I just got lucky. I have been looking for a decent D1 body for about 6 months. I just enjoy using Nikon's older pro cameras. I'm hoping to use it for UV photography. This sensor has good UV and IR sensitivity.
Well I just received my D1 from KEH this afternoon. It was marked EX for $139 and shipping was free this past weekend when I ordered it. I was a little anxious to see what condition the body was in because just about everything I saw on ebay looked really beat up.
When I opened the box I was amazed. I don't think the camera was ever used. The camera looked brand new, not a mark or scratch or rub or blemish. Even the rear LCD looked new and it even had new neck strap triangles with the plastic protectors. Even the battery charger, AC cable and even the 3rd party EN4 battery were new. The battery was fully charged and the time /date was accurate.
I just happened to have a 1GB IBM Microdrive so I put it in and formated it and then took a few photos. The photos look great. Good color, sharp and fairly low noise photos. I'm thrilled.
Congrats! KEH EX rating is superb. Eventually you will find brassing, rubs and wear as you handle the camera, but it's cosmetic. BGN rating is where things look really beat to heck, but I've bought items in that category and they work like a champ. No complaints, KEH is the only place to go if you want reliable 2nd hand equipment, period.
Nikon D1 - everyone snickers when they think about a DSLR that size and weight and only shoots 2.7MP, but then I show them this photo, and no one believes me until I show them the EXIF.
Nice photo Armando. The only drawback of the 2.7 sensor is you are very limited in how much you can crop. I have also been shooting with the D1H which has a similar 2.7 sensor. I have a couple photos when compared to the same shot using the D3X you would pick the D1H as being sharper. I don't know why except with the same framing the DX photo has greater dof.
The D1 was my first digital camera. Initially I used the lenses from my F4, and then added the AF-S f2.8 zooms as they came along. I guess film taught me to "crop in camera" and I continued that approach with digital. So 2.7 megapixels did not seem that limiting and when I got the D2H with 4 MP I was in heaven.
Thanks! Yep - the D1 does force you to pick the right lens for the right job, no question about it. The higher quality MP sensors have given folks with less than optimal FL a fighting chance to get proper composition in post. What really killed me about the D1 series was the sheer number of NiMH batteries I had to maintain, and the associated workstream of keeping track of charging, conditioning and rotating. I once showed a Six Sigma efficiency black belt my system and he fled in horror. It was a bit of a relief to move on to a D2 and be back in LiON country.
Yes Armando, batteries are a problem with the D1 series. I just bought a new Nikon EN4 from B&H. It was close to the total cost of the D1. I didn't know Nikon still made them but the new one had a date code of 1202 which I think is Feb of 2012. My next newest has a code of 0612 which I think is Dec of 2006. I've had it for a few years for my D1X IR.
I complemented my 1-2 OEM Batts with several Power2000 brand. There's also some Pearstones floating around, they're also reliable. Since they don't have the same "chip" technology in the LiONs to report "life and condition," there's no worries in using them. I did not note any differences in operation or longevity during events. Could save you a bundle.
I bought a Pearstone for my DiH a couple years ago when the original EN4 finally died. It's still fine. I have been looking for another but I don't think they make it anymore. The D1 I just received had a Calumet EN4. I see Calumet still has it in stock for about half the price of the Nikon.
I have a Power2000 spare battery for my D800 but I didn't see any EN4's in stock anywhere.
Armando, After waiting for two weeks for the battery to get shipped, I cancelled the order. I was then notified that the battery was not in stock. I fortunately ordered a Nikon EN4 from Adorama at the same time as the Amazon order. It was delivered two days later. So now I have two spare batteries for my three D1 series bodies.
Len - My first digital camera experience was when I went to Iraq in 2003 as a civilian with the US Army Corps of Engineers team that was sent to restore Iraq's oil industry. I decided (wisely as it turned out) not to take my F5 and lenses. On arrival in Kuwait, I asked of they had any cameras assigned and was told there were a bunch of them in a cabinet -- but nobody knew a thing about them. I got the key, and in there were six (!) brand new D1Xs and sets of three lenses. This was the 5.3mp follow-on to the D1. I sent one to our Basra office, another to Kirkuk and took the rest to Baghdad. I learned the cameras by sitting with the manual in one hand and a camera in my lap. When I got home, my fiancé bought me a D100 for homecoming and although I held onto my F5 for another year, I never shot another frame of film. I got $450 for the F5. In this day of 36mp D800s and DSLR video, we too easily forget that these old warhorses (10 years old is a warhorse?) shot incredible photos. I hope you gain as much enjoyment with your "new" D1 as I have in the last decade with a progression of bodies. And isn't that jet assisted tractor truck that Armando posted a hoot? I'll bet he could get up a hill without downshifting!
