I've been thinking about making jump from film to digital. I've been looking around and found a few used D1's for around $2500, but Nikon has thrown another option for me, the new D100. I'm still waiting for a actual price on the camera, but now what do I do? Do I wait and see how much the D100 is, or do I invest in a D1. I'd rather not spend more than $3000, because for the money I save from buying the D1h or x, I could invest in some glass...Please help!
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#1. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberTue 26-Feb-02 01:42 AM
It's not going to be that long. Read this:
I think it would be worth it to wait for the D100 and get a new one for not much more.
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#2. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 1LucVN Basic MemberTue 26-Feb-02 05:08 AM
Going digital will be like with PC's & IT in general:
Always look at the last commercialised...
Did you know that Canon stopped with D30? Now replaced with D60.
It is in french, but it's here (middle of the page): http://www.photim.com/Infos/UneInfo.asp?N=557
If you go digital, go for the latest technology
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#3. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 2Paul K Basic MemberTue 26-Feb-02 07:40 AM
It's interesting you mention the Canon D60, Luc.
On DPreview there has started a heated discussion
about the fact that Canon has used the older body of the D30, with only minor modifications, to upgrade to the D60, basically by only changing the chip and not really upgrading AF, one of the major complaints on the D30, and other features that with electronic camera's become outdated so fast.
Rumor has it that Canon made this move in its hurry to draw some of the attention from the introduction of the D100. Fact is that by using the older body, they are able to put the D60 faster on the market that Nikon will do with the D100.
Pricewise though the body is very interesting,
and may force Nikon to keep the price of the F100 on a lower level too.
Aren't we lucky there's such rivalry in this part of the market?
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#5. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 3AlanC Basic MemberTue 26-Feb-02 04:44 PM
>...the fact that Canon has used the older body of the
>D30, with only minor modifications, to upgrade to the D60...
Don't forget this is exactly what Nikon did with the D1x/h. Minor changes (like re-labelling a couple of buttons) and changing the CCD and associated electronics. Personally I'm not surprised the companies do this: after all they don't redesign their film camera bodies every two years or so.
Mind you, there wasn't much wrong with the D1 body to start with...
#7. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 2spacer Basic MemberWed 27-Feb-02 03:02 PM
>Going digital will be like with PC's & IT in general:
>Always look at the last commercialised...
>If you go digital, go for the latest technology
>The Belgian Nikonian
I agree and at the same time I am afraid digital camera pricing strategy will be the same as in the computer business.
The price will not come down that much. They simply replace a model with an upgraded one at the same price range. You will always pay the same, something like $ 3000 - $ 5000.
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#6. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 0
This depends on how soon you want the camera. If you're prepared to wait then I'd say hold off making a decision until you can see some samples from the D100. Assuming everything is OK here then you'll still be waiting until June or July - and possibly longer given the initial feeding frenzy which seems likely.
The other question to ask is whether the D1 has any features of particular value to you - such as the higher frame rate or more rugged construction.
#8. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 6jtzim Basic MemberWed 27-Feb-02 11:15 PM
I wouldn't take out a loan for that D100 just yet. In February 2000 Nikon announced that the 80-400 VR would be available in the summer of 2000, but it didn't make it to dealers until November of that year (at least in Canada). Like the D100, it also made its debut at the PMA show that year, but many nikon users (including me) waited impatiently for months for its arrival after we had put in our orders.
I'm planning on buying a D100 at some point as well, but am holding off on the purchase for now until I've saved up the $$, until others have beta tested the product, and hopefully until the price drops a bit. I'm thinking spring 2003.
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#9. "RE: Now What?" | In response to Reply # 8