Why did you decide the way you did
I'll be posting a similar question on the "hybrid" forum. I assume that many of you who opted for the D100 at one time thought about the S2. If so, why did you go for the D100, and is there anything about the camera that makes you wish you'd gone with the S2?
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#1. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 0pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Mon 10-Mar-03 03:15 AM
Of course there are some feature that S2 is better and like wise. But if you follow the threads in D100 forum, the D100 is more preferred. (This is D100 forum) Also Ben Herrmann must be tired of replying which one is better (He owns both of them)
I never think of S2, after I bought my D100. I'm always wish I'd gone with D2
TTL issue? Just buy SB80DX. The only good feature in S2 that I need is Firewire. I wish D100 is not USB.
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#2. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 1fundy Registered since 13th Nov 2002Mon 10-Mar-03 10:23 AM
It's a Nikon and the main reason THE BATTERY. The D100 has probably the best battery of any digital camera out there. It lasts forever. Would definitely not want to be stuck with charging and changing 8 or more AAs on a regular basis. I already have to keep track of four for my external flash.
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#3. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 2nick p Registered since 28th Jun 2002Mon 10-Mar-03 10:39 AM
i'm in total agreement with fundy the only reason was the batteries. what century are we in?
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#4. "An entirely different way of asking that old question!" | In response to Reply # 0
I've got to admit, you posted the seemingly redundant requestion of which you like better, "the S2 or the D100," in an entirely different manner.
I have both...and I like both, but as I've mentioned previously, the more I've gotten to learn about the D100, the more I realized that you have a seemingly endless amount of possibilities with that instrument. The more I learned, the more I began using it...even more so than my S2 Pro (which I still love). If you can afford both - then great (nice to have more toys), but if you can only go with one...either one will do. Folks tend to become entrenched with the equipment line they've initially invested in.
The D100 battery scenario is the obvious strong point. I finally - after almost 4 months - recharged my D100 batteries (I have the MBD-100 Optional battery pack). Not so with the S2 Pro that uses two different types of batteries, and you have to recharge far more often (plus buy new CR123 batteries). But the color saturation and color balance scenario of the S2, is in my opinion, superior to the D100. Go figure...
My 2 cents worth - and not much more, 'cause I've addressed this too many times before. Only reason I even jumped into this posting is because of the creativity used in how you posted the question.
#5. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 0
There were two issues that somewhat put me off the S2:
Firstly the interpolation used by the SuperCCD has a slight tendancy to "stair step" on diagonals as they approach the horizontal or vertical. If you look at the sample shot of the school on Steve\'s Digicams you may be able to see what I mean in the power lines against the blue sky; it's certainly not a major problem - it's just something I don't like.
Secondly there's what BJ called the "frankencamera" aspect - the fact that it needs two sets of batteries to operate. The D100 just seemed a neater solution.
In the S2's favour I'd say it does seem capable of resolving more detail than the D100, the JPEG mode generates pictures that are more immediately usable and Fuji officially approve the use of Sensor Swabs for cleaning the CCD.
In practice I think they're both very good cameras, and it's not an easy choice between them.
#8. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 5BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 10-Mar-03 11:54 PM
I'll stick with the Frankencamera battery description, but went ahead and bought the S2 despite this aspect. I don't experience a lot of hassle working with NiMH cells and the CR123s, but I'd certainly prefer having lithium ion cells with their much slower self-discharge rate. I'd also prefer the D100's size, 1/3 stop exposure system, grippy surface material, improved upper deck controls (the lower profile mode dial, for example). I also would like the better histogram plus highlight info. One of my concerns before buying was the modest amount of in-camera sharpening offered for jpeg shooting. In reality, I shoot raw over 90% of the time, so this really shouldn't have been a concern.
Of course, asking why someone chose the D100 in the D100 forum is sure to generate a lot of self-congratulatory comments. I came very close to going with the D100, but still think Nikon's DX flash kludge is a big step backward in TTL performance and system compatibility. On balance, the S2 cost me about the same and I can use both my old TTL Speedlights, saving me upgrade costs. My dad also got one. He's a dive instructor who does underwater shooting. There are no DX capable Nikon-TTL underwater flashes (and no DX ringlights, the DX choices consist of three Speedlight models).
My choice of DSLRs doesn't forever settle the issue of what camera is best for me. If I decide at some time that I would be better off with another camera, it's easy enough to switch — at least between F-mount cameras.
#7. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 0
I went in to my local store with the intention of buying the S2 but luckily they had a D100 as well.
The S2 felt much better in my hand in terms of grip but there is a major issue (for me anyway) with the position of the LCD. Every time I took a pic I would fog up the LCD by breathing through my nose on to it. Not very pleasant I know but I knew that would really aggravate me. It just did not seem to be well positioned.
Secondly it was the battery issue, well documented, but mainly, it was the price. The D100 is very well made (IMO) and the price difference is not justified. I was able to buy the camera, battery grip, Manfrotto tripod and a new SB80DX and still beat the S2 on price. OK, I was in the store 3 hours and who knows what deal I could have got on the S2 with some heavy bargaining but still, the list prices are hundreds apart.
To top it all, Nikon gave me a 1gb microdrive as their Xmas promotion.
I have never regretted it and I can testify that Nikon's service and back up is second to none. Not saying Fuji's isn't good but I rest easy with a Nikon label on my camera. I feel more confident that 5 years from now Nikon will still happily fix my D100 whereas I'm not sure about Fuji, maybe they will but it is not their core business. Nikon don't make digi labs so I'm still not sure why Fuji make DSLR's as good as they may be.
Cheers and hope that helps.
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#9. "RE: Why did you decide the way you did" | In response to Reply # 0
I bought mine because:
1.) it is a Nikon.
2.) The battery life.
3.) This forum. I know there are plenty more D100 users
in here willing to help out if anything comes up.
PS. I personally like the colors my D100 gives me. The picture below has the colors which I saw when I took the shot - that's all I want.
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