Old lady Kodak DCS PRO 14n (Kodak Professional Nikon F-mount)

Many thanks to Eugene for the provided Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n Digital Camera (Nikon F-mount).

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

In short

The Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n is the world's second full-frame DSLR camera. The DCS PRO 14n is fully compatible with Nikon Nikkor lenses and Nikon D-TTL flashes, and other Nikon peripherals. DCS PRO 14n is based on the body of the Nikon F80 / N80 film camera.

In short, the DCS PRO 14n is an old, monstrous, slow professional camera, which is currently only interesting for its full-frame sensor without anti-moire filter and good color reproduction in good lighting conditions. It takes pictures of 4500 x 3000 pixels, which is approximately equal to 14 MP (perhaps this is why the name of the camera contains '14n'). Considered an iconic camera. The DCS PRO 14n has a lot of features that cannot be described in short.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

History of full-frame Kodak CZK

Kodak has long been making sensors for digital backdrops. It was at Kodak headquarters that the first CCD sensor was developed. Kodak, before the release of DCS PRO 14n, already had experience in creating large sensors. So, in 2000, the KODAK PROFESSIONAL DCS Pro Back with the M11 sensor was already introduced, which could create images of 4080 x 4080 pixels, which is more than 16 MP. For that time it was just an incredible indicator.

With the release of the camera, a special 'PRO 14 Digital Camera Architecture' was introduced to create a versatile and easy-to-use full-frame camera.

The DCS PRO 14n is the first to use a 'CMOS' type sensor. Before that, all the matrices Kodak made itself and they were CCD-type. The new 'c14' die was manufactured by FillFactory.

As a result, several models of full-frame cameras were released:

I. Kodak DCS PRO 14n (Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n Nikon F-mount)

Presented September 24, 2002 via Photokina. Matrix 'c14'. By the way, on the same day, Photokina was presented and Canon EOS-1DS. Inexplicably Canon EOS-1DS considered the second full-frame CDC, and the '14n' - the third, because they were presented on the same day. True, the camera did not go on sale soon. The '14n' body is from Nikon F80 (N80) film.

It was produced in three versions:

  1. Basic variant '14n', shown in this review. The very first and easiest.
  2. Extended version of '14n 512'. Since September 10, 2003, the '14n' can be upgraded with buffer memory, after which the memory has been expanded from 256 to 512 MB. This allowed at least shooting at ultra-low ISO in RAW + JPEG 13.5 MP and significantly increasing frame buffer. Since September 2003, all new 14n cameras have come with extended memory.
  3. Monochrome '14n m'. Instead of the usual color Bayer pattern, RGB was monochrome. This option immediately came with 512 MB of memory.
  4. Extended version '14n x'. Everything is more complicated here. It was possible to upgrade and replace the matrix in '14n' with a newer one, exactly the same as that of the subsequent model 'SLR / n'. As a result, there was no functional difference between '14nx' and 'SLR / n'. '14nx' and 'SLR / n' differed only in name and power management.

II. Kodak DCS Pro SLR / n (Kodak Professional DCS Pro SLR / n Nikon F-mount)

Introduced February 12, 2004. 512 MB buffer memory. New modified sensor 'x14' (with the same resolution). Nikon F80 body (same as '14n').

SLR / n was issued in two options:

  1. Basic variant 'SLR / n'.
  2. Monochrome 'SLR / n m'. Instead of the usual Bayer color paretern, RGB was monochrome.

III. Kodak DCS Pro SLR / c (Kodak Professional DCS Pro SLR / with Canon EF mount)

Presented March 18, 2004. 'x14' matrix. Produced in a single version. Sigma SD-9 body, Canon EF mount, SLR / n matrix, 512 MB memory. Yes exactly! This is a hybrid of the Sigma body, Canon mount under the Kodak brand! The Kodak DCS Pro SLR / c is Kodak's latest full-frame DSLR camera. All versions of the 'PRO SLR / n' and 'PRO SLR / c' cameras were discontinued simultaneously on May 31, 2005.

