Nikon N90s, F100, F5 Data Recording
I just got a Nikon MC-33 cable from Amazon ($20) and downloaded Softtalk
2000 from Cocoon Creations ($45). The combination of the two allows me to turn on data recording, change a few setting, and save photo data to my computer. I have an HP computer running Windows XP. It seems to work fine with my N90s and F100. I don't have an F5, however it should work fine with the F5s. This combination of the Softtalk 2000 and the MC-33 seems to be cheaper and work better than the older Photo Secretary.
It seems to work fine so far.
#1. "RE: Nikon N90s, F100, F5 Data Recording" | In response to Reply # 0monte920 Registered since 10th May 2007Mon 18-Jun-07 11:31 AM
Yes! I use the same MC-33 & SoftTalk2000 to do the job. The only problem is that so far no software out there works with F6, that will force you to spend $200 for MV-1 if you get F6 later. What a shame!
#3. "RE: Nikon N90s, F100, F5 Data Recording" | In response to Reply # 2TVaitonis Registered since 06th Jul 2007Thu 06-Sep-07 12:01 AM
I can't speak first hand yet regarding the F5 but I plan to buy a copy of SoftTalk 2000 soon. I bought a cable made by AVI and they suggest SoftTalk as a great alternative to Photo Secretary. I also contacted Caccoon and they assure me that I'd be all set with my F5 and a PC running XP. Now, as far as my N90s, I've gone a different route for the time being. A little web searching turned up a Palm application that works the nuts! N90Buddy is a shareware that can load to Palm PDA (mine is a Vx) and through the HotSync cable can set those hidden custom features. Exactly, my setup is the serial HotSync cable from my Palm (9 pin female) to a null modem adaptor and then connected to the serial plug of the camera interface cable. All this is small enough to fit in the bag so I can change setting or download shooting data in the field. N90Buddy uses a compliment application installed on a PC/Laptop so you can transfer shoot data to Excel. For the small shareware donation this is a real buy. The F5 communication protocol is posted on a couple websites so it's real possible to write a similar Palm app for that as well. Being so portable I'd think this would be perfect for me.
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