I take pictures for a newspaper (a little one) and I am about to go digital.
I have visited several camera stores in Perth WA and none mentioned the D100, which is a little alarming as i was told all that was available was the D1x or D1H. (resulted in passing out usually on hearing the price)
I love my F100 to death, but I tried the D1H and was blown away.
On the other hand the resolution of the D1X sounds awesome!
Now there is the d100 in the wind.
Rationalising the $13,000 Aust cost of the D1X (package with sb-28x) is hard.
Help me please.
ps. 1.5 times on my lens is great.
but does any one know how one can still take a 28 pic, one of my favourites.
#1. "RE: Wot to buy? D1x, D1H, or D100" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberWed 27-Mar-02 07:59 PM
Remember that the D1x/h are professional cameras, with all that entails: excellent build quality, durability and consistency of results but also large and heavy. The D100 is the first "prosumer" digital SLR from Nikon: smaller, lighter, but with less sophisticated autofocus and exposure systems and a lower maximum frame rate. It's exactly like comparing the F5 or F100 to the F80: the D1x/h are effectively hybrids of the F5 and F100 while the D100 is based on the F80.
For newspaper use, do you actually need the higher resolution of the D1x or D100? If not, the D1h is considerably cheaper and has a higher maximum frame rate and larger buffer which allows you to take up to 40 shots in rapid succession before you need to wait for the camera to write them to the memory card.
The D100 won't be available until June/July, and initial demand seems likely to be high since a number of companies have already been accepting pre-orders for the camera. There's also the issue that it is a brand new camera, while the D1x/h represent the second generation of the D1 series and as such have made some worthwhile improvements over the original D1.
If the cost is a serious issue you might like to consider a second hand D1.
Oh, and getting the 28mm equivalent is easy - you just need an 18.666mm lens... The 17-35mm or 18-35mm zooms would do this nicely for you. While they will give you the field of view equivalent, the results won't be exactly the same: you'll get the greater depth of field that goes with the shorter focal length.
#3. "RE: Wot to buy? D1x, D1H, or D100" | In response to Reply # 0
Buy a used D1 in ebay. They go for US$1,800 - US$2,200. For a newspaper, the resolution is way more than you will need anyway. Why spend a ton on a D100 or D1x? I have bought most of my stuff on ebay and it has all been great. I would definately buy a D100 camera there if there were any!
#4. "RE: Wot to buy? D1x, D1H, or D100" | In response to Reply # 3AlanC Basic MemberSat 06-Apr-02 04:48 PM
Bluntly, I'd advise extreme caution if you look to buy a D1 via EBay since there have been a large number of scams involving these cameras. Make sure the seller has a good record and plenty of previous satisfied customers: if it's their first sale, don't touch it.
#5. "RE: Wot to buy? D1x, D1H, or D100" | In response to Reply # 0
>I take pictures for a newspaper (a little one) and I am
>about to go digital.
>I have visited several camera stores in Perth WA
I'm from Perth also, living in the UK for 12 months at the mo.
Did you check out Camera Electronics in North Perth?, I get most of my Nikon stuff from them.
BTW: they were doing very good prices on new F100's (Note: F100 not D100)
>mentioned the D100, which is a little alarming as i was told
>all that was available was the D1x or D1H. (resulted in
>passing out usually on hearing the price)
Its not out yet thats why, If it were me I'd hold off till its out if only to see if it pushes the used price of the original D1 down some.
>I love my F100 to death, but I tried the D1H and was blown
>away. On the other hand the resolution of the D1X sounds awesome!
>Now there is the d100 in the wind.
>Rationalising the $13,000 Aust cost of the D1X (package with
>sb-28x) is hard.
Should be a bit less than $13,000 ....Maxwells the Aust Nikon agent has the D1x (kit?) listed at 12,159.00 (rec retail) and I've found just about every retailer can do a bit better than that. Also think of a weekend trip to Bali .... A Duty free 10% GST savings is not to be sniffed at when we are talking that sort of money (best check on that but, there maybe a $$ limit I dont know about)
>Help me please.
>ps. 1.5 times on my lens is great.
>but does any one know how one can still take a 28 pic, one
>of my favourites.
28 pic ?? ... sorry you have lost me there.
BTW: Camera Electronics rent the D1 camera, check there web site for details