Kodak DSC 520 (Canon D2000) was introduced in 1998 at MSRP around $16,500 (according to DigiCam History Dot Com). Today you can find it on eBay for about $250 or less. The camera is based on professional Canon EOS-1N body and Kodak 2 million pixel CCD. As per Phil Askeys' excellent review (1999) it was "Most, Hugely, Very, Highly recommended. The best image quality, high resolution, colour and gray balance. A "reference camera".
When couple weeks ago I saw Kodak DCS 520C on eBay for $199 I just grabbed it:)
The package included camera body (in almost mint condition with less than 1500 actuation), battery and camera AC adapter.
First, I quickly realized that supplied AC adapter does NOT charge the battery!
After some research I realized that firmware upgrade is required.
I used my old and dusted 260 mb Type 3 PCMCIA hard drive (never throw old things away!) to load latest available firmware from Kodak support site.
- Connect AC adapter to camera
- Insert PCMCIA hard drive in the camera and format it using camera utility
- Download latest firmware from from Kodak support site to PC
- Insert formatted PCMCIA hard drive into a reader (I used ADTRON 3.5" ATA to IDE PC Card PCMCIA Adapter Reader/writer for type1,2 & 3 card, $ 29.99 eBay)
- Copy firmware bin file from PC to the hard drive
- Insert the PCMCIA hard drive back into the camera and power the camera up
- Use camera utility to update the firmware
Next is the battery. As I mentioned before, supplied AC adapter was only good to keep the camera alive when it was connected to the source of power. Apparently the battery is on a different circuit and can not be charged with it. You need a separate battery charger. Batteries are easy to find for around $15 a piece but, unfortunately, original chargers are not. I saw one recently on eBay for almost $200
Another option is to use discontinued MAHA MH-C777PLUS-II charger, read full article at niconweb.com but it is also almost impossible to find one.
Thanks to Rob Galbraith's article (2002) I came up with a simple, ugly and unsafe solution. Next steps called " Don't do this at home" :)
With the help of an old 9V battery charger (never throw old things away!), standard paper clips and copper wires I managed to charge the battery!
Well, so far so good. The camera is up and running, works well with modern Canon AF/IS lenses, the battery is fully charged and my compact flash card can hold almost 1000 photos.
In my next post I will share some photos taken with this camera.
* 2017-07-10 Update: charger model number and availability.
The charger is called DIGIPOWER TC-U400, it's still available at Amazon.
It has adjustable contact points and can automatically detects battery type and voltage. The manufacture claims that it is compatible with major rechargeable batteries for phones, digital SLR cameras, etc.
I can confirm that it works with this particular Canon battery.
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