Here's one for all you digital fans out there!
I'm toyng with the idea of getting a digital SLR. At the moment use an F3 with some fine MF lenses which I would like to use on a digital body if possible as I cannot afford to replace them with AF versions yet. I'm not fussed about matrix metering/multi program or any of that nonsense, as long as I can use a basic C/W meter and TTL flash, and be able to plug the thing in to my Mac.
I guess the ultimate question is: Is a rugged F3 with 5fps motor still faster, better and more reliable than a digital SLR? Is digital more prone to knocks and bumps/extreme temperatures etc....
Is digital quality better/worse than transparency film? Is it possible to transfer digital pics to standard 35mm transparency film, for projection alongside regular slides?
Any comments would be HUGELY appreciated!
#1. "RE: Digital dreams...." | In response to Reply # 0disneymike Registered since 13th Mar 2003Wed 13-Aug-03 01:41 PM
I sold my F3HP with MD4 motor drive and all my MF lenses to purchase my D100 and two autofocus lenses; a 60mm Micro and a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5. I have no regrets and am very pleased with the immediate feedback I get with my digital SLR. I find that I take way more pictures with my D100 than I ever did with my F3. I don't have to worry about film and processing costs, so I feel free to shoot whatever I want.
The D100 will work with AIS manual focus lenses, but the meter will not function at all, even in manual mode. Therefore you need to use either an external light meter or use the histogram to determine the correct exposure. Using the histogram is actually viable if you're shooting static subjects in fairly constant light.
TTL flash comes standard with the built-in pop-up flash. If you want to have an external flash unit, you will most likely want to buy an SB-50DX or an SB-80DX. I personally use an SB-80DX and recommend it highly. I love the diffuser that comes with it and leave it on the flash unit almost always.
The motor drive speed on the D100 I believe is slower than the F3. In addition the buffer allows three images before it fills and needs to write the images to the CF card. You'll find the D100 a lot lighter than the F3 with motor drive, but I feel that it is more ergonomic. The durability of the F3 is better than the D100 since it is a professional level camera. Therefore, if you want similar durability and speed with the capability of using MF lenses with metering, you should choose the D1H, D1X or D2H.
I have heard that slides can be made from digital images. I don't have any details, but if memory serves me right, they are very good in quality, but end up being fairly expensive. Perhaps someone has more details. I will post again if I find any definitive information. I do miss displaying slides, so I know exactly what you mean.
All in all, I think you'll be very pleased with a D100 as long as you realize the MF lens limitation and do not absolutely need ultra fast continuous shooting.
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#2. "RE: Digital dreams...." | In response to Reply # 0disneymike Registered since 13th Mar 2003Wed 13-Aug-03 02:08 PM
I found a few places that will make 35mm slides from digital files. The price per slide seems to vary from around $2 to $5:
I haven't used any of these labs myself, so I can't comment on the quality, but from what I read, it seems that it's very good when using a digital SLR image.
As an option, you could invest in an LCD projector and use a slide show program on your computer. I use iView Media Pro on my iMac and really like it a lot. You can create a dissolve type slide show that is very nice without the need for two slide projectors and a dissolve unit. Keep in mind though, you probably won't get the same clarity and contrast as with a slide projector.
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#3. "RE: Digital dreams...." | In response to Reply # 0genghis45 Basic MemberWed 13-Aug-03 09:52 PM
camera, man. A flagship, just like the F3. Go over to the "I Picture I Took" forum, to see the pics I've been taking with the D1x. What I would do instead of transferring digital pics to slide film, is to install 'em into PowerPoint.
#4. "RE: Digital dreams...." | In response to Reply # 0gejepe Registered since 27th Jun 2003Mon 25-Aug-03 05:08 PM
Second Ghengis on that: have worked all my AI-S lenses on my D1x, also in combination with the 80 DX, with very good results.
I have 28 f2, 50 f/1.4, 35-105 f3.5 and 100-300 f/5.6, which all work fine in either A(perture) priority mode or M(anual) and with spot or centre weighted metering. Take a look...
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