Best bang for the buck – Kodak Pro DCS-14n, Kodak DCS 760/720x or a Nikon D1H/D1X.
I am a serious amateur who enjoys photography and the distraction it offers from the business world. I am afraid we are headed down that slippery slope that most of us have experienced in the PC computer world, i.e., endless upgrades and gee whiz options. This phenomenon offers an opportunity.
Prices may be starting to slip with the announcement of the Kodak Pro DCS-14n and perhaps will offer one the ability to purchase a high end digital body at a reasonable price! The question is: What is a reasonable price?
I am trying to make an informed buying decision that will take me out 18-24 months. I believe by that time we will truly see innovation in digital design. I really don’t mind being behind the curve and I know my investment will take a financial hit. I just don’t want to spend my bucks prematurely for a system that at this moment in time may be overpriced.
REQUIREMENTS: • My wife and I travel and therefore find ourselves in some strange places with varied photo opportunities (not always exotic). • The camera must have accurate and fast autofocus. • The body must be able to absorb a substantial hit from a tree branch or pushy tourists. • Weather is a factor from time to time, mostly heat and humidity. • The weight is not a factor. I have adjusted to lugging around a F5, AF-S Zoom f2.8 Nikkor 28-70mm and AF-S Zoom f2.8 Nikkor 80-200mm. • The digital output needs to be high enough to print 11 x 14 and the occasional 13 x 19 on my Epson 1280. • The great bulk of the photos will reside on a CD-ROM.
I would welcome all comments and purchasing scenarios.
Question: Do the rules allow this message to be posted on two separate discussion groups? I just noticed there is a new topic "Nikon based hybrid digital cameras."
Hands down the answer at this point in time would be the Nikon D1X. I don't know the Kodak DCS 760 but the 14N is based on the N80 and I doubt that it would have the weather proofing and the general robust construction of the Nikon though none of us can do much more than guess at this point.
In any case, the Nikon D1X/H are established for their excellence in the area of tough, weather resistant construction. The D1X gives me consistently great prints up to 12X18, the cam 1300 autofocus is extremely fast especially with AFS lenses and lets not forget the Nikon color meter that is part of it - truly amazing. The Nikon is a proven performer whereas the DCS-14n is a largely unknown quantity. I personally am a bit dubious about Kodak quality but only time will tell.
I had the same qualms as you before I purchased the D1X and my requirements are similiar. My doubts vanished about an hour after I received the D1X. There is not the slightest doubt that it will give me at least two or more years of use. Whether I will be tempted before that time only the fates will tell . Gene
#4. "RE: Best bang for the buck ? Kodak Pro DCS-14n, Kodak D" | In response to Reply # 3
Mon 07-Oct-02 04:26 PM
I agree with Gene.
I have captured thousands of images with my D1x and am still in awe of it.
I shoot JPEG most of the time, and unlike our D100 brethern, have no issues with image quality or sharpness. I do use photoshop, mostly for cropping and very rarely for sharpening. On occasion I also make minor cosmetic adjustments to an image.
I have an Epson 1280 and have many excellent 13x19 prints, as well as, cropped 8x10's. The picture quality has been way beyond expectation.
I have take the camera climbing and rafting and it is no worse for it.