1,000 D100 Test Shots On Nantucket
Just reviewed about 1,000 D100 shots taken on Nantucket last week. First chance to REALLY compare NEF vs. JPG and the effects of curves loaded in camera vs. straight factory defaults. Shot in all kinds of light. Nikkor lenses 20 2.8, 50 1.8, 60 2.8 and 24-120. Sure wish Nikon had a FF camera so I could use all of my Nikkor primes! FWIW, the $100 50mm 1.8 lens is the worlds best buy – it is a great lens.
In any case, there really is no doubt, the NEF shots are better. It sure would be nice if a smaller files size NEF choice were available – for test shots and small prints the really big NEFs are not necessary.
For me, the preloaded curve in the camera makes a difference. But even with the custom curve, there is a need (with the D100) to keep checking the histogram and constantly adjusting the exposure settings. The D100 is not a P&S camera and the D100 needs your attention for the best results. Facts are very stubborn, the D100 can not be pre-set and left alone – it will not produce its best images that way.
Any comments or questions? Thanks.
#1. "RE: 1,000 D100 Test Shots On Nantucket" | In response to Reply # 0JPA Registered since 20th Apr 2002Fri 08-Aug-03 11:24 PM
I have the D100 + 60mm 2.8micro and eagerly seek advice on a next lens. Is your 20mm a frequent choice, or only for landscapes? What does the 50mm offer that you can't closely match with the 60?
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#2. "RE: 1,000 D100 Test Shots On Nantucket" | In response to Reply # 1PatrickInDC Registered since 28th Aug 2002Sat 09-Aug-03 08:32 AM
The 50 1.8 is a very different lens, e.g., sharp at all distances, very light and its image quality is different. For me, the 60 2.8 is more for close-ups. BTW, the 50 1.8 is not only cheap ($100 new), it appears sharper than the 50 1.4 which is a bit more than $100. As with a number of my wonderful Nikkor prime lenses, the 20 2.8 is not of much value with the D100. The lack of Nikon FF will (after 32 years) force me out of Nikon. For many reasons, I intend to stay with FF. The D100 is great but I will not sink anymore money into non-FF. Comments?
>I have the D100 + 60mm 2.8micro and eagerly seek advice on a
>next lens. Is your 20mm a frequent choice, or only for
>landscapes? What does the 50mm offer that you can't closely
>match with the 60?
>JPA Photo Gallery
#3. "RE: 1,000 D100 Test Shots On Nantucket" | In response to Reply # 2slow_driver Basic MemberSat 09-Aug-03 08:46 AM
It took me a long time to adjust to not having full frame. But I'm mostly over it now. Nikon is showing that they are not going to bring out full frame any time soon, and they are bring out lenses to get around the issue (although all of them so far are hideously expensive).
I'm going to sell my film gear and go 100% nikon (APS sized) digital.