I'm fascinated by the transition aspects of what you stated. It must have been very educating for the assigned shooters to move from the Fs to a D1X without manufacturer professional assistance. Presumably they were carrying the then standard 17-35 and 80-200 AFS to document Corps projects?
Ten years is not too old. It's almost amazing to think about, but the D1 debuted in September 1999. Then the refresh rates between models started to shrink and shrink, and here we are today.
Les Shockley later put a pair of J34s on a '57 Chevy flatbed - he called it the "Super Shockwave." Now there's a truck with some serious thrust-to-weight ratio. If you're not careful, the right angle of uphill might get one airborne.
Good story Alan. I bought my first Nikon pro digital body in 2002, a D1H. The camera was amazing. I traded it in for a D1X. That was a dream camera. From there I went to a D2X and then the D3X. I go back from time to time to look at those old photos. I'm still in awe at how good those photos from those cameras are. I got out of the service in 1964. I was the base photographer then. My camera? A Crown Graphic. In 1970 or so I got my first Nikon, a used Photomic FTN. Those were the days.
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>I bought my first Nikon pro digital body in >2002, a D1H. The camera was amazing. I traded it in for a D1X. >That was a dream camera. From there I went to a D2X and then >the D3X. I go back from time to time to look at those old >photos. I'm still in awe at how good those photos from those >cameras are. I got out of the service in 1964. I was the base >photographer then. My camera? A Crown Graphic. In 1970 or so >I got my first Nikon, a used Photomic FTN. Those were the >days.
Back in the early 2000s when I was a high school student, D1 and D1H bodies were standard issue for PJ work at the local city papers, with F100s being used by film shooters, and D1xs by portrait and commercial photographers who used Nikon DSLRs. Some had D100s (and later, D70s) as well. Before that, the F4 was one of the most common newspaper bodies. I was badly hoping for what eventually ended up being the D200 (a true digital F100) to be released ASAP, but I also figured a D1H would meet my needs just as well--if I could afford one somehow. I never used the original D1; PJs advised me to steer clear of it and go for the D1H instead.
Our local town newspaper photographer used the F100 and AFS 80-200/2.8, 300/2.8, 600/4, etc. He later switched to the D1. Our school portrait photographer used the Canon 10D and Sigma lenses (he now uses the Nikon D700). The guys from the next town over shooting for the opposing team's yearbook used the D1x and 70-200 VR. The photographer at the junior prom used the F100. Two other photographers in town were using Olympus E20N cameras. Football and track parents and grandparents were shooting with F4, F100, N80, F2, F3, and later D1 and D100 bodies once they could afford them. I was using an N90s and an F3. I used to look at the prices of the D1H and D1x bodies, and I couldn't wait for them to drop more. In junior year, the D1x was $4600. I finally got my D1H at the very end of my freshman year in college. I still use the D1H and D1x for PJ work. Sometimes they get on my nerves; they're unusable in low light (ISO on the D1x only goes up to 800, and Hi-1 is 1600). (The D200 is no better than the D1H in this regard, either.) But in bright light, they produce fine image quality.
Nice to see that others still pull out a D1 series occasionally. I just bought another D1x. This is the 4th time I've bought one used. I keep 'em for a while and sell them saying that I won't buy another, but I do. I do wish that I had kept the one that had the buffer upgrade! I know the D1 series is ancient in digital terms, but it's still a lot of bang for the buck. I've found that the aftermarket batteries seem to hold up better than the Nikons. It's the only body that I buy aftermarket batteries for. I agree with an earlier poster--I learned to crop in the camera if at all possible. Besides, with Capture NX2, you can get a sort-of 10 megapixel file from the D1x. --Just more pixels one way than the other.