I agree with the other comment. The D100 is only, what, 5 or 6 months old.
The chances that Nikon is coming out with something else in the pricerange is extremely slim. This would be contrary to good business practices - they haven't recompensed their research and design costs yet.
That said, I think it is highly likely the D100 with drop $100 or $200 over the spring and summer. They'll have to make it more competitive with some of the competition that is coming out.
My feeling is that this spring we'll see a very expensive FF D2, we'll see the D100 drop in price and maybe in a couple of years we'll see the FF D200 and a D80 in a much cheaper price range. These are just guesses though, but they seem to be in line with what happens in the electronics world.
So, wait for something new in this price range from Nikon? Wait a good long while. Wait for a discount, that's your call.
If you asked me D1x or wait? I'll say WAIT!!! But then the question is D100 or wait? I'll say it loud, GO FOR IT. For the price range 2k, I think D100 is worth it and if not, you'll end up waiting and waiting. Just make sure how much money you want to spend. K14n, is interesting.....
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I took the plunge and got a D100, and am very glad. Already shot over 500 frames in a couple weeks, which translates into (15 rolls x $15) about $225 in film and processing I haven't had to spend.
Actually, I was able to find a high-quality used D100 on B&H Photo. I saved a few hundred bucks, which I think of as credit towards when or if the prices drop. There are so many gadgetheads who upgrade at the drop of a hat, you may be able to find an orphaned D100 looking for a good home.
I'd say it's a good time to buy: the D100 has been around for six months and has gone through a couple of firmware updates that have sorted any initial problems and added some new features, plus the price (at least here in the UK) has dropped somewhat since it was introduced.
I doubt you'll see anything better from Nikon in the same price range for at least a year; the only other camera you might want to consider (unless you're willing to spend a lot more) is the Fuji S2.
The problem with electronic gadgets is that something better comes around the corners just a few months (even less) after it was released. Have a needs assessment and if the D100 fits the need plus a little extra, then go for it.
Sorry to play devil's advocate here, but PMA is in another month, and I would notr be surprised to hear if Nikon has something new to roll out in the CP or D series cameras. This was the big reason Daishi was holding back on the DSLR and went the N80 route. With the rumored Canon EOS Di rumored to be shown there, Nikon to may debut it's rumored $1000.oo DSLR.
But as like everyone else said, if the D100 fits your needs then go for it. The rumored DSLR from Nikon was to be based on the N65 body, or so claimed by a certain regional Nikon rep, I use to work for. Jeff seemed pretty darn certain of a PMA debut. Since i have not seem Jeff since I left CC I'm not sure if t hat's still the plan!
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Let me just say this: Whether you should wait or not depends on why you are asking the question in the first place.
If you would be happy with the features of the D100 and can afford $2000 for a camera body (you can get a lot of fine glass for $2000) I would agree with everybody else and tell you to go for it. If Nikon brings out something new with 6 months to 1 year it isn't likely to compete with the D100.
On the other hand, if the reason you are thinking of waiting is related to issues such as sensor size (the reason that I'm holding off) than I would tell you to wait. The Kodak DCS14 (is that the name) is likely to get cheaper with time and Nikon will have to bring out a pro body with a full size sensor really soon or be left behind.
A tough question, but an easy answer from my own personal perspective. I say: " Go for it!" I was reluctant to part with the money myself a few months ago, but I now look upon it as a revelation. It has truly improved my photography. I loved my F100 ( still do), but I am finding it harder and harder to reach for it anymore unless I *have* to satisfy someone else with a slide. Being able to view your shot immediately and make a change if you want to; viewing the histogram and using it "right now";and shooting wildly without regard to the film and processing costs is VERY seductive. So, in my view, what is time worth? At this stage of my journey in photography,a lot!
It looks like Nikon, Canon, Kodak and Fuji are going to be the only players at the upper end of the DSLR market with Minolta, Pentax, Leica, etc. apparently feeling the costs of development in this war are just not worth the possible rewards. So, with what is out there now, I think the D100 makes sense.
If you shoot slides or neg film, you probably don't print all of them to 8x10 11x14 et al. I love the not having to going thru boxes and boxes of slides, and putting the into slide pages, then filing them. Of course I still shoot slides but that's after I've worked out all the ideas for the shot with a d100. And for most of the publications i do work for, I simply use the D100 image. My only shortfall with the D100 was the lack of wide angle, never the resoultion. So when the 12-24 comes out, I'll probably get that for intereiors, but resolution for my work isn't an issue with the D100. I took the image below for a catalog I'm working on, and a grab shot i took while walking on the beach, of course the d100 can't do everything i need photographically, but it sure does a lot! These shots where taken the same day. vis1