
reaction is also slightly delayed, which means that when you push the shutter
button, it will take few moments before the picture is actually taken.
Difficult when you want to take action and sports photos. Also the
"boot up" and "shut down" time of the camera took forever. It however
does offer a complete selection of shutter controls and exposure compensation
options. I even used this camera and took some long exposure photos
the specs. of my Kodak DC-260 Digital Camera
: CCD Resolution 1548 x 1032 pixels
Resolution : 1536 x 1024 pixels, 1152 x 768 pixels, 768 x 512 pixels
Compression : Best, better, good
Storage : 8 MB KODAK Picture Card included. Stores up to 95 pictures
: 2.0" TFT color LCD for review and preview, plus real-image optical viewfinder
: Auto focus 3X zoom
Enhancement : 2X digital zoom
Focal Length : 38 mm to 115 mm equivalent
Range : 12" (0.3 m) to infinity
: Auto or manual exposure (+/- 2 EV in 0.5-EV increments) with automatic
Speed : 1/4 to 1/400 second
Range : Wide: f/3.0 to f/14.0; Tele: f/4.7 to f/22.0
Equivalent : 100
: Digita text-based language, extends functionality by automating camera
Capture : Max 2 pictures at high and medium res, max 8 pictures at standard
res, frame rate selectable from 0.1 to 3 frames per second
Lapse : Set to capture shot at pre-defined intervals; play back as movie
Sensor : Automatically rotates image right-side-up at LCD and host
Overlay : Time/date stamp, text, logo/graphic; user-selectable location
: In-camera albums keep pictures organized. Albums transfer to Picture
: 10 seconds
Mount : Standard
: Strobe flash (auto, red-eye, fill, off); range up to 9.8' (3.0 m); optional
flash sync cable supports external flash
Formats : JPEG (EXIF), FPX
Interface : Graphical, menu-driven, easy to navigate
Out : NTSC, PAL; live view
: Record and playback
: Serial, IrDA (camera-to-camera or camera-to-PC), USB, PC Card
: 4 AA batteries, AC adapter (included in box)
: 4.6"(w) x 2.2"(d) x 4.2"(h); 118 mm (w) x 57 mm (d) x 106 mm (h)
: VCCI, CE, FCC Class B, C-Tick, ICES-003 Class B, CCIB
: 1.2 lb. (525 g) without batteries
: One year
are some pictures taken with the Kodak DC-260 Digital Camera
the pictures to see the higher resolution)
Here are some
long exposure pictures taken with the Kodak DC-260 Digital Camera
the Kodak DC-260 camera left the factory it's firmware had a problem with
red color, as you see from the about picture of the Guards red Porsche
993. Soon Kodak had the updated firmware to download from their web
site to correct that problem. (During the firmware upgrade I was
completely disgusted at how everything now days is going the Microsoft
direction)..... download......upgrades......can't get it right the first
is a picture of the same car taken with the updated firmware
DCS315 Professional SLR Digital Camera
After I had lapsed hundreds of photo with
my Kodak DC-260 digital camera, I was getting ready for the next level
in digital cameras. The DC-260 served me well for the past several
years, but it still had it's limitations. For my next digital camera,
I wanted to be able to take massive long distance zoom photos, and I wanted
to get better colors, and depth from the pictures taken. What I really
needed was a 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) professional digital camera,
so my search started. Apparently there is a small market out there
for the SLR type digital cameras, unfortunately they were all designed
and tailored for the professional photographers arena; so the prices on
these type of digital cameras are also hefty.
Most of the professional SLR type professional
digital cameras when new starts around $5000 range, and it can only go
up from there. I originally only planned to spend about $2000 for
the complete package, and with that I need to have the camera, batteries,
memory cards, and variety of quality lens, and a single large zoom lens.
My search ended when I came a cross an used Kodak DCS315 professional digital
camera, it was introduced sometime in 1998, with an original street price
of around $5000. It is basically a standard Nikon Pronea 6i SLR 35mm
APS format camera that has been modified by Kodak. Kodak added the
digital back to the back of the camera, and combined the original function
of the Nikon Pronea and it's own operating system.
