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Contax ND

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I wonder, has anybody noticed that in RAW mode moire pattern is more noticeable at 100% magnification than in TIFF? Well, actually, in TIFF mode it is not noticeable at all. It looks like Kyocera people atill cannot get everything top-notch: if you shoot TIFFs, you get excellent image quality, but sRGB colour space and 8 bit per channel colour depth, which is OK if you are planning on converting the image into BW. But if you want 16 bit per channel, Adobe RGB space and smaller files, you have to put up with lower image quality and no preview mode. I can live without previews, but I would definitely want smooth tonal gradations and no moire for the monye paid
 
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Contax N Digital Battery problems solved!!!!

Today I received 3 brand new battery carriage inserts, which gives me a total of 4.

Also found 1950 Mil& NiMH batteries which are considerably longer lasting than the puny ones that came with the camera.

Life is good. Again.
 
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mark what brands are the batteries and where did you get them. u also need a good slow charger, i found the battery charger had the most impact. ps i also go around with 4 clips!!
 
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I have also heard that there are 2000 Mi& batteries available, but I have not been able to find any. In fact, I can only find 1800's in Dallas. Where did you get the 1950's?

Thanks,

michael.

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> > > > I have had the Panasonic rechargeable AA cell for 2 weeks now, at 2000mAh > each, boosting the ND capable of reaching approx. 2G worth of picture file. > As a result, I have to buy yet another 1G Microdrive to add to the existing > 2X1G Microdrive to keep up with the camera+battery. I bought the battery in > Thailand, cost approx. 60 USD dollars for 4 cells. > > Brgds/Kaisern > > > > >
 
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I got mine bundled with a Fuji promotion package which had a small digital camera carrying case (useless), a 1 gig IBM Microdrive and a set of the Panasonic 1950 mAh batteries and a Panasonic BQ-390A Quick charger...all for $269. US.

I hope Kaisern is even half right that you can get that many images on one charge. How are you shooting Kaisern?
 
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Do anyone have any problem with dust on the CCD, how do
you get rid of it?
I am in the process of buying a Digital SLR.
In this forum, I see negative and positive comments,
Can anyone advise me the following concern

1. Len slow to focus. Can the new T lens focus fast
enough on a child running around in a park ?
2. One comment was 1 full charge could be capture
54 shot based on fireware 1.04. If upgrade to
fireware 1.08 now, does this resolve the issue.
3. Current Raw developer Version 1 do not have any
adjustemnt for exposure compensation where Ver 2
has it.
Ver 2 and fireware 1.08 location :
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Has anybody use Ver 2 and comments, is it as good
as Nikon Capture 3.0.
4. Can anyone send me photo take at night on same scene
with ISO 100, 200 and 400. I want to see the noise
level if acceptable.

regards
Alfred
 
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Hi Guys, glad to hear that the battery problem seems to be getting solved. While testing my lenses, I found that the lenses are sharpest at f8 and decreases towards either end very rapidly. This seems exaggerated with digital cameras. I didn't notice as much variation with the N1. Anyone has the same observations? Also, after stopping down the lens for testing, I started to notice dust spots on the CCD. I understand this is a rather common with digital cameras. How does the ND fare in this regard? Thanks.
 
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HELP PLEASE!

Yes, a desperate cry fir help with my new N Digital. I wanted to wait until I ran some initial shooting tests for tonal reproduction vis-a-vis the zone system, but I find myself unable to get a usable image into my PC without the Firewire tether. I'm using Win XP with P4 2.4GHz & 1.5GB Rambus memory. Here's what I've tried.

The camera gets recognized and comes up in the imaging devices. The Raw Data Developer (I think the word Raw refers to the software as well as the image :-(). I'm able to capture and save - beautiful detail & color.

That's it for luck. I can't get any program (Photoshop 5.0 Lite, Windows Imaging, Win Photoeditor) to recognize the Firewire device to import. The pathetic Raw Data Dev can't import JPEGs or even raw images already in the camera that I can see. I then tried copying the files from the CF to disk through a reader, but the JPEGs come up all skewed and weird in any display program I tried, and the raw images come up with weird lines across when read into the Raw Data Dev.

What are you guys using to import your files? Any help would be greatly appreciated before I slit my wrists and send a picture to Kyocera ...

BTW, I LOVE this camera, with a couple of rants, of course. I'll provide some more impressions and hopefully some tonal reproduction data based on grey scale and color patches once I get over this hurdle.

Cheers,

DJ
 
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OK, here's the kicker. If I load the CF into my Canon Powershot G1, I can read the JPEGs fine through Win Explorer! Now how come Win XP will not show the Contax on Win Explorer like it does the G1? Is it the Firewire? Is it the Kyocera driver? Ah, how painful Contax has made this, unnecessarily ...

So I use a Canon camera to upload my Contax JPEGs? How pathetic is that?! I'm just hoping there's something really stupid I have overlooked, and I can say, DJ, you dumb idiot!

