#1. "RE: biased review of d1?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 25-May-01 11:33 AM
I thought it was a good review except for a couple of points where Phil just gets plain silly (he finds Nikon's dual command wheels to be somehow difficult to use - of course, he's a Canon guy these days).
Most reviews of digital cameras cut the technology a lot of slack. Phil's review does a better job of pointing out the problems that still plague even a state of the art digital camera - especially compared to film SLR bodies. Unfortunately, he makes it sound like complicated interfaces, dust on the imaging chip, and other complaints are somehow unique to the D1. They are not. The cameras he points out as better choices aren't in a professional performance class with the D1.
What's more, it's obvious that he really doesn't undertand working with RAW files well enough to get the most from the camera. Of course it would be nice if you could pick up a D1 and go to work without any learning curve. It's easy to forget just how much knowledge of film types, emulsions, processing and other technical information you should understand to get consistent results from a film camera.
#2. "RE: biased review of d1?" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberFri 25-May-01 04:59 PM
This review reminds me of the infamous Grumpy's review of the F5 - the reviewer seems determined to hate the camera no matter what. There are some glaring inaccuracies, too. A couple of examples:
1) The bit complaining about lost shots due to having a Play mode and praising the Canon D30's modeless operation is just plain silly: you review pictures by pressing the monitor button while in Single or Continuous modes, and the camera is ready to shoot as soon as you touch the shutter release - just like the D30. Play mode is for video output, slide shows or to access the setup menus.
2) Losing shots (again) because you have to wait for the camera to write images to the card: you can easily avoid this by using continuous mode and you don't get duplicates if you set the maximum number of shots to one. Strange that the reviewer missed that option considering how much detail he goes into while complaining about the custom functions....
3) Dust on the CCD: this is a problem with all digital SLR's and Canon are no better than Nikon in this respect in that they both require you to send the camera in to have the CCD cleaned - in contrast to Fuji and Kodak where you can do it yourself. Oh, and the dust generally doesn't show up unless you're shooting a single coloured subject such as a blue sky with an aperture of at least f/11, so it's not like it's ruining every picture you take.
I could go on, but I think that gives you a good idea of the credibility of the criticism.
Alan (who has owned a D1 for over a year).
#3. "RE: biased review of d1?" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 25-May-01 05:48 PM
I agree that Phil's review was probably doomed by attitude from the start. How well can someone do taking an unfamiliar, complex professional camera on a trip to a foreign land without even having the help of a manual? Comments addressed to Phil's review point out the documentation is available online if you go to a better site than Nikon USA's.
He does have some good observations. Any digital camera should be capable of rotating an image file as it's written to match the shooting orientation of the camera. Unfortunately, Phil makes it sound like this is only a D1 design flaw. As far as I know, there is no digital camera capable of this simple task.
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Just in case anyone is interested, my Pentax EI2000 does it.
I thought the review was not at all bad even though there is lack of empathy with the product in some areas. At heart these guys are still Nikonians , if you talk to them.