Is it o.k. to get a D100 now or would it be wiser to wait for some time ? Any news/gossip about Nikon coming out with a better (and possibly cheaper) digital SLR, one which may not have the *problems* that Nikonians talk of? Any news/views welcome. Thanks.
#1. "RE: D100 now or wait ?" | In response to Reply # 0guyb Registered since 11th Apr 2002Sat 25-Jan-03 12:36 AM
I have tried hard to replicate the problems others talk about concerning the D100. I have come to the conclusion that either there quality control is off or the problem is user oriented. Neither of these "problems" would necessarily be fixed in waiting longer.
If you have the money, and its 6 megapixel size are good enough for you, I would get the D100. To help your qualms about waiting I would say look at the history of computers and digital cameras. The number of transistors on a chip doubles every 18 months--Moore's Law. Yes, there will be a better camera before too long. However, that will always be true. The D100 has already received a version upgrade to its firmware. I would say that now is a good time.
#2. "RE: D100 now or wait ?" | In response to Reply # 1walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Sat 25-Jan-03 12:15 PM
I've come to the same conclusion. Nikon certainly will come out with replacements that are better, but I think I would enjoy the D100's capabilities now. I've put one on hold at a local photo shop.
What drove me to do this? I think the realtime feedback on composition and exposure would be a plus for me. I'm a pretty decent photographer, but the lag time to get slides or prints back slows down the learning process. In addition, I'm scanning a lot of my work these days, and the D100 will shorten that time. Finally, it would be fun to have for family photos, etc. where it's nice to have quick results.
Hesitations? I still like shooting slides for projection, so I may be forced to take two bodies where I previously only took one.
#3. "RE: D100 now or wait ?" | In response to Reply # 2pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Sat 25-Jan-03 02:29 PM
I remember reading/replying your post in Fuji S2 forum ;Dec 2002; asking comment about buying S2 or D100.
Now, 'a year' has gone by, and you still asking D100 or wait?
For quick response: How much is your budget for that? Because the next body will be much much expensive than D100. There is a prediction --once again-- a prediction of lower quality D65 based on F65 body. But it's just rumours. Just like me waiting for D2 or D2X. In the meantime my D100 havealready made me neglect my F5.
Buy now, or you just standing there, keep asking when to buy.
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#6. "RE: D100 now or wait ?" | In response to Reply # 3Rohinton_Mehta Nikonian since 16th Feb 2002Sat 25-Jan-03 08:10 PM
Thank you friend for reminding me that it sure has been a long wait for me to get the D100. When you earn in dollars, its one thing and when you earn in rupees, its another ball game!!
I work from early morning till late at night (I am sure many do) and when one has to struggle to get the required amount, such negative questions do pop up.
But I guess you are very right. The more I wait, the more oppertunities I lose. And the newer model as and when it comes may be lower quality or more expensive. So, I'll take the plunge. Thank you once again. Thanks to all who have responded.
#4. "You are only delaying some fantastic moments by waiting" | In response to Reply # 0
Look guy - run, don't walk to the camera dealer where you buy your gear. Go ahead and purchase something now. If you get caught in that vicious cycle of, "well, I'm going to wait until the new models will be released, " well then you will consistently be a unhappy camper. Look at what you are missing at the current time - learning moments, family scenarios, special events, scenic shots...and whatever else is occurring. The bottom line is whether you get the D100 or the S2 Pro - both superb instruments in their own rite, you will have something that will last you for years...and it won't become outdated either! And if you feel that you must have the latest equipment when it eventually comes out, do what I do...sell off family members (although I'm now down to having to sell off my remaining pets also). Eventually I will be one lonely son of a gun!
Once you make the purchase, you will feel better about it, and your learning process will begin.
#5. "RE: D100 now or wait ?" | In response to Reply # 0
Just buy it already, you can wait forever, since DSLRs are far from mature yet.
I just received my D100 yesterday, and I am already addicted to it.. it really is an SLR with SLR behaviour (well duh.. still, coming from a 'normal' digicam, the feeling is great).. the instant feedback you have, and the excellent lenses that are waiting to be released is worth it alone...
Now.. I got a hole in my bank account, but I still want that 12-24mm new lense hahaha
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#7. "Why wait..." | In response to Reply # 0
...if the current hardware does what you want? The D100 makes great images RIGHT NOW. I've had mine since the first units arrived in the U.S., and I anticipate using it for years to come. I also have an Olympus C3040Z compact digital that I also like very much. It is certainly dated technology these days--you can get far more for the money now--but my 3040Z still takes pictures of the same quality as when I bought it. For what I use it for (garden documentation, people photos and grab shots when I don't want to carry the D100) it is perfect, and I don't feel compelled to upgrade it or lament over what I paid for it.
Bottom line...there is no "best" time to jump in to digital SLRs, just like there is no "best" time to buy a computer. The D100 makes beautiful images that you can enlarge to 11x15 with high quality. And since electrons are so much cheaper than film, you can gain experience and improve your photography very quickly with a digital SLR. If this fills the bill, join in! (Although the "bill" may empty your pocket ) I haven't regretted my choice, and even if a 12 Mpixel camera comes out tomorrow and sells for the same price a D100, my camera will still continue to make terrific images.