Call me daft but I've just purchased a used D2h that will replace my D80.
I seldom crop and I don't shoot wildlife so the 10 MP sensor is not a priority for me. Quite honestly, I'd have liked the D80 better if they offered it with a 6 MP option.
I shoot scenics around water quite a bit and I also shoot pooches for hire. Not traditional canine portraiture, but active captures while doing that which dogs do best - running around making idiots of themselves!
I use mostly non-AF-S primes and I'm after the faster and more accurate focussing of the D2 body for the dog work.
The body has 20K clicks on it, and comes with three batteries (all level 1), and a Magic Lantern guide which I'm sure I'll need!
The body was cleaned and had the metre replaced a few months ago. Its supposed to be in excellent condition so hopefully I've spent my $1000 wisely. I'll know by the end of the week when I receive it.
If the D2H fills my needs better than the D80 then I'll have to market that camera as I can't afford to keep both.
I'm really looking forward to next weekend! Can't wait to lug around a pro body
The viewfinders are one of the main disappointments I've discovered since making the jump from MF film (F3s) to the world of AF and digital photography. Of course, I've no experience with the pro bodies so I'm certainly looking forward to this one!
>>Can't wait to >>lug around a pro body > >Yah, I personally love getting the, "Wow, it must take good >pictures" from the uninitiated.......
Actually, I was speaking tongue-in-cheek regarding the weight of the body as compared to the lighter chassis'.
But, I know what you're saying. People are funny that way. Next time someone lays that line on ya just set your camera down on the ground, stand back, and contemplate it thoughtfully. When they finally get up the wood to ask you what you're doing, just respond with, "I'm waiting for it to take one of those good pictures!"
I believe I know what you mean. I've now had the D2H in possession for 24 hours and it feels like an old friend. They couldn't have made this body a better fit for me if they'd tried! The D80 is a great camera but never felt anywhere near as good as this old beast does.
Now I just have to figure out how to use the thing. In my excitement, I stuffed a card in it and fired her up without changing any settings. The camera was still programmed to the previous owner. Imagine my surprise when, after taking a couple of snaps around the house, the D2H takes on a life of its own focusing and releasing at will while hanging around my neck! Got some great captures of my feet and the floor!
I'm studying the book now so I can set the camera up for my needs. Boy, do I have a lot to learn!
Before you get too involved in customizing the settings, it might be a good idea to reset the camera back to the factory defaults. I did mine recently, sort of a hard re-boot but to clean things up (probably did more harm than good in my case )
I had to do 5 or 6 resets...
1) the two button reset with the green dots on the top of the camera. That is a very limited reset of shooting options only, I think.
2) Possibly a separate reset from the shooting menu (could be redundant to #1)
3) Reset each of the 4 custom function banks.
There may be an easier way and I think there is some sort of hard reset that Thom Hogan discussed in his book, but I didn't want to go there.
Obviously I am not up on the nuances of reseting the camera; someone else may know an easier way, but the point being that the menus are very extensive, there are 4 sets of them and who knows what bizarre settings the prior owner changed (by accident or design).
I have had my first D2H for a mere 2 weeks now and I can tell you that you are going to absolutely love that camera. The focus is fast and lethal accurate. Viewfinder is superb and the built in vertical grip is nice as well. Nothing about this camera I don't like and I'd be surprised if you didn't feel the same as well. Definitely a step or 2 up from the D70/80/100. And you got yours for a mere $1000? How did you swing that? Paid $1,600 for mine at LN- condition from KEH. I'd have bought one with a lower grade to save money but that was the only one they had at that time that wasn't graded Bargain.
Those aspects are precisely what I'm after in this camera. Good to hear from another new user of this 'obsolete' Tommy gun!
The transaction is with a private gentleman over at FM. He seems like a good guy and has a positive track record. He's provided me with a history of the body and he even called me tonight as he noticed a bit of the rubber lifting at the battery cover. Upon fiddling with it more came loose. He offered to take it in for repair at his expense and immediately and ship afterwards. I'm having him ship it 'as is' since this is a common issue and I'll have to acquire and keep a few spares on hand anyway.
