#1. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0jstream Basic MemberMon 12-Nov-01 12:34 PM
>I was wondering if anyone is
>shooting with the Nikon D1x?
>I have one, and I
>am having some issues with
>it. I could not find
>a board for the D1x
>in the searches, so I
>am sorry if I posted
>this in the wrong place.
>Thanks so much!
What issues? I've done some shooting with one - until one of our rental customers destroyed it.
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#10. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 1Thu 21-Mar-02 03:15 AM
Realizing your post was quite some time ago, I've had my D1x for about a month now. I have been thoroughly floored by the quality of the images, and by the quality of the prints I get from one of the larger online services.
I've seen some odd behaviors here and there, the bright subject backlighting thing I read further down bit my wife one day as she took a picture of me, but Bibble was able to save it enough for a reduced online picture, but probably not really "production quality". It was a throwaway candid, but just the same, I wish it had turned out better.
I really truly wish that Capture 2 came with the camera. Being a software developer by day, I realize this is probably being outsourced to developers and sold to Nikon for them to resell with their name, or consultants are developing it for them, but I still feel they should include it with a piece of equipment of this sort instead of trying to make back their costs on the development.
My biggest problem so far is not really technical, but in the fact that the 1.5x multiplier turns my 28mm widest angle into nearly 40, making it hard to get inside-room shots. When I was looking for houses and toting around my Sony DSC-D700, I was able to get true 28mm shots, which even then were too narrow for some inside rooms. To get out to the < 28mm range, we'd have to pick up a lens in the range of 16-20mm, and they aren't cheap. That's probably the thing I miss most right now.
#14. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 11Fri 22-Mar-02 01:16 PM
This could rapidly become a thread and topic of its own, feel free to tag me if you want to discuss it further and we can start a thread to really go in-depth.
I used Ofoto because I heard of them first, but after a little digging, there's a large topic of color-matching profiles, other undocumented post-processing, and quality of print things that I've heard. A quick search on Google pulled up the rec.photo FAQ pages, and the digital FAQ included a long list of digital print shops.
I converted my images to Adobe 1998 color space and then uploaded, and got great results. I later found an unofficial Ofoto color space on jetcityorange.com, which I haven't tried quite yet. I don't see it visually as all that different than the Adobe profile, but I'm not exactly a trained color scientist.
I just put in an order with Ofoto for 60 4x6s and 5 5x7s, and I'm anxious to see how well they really turn out.
#12. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 10
I've just read your posting on the D1X. I purchased one of the first of these to become available in the UK back in June 2001.
AS most people have said, the quality knocks me out and in fact I used 10 prints produced from images captured on my D1X to gain a Distinction (LRPS) from the Royal Photographic Society (and these guys take some impressing I can tell you).
My main point in writing was to tell you that my D1X (as I say, purchased in the UK) came bundled with Capture 2.
#13. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 12Fri 22-Mar-02 01:08 PM
Oh, now I'm jealous. I picked up the demo of Bibble, but that won't last long without registering. I love the Photoshop integration it provides, if it supported the compressed format, I'd be a happy man. I'm pretty sure he's working on it.
#2. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome onboard. Nothing to apologise. This is the right place... just that you are the first to start the thread. It's Nikon after all. Is it not?
Sorry, I don't have one, but I sure hope someone will start a thread on Nikon Coolpix 995. I am thinking along that line.
#3. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
I have issues with it too, but they are primarily related to the fact that it costs about $4500 more than I can spend. Seriously, welcome aboard. I'd love to know what's good and bad about this camera, so in 20 years I know what I'm getting into when I can afford one on ebay...
As for the other response, a rental customer destroyed it??? HOW? Oh the pain!
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#4. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
I love the camera! it is incredible and what a great option for the business. No more film!
I am learning the camera. I have shot print film for so long that switching to digital it is almost like shooting slide film. What I find though is that I get hot spots. Anytime a subject is in the sun, it blows them out. Unfortunately, there is no information in the hot spot section so I have a difficult time correcting it and creating a balance.
Everyone talks about what incredible exposure than camera gets, I find the exposures are all over the place. For instance: Backlit situation, using the sb-28x flash: In Matrix metering it seems to balance for the background. I need to shoot spot with the flash in order to get the person looking decent. I am wondering if there are any calibration standards for the camera?
For the good stuff...Dare I even say this....Nikon D1x High jpeg mode at 20x24 renders a print so clear and crisp that it blew my medium format away. (645) I just want to fix the hotspots!!
#5. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 4AlanC Basic MemberTue 13-Nov-01 06:37 PM
I own the D1 rather than the D1x, but here are a couple of possibilities for you:
1) Set custom function 27 (display mode) to 'Highlights' or 'Both'. When you preview an image it'll flash any hotspots black then white so you can easily see them and re-shoot if necessary.
2) Keep the exposure compensation set to -0.3 or -0.6 in situations where you know the highlights are likely to burn out: You'll have to brighten your images slightly in Photoshop (or a similar application), but that's better than losing detail.
