I have had thoughts of selling my f4 and going to a D100, until I picked one up. Now I dont want to offend the D100 users and maybe I have a distorted view of what a camera should weigh after using the f4. But I am wondering if the weight of cameras relate directly to their durability. It seems I have always heard this in relation to Nikon film cameras. If this is true, is the D1 a heavier and more durable camera?
#1. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0slow_driver Basic MemberTue 27-Aug-02 11:49 AM
I own neither camera (d1 or d100) however i have played with both (well, a D1H and D100) in a camera store. I can say that the D1H, at ~1.1 kilos, is twice the weight of the D100, although it "feels' 3-4 times heavier! Definitely it has a better feeling of build quality than d100 as well - very considerable. I must admit the lightness of the d100 put me off as well. BUT, I have an F80, which is lighter and has even more dubious build quality. Yet after 1.5 years of rough use it works perfectly, makes all the right sounds, and takes all the right pictures (if only the idiot using it could do the same!).
There are many pros and cons for both cameras - i'm sure you can find it all out from the net.
#2. "Weight is relative..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberTue 27-Aug-02 01:18 PM
I own both an N80 and a D100, and to me the D100 is too heavy! When hiking and backpacking every ounce hurts. All kidding aside, both the F100 and D1 series cameras are certainly better built, but my N80 has withstood loads of abuse, so I'm not too worried about the D100 either. How you proceed depends on what features are most important to you, and to what extent you value extreme durability. I'm happy with the N80/D100, but then again I don't spend months in the jungle, either. I'm just your average hiker/short distance backpacker.
#3. "RE: Weight is relative..." | In response to Reply # 2genec57 Basic MemberTue 27-Aug-02 01:38 PM
Weight does not necessarily equate to strength. Modern polycarbonates are extremely strong. Lexan is used in bullet proof vests.
The D100 is a very solid camera, weight notwithstanding. Is it built for heavy abuse and foul weather? No, for that you need to look at the D1H/X at more than twice the cost.
#4. "RE: Weight is relative..." | In response to Reply # 3mrdinh Registered since 07th Aug 2002Tue 27-Aug-02 02:29 PM
i just like the feel of d1x...handgrip and all...but the weight is bit heavy once the lense is attached...and shooting all day? hmmm....no regrets in picking the d1x
>Weight does not necessarily equate to strength. Modern
>polycarbonates are extremely strong. Lexan is used in bullet
>The D100 is a very solid camera, weight notwithstanding. Is
>it built for heavy abuse and foul weather? No, for that you
>need to look at the D1H/X at more than twice the cost.
#5. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0
>I have had thoughts of selling my f4 and going to a D100,
>until I picked one up. Now I dont want to offend the D100
>users and maybe I have a distorted view of what a camera
>should weigh after using the f4. But I am wondering if the
>weight of cameras relate directly to their durability. It
>seems I have always heard this in relation to Nikon film
>cameras. If this is true, is the D1 a heavier and more
I bought an D100 in early July, took it on a trip to Kodiak Alaska for a week. It rained for 3 long wet days, and the rest were ok. My F5 stayed at home for this trip and my shoulder was very thankfull for it. The D100 held up in 3 days of rain and tons more. Will take it everywhere.
Here are few of my pictures with the D100.
Most were taken with the Junk 24-120 Nikkor lens. Below is one closeup with the 24-120, yes I know I have crabs.
#6. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0
When I worked on the North Slope of Alaska doing Walrus surveys I had an interesting experience with different camera constructions. My team members has the latest titainium bodied SLR's. These died quickly in the cold. I brough my knock about SLR, a polycarbonate bodied Minolta X-700. It never failed, even when left on the floor of the aircraft rolling around. The plastic bodies have better impact resistance, and gratefully, are lighter. The D100 isn't perfect, but you can buy a D100 and F100 for what a D1X costs. When I drag all the stuff around I get to carry one extra lens with the D100 vs D1X (an extra lens beats the heck out of all the D1x's frills).
#9. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0
If you’re looking for the psychological reassurance of ‘heft’ with the essentially gazelle-like D100, just screw on the outrageously-expensive optional MB-D100 battery grip, pop in two EN-EL3 battery cells, and fit that handy-dandy 24-85mm 2.8-4 D zoom. Close your eyes, and you can imagine you have an F4 slung on your shoulder as in days of yore (or perhaps it’s a moose..?) When you open your eyes again, head for the phone and dial your Osteopath - you’ll be needing an appointment.
I speak from experience - I am that optional MB-D100 battery grippin’ , double-power packin’, 24 - 85mm 2.8-4 D zoomin’, moose-totin’ man. And it bloody hurts. ADVICE: Stick with the gazelle, and don’t be tempted to dress it as a MOOSE...
#10. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0
I am a senior citizen photographer, formerly a pro, and i have owned a variety of Nikon's including the vaunted F5. I dearly loved the beast, but not the weight. The weight was a factor even though,up to a year ago I was still pumping iron with my son and his upstart friends who couldn't believe that the "old man" could still hang with the young studs. I sold the F5 after surgery left me confined to a wheelchair. I just could not comfortably handle it anymore because it killed my back. I kept my F100 and purchased a N80. At first I too was concerned that it was too light to be a "serious" camera. I also own an D100. Both stand up to long days of shooting without a problem. I got the N80 when it was first introduced and have put dozens of rolls through it with excellent result and, at the end of the day I don't feel as if I need to have back surgery again. Have no fear about the quality of either camera. They are both extremely well made. I miss my F5, but not when my back is hurting after a day of shooting from my wheelchair.
#11. "thoughts on D100 weight" | In response to Reply # 0
Electronic parts weigh much less than do mechanical parts for Film SLR's.
I actually prefer the lighter camera. I think that durability will not be a problem with the D100 but time will tell.
#12. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 0
Certainly the D1 is much heavier and more durable but it will cost you several thousand more than the D100. It all depends on your usage. If you are a pro, the D100 will be a great back up camera. For most of us it will suffice as a great digital machine. I doubt that you will see any difference in the average image but it will not have the speed or buffer capacity of the Pro D series. Please look at the attached image which shows the size difference. It is substantial.
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#8. "RE: D1-D100 Weight/Durability?" | In response to Reply # 12lordnikon Registered since 17th Feb 2002Sun 01-Sep-02 09:57 AM
I like the D1X postition of the LCD. I'm a lefty and thereforeno more nose snear on the LCD I see the point of the intial post. I to live by my F4, picking up any other camera (including my two back up bodies) does make one think the other bodies... of a lesser build quality, and harder to hand hold a bit. That does not mean the lighter bodies are actually of a less build, but more of an internal thing upstairs in the brain
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