It's important: 'PRO SLR / n', 'PRO SLR / c' and 'PRO 14n x' cameras have the same sensor.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n


It's hard to believe, but at one time the Kodak DCS PRO 14n could be properly updated - for only 1800 USD. it could add twice as much buffer memory and install a new matrix from SLR / n. For less money, you could simply add memory. It sounds like a small thing, but the idea of ​​a construction camera is very commendable.

Most likely, the idea of ​​memory padding was conceived immediately with the release of 14n. When trying to shoot at ultra-low ISO, in RAW + JPEG format and an image size of 13.5 MP, the camera will tell you that it wants 512 MB of memory, which, as it were, hints at the possibility of an upgrade (display snapshot).

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n


With ISO settings, there are subtleties. In general, for any image quality, you can only use the ISO range from 80 to 400 units, in increments of 1/3 stop. Thus, you can set the values ​​of 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400 units.

ISO Features:

  • ISO 500, 640, and 800 are available only with a thumbnail image. To be able to use high ISO values, you should select an image size in the 'RAW Resolution' setting of 6 or 3.4 MP. Also, you can use high ISO values ​​in JPEG format, and you need to select the image size in the 'JPEG Resolution' setting equal to 6 or 3.4 or 0.8 megapixels. High ISO and RAW + JPEG can be used, but only if both are 6MP or smaller.
  • For use over low ISOsuch as ISO 6, 12 and 25, use the 'Long Exposure' -> 'Longer' (display snapshot). In this case, with an ISO value of 25 units, you can shoot only at shutter speeds of 2, 4 or 8 seconds. At ISO 12, you can only shoot at 4, 8, or 15 seconds. At ISO 6 (six!), You can shoot only at shutter speeds of 8, 15 or 30 seconds. Important: It is best and most intuitive to use the 'S' or 'M' mode for shooting at ultra low ISO values. If you use the 'A' or 'P' shooting modes, you can get confused as shooting will still occur with the selected shutter speed and at the selected ISO value and it will not depend on what the metering data will show on the monochrome display.
  • When you select an ISO value using the control dial and front selector, ISO 1250, 1600, 64, 50 values ​​may be displayed on the monochrome display, which may be misleading about the presence of such values ​​on the camera. After displaying this value, it changes to a maximum of 800 or a minimum of 80.
  • If you try to select 500, 640 or 800 in the menu and use an image size of 13.5 MP, the ISO value will automatically be reset to 400 units.
  • In the menu, you can select the level of noise reduction using the 'Noise Reduction' function. Three values ​​are available: 'Weak', 'Normal', 'Strong'.
  • When shooting in standard JPEG format, in EXIF ISO sensitivity data is recorded crookedly, so it’s not so easy to get it. This affected the fact that in the gallery of this review there is no accuracy in the ISO values.
  • When shooting at extremely low ISO, the shutter does not behave as expected. For example, when shooting at ISO of 6 units, s shutter speed 30 seconds, the first 15 seconds the camera works with the mirror raised and the shutter closed, only then it opens the shutter and exposes the scene for the prescribed 30 seconds, after which the shutter closes and only after 15 seconds the mirror returns to its original position. Thus, the camera spends 15 + 30 + 15 = 60 seconds to shoot one frame. Most likely, this is done to subtract noise. At first, I couldn't even understand that it clicks several times in the middle of the camera, while shooting at long exposures. Most likely, this is done to 'calculate' hot pixels, the method is described here.
  • No function auto ISO.
  • When changing the ISO, the camera recalibrates for several seconds, and you cannot shoot.

As a result, the camera can only use the following ISO values: 6, 12, 25, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Working capacity

DCS PRO 14n uses a set of shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1/4000 seconds + excerpt by hand (absolutely useless due to the noisy matrix). ISO values ​​are set in 1/3 steps, and excerpt, aperture and correction exposure only change in 1/2 steps, which is not entirely familiar.

