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On the fence... a D1 or a couple AF-S lenses

johnencinas


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johnencinas Basic Member
Sun 31-Dec-00 04:39 AM

Hi everyone,

This is my very first post. I am fortunate enough to be in a little "dilema". I have saved my pennies and I plan to purchase some more Nikon equipment. I cannot decide if I want to buy a Nikon D1 or 3 Nikon AF-S lenses (17-35 f2.8, 28-70 f2.8, and a 80-200 f2.8).

I currently shoot with an Nikon F5, 24-120 f3.5-5.6, and a 80-200 f2.8 (older push-pull, non-D). I know I lose the 3D matrix metering feature using my old 80-200 nikkor but, I am comfortable using the push-pull mechanism. I shoot only chromes and scan all my slides with an HP S20 scanner. I print my images on an Epson 1200 with good results up to 10x13. I primarily shoot auto racing events, portraits, and "street photography". Most of my images are for personal use but, I have attempted getting my work published by submitting them to various magazines.

If I went the D1 route... will my current line-up of lenses hinder me in any way? at roughly $4500, is the D1 a very expensive body that might be obsolete in a few months? The savings on film, processing, and time is a big plus for me. Also, I run a few websites where I upload my pics for others to see, A D1 will enable me to post them up faster.

If I went with the AF-S lenses... I know that these lenses could be with me for life. I know image quality is superb and I know they are heavy. I could sell my existing lenses and pick up a Nikon 950 or 990 for webpage work. Should I invest in a better scanner if I go with the lenses?

I want a D1 but, reading alot of posts on other discussion groups lead me to believe that I need higher end lenses such as AF-S lenses. Unfortunatly, I cannot afford to have both the D1 and the AF-S lenses.

So I look the the wise patrons of this group to help me with my "dilema".

Thank you all in advance.

John Encinas

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