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by Stan Disbrow
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, So far, so good. This thing operates every bit as well as I expected from my research. It is a happy camper with all my AI lenses (I have all the focal lengths from 24 to 300mm. I never did get a 20mm, and now I see where the new AFS f1.8 is the best option there optically). Being able to load t...
by Stan Disbrow
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, I have been testing it out. It is quite a step up from the F5 based Kodaks! Heck, it is quite a step up from the D2 series which is as far I went on the merry-go-round. Then, I sold off the D2 units to stick with the Kodaks all this time. The Df has more menu options than Bayer has asprin.... I ...
by Stan Disbrow
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Vintage Kodak DSLRs
Topic: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100
Replies: 21
Views: 2618

Re: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100

Hi,

I think using a secondary controller for, well, secondary, tasks makes good sense. :)

Stan
by Stan Disbrow
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, Many reviewers called it the low-light machine. ;) I messed with it most of the day yesterday. Ran it up to ISO 12k. Looked pretty darned good to me. I probably should have waited until after dark, tho. I just stopped down and worked the Df in whole ISO steps and took shots of the cat snoozing i...
by Stan Disbrow
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, Ok. Found out Nikon USA has no stock (of black ones anyway) right now, and no ETA. Rumor mill is full of 'DF2 is coming!' but no idea as to when. I checked several decent shops within 100 or so miles of me. One silver one in stock. Well, was. I have it now. :) I wasn't terribly interested in a D...
by Stan Disbrow
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, So, the hunt continues. The used market seems somewhat odd. Very few out there and all in the $1600-2000 range. Most have quite a bit of use on them. Plus, that price isn't far below refurb cost ($2100) But, lately, seems there aren't many refurbs to be had, and they all seem to be Silver. I wan...
by Stan Disbrow
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Vintage Kodak DSLRs
Topic: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100
Replies: 21
Views: 2618

Re: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100

Hi, I have seen many tantalum caps crap. They like to alter their Effective Series Resistance, which means they don't show physical signs and even measure capacitance ok. But, aren't ok. Sometimes they smoke, and sometimes they just make whatever they are in work wonky. Like all other electronic par...
by Stan Disbrow
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Vintage Kodak DSLRs
Topic: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100
Replies: 21
Views: 2618

Re: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100

Hi,

I refer to that as: Crapped Caps. Most common malady of electronics. :(

Stan
by Stan Disbrow
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Other stuff
Topic: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!

Hi, Some Li-Ion batts have internal processors for keeping track of just where it is cycle-wise, and FET switches controlled by those processors to cut off current in and out. Some do not, requiring what they are installed in to perform that function. Phone batts can easily be either way. Which, is ...
by Stan Disbrow
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Other stuff
Topic: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!

Hi, Good thing it undercharges. Or, it'd puff up like week-old roadkill at the least. Li-Ion batteries have no sense of humor at all.... I have one I use for show and tell from the old Ericsson T68i phone, and it puffed up and split the plastic case. It was hurt during charging, but puffed up when i...
by Stan Disbrow
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Other stuff
Topic: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: A Miracle? 21 years old batteries working!

Hi, Good old NiCd batteries. Their lifespan is measured in charge/discharge cycles more than years. On top of that, the lower capacity ones last longer. The key there is lower capacity cells have better separator (insulation between the Ni and Cd) material. That helps prevent the metals from growing...
by Stan Disbrow
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Vintage Kodak DSLRs
Topic: DCS 760M on the Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: DCS 760M on the Bay

Hi,

Well, he ran it short time and it ran out yesterday. Now, it is back up at $2500.

Stan
by Stan Disbrow
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Vintage Kodak DSLRs
Topic: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100
Replies: 21
Views: 2618

Re: Making a DSU from scratch for an orphan DCS100

Hi,

Yeah. Bad caps. I spend most of my repair time on those. Crapped Caps, as I refer to them. :P

Sounds like the rest of the project is going well. :)

Stan
by Stan Disbrow
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Df
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Nikon Df

Hi, Well, I have been playing 'catch-up' for the past month. Looking very hard at both the Df and the D3. There was a *lot* of things to sort thru in regards to the Df. It seems that there is a lot of confusion and even hate out there, much of it from folks that didn't bother to actually try one. Pl...
by Stan Disbrow
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Vintage Nikon DSLRs
Topic: Nikon Z looks a lot like an E series...
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Nikon Z looks a lot like an E series...

Hi, Hmmm. I don't see an AI ring on the adapter, and that is the usual Why Not for Non-AI lenses. With a full skirt, NAI damages the AI tab. This is why the Df takes NAI lenses. It has a flip-up tab. The only other DSLRs that can are those based on the F5 (Kodak), which was the last camera from Niko...

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