The module is responsible for focusing. Multi-cam 900 with 5 points, the central of which is cruciform. The same module is used by cameras. D100, D70, D70s, D50, Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR. Accuracy and tenacity of focus is not very happy, but you can get used to it.

Measurement exposure performed using simple 10 segment SPD sensor. The same simple measurer use cameras D100, Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, S3 Pro, S3 Pro UVIR. Despite the simple sensor, the DCS PRO 14n measures the exposure quite correctly.

Maximum burst speed is only 1.7 frames per second. By the way Nikon D3x with maximum image quality (RAW with 14-bit color depth) can shoot on such pathetic 1.8 fps., and the legendary Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro and even less - 1.5 fps.

Frame buffer The DCS PRO 14n can hold about 8 RAW or JPEG files at its maximum size. In RAW + JPEG (baseline) - 2 images, in RAW + JPEG (ERI) - 1 image (chickens laugh!). RAW files are in the range of 10 to 17 MB and are quickly written to the memory card.

The DCS PRO 14n has two slots for CF and SD / MMC memory cards. SD / MMC cards are best used up to 4 GB.

The DCS PRO 14n uses a large viewfinder with 92% frame coverage. True, because of the protruding 2-inch display, leaning the camera to your face and sighting is not very convenient.

DCS PRO 14n turns on for 5 seconds. The batteries run out very quickly (on the review, of course, they were not new), on one of them I was able to shoot 30-40 photos, on the second about 200 photos.

The DCS PRO 14n uses a magnesium alloy body and weighs about 900 grams. There is an awkward grip for portraits. We can say that the combo-body of the camera is conditional, since there are no additional controls for vertical orientation, but there is only a shutter button. The camera got sick from Nikon - swelling nasty rubber bands on the grip.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Image quality

Frankly, the DCS PRO 14n nowadays produces poor image quality. But you can pull quite a lot from a 12-bit RAW file.

For many fans, DCS PRO 14n is the legendary camera that replaced the film, which is why you can find many very positive reviews about its color rendition, dynamic range, as well as many myths / facts about its super-unusual matrix with noise similar to film grain. The color of the camera is really good, but only in cases where there is good lighting. In artificial or poor lighting conditions, getting a good color with the DCS PRO 14n is very difficult.

Disadvantages of the image:

  • A high noise level at ISO above 200. At ISO 400, the camera is already very noisy. Images at ISO 500, 640, 800 are generally disgusting to watch. I do not consider the high ISO noise of the DCS PRO 14n to be that which resembles film grain, or that which is pleasant to behold. In fact, for a more or less high-quality image, in the normal shooting mode, only ISO values ​​of 80, 100, 125, 160, 200 can be used.
  • Extremely loud noise at slow shutter speeds even at ISO 80. After taking a long shot shutter speed the camera warns that the recommended excerpt for such an ISO (display snapshot) For example, dFor ISO 80, it is not advisable to exceed a shutter speed of 1/3 second! ISO 80 s shutter speed more than 1 second noise like a steam locomotive (example with a shutter speed of 10 seconds in normal lighting and disabled function 'Long Exposure '). For exposures from 1/8 to 1 second, it is recommended to enable 'Long Exposure' - 'Long' (display snapshot). For very long exposures it is recommended to use the corresponding 'Long Exposure' - 'Longer' function. At slow shutter speeds, when shooting in RAW + JPEG format, the camera simply turns off JPEG and records only one RAW file.
  • Strong sensitivity to moire. Due to the lack of an AA filter, getting a strong moire is very easy. Moire example.
  • Poor on-camera JPEG (in standard mode) with a small number of settings. You can only adjust the level of sharpness, noise reduction, image size and select the image style (Wedding, Portrait, etc.). You cannot completely disable the noise reduction function. The image obtained by converting a RAW file can be several times greater than the camera JPEG.

