Thom Hogan has an informative review of the D100 on his site:
He also offers his thoughts on the D100 vs. the S2:
It has been a while since I visited Thom's site and there are several new articles that deal with some of the most confusing and sticky issues for Nikon gear. The D100/S2 info is valuable to me since I'm still choosing between the two cameras.
#1. "RE: Thom's review of the D100" | In response to Reply # 0beverett Basic MemberThu 08-Aug-02 07:47 PM
For what it is worth I think Thom hit it right on the nose on the D100. I have had mine now for a couple of weeks and, as I am not very digital literate,I am struggling to get it just right. My only real complaint is having to shoot largely in the NEF mode. This *really* impacts how much storage space one needs for even a " day shoot" in the wild.
Still, I am keeping mine. It can make very good pictures and that is all I really want.
PS. On an entirely unrelated subject I read today that Fuji wil soon announce a Velvia 100 speed film with even finer grain than Provia F. Any knowledge of this?
#3. "RE: Thom's review of the D100" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberSun 11-Aug-02 04:32 AM
I'm glad he addressed the issue. The S1 is very Frankencamera. It was/is marketed as a professional digital camera but is hobbled by having the lousy foundation of an entry-level N50 camera body.
The S2 uses a much more capable body strapped to the table. It sounds like they did a good job of keeping the sutures and neck-bolts to a minimum as they grafted their digital system to the body. From what I've read, you really need both sets of batteries to get full function from AF-S and VR lenses, so that's the most obvious sign of green skin and steel-soled boots. I could live with those deformities if the camera delivers otherwise.
Nikon built the D100 using DNA from current cameras but it was designed to live as digital body. Considering the advantages Nikon has, I'm impressed with how well Fuji's S2 interface and control layout works as described by Thom.
I'm also impressed that Fuji seems to have the alchemist's secret to doing TTL flash metering off-the-chip. Nikon has cludged its solution using DX-enhanced preflash metering. I'm afraid Nikon has invested so much in this cludge that Nikon's digital SLRs will be hamstrung by the limitations for generations to come.
Oh well, it may be hard to choose, but it's great to have a choice between very capable cameras.