Well I want to thank foodle and vfnewman for all of their help in making this purchase, I think the D100 will be a welcomed addition to my bag.
I went down to Central Camera in Chicago at 8:30 AM this morning and picked it up for about 2100 after tax. Talk about a GULP, but hey isn't that what Discover Card's Cash Back Bonus Awards are for
I have it set up the way I like:
Continuous Shutter ISO 200 White Balance Set to Auto Sharpening Set to Off Image Quality Set to Raw Exposure Mode Set to P
Of course there were other settings I toyed with but by now I'm pretty much sure your bored to tears with what I've listed out so far.
Anyhow, my initial impressions were:
1. I can not believe how light it is, especially when compared to my N90S. 2. I can't get over how similar it feels to my old N80. 3. It does Auto Focus rather quickly much faster than my N90S.
Things I Already Don't Like
1. The buffer for continuous shooting being only 6 shots or less. 2. The time it takes to write to the hard drive. 3. Kinda plastic like feel. I'd prefer it to be a bit more tough feeling for lack of a better word. 4. I knew this going into this, but I really don't like the lack of FireWire. It would have been very easy to make things either Fire Wire or USB 2.0. 5. It would have been nice to see an option to shoot in B&W rather than color.
All in all I can't really say just yet if it's worth 2K. In terms of what was out there I certainly am very happy in terms of value, now the pictures will have to do the speaking.
Congratulations on your new D-100. I know you will like it when you finally get used to all the settings.
You mentioned how light it is....I just purchased the MB-D100 battery pack for mine and I have two batteries installed in it. I also have my 28-70-AFS lens attached. It now feels very substantial. (Heavy) It actually feels like my F-5.
Again, congrats on the new D-100. Don't forget to post some of your photos in the pictures forum.
I got my D100 from Central Camera about six weeks ago.
I sincerely hope that you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. As I wrote about the D100 earlier, I found it to be a painful birthing experience learning to get the best out of it, but the end result is very much worth it.
The things you don't like are the exact things that ultimately steered me away from the D100 to the D1X. Of course it left me poorer by over two thousand dollars more than the D100 would have but I am very glad I did it.
...on your new toy. In your list of dislikes, dispense with #4 by purchasing a card reader for your computer. Sandisk's ImageMate for both CF and SM can be had for $17 mail order, and will read your memory cards faster and without draining your camera battery. And of course you can always get monochrome from your color photos in Photoshop, with more flexibility than you could achieve with an in-camera conversion.
The weight of the D100 is relative. While it light compared to and F100, I found it heavy (compared to my N80.) I've been very pleased with my D100. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
Well even still for 2K the least you could give me was FireWire I mean transfering a gig of information from a microdrive is going to be time consuming, I'll be opting for a firewire reader. As for the monochrome in Photoshop, you are absolutely right, but again I come back to for 2,000 it should have been a feature especially since compact digital cameras can do it. I guess you can't have it all, but I'm happy so far. I'll be heading out on Saturday to take some pics and compare against my n90s.
I've had the D100 for a couple of weeks and LOVE this camera. The first thing I did was have the camera profiled for my color workflow. <see color workflow post> I shoot commercial head shots and products among other things. I have been using a Phase One single capture back for this and love the quality, but it connected to a computer, ok yeah it's portable. Yeah i have the laptop setup and i do location work with it, but d**m! I still have every f body in the hardware room, but for the past week i decided to do the inside studio work, while my partners took out the other rig for our location assignments. My clients critieria? the largest print i will be making will be 11x14 MAYBE a 16x20.
So for the past week and it's thurs...15 commercial head shots, 30 senior portraits D100 24-120d shot in Adobe color space, profile II fine jpeg image was adjusted as per my workflow proof sheets printed on a epson 860!!! 85 bucks at costco! final images output <fully color corrected> and they match the proof prints with Agfa photoraphic output <outlab>
turn around time...in the morning out that afternoon, so lets say 2 days
Am I gonna keep this camera? Did I send my assistant to go get another one? Is it worth 2k Am i going to buy a D100x or what ever <when ever it comes out> YES!
The example that I'm leaving is what a d100 file shot in adobe color space looks like straight out of the camera. The image next to it is a camera thatis profiled and is managed in a colorfow enviroment. This the images where not shot in NEF and not processed thru Capture 3. But i thought you'd like to see the amont of info there is!
all I can say is that I am very impressed with the difference in color.. I am sorry that I missed your post on color workflow.. could you give a link or could you reiterate what you said? I would really like to learn more about color management, but I am not sure where to proceed.