D100 or not...Educate me please.
Ok folks, I am thinking abotu making the leap and trading in my F100 body for the D100. Before I do this, I have a few questions...
1) Are people still having a problem with flash underexposure? If so, what can or has been done to fix this?
2) Can someone explain the memory buffer issue? I know the D100 has a smaller buffer than the d1x/h and I cannot be sure of this is an issue or not. I shoot some sports and a lot of single shots of people. I'll probablybe shooting fine JPEGS or the occcasional NEF/RAW image, but I'm not running in the 3 fps mode very often, so is the buffer issue a concern? If I take a few photos within a period of say 5 minutes, does the buffer empty itself or is there a time when the camera is unusable because the buffer is being "written" to the card?
3) Given the impending release of a new high-end Nikon DSLR, is the D1x at $3500 (eventually) a better deal? Should I be concerned about a potential replacement for the d100 arriving next summer?
Thanks for all of your help folks!
Bob, the Baltimore Nikonian
#1. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 0pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Tue 10-Dec-02 01:45 PM
2. if you shoot Large Fine JPGs the buffer is fine. if you shoot Raw you can shoot 4 raws in a row and then wait about 11 second for the next one. (1GB microdrive) or you can shot like one shot every 6 seconds and you'll be fine.
3. nobody knows the future, except top management at Nikon, Fuji, Kodak
so far the better deal has to deal with better bucks.
If you can afford it, go for D1X.
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#2. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 1Mike777 Registered since 16th Sep 2002Tue 10-Dec-02 02:33 PM
I agree, who knows whats coming. I met a well known photo pro here in the UK a few weeks ago and he shoots most of his pictures on a FujiS1. He doesn't see the point in upgrading to 6MP camera so I think it's what you get used to.
My view is that DSLR are more than good enough already for most photography so future models will just have more features/bigger buffer faster write speed etc. I think the advances will be in software more than hardware. But what do I know. I've got a D100 and it is going to serve me well for many years.
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#3. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 0
FYI, I believe the reason more haven't responded to this thread is that quite a few readers have posted threads along the lines of what you are asking.
Let me just say that I believe that there are enough unit-to-unit D100 inconsistencies that you should try the camera first - if possible. I know that I had one of the earlier units and mine underexposes quite consistently, and many others have vehemently complained about this scenario on this and other forums. Yet, there have been those who have reported great exposures with theirs - so go figure! I've learned to offset my underexposure scenario by not relying solely on the camera's built-in matrix metering. I reinforce my photography sessions by using spot metering variations, incident metering, and the use of custom tone curves that you can upload into the camera via Nikon Capture - which is fantastic by the way!!
But I was fortunate also to have purchased the Fuji S2 Pro a few months after purchasing the D100. Although I use both cameras, I tend to reach for the Fuji more often than not anymore. My Fuji unit is giving me fantastic exposures right out of the camera - at least when compared with the D100. But I've learned how to use the D100 using the methods described above and it can do wonders for a photograph. Of course, there are other variables involved also...like using a good lens, using a tripod or monopod, understanding exposure principles and what the camera light meter will do in a certain scenario.
The bottom line is that the time is NOW for jumping into Digital. A 6 MP camera is the way to go. If someone were to ask me which camera I would purchase if I had to do over again, I would have to honestly say that I'd dish out the extra several hundred dollars just for the S2 Pro - but that's just my opinion. I view the S2 as just another Nikon Product...that Fuji happened to tinker with.
As an aside, I took some photos today with the D100 using a custom tone curve and they turned out great!!!
#4. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 3fundy Registered since 13th Nov 2002Sun 15-Dec-02 12:18 PM
The only things I have to add are these:
1) it seems that people who have bought the newer D100s with firmware 2.0 installed have had no problems with underexposure. It is good right out of the box. The only problem I have it it is a little undersaturated and a little low on the red for my tastes.
2) Battery. The battery on the D100 kicks butt compared to the S2, absolutely no comparison. Charge it and it will shoot over 1000 shots before you need a recharge. I have only charged mine twice in the month I have owned it.
For a comparison, though, check out http://www.bythom.com
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#5. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 4benherrmann Registered since 17th Aug 2002Sun 15-Dec-02 12:40 PM
The D100 battery scenario rules - that's a given. However, I've managed to get around 500 - 600 photos in my S2 prior to recharging batteries or replacing the CR123's. That's really not bad at all. But again, both cameras rule.
You're right about the newer D100's - they seem to take better photographs right out of the camera - that is, with matrix metering.
You really can't go wrong choosing either one. With the type of photography that I do - which is mostly nature or scenic - I tend to find the S2 Pro better for my color preferences and saturation. I shoot RAW with that unit also. And it should be noted that I have the luxury of owning both units, having experienced both and using them in real world scenarios. Often remarks are directed at another brand from a position of "what they've read," or "according to...," and so forth. Personal experience should be the arbiter of any such scenarios, wouldn't you agree?
#6. "RE: D100 or not...Educate me please." | In response to Reply # 0
See my posting entitled "Thrilled with my new D100" to answer your first question.
I have not used any other digital camera but haven't found anything regarding the D100 that would make me want to look at another one.