I've thought about making the leap to digital for quite some time, but besides the fact that I do not have a money tree growing in my backyard, I'm afraid that my photography habits make the digital option an unsuitable one for me. I currently use an FM2n with AIS lenses, and besides the everyday shooting around the city or vacation shots, I regularly take my FM2n on hikes in the mountains in winter. I never have to think twice about shooting in the snow or rain, which I do often. I take pictures of waterfalls in the winter and have had my camera coated in frozen mist - I've dropped it in the snow, skidded it across the ice, and let it sit exposed on a tripod while old man winter throws everything he's got at it. This is what I bought the FM2n for - now the obvious question is, to what degree can a digital SLR withstand winter weather punishment. I don't expect to be able to use a D100 to hammer in nails or survive a drop into a 100ft ice cascade, but it would be comforting to hear about some nature photographers who take their DSLRs into the elements and don't feel the need to restrict their adventurism in order to protect their equipment.
#1. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 0Mike777 Registered since 16th Sep 2002Mon 09-Dec-02 06:28 PM
I got my D100 yesterday and I must say the camera exceeds my expectations.
However, my opinion is that it would not be suitable for what you want. It is not water proof and the manual states 'Do not drop. Product may malfunction if subjected to strong shocks or vibration'.
Also, if you are not too much of a computer user then you will have a steep learning curve that might wear thin.
I'm not trying to put you off but as good as digital is for most people I don't think it would suit everyone.
I'm interested to see other opinions.
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#7. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 1nick p Registered since 28th Jun 2002Wed 16-Jan-08 12:07 PM
i've had my d100 for a couple of months now and i have taken it everywhere. i keep the camera in a pelican case for transport and to put it in if it gets too nasty out. mine has gotten rained on some and recently took a trip to the niagara river gorge in 20-25 degree weather and the camera performed as well as ever. you must keep your spare batteries warm in an inside pocket but i shot 125 photos with the battery that was in and it never showed a loss. i certainly would not leave it out in the rain for long but with a little care i believe it will be with me for a long time. i hope that helps.
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#2. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have a D100 and D1. Based on the way the two cameras feel, there are ways I handle the D1 that I wouldn't dream of with the D100.
That being said, I've shot six races this year with my D100. Despite my efforts to take very good care of it compared to the D1, it has been bumped around some, and fell to the ground from about two feet one day when I failed to properly attached to a lens that was sitting vertically on the ground. The camera has continued to perform perfectly.
The most conservative approach for you would be a D1X or D1H, but that's just my opinion.
#4. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 3Mon 09-Dec-02 10:29 PM
>how bout just buy a good quality scanner?...
Yes, well that's what I've done for now. I get exceptional results from Fuji Velvia or Provia and a 105/2.5 which I don't expect digital technology to match just yet. Then I scan them in on my film scanner - but I think I should have invested in a higher quality scanner to minimize the image degradation I get from introducing another generation of reproduction at the scanner level. I imagine that given equivalent equipment, going straight from lens to CCD would be better than going from lens to slide to CCD. Also, the priceless convenience of being able to shot, instantly judge the results, reshoot, etc. etc. on the spot without having to develop the film or be conscious of how much film I am wasting is very appealing. I can't count the times that I've gotten my slides back and thought to myself "oh, if only I had known it would come out like this, I would used this filter, or shot at this speed" or whatever. If I were an ace photographer, that would never happen, but I'm not, and it's typically very hard to hike back into the badlands to reshoot.
Unfortunately, from what people have advised so far, I'm coming to the conclusion that I should not get a D100 given how I subject my equipment to punishment. After all, one of my favorite things to do is let my camera and AIS lenses get ridiculously cold in the snow, then tuck them into my insulated bag, drive home and warm up indoors, then pull out the camera to find that it is still feels below the freezing point (Especially fun and dramatic to press the cold metal against the exposed skin of an unsuspecting traveling companion). If I had to worry about condensation on electronics, I'd miss out on all that fun.
#5. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 4BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 09-Dec-02 10:52 PM
I think you're right. Also consider the vulnerability of Microdrives (the reasonble cost alternative to big CF cards) and the very different situation with battery dependence.
Don't overestimate what having an LCD does for you. The histogram can be helpful, but an LCD is not an effective tool to judge a shot. Bracketing is just as smart for digital shooting as it is for shooting slide film.
But for what it's worth, raw photos from my S2 look better printed at 12x18 than Velvia scans at 4000 ppi. Better color, about the same detail, but the lack of noise and grain makes the print look like it came from a large format scan. Very impressive. Now if the darn thing didn't have a 1.5 crop factor...
#6. "RE: D100 - tough enough?" | In response to Reply # 5Tue 10-Dec-02 05:43 PM
>scan. Very impressive. Now if the darn thing didn't have a
>1.5 crop factor...
Yes, well that's one of the things holding me back. I shot more at the wide angle than the telephoto. Here are the things I'm waiting for:
No crop factor
Body that meters with AIS lenses
Mirror Lock up
Magnesium Alloy chasis like the F100
Price tag under $1500
Looks like I'll be waiting a long time. Or forever