I have been tormenting myself with whether or not to buy a digital camera or jsut purchase a scanner while the technology war in digital imaging levels off. I have determined that the correct camera for me is the D1X but I'm torn aboutbuying old technology some 6-12 months before some 10 megapixel alternative will be out from Nikon. Is the right thing to do buy a scanner? Anyone have experience with them both positive and negative?
#1. "RE: Scanner or digital camera?" | In response to Reply # 0foodle Registered since 24th Jul 2002Mon 11-Nov-02 09:18 PM
>I have determined that the correct camera for me is the D1X but I'm
>torn aboutbuying old technology some 6-12 months before some
>10 megapixel alternative will be out from Nikon.
- How large do you want to print? If you're only going to go upto 11x14 (or even 13x19), the D1x's resolution should be fine. Waiting for higher pixel count sensors will give you more cropping room at the expense of larger files.
- Do you need a full frame CCD? If so, then wait.
It's not important whether the technology is old or new. The only thing that matters is whether it will do the job you need it to do for what you consider a reasonable price.
That being said, a bunch of cameras are coming out in the next few months. The Kodak 14n and Canon 1Ds may put some pressure on Nikon to reduce the D1x/h price. Also, Nikon will most likely announce their new pro DSLR in early 2003. So buying a D1x at the current $4600 (or $3400 used) price may not be wise. Waiting a few months may save you a significant amount of money. So while in general waiting on coming technology is somewhat futile, the next few months are a cusp point for Nikon pro DSLRs. So waiting a _short_ time may lead to a cost savings.
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#2. "RE: Scanner or digital camera?" | In response to Reply # 0gtm Nikonian since 17th Feb 2002Wed 16-Jan-08 12:01 PM
I share your frustration. I currently own both the F100 and F5 and I use the Nikon Coolscan 4000 ED scanner to scan my negatives and slides. I shoot mostly sports like golf,baseball,football, basketball, etc so I love the 8fps the F5 offers. I can scan the negative to 64MB file size and print out as large a print as I want. Since I have an Epson 1280 printer I can only print up to 13 x 19. I get very, very sharp results with the scanner and editing from Photoshop Elements.
I too, want a DSLR, but I want both file size and speed. The D1X and D1H offers both, but not on the same camera.
On the other hand, I would love to shoot a game without having to stop and change rolls of film and view what I have just shot. Soooooo, I too, am eager for a DSLR in my equipment bag.
Here is a scanned shot of my son playing in a golf tournament using the F5.
The Arkansas Nikonian
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