3) Use RAW mode and process the images in Nikon Capture / QImage / Bibble. RAW mode gives you access to the full 12-bit dynamic range of the CCD rather than the 8-bit range of a JPEG and if you use the software to produce a 16-bit TIFF you'll usually find that bright areas of the image haven't burned out. You can then use Photoshop (or whatever) to save the image as a JPEG that keeps that detail.
Exposure accuracy with the SB-28DX was all over the place with the D1 when using the TTL modes, but I thought this was meant to have been solved with the D1x. The way to fix this on the D1 is to put the flash into A mode so it uses its built-in sensor. You might like to give that a try.
Hope that's some help,
#6. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 4
#9. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 4thom Registered since 27th Jan 2002Fri 22-Feb-02 06:55 PM
As noted by another poster, the key in exposure for a D1x is the highlight area. You should have Histograms and Highlights ON and be examining them until you're comfortable with how you have to expose on the camera. If I histogram reports any pixels at the far right, you've lost highlight data.
The real issue that catches most D1 users by surprise is its unbalanced exposure range. The D1x, for example, can handle about 2.5 stops above middle gray (about the same as most slide film), but it can also handle 4 stops below middle gray (more than any slide film). Thus, it is far easier to pull up shadow detail using Curves in Photoshop on a D1x image than it is "fix" blown highlight detail. This is especially true if you shoot NEF format.
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#7. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
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I just joined the D1X owners club last week. Unfortunately, I have been swamped at work and school to spend a lot of time with it. I feel very comfortable with the camera as I have 2 F100's, the controls are almost identical. I am shooting in RAW mode and use NC 2.01 to adjust the white balance, and EV numbers when needed. I am still learning the software, interaction between NC and NikonView 4. I have followed a lot of suggestions and am using the Ridata 512MB flash cards ($299) from http://www.shop4tech.com and love the speed of the cards. I just took some pictures the other day of my old coolpix equipment for ebay auctions and noticed that I needed to adjust the flash and camera settings about +1 stop to get good definition/colors, black camera on white background (shot with SB 28DX.) Just yesterday, Thom Hogans complete D1 guide arrived as an ebook, I just haven't had a chance to look at it. Maybe a few days after eating turkey will give me some peace and quiet to finally catch up on my required reading/learning. I am getting ready to have some of the files printed on a very high end printer ( I have a friend at HP and they have some prototype million dollar printers that can crank out 12 X 16's at the rate of 50/minute ) and am anxiously waiting for the results. Next step is to send some files to http://www.pictopia.com and see what they can come up with. I am no professional (I would categorize myself as an extremely advanced amateur) but possibly want to become one in the future.
I am looking forward to sharing experiences with you and others on this wonderful tool/toy, depending on your definition.
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#8. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
I've only joined Nikonians today and I notice your message was back in November so I hope I'm not too late!.
I've owned a D1X since it first became available in the UK (June 2001). I love it and hope you do too. I also own an F5 and so it feels very similar although in use, it can be quite different (as I'm sure you've found).
If you are still having issues with the camera, feel free to get in touch in case it's something I have come across.
I've added a link to my website so you can see some of my pictures many of which are taken with the D1X (for eample, all my Big Cat photographs)
All the best
#15. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 0
You have about five months to enjoy your D1x. How's it going?
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#16. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 15
Going much better. Depending on the lighting, I tend to dial it back about 1/2 stop. Using the SB28DX flash, I dial the flash back by 1/7 stop and shoot using 1/30 shutter speed to incorporate some ambient light.
These are some from Feb weddings. - This was natural light using 28-70 2.8 AFS lens.
The next 2 I used the SB28DX, Dialed back 1/3 stop, 1/30 shutter speed, F4.
The last 2 are natural light again.
This one is from easter.
As for the camera...the more I use it the more I love it.
I also switched from the 1gig microdrive to the flashcards after losing 2 weddings on it!! (Luckily my husband is a programmer and was able to recover the lost files.)
#17. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 16Tue 09-Apr-02 07:11 PM
How do you like the AF-S 28-70 on your D1x? I'm reasonably happy with the 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 AF I use now, but I'm trying to weight the f/2 versus f/3.5 against the purchase price. Especially since I don't have a flash yet.
I know, I know, "But daveb, the SB-28dx flash is only $330. The AF-S is $1200." But I prefer going flashless when I can possibly avoid it. Less gear but smaller zoom range.
#18. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 17
I love the 28-70 2.8 AFS. I think they make a 35-70 2.8 just not the AFS which is less. I like the speed of the AFS as well as the silence. I hate that motor focusing on the non AFS lenses.
I try to do as much natural light as possible when possible. The lens just allows so much more light in that i can use it quite often without flash..hand holding.
I use the 28-70 a good 75% of a wedding, I use the 17-35 AFS 2.8 for 15%, the 85 1.8 for about 10% and the mega 70-200 for about 5%. (The 70-200 is really too big for my little hands...other than that it is a favorite amoung those who use it.)
If you are shooting natural tung. light use the white balance on the camera, it can give you some great color effects.
#19. "RE: Nikon D1x" | In response to Reply # 18