You need HarTALK. It is a cable, which connects to the camera. It comes with a PC cable.
You need SoftTALK 2000, or use your software of choice. We have a free DOS program for use on F90X/N90s only.
We have additional cables from HarTALK to 1. Mac, 2. Palm III, 3. Palm V. We do not support software for these.
28. Can the Mc-31 be used with SoftTALK/DOS
or SoftTALK 2000?
Yes, the Mc-31 can be used for normal
camera communication. The special HarTALK control commands (focus and fire)
can of course not be used with the Mc-31 as they require the special hardware
29. What happened to IR-1?
We dropped the idea of having a HarTALK
plug-in IR remote control sensor, because of inherent
directionality problems with IR.
(This was realised in practice using Canon's standard RC1
controller with a EOS-50N body. The
Canon body has a fixed IR eye which forever seem to be
obscured by the lens).
The HarTALK attachment would never
be guaranteed to face front either, or left for that matter, it
would also be dangling on the side
of the camera, resulting in a unreliable remote control solution.
The best practicable means of remote
control is achieved by the RC-1 wire remote control.
30. What happened to RC-2?
The advent and popularity of the PalmPilot
obviated the need for custom external hardware with
limited functionality, such as a
remote control unit only firing the camera, and setting Bracketing
and/or Multi-exposure. RC-2 will
not appear in a hurry, as the Palm market is drawing the majority
of potential customers from RC-2,
which makes it a bad product, business wise.
31. What other products will appear
RC-1 will be re-packaged as RC-1A,
mainly because of production difficulties. Functionality will be
the same as RC-1.
32. What future upgrades are envisaged
We are considering some long term
ideas for HarTALK like IRDA and multi-camera operation. No firm plans are
in place, however.
33. I bought Hartalk a couple of
months ago, did the electronic design change and do I have to
'upgrade' to a newer version?
HarTALK stayed standard, no functional
changes were ever effected. HarTALK functionality has not changed
over three years, and is not expected
to do so soon. Only one type has ever been available.
Units from the 1.4 batch onward, had implemented a component value adjustment to have better camera meter switch-off characteristics.
SoftTALK (DOS, 98 and 2000) detects
and reports the HarTALK version. This is currently still at
its first release, "HarTALK v001".
34. Why is HTFire FREEWARE?
To promote sales of HarTALK, and all
The source code to HTFire is available
upon request, to motivate other developers to come up with
even better hand-held applications
than we could write. We claim no rights to third party software,
but we reserve copyright to our part
of the source code, and therefore the right to selectively make
it available only for application
development not in direct conflict with own commercial software
SoftTALK 98 or 2000. We do not control
independant development and/or usage of our Hs-Serial
protocol, which is detailed in our
Elecspec document on our web site.
35. How does NBuddy compare with
HTFire allows Palm users to use their
PalmPilot as effective remote
control for firing, not affecting
their use of other software such as NBuddy for remote camera
NBuddy does have remote control firing,
but it uses Nikon's slow protocol for firing (seconds) as
opposed to HarTALK's built-in fast
(milliseconds) firing. HTFire is designed to be used
independently, with or without NBuddy.
36. Will HTFire be included in
NBuddy is meant only for F90/N90/F90X/N90s,
HTFire for all camera bodies including F100 and
F5. Cocoon Creations does not want
a F100 or F5 user to essentially run F90 software to do
Not attempting to answer for another
individual, Ken Hancock may decide to include such
remote control code in NBuddy if
he wants to, and if he gets enough requests to do so.
37. Will Cocoon make SoftTALK 2000
available on Palm?
No. Another third-party product, NBuddy,
already efficiently controls the F90/N90/F90X/N90s
camera bodies, there is no need for
new software to do the same. The F100 and F5 essentially
control all important functions from
the camera itself, thus also no need for a Palm app.
The only real market need for Palm
owners is effective remote control for all bodies, including
Intervalometer functions. This is
what HTFire offers.
38. I have ordered HarTALK from
Cocoon Creations per Airmail. Nothing has arrived?
Typical delivery time for airmail
officially is 4 weeks, although the normal typical time is 2 weeks,
and occasional deliveries have been
found to be less than a week. Contact Cocoon Creations after 4
weeks after shipping date, and only
after 6 weeks action may be taken in the unlikely event of loss.
The only real variable is your customs
39. Why does the Cocoon Palm cable
use pin 4, while the Palm modem cable uses pin 1?
I was able to get the Palm to work
with the F90X using the standard 9-pin
D-type, the 9-25 pin adaptor
supplied and a Palm Pilot Modem cable (from
3Com), which is 25 pin D-type.
Checking the connections with the
multi-meter, it appeared that
DTR (which goes to pin 4 of the Pilot on the Cocoon
lead) actually goes, via the
above set-up, to Pin 1. Given that this
arrangement worked fine, can
you explain the discrepancy in the DTR
Pin 4 on the Palm connector is the
Rts output of the Palm. The Cocoon cable uses it as power supply to HarTALK.
Pin 1 on the Palm connector is a non-standard
voltage output and may work for HarTALK. Non-standard, because it could
be implemented differently
in different Palm models, OS's, software
apps, or whatever other reason 3Com deems it "non-standard". It can used
as DTR on the Palm, which
explains why the DTR on the PC cable,
through the convertors ends up at the DTR point on the Palm. However, we
made our power connection to
Rts, as it was found not to get enough
power from pin 1 (it only needs about 10 mA) from a certain Palm model
(can't remember which one).
Nothing wrong with that connection,
just a bit bulky with all the different convertors.
Nikon (and presumably
F90, N90, F90X, N90S and F5) are registered trademarks of Nikon Inc. and
Nikon Corporation Japan.
40. Is the Nikon D1 supported?
The D1 camera is NOT supported and shall NOT be connected to HarTALK. The 10-pin connections are unknown and
could endanger the HarTALK and/or the camera.