It was my first pro digital camera- definitely set me apart at weddings with the quality of the images. I now use it as the backup for my D2x. Have no plans to continue on the path of $5000. cameras. None of my clients would ever see a difference on this next generation and frankly neither would I.
>It was my first pro digital camera- definitely set me apart >at weddings with the quality of the images.
Do you think one can get away with a D1x for weddings today? I ask because I am interested in assisting and leanring on the job. This was actually one of my motivations for buying the D1x, as the D1H is a bit low in res for such applications, imho. More than half of the photos in a book I have on wedding photojournalism were done with D1x cameras, but the book is several years old. Color photos at base ISO and black and white conversions at higher ISOs look amazing with this camera.
It seems like only yesterday that I was using the D1X (not several years old please!) Most wedding clients will not care what equipment you use but how you do in your relationships with them and if you capture the wedding emotion, activities and their family and friends. However, once you start to print the images they will care. The D1x can print up to 16x20 without the aid of additional software, colors are great, the auto focus is one of the best- the D!X does have a tendency to overexpose so you can set the custom menu to expose under 1/2 a stop to compensate. I learned along time ago that your glass will be hugely important so don't go cheap- 2.8 is best here. Good luck if you do make leap- please don't wear a hawaiian shirt and charge $200. including album- it will make the rest of us look bad!
I regularly use mine, as I have posted before. I think I have the battery 'problem' solved:
I just got hold of a fellow who is willing to do Lion conversions to the battery pack. I sent one in, and he will replace the core with spring tensioned slots that will hold 2 Lion batteries, and he is including the batteries and charger in the deal. It will be very convenient to carry a couple of sets of rubber banded batteries in my pocket, rather than extra battery packs. I also like the fact that they will hold their charge over time, negating the necessity of recharging every week or so.
When I get the pack back, I'll let the folks here know how it turned out. His price seemed VERY reasonable, but I will reserve judgment until I see the finished product. If it is as good as I think it will be, I will post his contact information for everyone to use.
Hello, I still use my D1x as well as my Kodak DCS 760. Love them both a lot more than my D2Xs. Problem with each is that the battery does not hold a charge for more than a day. I can take quite a number of photos on one particular battery for each, though must be on the same day as charged other wise the battery icons just blink, everything lit up in the viewfinder, just won't fire the shutter. Recently purchased the last available brand new one( probably six years old) off the shelf at Michael's in Melbourne, Australia. Don't know how it will go! Saving it till the other's stop. Will have to se if someone is doing those Li ion replacements over here in Australia. Love the image quality both camera's give. The image seems smoother and color saturation better than on the D2Xs even though I shoot all at approximately -0.7ev. Have not tried printing anything larger than 8"x12" at the local lab. May buy a printer to try out actual image quality with larger prints, though not sure which printer to buy for best quality. Hopefully they both keep going for a long time. I just love taking pictures with them. Kind regards Peter
Thu 13-Aug-09 12:36 AM | edited Thu 13-Aug-09 12:37 AM by ZoneV
These batts were designed to be used several times a week, for very short cycles, with deep discharging only every ten cycles or so. They also must be broken in the first time via the 3x method of conditioning. They won't last as long if you constantly run them dead, if you store them discharged, if you top them off after an extended period of storage, if you fail to condition them at the beginning, if you fail to refresh them often enough, or if you refresh them too often.
I think a lot of it depends upon your usage habits. These NiMh batts are desinged to be stored in the fully charged state, recharged without being completely drained (eg as soon as possible), refreshed once every 10 charges or once per month (whichever comes first), and charged/used as frequently as possible.
Personally, I now recharge the batteries immediately after each use, and then store them. They seem to hold their charge for a couple of weeks. I have not have good luck recharging prior to use. In addition, I no longer run my batteries until they are dead. Instead, I swap batteries as often as possible and try to recharge them when they are only partially drained. I only refresh them when it's been a long time (over a month or two) or when I first notice that they aren't heating up as much in the second half of the charge cycle. I mark with tally marks and dates on each battery every time I charge or refresh it.
B&H has plenty of EN-4 packs in stock. And there are plenty of aftermarket batteries avilable from other sources online that cost far less and arguably are better.
I have two D1X's with buffer upgrades and I absolutely love them! I also have two D200's and I have toyed with the idea of selling both D1Xs and one D200, but I can't bring myself to doing it! The images I still get from the D1X's are fantastic!
>I have two D1X's with buffer upgrades and I absolutely love >them! I also have two D200's and I have toyed with the idea of >selling both D1Xs and one D200, but I can't bring myself to >doing it! The images I still get from the D1X's are fantastic!
how can I tell if mine has a buffer upgrade? I bought it used a while back >
Shoot a picture, bring the picture on the display and scroll the data pages. On one of the capture data pages the firmware version is listed. If the firmware is 1.01 or 1.10 the you don't have the buffer upgrade. If the firmware is 5.xx then you do.
By the way, if you don't have the buffer and have the older 1.01 FW, I recommend having it upgraded by Nikon. It is worth it for the increased write speed alone. I got it done by Nikon Finland free of charge, I only had to pay the postage a month ago when I got mine.
I think I am a bit Luddite... I also have a D2x, a D3x and a D40x... there's a pattern.