After much research I decided to get the D100 (and keep my F100). I have now had it two days and couldn't be more pleased. None of the problems that people have been talking about are apparent to me, especially the underexposure. I find that with and without flash, the exposures are spot on (in fact I like the flash underexposed like on my F100). The color temperature selection seems straight forward and easy to use. You can immediately see after taking a photo if the color temp. is right. In any case it can be changed afterwards with Capture 3.5 which I downloaded. I was prepared for lots of hassles and difficulties getting good pictures but have been very pleasantly surprised. Perhaps Nikon has changed settings in the camera; mine came loaded with Firmware 2.
I have been using a Coolscan IV for about a year so digital imagining is not new to me. My initial impression is that the raw format pictures from the D100 are better than the scans from the Coolscan. I'm going to do some accurate comparisons to make a final call.
So if anyone is hesitating to buy a D100 I would say go ahead and enter a whole new world of instant feedback and enjoyment.
#1. "RE: Thrilled with my new D100" | In response to Reply # 0fundy Registered since 13th Nov 2002Sat 14-Dec-02 02:32 AM
I had the same impression with mine. I think that with the new models, the underexposure problem is a thing of the past.
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#2. "RE: Thrilled with my new D100" | In response to Reply # 1Mike777 Registered since 16th Sep 2002Sun 15-Dec-02 04:14 PM
I second and third that. My D100 is a week old now and I have not had any problems with exposure or with the infamous 'magenta' skin tones.
Interestingly, I took a dozen prints to a Royal Photographic Society meeting today and no one could pick out the one pic that came straight out of the D100. Almost all of them assumed that it was a print from a slide. Colour, contrast, exposure etc are spot on.
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#3. "Great Expectation" | In response to Reply # 2pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Mon 16-Dec-02 07:46 AM
I believe the D100 using firmware 2.00 world wide is the same camera and same result. ( of course there will be minor defected cameras that should be taken back to Nikon )
Some people satisfied some people don't. For me it's just the matter of expectation. If your expectation high and the result is not that high you'll be dissapointed and vice versa.
I do satisfied with my D100 altough I have to spare time for photoshop thing. Sharpening, Saving from NEF to TIF, etc.
Just for intermezzo;
Yesterday I took a wedding photos with my trusty F5 (who's been in the camera cabinet for long) and my fave D100 (equipped with MB D100)
When I hold the F5, it felt like the real camera. The AF is slightly faster.
Is it means I have to upgrade to D1X?
It doesn't mean I don't love my D100. The price is sooo worth it.
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#5. "RE: Great Expectation" | In response to Reply # 3ojm_webf1_com Registered since 03rd Dec 2002Mon 16-Dec-02 12:57 PM
I've had my camera for almost 2 months now (Oct 22nd.) The first pictures I took were underexposed and I immediatly took to the news groups to find the answer. And, well you can read all that. However, much of the underexposure I suffered back then was my fault. Here are 3 expamples of recent pictures which have not had any modification done with exception of sharpening since I always have that off in my camera.
I have not upgraded my camera to Firmware 2.0
#6. "RE: Great Expectation" | In response to Reply # 5Ritimo Registered since 07th Aug 2002Mon 16-Dec-02 02:30 PM
I to have not upgraded to firmware 2.0 and I am getting Great pictures from my D100. After much reading I also found out that it was user error. I especillay appreciate the help from Digital Darrell and Alan on this forum. I have been getting prints from wal-mart which uses the fuji frontier machine and the output is just spectacular. I have never had such control over my photographs with film as I do with the D100. I could not be more pleased with my D100. I also am not having any problems with the sb80dx.
#7. "RE: Thrilled with my new D100" | In response to Reply # 4