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Going digital...which one do you prefer?
Old 02-07-2003, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be getting a digital system in about 3 weeks. I'm undecided about which one I should go with. I have been hearing a lot about the S2 and I also am a bit partial to the Nikons because I use Nikon as it is. I'm considering the D100. The D1X is nice but too pricey for one thing and it's really overkill I think.

Thoughts???

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Re: Going digital...which one do you prefer?
Old 02-07-2003, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tough call...Ive used both....both have thier upsides...the D1 is definatley a heavy camera....but has the option to shoot B&W the D100 is or feels like less than half the weight...but no B&W....if you shoot alot of b&W Id look for a used D1...let me know I might be able to get you ahold of a factory refurb at a good price...or at least I can ask...The D100 is a great camera though and I have had no complaints about it yet...

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Old 02-07-2003, 10:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Rick. I'll keep that in mind. Funny you should mention b&w because I do a lot of it. I still love the go into my darkroom and play with chemicals though. Worst case scenario is that I'd have to convert to b&w in Photoshop.

I'd love to have a D1X but it's way out of my price range and I think it's a bit more than I need. Now if it had a coffeemaker built in, I might consider it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

Have a great weekend!!

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Re: Going digital...which one do you prefer?
Old 02-07-2003, 10:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-08-2003, 02:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a Fuji S2. While I don't know everything about the D100 one flaw if I remember correctly is the fact that there isn't a PC Sync. I remember someone at a previous workshop having to use an adapter on his hotshoe. Other than that one benefit of the D100 over the S2 is the Flash SYnc goes up to 1/180 (I think). Also, the D100 uses more features of the newer SB-80DX flash.

Now for the S2 benefits:
- Has a grid in the camera view
- Has the ability to have 2 different kinds of media in the camera. Both Compact Flash and SMart Media. While this may not seem like that big of a deal it has helped a me a few times. At times I take my camera with me "just in case". Well I forgot to put my compact flash in the camera and normally I wouldn't be able to take a picture (in the past). Now that I keep the Smart Media in the camera at all times I at least have it as a backup.
- Has firewire on the camera to offload pics
- Better software for RAW conversion
- Better feel in your hand than the D100. Hold both and you will see.
- Protective cover over the LCD.
- Higher resolution than the D100. Even though its interpolated.
- Can shoot B+W

Cons (the only two I can think of)
- Sync speed of 1/125
- Images are so big that when you try to do things like color correction and sharpening it can be a pain if you shoot at the 12mb filesize.

Those that wish they have a full frame CCD should be aware that when you shoot a headshot and have a 14mb file, an eyeball takes up your entire screen when at 100%. How do you sharpen an entire image when all you can see is an eyeball? Its not easy...
 
 
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Does "full frame CCD" mean that this camera sees a 28mm as a 28 and not a 56mm?
One of the biggest drawbacks for most digitals as I see it is that I like to shoot wide, 20-24mm, in photo J circumstances. I'd have to get an awful wide lens to accomplish that.
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Re: D100
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Hi Mike,

I got a D100 about 3-4 months ago. I'm very happy with the camera. To see image quality you might want to checkout photosig.com and select photos by camera and select D100.

When you adjust the flash setting from DTTL to manual (menu setting), it will cut off preflash and allow triggering of slaves in manual mode.If you don't need 1/500 flash sync of D1X, the D100 is excellent.

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Old 02-08-2003, 02:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, when someone says "full frame CCD", a 20mm lens is indeed a 20mm lens. Each digital camera has a different multiplication factor depending on the size of the CCD. A multiplication factor of 1.0 is a full frame CCD. The new Canon 1DS is a full frame CCD. The Kodak 14N will also be a full frame CCD.

If you use wide angle lenses then the multiplication factor could be problematic for you. However, if you don't use wide angles much, the multiplication factor can be great. A 300mm will become a 450mm or larger on digitals. Put a 1.4x extender on it and you have a 630mm.
 
 
Re: Going digital...which one do you prefer?
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[model is Nataliea; shot with an S2Pro, mixed lighting]

Hi,

I chose the S2 pro... reasons listed in

http://www.garageglamour.com/ubbthre...sb=5&o=93&vc=1

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- Has a grid in the camera view D100 has this too
- Has the ability to have 2 different kinds of media in the camera. Both Compact Flash and SMart Media. While this may not seem like that big of a deal it has helped a me a few times. At times I take my camera with me "just in case". Well I forgot to put my compact flash in the camera and normally I wouldn't be able to take a picture (in the past). Now that I keep the Smart Media in the camera at all times I at least have it as a backup. Ditto for D100
- Has firewire on the camera to offload pics
- Better software for RAW conversion
- Better feel in your hand than the D100. Hold both and you will see. My experience was the exact opposite, but then I have the N-80 and the extra weight was annoying
- Protective cover over the LCD. D100 has also
- Higher resolution than the D100. Even though its interpolated.
- Can shoot B+W

Some more pluses for the D100

- S2 is based on the N80, and you need both the AA batteries and the C123a.
- D100 focusing and metering are light years ahead of the N80 (I have both, and there is no comparison).
- The D100 is cheaper and lighter, though if you get the verticle grip for the D100, they are about the same. The Verticle grip allows voice annotations to your picture and give the verticle shutter release - something someone who has been turning cameras over 25 years just doesn't find that useful.
- The Nikon's battery packs last longer than Rechargable AAs (I've yet to exhaust one)


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