Cheers again,

DJ
 
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just get a card reader, like a firewire version. it is the easiest and most convenient and u don't have to mess with what u are doing
 
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Me again. I should give some quick info back to you guys at least. This site has been extremely helpful. My N Digital came with Raw Data Dev 2.0 and two CFs with the 1.07 and 1.08 updates and several pages of explanation in an additional plastic bag to the original CDs and documentation. I got the body and the 24-85 in a trade-in for my old RTS III and Linhof Technikardan 23s outfits - and still had to pay a couple grand. Ouch. But I am getting the hefty promo rebates back.

I ordered a couple of Lexar 24x 512MB CFs, supposedly the fastest thing around. I'll let you know how they compare to the Kingston 128MB ordinary variety I currently have. Also on the way is a Maha charger with two sets of their highly-rated 1800MaH batteries. That Sanyo charger is truly pathetic. The first time I charged the batteries, the light went off after about four hours, as predicted by the manual. I put them in the camera, and got about 1.2 seconds worth of power, just enough for the camera to gasp before dying. I charged them again, this time I took them out before the light went out after about another 4 hours, and was able to play around, but they just died again after maybe 12-15 shots and lots of playing around with the menu and display. So, back to the AC.

Cheers,

DJ
 
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Meherdat,

Thanks for all your picture postings and discussions on the net - they were very helpful.

I am using the SanDisk CF reader - do you think it is somehow corrupting the data in the files? Do you have the make / model for the reader you use?

Thanks again,

DJ
 
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if the card reader is working with a flash card that u used with a canon g2, it should also work with the contax card. this camera is very sensitive to batteries and their condition. first thing first, call contax and order battery clips. i use three extra. the number is and the extension is +1 (800) 245-8979 , crystal 4361/4475 parts. then get some battery charger, try this one
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. this one charges each battery separately and u get the best charge this way. use the slow mode as nimh get more juice this way. i just updated to 1.08 and i do like the colors a little more. this camera will take a while to get use to, so just go through the motions for now.
 
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Problem sol-ved! The old "old driver" syndrome. I updated the CF reader driver, which probably got carried over from my W2K to XP conversion, and the problem has gone. Thank God for stupid problems. I think will get a Firewire reader for the speed, though. I still can't believe the Contax software doesn't let you transfer images from the camera CF - everybody else does! Maybe Raw Data Dev 3.0 ...

BTW, that's exatly the charger I ordered and where I ordered it from, with the 1800MaH batteries - you are psychic.

Thanks again for all your input - now for a long shooting week-end (I took Friday off :). I'll check both 1.07 and 1.08 - currently 1.07 is loaded.

DJ
 
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Like Dr. McCoy said in Star Trek the Motion Picture... "It's like working in a damn computer factory!"

Do you really like the picture quality?

The RTS III is worth something in trade, and will be for some time.

Dana Curtis Kincaid Contax G-1
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Yes, I was kinda disappointed too that the camera is not recognized as a mass storage via FireWire connection. I am sure that it is the firmware that to blame. Perhaps Kyocera wants to please us one day by releasing Firmware 2.0 with in-camera resolution setting change and full computer transparency. Am I daydreadriming?
 
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The 1.8 upgrade was worth the wait.....shooting everything at standard except Croma+ gives outstanding results at jpeg 1!!!!The 2.0 Raw developer has good control over finished tiff file...love the 16 bit tiff file save!!! I'm getting a overall magenta cast on file when opens in photoshop....doesn't show in 2.0 preview...anyone else having this problem????
Bert
 
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Bert, did you use the same color space (sRGB vs. AdobeRGB) in R.D.D. and Photoshop?

Having gotten mine last Wednesday, I'm still in the testing and learning mode. It figures it would rain all week-end long! I've been playing with it and watching TV, getting used to the controls (great ergonomics!), settling the batteries in by draining and recharging, and taking some flash and low-light long exp shots.

Things that bug me a little (or a lot!):

- The fact that you can't compensate more than 2 EVs really, really bugs me. (RANT mode on) Why???? Almost every other camera can do 5. How do you place a shadow or a highlight conveniently? Sheesh! I thought this was a camera for creative imagery! (RANT mode off)

- Can't display the current ISO quickly that I can see

- Can't save the ISO as one of the custom mode settings

- Can't erase in shooting mode


Things that really impressed me:

- I can't believe how smooth the manual focusing is, and how it integrates with the auto-focus.

- Overall handling and controls. Sure there are compromises as there must be, but they for the most part made excellent choices - that's tough to get right in a complex device like this.

Overall, this camera is an absolute delight. Cheers!

DJ
 
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Hi,

When you say that you are settling in the batteries by charging, de-charging, I'm not sure I follow you. I thought one of the big advantages of the NIMH batteries is that they have no "memory". If this is not correct, please let me know! Thanks,

michael.

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