Advantages of the image

  • Sharp, detailed picture due to the lack of an AA filter. Where else can I get a 14MP full frame without an AA filter? Nikon started shooting the AA filter starting with 36 MP cameras, and Canon with 50 MP cameras. You can also look for information about a special infrared filter and microlenses for photodiodes.
  • Nice color rendering in good light.
  • More or less flexible 12-bit RAW (lossless compression used?). Can stretch up to 2 stops exposure.
  • The ability (theoretically) to obtain an image at ultra-low ISO values, which can remove the disadvantages of neutral filters during certain types of shooting.
  • Lack of micro lenses on subpixels matrices (is this even possible?), which theoretically allows you to get rid of additional vignetting during shooting on ultra wide-angle optics.
  • The image behaves well in the lights.
Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n


All photos taken using a lens Nikon 50 / 1.4G.

ISO 500-800, camera JPEG:

High ISO source files can be downloaded here. RAW + JPEG source files can be downloaded here. Additional files only in RAW format (DCR) can be downloaded here.

My experience

In fact, shooting with the Kodak 14n is very easy, Anonymous from comments. It's just like riding a bike that burns. And you burn, and everything burns, and you are in hell.

The DCS PRO 14n is not a single bit balanced and very specific camera. I would only recommend it to people who are well versed in the technical aspects of shooting and processing. The DCS PRO 14n will take a lot of time to learn about its behavior and how to handle RAW files. This is not a camera that will immediately give excellent results in on-camera JPEG.

If you really want an inexpensive full frame, then the Canon EOS 5D is a great solution. If you need an exclusive camera with good color without additional processing - Fujifilm S5 PRO or Fujifilm S3 PRO. However, I added DCS PRO 14n to my list legendary cameras.

Nevertheless, I hope that the modified SLR / n model will be better than 14n.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n

In comments Can I ask you a question on the topic and you will answer, and you can also express your opinion or describe your experience. Many little things for a photo can be found on AliExpress.


Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n - unusual a camera released at the dawn of full-frame digital cameras. If we discard the not-so-successful Contax N Digital, then Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n, along with Canon EOS-1DSare pioneers in the world of classic full-frame CZK. They are 5-6 years ahead of Nikon and Sony. Most likely, something went wrong with the DCS PRO 14n and DCS PRO SLR / n, as they were the first and last full-frame cameras from Kodak.

The PRO 14n camera has a lot of shortcomings, it itself is one continuous flaw. Nowadays, it is very weak in terms of functionality. Perhaps in 2002 PRO 14n was a breakthrough camera with the largest number of megapixels on its board, but now 14 MP will not surprise anyone. Many users love it for its good color and detail. First of all, due to its color rendition, the camera is still the adored subject of many photographers and amateurs.

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Comments: 143, on the topic: Old lady Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n (Nikon F-mount)

  • Oleg

    "Nikon only started shooting AA filter with 36MP cameras"
    Is there a filter in 7100?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nikon D800E was released on 06.02.2012/7100/7100, D800 a year later. The density of d800 is higher than that of 810 / 810e / XNUMX / XNUMXa

      • Oleg

        Then you need to write - starting from the 800s. And something like 36MP and more

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Well, we are talking about the full frame, and yet Nikon began to shoot with only 36 megapixels.

          • Oleg

            then already starting at 36, but as if exclusively from 36

            • Arkady Shapoval


            • Iskander

              Well, you are a bore ...

  • Felix

    In fact, shooting on Kodak 14n is very simple, Anonymous from the comments. It is just like riding a bike that burns. And you burn, and everything burns, and you are in hell.

    Hid in the text ^^ Thanks for the humor;)

    • Kodak

      Felix, are you forced to create this ugly insanity because of a lack of mind or this Kodak model?