Each picture taken is stored in Kodak's
proprietary TIFF RAW 1.7MB format, you will need a special software from
Kodak to compile the picture to a standard 4.3MB TIFF format. And
then from there you would use your choice of picture software to compress
it down ever further for web site use. The final photos shown on
web sites are usually only 200k in size.
the specs. of my Kodak DCS-315 Digital Camera
full-sized Nikon camera lenses capture a film-like depth and feel. With
its "lens multiplier effect", the DCS 315 is unrivaled as the most capable
telephoto digital camera made.
image capacity using CompactFlash memory cards (up to 128 mb), Type II
Flash memory cards (up to 320 mb), IBM Microdrives (up to 340 mb), or Type
III removable hard drives (up to 520 mb).
maximum actual resolution.
select TIFF or JPEG formats.
battery life using rechargeable AA size NiMH batteries.
boot up, fast processing.
ranges of 100, 200, or 400.
well-built, solid construction
Automatic Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, or full Manual
Exposure controls with a built in exposure meter in the viewfinder.
fast shutter speeds for high speed action photography, up to 1/4000 of
shutter speeds for special low light photography situations, as long as
large, and very small aperture settings for special effects, limited only
to the range of the lens in use.
ISO (film speed equivalents) to stretch the ranges of shutter and aperture
settings: 100, 200, or 400.
or Autofocus - flip the lever next to the lens to choose.
pictures with extended range capabilities using the "hot shoe" mount. (Or
use the quick, easy built in pop-up flash.)
camera comes with:
camera body, with a leather padded hand strap.
manuals for the Nikon Pronea 6i camera and the Kodak DCS 315. The DCS 315
manual tells you basic features and operation, including what features
of the "film" Pronea camera don't apply with the digital conversion.
reference fold-up users card.
CD-ROM's - One with Kodak's Twain acquire software to be used with your
own imaging software, the other a thorough "online" manual for camera and
battery trays - each hold 6 AA batteries. The camera uses only one tray,
so you can have another tray loaded with batteries and ready to swap. (No
batteries are included.)
Adapter - Newer production cameras only... not included with early production
small plastic eyepiece cover for the Pronea, recommended while using the
self-timer, to block light from entering the camera through the viewfinder.
52mm "hot mirror" filter *. (52mm is the standard filter size for all three
IX series Nikkor lenses that commonly outfit the Nikon Pronea 6i camera.)
Kodak strongly recommends the use of a "hot mirror filter" on the DCS 315.
The hot mirror filter blocks infrared rays from the camera, which can cause
a magenta cast or bluish haze in images captured by the 315's CCD sensor.
If you select additional (or other) lenses that have a different filter
size than 52mm, you'll need to fit them with the appropriate hot mirror
Here are some
pictures taken with the Kodak DCS-315 Professional Digital Camera
the pictures to see the highest resolution in JPEG file format) WARNING!
1.2 MB in size
Below are some
of the lens used on my Kodak DCS-315 Professional Digital Camera
is a new generation of compact standard zoom lens from Sigma that retains
the same 1:2 (Half Lifesize) Tele-macro capabilities of its predecessor.
However, it incorporates a Helical Focusing system for convenient use of
polarizing or graduated filters. This also allows a "Perfect Hood" (supplied)
to be used. This lens also utilizes a new optical design, and a "flare-cut"
aperture, providing even better optical performance. And a convenient "Depth
Scale" is displayed on the lens barrel to help calculate Depth-of-Field.
This is the most desirable lens in the 28-80mm category.
70-300mm f4-5.6 DL Macro Super is one of several new tele zoom lenses from
Sigma. It is a compact Tele-Macro Zoom lens, capable of focusing down to
1:2 (half life-size) reproduction ratio at 300mm focal length (an optional
accessory 58mm achromatic close-up lens allows even closer focusing and
reproduction ratios up to 1:1 or life-size), with superb optical quality.
A detachable bayonet hood is provided. The lens materials used in this
new product are lead and arsenic free ecological glass, including one Special
Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element.
is one of Sigma's highest end EX series of lenses, the 50-500mm f/4-6.3
APO EX Hyperzoom. This magnificent new superzoom encompasses all popular
focal lengths from the 50mm "normal" to 500mm ultra-telephoto; a 10:1 zoom
ratio, providing tremendous versatility. The use of an apochromatic design
and four elements composed of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass, plus
a seven group zoom system and multi-coated optics, enable this wide-ranging
zoom lens to provide a high level of performance, as well as versatility.
It also employs a rear focus system to insure quick, convenient manual
focus and a non-rotating front barrel. This, coupled with Sigma's HSM (Hyper
Sonic Motor), provide quiet, responsive autofocus function, plus "full
time" manual focus. This lens also features a Zoom Lock mechanism to help
eliminate "zoom creep" when the lens is tilted up or down. The use of magnesium
in the tripod mount helps reduce the weight of this lens, while maintaining
the strength and rigidity necessary to support it. A custom bayonet "Perfect
Hood" is provided to protect the front of the lens from extraneous light.
Nature and sports photographers will appreciate the performance and versatility
of this amazing new superzoom lens from Sigma.
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