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The D1 as a second-hand purchase

RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
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"RE: The D1 as a second-hand purchase"

RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter Member
Wed 09-Jan-02 02:49 AM

I have two D1s for sale and will not allow someone to dump dust into my camera by removing the lens, and uping the mirror to inspect it. Go outside and shoot the sky, blow up the image on your monitor and inspect it. That image is all that maters. And expect to pay more for a near perfect camera>LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-01
>AT 07:40 PM (GMT)

>
>With the arrival of the D1x
>and D1h, second-hand prices for
>the original D1 have dropped
>to around the $2200 level.
>If you're considering the purchase
>of one of these cameras
>there are some issues that
>you should be aware of
>to help you avoid any
>potential problems.
>
>This list represents a summary of
>the most common problems that
> I've heard of owners
>experiencing with the D1. It's
>been gathered from the various
>internet forums listed at the
>end of the post, and
>also from my own experiences
>with the camera and from
>having talked to a couple
>of dealers.
>
>Also please note that, in general,
>the D1 seems to be
>a real credit to the
>Nikon stable. It's very well
>made - up there with
>the F5 and F100 -
>and isn't likely to let
>you down. But as Nikon's
>first digital SLR it does
>have some quirks and crotchets
> and some examples will
>have had a hard life
>in the hands of photojournalists.
>
>
>The problems:
>
>Dust: dust on the CCD (or
>to be more accurate the
>anti-aliasing filter bonded to the
>front of the CCD) is
>a fact of life with
>the D1. It shows up
>as circular blobs in your
>images which grow progressively smaller
>and darker as you stop
>the lens down. The way
>to check for this is
>to take a shot of
>a white wall - or
>the sky - with the
>lens at f/22, then look
>at the result. Small dark
>spots in the image are
>dust particles: if there are
>a lot of them then
>the camera will need to
>be cleaned. Also look out
>for any other imperfections in
>the picture which could indicate
>damage to the filter from
>a bodged cleaning attempt: for
>example lines that could represent
>scratches or transparent blobs that
>could be the residue from
>an aerosol blower. If possible,
>inspect the filter by taking
>the lens off, setting the
>shutter to 'B' and holding
>the release so the shutter
>stays open and you can
>see the filter. There shouldn't
>be any visible dust, smears
>or other marks on the
>surface of the filter. If
>there are, don't buy the
>camera: a replacement CCD/filter assembly
>costs $800-$1000....
>
>Magenta cast in camera processed images:
>not so much a fault
>as a characteristic of the
>camera. The D1 generates images
>in a colour space similar
>to NTSC when saving JPEG
>or TIFF files. This tends
>to give caucasian skin tones
>a noticable magenta cast (the
>dreaded 'purple people' syndrome). It's
>not an issue in RAW
>mode, and it can be
>corrected in other modes by
>doing a colour space conversion
>from NTSC to AdobeRGB /
>sRGB.
>
>Diagonal banding: all D1's produce noticable
>horizontally banded noise when shooting
>at high ISOs. Early cameras
>could develop an additional problem
>that lead to even more
>conspicuous diagonal banding that's been
>aptly described as looking like
>the weave on a pair
>of Levi's. Look at the
>Martini bottle in the DPReview
>high ISO samples> and you'll
>clearly see the effect. Cameras
>that suffered this problem should
>have been corrected under warranty
>since the solution involves replacing
>the timing electronics associated with
>the CCD.
>
>As a general rule the last
>cameras made, with serial numbers
>in the range 503####, suffer
>far less from the magenta
>problem and won't develop the
>diagonal banding problem. My own
>camera, with a serial number
>in the 50176## range, hasn't
>shown the diagonal banding problem
>but has a definite preference
>for purple people in JPEG
>mode.
>
>"Back-focusing": there have been reports of
>the camera not focusing consistently
>with AF-S lenses - particularly
>the 17-35mm. Everything looks OK
>through the viewfinder, but the
>image shows the camera has
>focused a couple of feet
>behind the subject.
>
>Mode dial: there have been some
>reports of this failing, leaving
>the camera stuck in one
>mode, or not operational.
>
>Then there are some niggly things:
>
>
>The rubber covering on the compact
>flash compartment door tends to
>peel off or fall off
>completely.
>
>The screws holding the compact flash
>compartment door in place can
>work loose.
>
>The rubber plug covering the firewire
>port is attached to the
>camera by a narrow rubber
>strip which tends to wear
>thin and break.
>
>The sources for this information were:
>
>
DPReview - Pro Digital Talk
>DPReview - Nikon SLR Talk
>Nikon D1 Users Group - General
>
>Rob Galbraith Online - Nikon D1/x/h
>
>
>Alan.



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