Thoughts about the Kodak DCS SLR/Pro 14n
Had a question about the Kodak camera. I just bought the camera because I have heard great reviews from pro-photographers which use the Kodak and Fuji S3 and they live by the kodak. I was wondering if anyone had any engative thoughts or hints when using the camera. I have shot a test and love the detail I received. NOW, this was not a true test. I just used the Nikon 50mm 1.4 on both the Kodak 14n and the Nikon D-100. I love the details Kodak brought, but will have to do a true test for a more defined result.
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#1. "RE: Thoughts about the Kodak DCS SLR/Pro 14n" | In response to Reply # 0deant Registered since 02nd Nov 2005Mon 01-May-06 08:18 PM
I had a 14n (which I upgraded to a 14nx) but sold it when Kodak discontinued it. That was a mistake, I should have kept it. I think the NX was a vast improvement over the 14n, the "Italian flag" problem was eliminated. Moire was still a problem in certain situations (like people wearing herringbone jackets). But then, my Nikon D2x has the same problem in that situation too.
Since I shoot portraits (both in the studio and on location) I think the Kodak DCS Pro cameras are perfect for that application (after all, that's what they were designed for). The colors are great (vibrant and saturated) and the workflow is a joy. Kodak's PhotoDesk software is probably the easiest to use of all the post-processing software available and does a great job on the DCR files.
If you shoot in the studio with lights, or outdoors in bright situations and never shoot any higher than ISO 400, the 14n is a perfect camera. Any noise that you get can easily be handled in PhotoDesk in post processing. Plus, the black and white right out of the camera is superb.
I'd definitely take advantage of the 512mb upgrade (which Kodak still offers). Also, if you shoot portraits, the Pocket Wizard upgrade is a good idea too. Unfortunately, Kodak no longer offer the NX upgrade. That's a shame, because it vastly improves the 14n. It essentially turns it into an SLR/N.
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#2. "RE: Thoughts about the Kodak DCS SLR/Pro 14n" | In response to Reply # 0Moonraker Registered since 16th Aug 2006Thu 17-Aug-06 07:02 AM
Ive bought a dcs 14n a few weeks ago and realy happy with results. Its a daylight camera but it is a great one. And some things I wanted to say to guys who want to buy it:
* all what is longer then 1/2 mostly trashed
* only avalable iso's are 80-100 anything more is realy noisy
* longer shutter speeds are real only if you dont have any light sources in the picture
* this camera shoots only raw, jpg in camera convertion is terrible
* noisy images look better if converted through the dcs software, you cant fight this noise in photoshop
* you gotta own a decent PC or Mac to convert large 14mp raw files
* its a slow camera
And the good things:
* Outstanding detail in good conditions
* Good color and saturation (sometimes looks more real then what i see from my d70)
* Big viewfinder
* Full frame, you can go cheap on wide angle
Thats about all the thougts I have on this camera now, even with all the negatives I realy like it
#3. "RE: Thoughts about the Kodak DCS SLR/Pro 14n" | In response to Reply # 2G5MAC Registered since 06th Aug 2006Fri 08-Sep-06 08:01 PM
I had a Kodak Pro 14n w/ the 512 buffer. I sold it earlier this year. I had access to information - A Kodak employee - that indicated that after 2008 - Kodak will no longer support them. - I hope the info was not correct. I had no problems with the 14n and love it. I just could not take the chance financially to take the hit in value that such a turn of events would cause. -So to be safe I went all Nikon.
best - AJB
#4. "RE: Thoughts about the Kodak DCS SLR/Pro 14n" | In response to Reply # 3macnerd Registered since 02nd Feb 2006Sun 10-Sep-06 10:47 PM
This is common knowledge, Kodak will no longer support their DCS SLRs after December 31 2008. It was announced last year after they discontinued their DSLR line.