Would a D1 be a worthy investment today?
I've finally started making a bit of money here and there, I just finished a year of school so I decided to work for a bit before I figure out what I want to do next. Anyway NAS is really taking over my though processes at the moment, for example: "If I get these clients on board, and they're ok with the initial price then maybe I could finally buy a brand-new F100... But... What about maybe saving a little longer and getting a new digital body... No I want an F100, but maybe..."
So anyhow, I'm torn at the moment between an F4e that's in my local camera shop, complete with a 35-70mm AF or an F100. Then I made the mistake of checking out how much older d-slr's are selling for on eBay... This decision can be likened to standing on the side of a busy highway waiting for an ebb in the flow of traffic but instead spotting a fifty dollar bill stuck on the center line and simply dashing out head first. I saw a D1 well within my price range on eBay. Cheaper than the D70s and D100s, and much cheaper than D1x's and D2's and on and on...
So I'm wondering if the D1 still holds it's own today. Honestly for the price the camera is going at, I can forgive all of the general short comings of digital, so the only thing I'm worried about is if the level of technology in the camera is still sufficient. I know the camera isn't that old and it can take brilliant pictures but are there any of you left you haven't moved onto newer and better bodies and are sticking with your reliable D1s? Also, how's the weather sealing on this bad boy?
#1. "RE: Would a D1 be a worthy investment today?" | In response to Reply # 0surfography Registered since 23rd Sep 2004Fri 01-Oct-04 05:44 PM
I just bought a used D1 and have been using a fuji S2 pro for a year now. I spent the first decade of my career shooting 35mm and medium format films and then began to see the benefits of going digital after talking with many local pros. (I wish I would have known about nikonians back then.)The D1 is a good camera if you have some basic computer skills. I only shoot mine in RAW mode and then I interpolate the files up to a larger size using photoshop CS. When it first came out it was a good enough camera to wow the pros into going all digital including the famous Jay Maisel. I would feel confident enlarging files made with a D1 up to 8x10 maybe 11x14 for some subjects. The autofocus and performance speed of the D1 rocks compared to my fuji which is based on the amateur N-80 body. I guess it depends on what type of work you want to pursue. The D1 is not good enough to do high level advertising or billboards but I shoot alot of corporate events and headshots and its superb for that type of work. Check KEH.com also, they usually have a few in stock. The weatherproofing is like all pro Nikons and the build quality is great. I can shoot most jobs with my D1, but I grab the 6-12MP fuji when I know that the file will be used for large reproductions. Forget about the film cameras many of my clients are used to the fast turnaround and ease of dropping a digital file when and where they need it. Digital takes so much work out of the process when you avoid film and processing costs and it allows you complete control over your finished product. You also save your clients time and money by eliminating the need for scans from your film.Good luck in whatever choice you make.
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#2. "RE: Would a D1 be a worthy investment today?" | In response to Reply # 1The Edge Registered since 30th Oct 2003Wed 06-Oct-04 07:14 AM
The thing to remember is that while the tecnology of newer camera will improve, the pictures that the camera takes won't get any worse!
The D1 has a couple of quirks, and a less logical user interface than the newer bodies but still takes a great photo and is probably still capable of outshooting just about any compact on the market today.
I got one instead of a D100 because i needed the build quality and i haven't been disappointed!