>WRONG foodle. If he based the D100 design off of the N80 he >would not have BARROWED the dial from the camera.
Huh? You're reading an awful lot into the use of the word "borrowed" (in an interview probably translated from Japanese no less). Yes, in fact the designers did borrow the mode dial from the N80. Then they borrowed the AF module, the AF motors, the shutter, etc. ...
Look, the original poster asked how the D100 compared to the N80 on an operational basis (AF speed, shutter lag, etc). Your follow-up post contended that the D100 designer claimed that the D100 was based off of the F100. I then quoted the refered to passage which states only that from a marketing position standpoint the D100 is comparable in the digital camera line-up to the F100 in the film camera line-up. This is not the same as saying the that D100 is based off of the F100.
Reviewers and users all agree that the D100 is esentially a digital N80. Read Thom Hogan's review or any of the posts below. There is little if anything of the F100 in the D100. You could make a case for elements of the body design, but the internals of the camera are either from the N80 or re-designed and on par with the N80 equipment (e.g. the flash). It is not as direct a graft of digital parts onto the N80 as the Fuji S2, but operationally the D100 is basically a digital N80.
I'm not trying to get in an argument with you. The designer interview is often mis-interpreted as saying that the D100 is a digital F100, but this is not at all what he says. The bottom-line is that the D100 is operationally much more like the N80 than the F100.