  • Oleg

    "Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n is the world's second full-frame DSLR camera"
    It’s better to write the second one, otherwise you might think that there are two of them

  • 10111

    As an owner, I can note a few points.
    1. The camera was conceived for the most part as an alternative to digital backdrops and is more likely a “studio” one - hints at this, incl. a special adapter for operating the camera from the mains, which is inserted instead of the battery and connected to the charger. By the way, this adapter can be adapted to work from a self-made power-bank and then the problem of old batteries disappears.
    2. Based on my own observations, I can say that for some reason the camera is sensitive to the state of the batteries. The results obtained when using the battery and the network adapter differ, primarily in terms of noise. From the network, the camera works much better and produces a cleaner picture.
    3. These devices have some vulnerability - with a strong impact, the matrix may fall off (it rests on glue). In the profile forum thread foto.ru described methods of control and prevention.
    4. As for the difficulties of shooting, I do not agree. You just need to know the capabilities of the camera and be able to use them. It was my first and only digital SLR at the moment, but after the film everything was very simple and clear with it.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks for the helpful comment.
      But what about the IR filter in this camera? I also noticed that if you shoot in a series, the first pictures are less noisy than the subsequent ones. Due to heating?

      • 10111

        This sensor really does not like overheating, because begins to shamelessly make noise.
        Unfortunately, I won’t tell you about the IR filter. But I don’t remember anything special about him.
        More from useful:
        - the matrix categorically does not like oblique rays, starts to vignette and a color shift appears. It relates mainly to wide-angle.
        - the matrix is ​​glued from 7 parts and in fact the local RAW-file is not entirely “clean”, because the camera nevertheless glues the frame, taking into account the linearization parameters.
        - the ultra-small ISO mode is actually software, the camera just takes a series of shots and ultimately compiles them into a single file.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          here about 7 parts, it was very interesting :)

      • Lynx

        Yeah. . On a cold barrel, the first shot into milk. )))

  • zengarden

    Thanks for your review! It is clear that the camera is more of historical and collectible interest than use as a real working tool; but under certain conditions and in skillful hands, it allows you to get very good photos.
    Such excursions into the history of camera building are very useful :)

    • KalekseyG

      I would even say in “crazy” (very skillful hands) hands. And with such working ISO without high-aperture optics it will be hard.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    this camera actually has a 10-bit RAW, although the matrix gives 12-bit, it is compressed and recorded in 10-bit form. There are custom firmware that allows you to write an honest 12-bit RAW
    here http://wowcamera.info/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=283

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Here is a link to the "parsing" what's inside the RAW Kodak

  • atypical Kiev

    ISO 6, 12, 25 - how is it in general?
    Even today there are no such ISOs, but were there 15 years ago?
    And what to do with them - shoot the sun on a cloudless day?

    • anonym

      turn flowing water into oil without nd filters. Smear people on long exposure when shooting architecture. If you think about it, it's a useful thing

      • Kodak

        And lead into gold.

    • 10111

      See above. This is a software problem. The camera takes a series of shots with basic sensitivity and sticks them together into one.
      It can come in handy for anything, including for the subject.

      • Andrei

        certainly a useful thing, at least no need to spend money on ND. But how can it help when shooting a subject?

  • Pastor

    Cool review of the cool camera. I have long been interested in this Kodak, but it is almost impossible to buy it. Firstly, there are fewer living specimens, and secondly, the prices for them are breaking hellish. More expensive than 5d, and sometimes more expensive than 5dm2 or d700. I understand the collection value and all that, but the end result and ease of use is already very questionable. On the other hand, in the same photo.ru there are a couple of branches on this camera. And there a couple of owners have in their set both 1dh and 5dm3 and another set of cool full-frame cameras, but she considers the Kodak a unique phenomenon and, if possible, use it. It’s in spirit like Fuj c5pro, only for completely confused collector photographers :) If Fuj is behind 2 cameras in modern cameras, then the Kodak is 5 :) Even c3pro looks like a more elaborated and new model, judging by the reviews and tests.
    And yet I wonder where the rumors come from if photographers with 40 years of experience say that neither q4s nor 1dx gives in their hands the colors that Kodak gives in their hands ... Probably there is still some truth in this. In general, despite the rather devastating review from Arkady, I will still continue to dream of a Kodak and, if possible, I will buy myself one.
    And I agree with the commentators above - it's very cool to have ISO 6, 12 or 15 in the camera. If it weren't for the restrictions introduced by the Kodak, the camera would have been even more legendary :) It's a pity that now they don't put such ISOs in cameras, sometimes it happens very necessary, and sometimes it would be just interesting to experiment.