Doing business with other photographers has mostly been a positive experience for me with only one negative that I finally did get resolved with the seller. Speaks well for our vocation/avocation.
Holmes, I had to chuckle when I read your "Tommy Gun" reference because just last night I had that very same thought. Maybe I've seen it referred to as a Tommy Gun before and just simply forgot and thought it was my own last night. Or maybe we're onto something new here....."Nikon D2H; The Tommy Gun of cameras!". LOL
Sounds like you're having good experiences with buying from private owners. I'll be in the market for a 2nd body around March or so. I may have to look towards the "for sale" threads here at nikonians and FM when it's time to do so. Thanks for the tip!
>You actually own one of these? I don't any guns myself, but >I have always enjoyed shooting. I think that would be a >"blast" to fire off a clip from that Tommy gun of yours!
Yes, I've had it for nearly thirty years now. Used to have an FFL back in the days before all the politically correct silliness. Just a recreational shooter now who enjoys esoteric arms. I've a 500 Nitro Express also.... you never know when you may run into a rogue Tyrannosaurus rex
I'll have to take a nice creative shot of the two 'Tommy' guns together and post it for ya!
>Greetings, > >Call me daft but I've just purchased a used D2h that will >replace my D80. > >I seldom crop and I don't shoot wildlife so the 10 MP sensor >is not a priority for me. Quite honestly, I'd have liked >the D80 better if they offered it with a 6 MP option. > >I shoot scenics around water quite a bit and I also shoot >pooches for hire. Not traditional canine portraiture, but >active captures while doing that which dogs do best - >running around making idiots of themselves! > >I use mostly non-AF-S primes and I'm after the faster and >more accurate focussing of the D2 body for the dog work. > >The body has 20K clicks on it, and comes with three >batteries (all level 1), and a Magic Lantern guide which I'm >sure I'll need! > >The body was cleaned and had the metre replaced a few months >ago. Its supposed to be in excellent condition so hopefully >I've spent my $1000 wisely. I'll know by the end of the >week when I receive it. > >If the D2H fills my needs better than the D80 then I'll have >to market that camera as I can't afford to keep both. > >I'm really looking forward to next weekend! Can't wait to >lug around a pro body
So ... can I have the D80? I'll cover the shipping! }>
>>So ... can I have the D80? I'll cover the shipping! }> >> >>regards >>Mike Parker > >Sure.... but the shipping is a wee bit steep at $825
You might wish you had kept the D80 if you sell it, so I'd encourage you to consider keeping it for times when the higher pixel count would be useful. I added a D2H to my group of two D1x bodies and two D70 bodies purely for the frame rate (birds in flight, etc.).
I understand what you're saying but will probably wait for a D40 body when they become available separately. If Nikon doesn't do that I may get another D50 just for the high ISO performance and the nice raw file size. 10MP is just more than I need as an amateur shutterbug.
If I shot more wildlife then I'd surely want that big file for cropping and such.
I've been shooting a D2H for almost 2 years now. I think at about $1000, which seems to be the going price blind on ebay, it is the greatest bargain going. Where else can you get a pro body for $1,000?
I'm surprised more people don't scarf these up.
You did much better buying privately, of course. Ebay is always a dice roll.
After you do some 5-8fps shooting you will understand why 4mpx ain't so bad afterall
I've thought about a D200 in cases where I need to crop a lot out but I can't bear the thought of all those 10mb files. Ditto the D2x if it were in the budget, plus I don't think I would like the cropped frame mode thing. If I had an x I would still keep the h for 8fps, I think.
I shoot a D70 as a 2nd body to keep two lenses ready. It's tough to go backwards
I'm counting the minutes - Friday by 1630 hours is the time of joy according to the FedEx site.
I can relate to the file size issue. That is my biggest negative with the D80. I sold one D80 and the other is still sealed NIB and I'm probably going to turn it into a D40 body (whenever its available separately), and an 18-70 Nikkor. If and when Nikon does an AF-S 35/2 that will go on the diminutive little Nikon body. Should make for a great point 'n shoot!