i just answered to a private message concerning dcs collecting.
i thought that i may share my observations with you, i am always happy to learn about these cameras.
i started with a 200ci
i was amazed at the time by the digital possibilities and the nikon glass compatibility. when I tried to install a dcs410 firmware it died
the small chip has advantages.
it is ok for micro, macro and telephotography where you only need the image center.
i have several dcs cameras which i love as a collector. each has a special purpose.
i have: dead dcs 200ci, dcs 420m, dcs 420ir, dcs 200e AP, dcs 460c, dcs 460m, dcs 465 back sinar, dead dcs 315, dcs 330, dcs 620x, dcs 720x, dcs 760c.
i have just taken out the m and ir models
really great and ultra sharp. i'll be playing around in the next days.
there's a big issue with dcs and batteries.
the elder dcs 4xx use 8 battery packs with 4/5 AA batteries, the same as used in the dcs 6 and 7 series which uses 6 batteries soldered together.
you can use the electronics of a dead battery of which mostly only one or 2 elements are dead and built a longer battery with normal aa batteries.
but you have to leave the door open or take it off, easy on the 6 and 7 series.
in the dcs 4xx series the aa batteries are too long. so I plan to mold a bottom of a dcs camera with resin and leave a hole on the right side in order to insert a battery built with the longer aa cells.
as long as your original dcs 4xx holds some little charge you can also try an external lead battery, but it must have 15v, I'm figuring out how to build one. the problem seems that if the original battery is full flat it seems not to work with a 12v battery.
i have a quantum battery 5 which should work with the 4xx, but the 3 panasonic lead batteries LCS-214P are obsolete and i can't find any replacement.
yes, the dcs cameras need a lot of power. the 4xx series have the fastest autofocus which i have ever seen, but they need to be full powered.
best is the adapter. but be cautious. old batteries can get very hot.
when charged for a few minutes you can mostly take some good shots with old batteries
horizontal stripes on pics are an indication of low batteries.
for the 4xx series you can use ibm microdrives up to 340mb, flash cards may or may not work.
i have set up a macintosh laptop lombard computer for the use with 4xx series. you can shoot and test shoot from the computer via an scsi cable. really great.
good results with photoshop 3 and 6. very fast.
you can do this and much more with a newer computer and the 7 series. but for the 4xx you only have scsi, while the 6, 7xx and 3xx have firewire.
so you have to use a pcmcia adapter.
some of the elder dcs files open on some photoshop 3,6, seven or cs.
the 3xx, 6xx and 7xx files seem to come out much better when opened with the original kodak dcs desktop manager than in photoshop, and much easier.
camera manager replaces the photoshop import module and gives much more raw controls.
but it seems that desktop manager is far easier.
i'll upload some pics of dcs cameras in the next days
p.s. i have just started some ir photography. the dcs 420ir is amazingly fast without filter and with #25 filter it is 5 stops faster.
the dcs 420 ir is given for 200iso.
without filter you have to set outside around -3. with red filter around -5 IL.
photoshop 6 gives monochrome pics. photoshop cs gives colour ir pics which you can manage in camera raw.
a 55mm micro nikkor is unsharp in ir, as well as the 28mm 2.8 nikkor. very good results with manual 1,8 50mm nikkor which has a red dot.