    • varezhkin

      Better yet, Kodak ProBack ...

    • Eugene

      Here is for sale:
      however, with one nuance.

    • Far East.

      In our city such a Kodak is for sale, however, it has been lying for a long time ...

      • KalekseyG

        In which?

    • Kodak

      One of these days on OLKS exactly the same went for 9500 UAH.

  • Eugene o

    A digital camera from the film age, which shoots like a film. At least I got the impression.

  • varezhkin

    striking a very pleasant restrained contrast, clearly a film heritage. Learn from Kodak the color aesthetics of modern Nikon.

  • Dim

    The first digital camera was a Kodak LS443 or something like that. Sometimes it was seen that she was finishing painting: it would slightly change the color of the shadow here, the glare there, in general the color depending on the picture, the color of the central object or something. She turned out very interestingly, her mother even painted pictures based on some of her “finds” :) If I had known about the existence of Nikon under the bayonet, I probably took one.

  • Dmitriy

    "They are 5-6 years ahead of Nikon and Sony"

    In those days, Sony generally did not appear among the manufacturers of SLR cameras.

    • Arkady Shapoval


  • Andrei

    For 2,5 years I have been actively photographing on SLR / n travel, reportages, portraits, it only strains the batteries that quickly drain, the color is amazing without dancing from the RPP, in other converters it is not impressive, it adequately leads to ISO 800. Noises, if not filmy, but pleasant. color richness does not go anywhere, and that is what catches the eye. This camera can do anything, and I would hesitate to attribute it to a historical relic, a workhorse, and the result inspires more and more thinking and photography. I tried a lot of cameras, I stopped at kodak and fuja c5, my soul couldn't find anything better, but it's a pity I loved my d3 until I met these “dinosaurs”

  • Yang

    The camera is really impressive and primarily in terms of colors issued. Of everything with which he worked, he looked most like a hassel. But I'm sure that not everyone likes this, it, as an artifact, has a bunch of nuances and inconveniences. I used my native converter (kodak) and the picture leaves an impression for my whole life, although at a wide angle there is a strong color in the corners, and the running ISO 80-100, although I also shot it at 400. In my experience, I don’t like bright hard light, but it perfectly conveys the colors of the architecture of old Europe in cloudy weather.

  • Yang

    * strong color shift

  • Eugene

    Some kind of mockingly strange review. Just like beating a baby. To be honest, I didn't understand.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Please write what exactly you did not understand, or what does not correspond to reality in your opinion.

      • KalekseyG

        Isn’t it the Evgeny who gave her the test?

  • KalekseyG

    “Beating the baby” while Arkady included it in the article “Legends go to battle”. Just a detailed description of the carcass with all its pros and cons

  • Insane

    there was such a camera, the sharpness (sharpness) of half-racing shots for a 10 year old camera was very striking.

    but the color
    Does someone write that a great color? take two identical pictures from this kodak and canon 1ds and then you throw the kodak into the trash !!

  • Charles

    Please discard the GPS coordinates of the trash. Thanks.

  • Glory

    Friends, can anyone give practical advice on how to find and purchase this camera?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes I can (comic). Do not purchase. Have some tea, calm down.

      • BPS

        y-yes ... ..

      • Kodak

        Advertising Fotik?

    • Far East.

      In our city, such a used camera is being sold in a photo goods store.

