Now you stirred up memories.
I do not know where this converted Nikon F4 is now, I suspect in a NASA or Smithsonian Museum. Some of the Engineers in the Naval Research Lab's Space Systems Division worked on the system. I got to hold it (way back when). It was close to the size of the DCS200, which also impressed them. Their camera was sturdier...it went into space. Mine just went onto (the outside of) an airplane.
http://www.totse.com/en/technology/spac ... ts-48.html
How hard could it be to convert a DCS460 to your F4?
Copied from the article, sorry no pictures.
"The basic photographic platform is a Nikon F4 35mm film camera
converted to a digital image storing device by placement of a 1 million
picture element (pixel) charge coupled device (CCD) at the film plane.
The battery-operated ESC retains all the available features of the F4
and will accept any lense or optics with a Nikon mount. Lenses used on
STS-48 will include the 20mm AF Nikkor, 35-70mm zoom AF Nikkor, 50mm
f/1.2 AF Nikkor and 180mm AF Nikkor.
Images obtained during the STS-48 mission will be monochrome with
8 bits of digital information per pixel (256 gray levels) and stored on
a removable computer hard disk. The images may be viewed and enhanced
on board using a modified lap-top computer before being transmitted to
the ground via the orbiter digital downlinks.
During STS-48, the ESC will be used to image areas of interest to
commercial remote sensing users. Scenes of Earth, such as major cities
and geological formations will be used to compare the ESC to other
Earth-looking sensors. Images of Shuttle crew member tasks in the
middeck and payload bay will be taken to test the camera's use for
documentation and support to missions. Attempts will be made to
collect stereo pairs at close and far ranges to test the camera's