I'm a longtime Nikon SLR user. Last fall I purchased a Coolpix 775. It has been a great point and shoot, but it leaves me wanting more. I plan to purchase a dSLR next spring. Currently the D100 seems like the logical choice, but the decision isn't final.
I've been reading these and the dpreview boards and trying to come up with start-up equipment/costs... here's what I have so far:
D100 - $2,000
spare batt - 45
CF type I, 256/4x cards (2) - 230
Nikon Capture - 150 (or Bibble?)
Q1 - will this get me off to a good start?
The number of threads that start off "I am so disappointed" frightened me at first. After reading more replies I have decided I am taking on the role of developer/processor (to use a negative term ; ) and NEF files are no more revealing than holding slides up to a light.
The pattern I'm hoping to fall into is take pix, load to PC, batch process, enjoy. If I can find a pleasing tone curve, I'll load it to the camera and save memory by using the jpg option.
One recent poster said he had read the D100 manual prior to purchase...
Q2 - where can I read about tone curves (dpreview glossary didn't cover it, but it may be buried in another topic I haven't gotten to)?
Q3 - Does NC have tone curves available for loading to the camera, or do you have to make your own?
Q4 - is the D100 manual available for download anywhere?
My subject matter will be my travels, nature, family and community events. I don't do this for a living.
Q5 - Is Photoshop worth $610 to me, or should I stop at NC or Bibble?
Of course all of this batch processing necessitates a new computer...
Q6 - Will 1.8 GHz and 512 MB be adequate for amateur processing?
Thanks for any insights. This sounds like lots of fun.
#1. "I think you have the right idea about what it takes to" | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberMon 02-Sep-02 10:47 PM
A1-It's pretty much what I did except I haven't purchased NC3 yet, but will soon.
A2-Tone curves are more or less the same thing as the output curves you adjust when color-correcting images in Photoshop. If you've adjusted curves in Photoshop then you know what I mean. It's easier to do than explain.
A3-NC3 does not, I believe, have standard tone curves. It's easier than that. You take a typical shot with your camera. You color adjust it in NC3 to get it to look right. Then you upload that adjustment curve to your camera. Now when you use this custom tone-curve in your D100 you get all this processing in-camera. Verrry nice. This is the ONLY reason I want to buy NC3. This way I can tweak my JPEG output to look just the way I want it when I expose it the way I normally do.
A4-Yes. Someone on this site had a copy. Search the threads and you should find it.
A5-Photoshop does far more than Bibble or NC3. I think you will want some sort of powerful image editing software. Some options are Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Pro, but quite frankly Photoshop is the thing. See if you can get the Academic discount which is about 1/3 the cost of retail. Photoshop it worth having if you can afford it.
A6-Plenty. I'm doing my image editing on a Dell refurb 1.7 Ghz with 512 Mbyte and it flies. Shoot, I can even do a decent job on my 600 MHz laptop with 384 Mbyte of memory, and it's not at all painful. (The screen is a different issue, but it's usable.)
I've had my D100 since the first of July, and I went through all the problems others reported with this camera. The bottom line is that it is not a point-and-shoot SLR. You actually have to learn to use it. What throws most folks, including me, who are familar with film SLR exposure is that the way the D100 matrix meters is slightly different than the way film SLRs meter. The digital cameras hold back highlights more, resulting in what film shooters might regard as underexposure. Once you know this, you can adjust, just like for any camera. If you go back to the basics, and zone meter (use the spot meter, then set expsoure to render that spot the desired tonality) you will discover it behaves just like any other camera, and it's dead-on. While film SLRs are often matrix-meter-and-shoot-it, digital SLRs require more thought about exposure compensation even in matrix mode. It's not film, so it takes a while to learn its quirks, but it's a fine camera. As usual, the weakest link is the nut behind the wheel...
#3. "RE: Getting started" | In response to Reply # 0
2. www.bythom.com for the "Complete users guide to the D100". This is a really excellent e-book that goes far beyond the Nikon manual.
3. No - make your own.
4. 2 above
5. You need photoshop or some other graphics program in addition to NC or Bibble - I much prefer Photoshop.
6. RAM is cheap - go with a gigabyte.