  • Novel

    As a single camera - definitely not an option in 2016.
    But under certain circumstances (a beautiful, subtle, elusive color in the landscape, the presence of red and violet in the frame, a bright sunny day), D600 and 5Dmark2, for example, plug into a belt.
    You need to understand that this is just a very special tool (also very old), but I will never part with the old man. Moreover, I will buy another one on occasion in the best condition, if I meet. I solved the problem with the batteries simply - I disassembled and inserted new Chinese "banks".
    I really like it in conjunction with a tripod, Voitlander 40/2, 70-200 / 2.8 and 16-35 / 4. But just in case, there is always a d600 in the backpack - for dynamics and high ISO.
    A fantastic camera for the soul. To squeeze everything out of a raw file, you need to develop it first in the RPP, then in Lightroom.
    I fiercely recommend perfectionists, painters and masochists. :)

  • ntg13 / ara_bo

    As an owner and a big fan, I want to add: future owners are maniacs, don’t look at the kodak 14n flea market placers! These versions are raw, with an old-style matrix, and will bring more disappointment. Look for updated carcass versions called kodak pro / n (Nikon mount) or kodak pro / c (Canon mount). There is still a rare version of the pumped carcass 14n, called 14nx. Everything is there like in pro / n, except for the energy saving mode (falling asleep) during a pause between shoots, which is not critical.

    As for the batteries: The old ones are worthless, and it is better to replace them with new banks, or even the popular 18650 battery format. It is easier to put new prismatic banks into the old battery plastic case, and under 18650 you will have to expand the battery compartment of the carcass by moving the lower magnesium cover of the codec with spacers by 5 mm. Work for skillful pens, but if successful, it will be possible to carry at least a 18650 bag and provide weeks of battery life away from the outlet. The new 18650 batteries with a capacity of 2,6 Ah are enough for about 200 frames.

    About DD: the matrix has a greater margin of light than shadows, so it’s better to overexpose the frames, and when developing, draw the info out of the light, not being afraid that the overexposures will be knocked out. The matrix implements iron HDR in a single frame using double exposure, expanding the DD in the field of light. Because of this, DD is unusually large for an old camera, and undeveloped photos look sluggish.

    About noise: it is unusually large in some conditions and is hardly noticeable with a competent approach. Forget elevated ISOs. Basic 160 only, light exposure, and less shadow pulling. Noises in the shadows start with exposure seconds. The maximum exposure with tolerable noise is 10-15 seconds, with a slower shutter speed, you can only shoot well-lit scenes, where there will be few shadows. Night shooting is not for Kodak, but there may be exceptions. Again, the crush of noise in development and post-processing can stretch out some of the frames.

    About moire: no AA - no licking per-pixel contrast. Regular and just fine textures may have moiré, but it chokes in developers, and the gain in pixel sharpness is worth it. Immediately you want sharper lenses, and so that they are sharp from the open. (The sharpest with an open one among narrow people - lenses for Medium Format)))

    About colorshift: the matrix “does not like” oblique rays, which means that lenses with a small rear lens close to the matrix are not suitable. These are some wide-angles that give the effect of a purple vignette at the edges of the frame, which you can fight with in post-processing, but not very interesting. It's easier to choose optics with a rule of thumb - the rear lens should be wider than 1.5 cm.

    About developing rabbis: RPP, Silkypix, ACDsee, Darktable are best friends with the Kodak. Other more popular developers may produce a faint red-crimson hue due to their lack of a kodak profile.

    About color: there are many battles on this subject, but the essence is the same: if you like the distorted reinforced film color with subtle tonal transitions, then this is the only camera (except Fuji s3 and s5, nikon D40, D50, D2X, konika-minolta 7D and 5D, and Olympuses up to E600), which can do such a color. All other flaws are forgiven for color and tone.

    About inhibition: when turned on, the carcass scans the file system and calibrates the matrix. It takes 6-10 seconds; At first annoying, then you get used to turn on the camera ahead of time, or walk with it on.

    Summary: Kodak is a specific thing, it requires a competent approach, patience and work with hands. But it gives an incomparable effect of digital imitation of the film without the need to fuss with the film, chemistry, scanning. And gently-gently prepares the owner for the acquisition of tsifrozada :))

  • 01101

    two Kodak dslr / n are on sale

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