I was very serious about going digital this year and getting either the D100 or the S2. Still, I am interested, but having some concerns. And if it takes a couple of month to get either one of them I might get an updated / or new model next year (don't do much shooting in the winter).
Some of my thoughts about the models:
Although out of question because of high cost connected with switching the brand, I like the color rendition of the D60 the most (there would be no guarantee that follow up models would show the same colors I like and I prefer the 'feeling' of the Nikon equipment).
I rate them ? on a very subjective scale 1 - 10 (best) - in color rendition like the following: D60 - 10 (I like the warm, Velvia like colors) S2 - 8 D100 - 7
This means I would have to go with the S2. But as others already pointed out, the non re-designed F80 body is not too appealing. Lower flash sync a minus (although I read somewhere it is supposed to handle 1/180). The need for two different type of batteries is kind of weird. Not to mention what Alan pointed out the step lines in some situations. A plus would be the higher resolution.
D100 sounds like the best deal in respect to quality and design. Lower resolution compared to S2 is a minus.
What would not and most likely will not make me buy the D100 is Nikons business strategy. If I am wrong with the following everything is forgiven
If it is true that Nikon capture is required to process NEF files then I am going to stay away from it. Although it is understandable from a business point of few (a brilliant example of marketing 101 !), it should be included for free. It is like buying a Ferrari with the note 'to get the optimum performance you are required to buy the separately sold V12 and kick out the V4'.
So far, I never bought into this kind of deals. Only if it turns out the D100 is outstanding it would be the first time.
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