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Nikon D2X for sale
Old 12-05-2005, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this is the land of Canon, and I'm the new kid on that block, but if anyone is interested, or knows anyone who'd be interested, in a VERY little used Nikon D2X, I happen to have one for sale on Ebay. I guess this makes the conversion official?

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Re: Nikon D2X for sale
Old 12-06-2005, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Andy, apparently, you are the one to ask as you have both Cannon and Nikon. Is it safe to say that the newer higher res d2x just can't overcome the quality difference from having a "full frame" Canon sensor? Is the 12mp Canon handily beating the d2x or are you comparing the Nikon against the "mark-2" 16mp model? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Old 12-06-2005, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No I don't think that's true at all. I've seen beautiful images shot with the D2X and blown up large, and they're selling a lot of those cameras to a lot of working pros. There were other issues for me.....

1) the depth of field of a 2/3 chip camera is greater than that of a full frame when looking at the same framing. Because the chip produces a smaller image, you have to move 50% farther from the subject to fill the frame the same as you would on a full-size chip. That increases the sharpness behind the subject. If you didn't move, you'd have to use a lens 2/3 the focal length of the one you intended to use, which also increases the sharpness behind the subject, and I prefer shallow (less sharpness) depth of field for my model shots.

2) The working distance to the model is therefore farther using the same lens, when trying for a certain perspective. I often found myself farther from the model than I wanted to be, or if I was working in an enclosed space, having to get a wider lens. Some if it just takes getting used to, but I always seemed to be too close or too far, and I preferred to go to a format I've got ingrained in me after 35 years of shooting (since I was a baby!)

3) The D2X is more expensive than the Canon 5D, which reallly mattered more when I was considering what to do for a backup body. At the time, my backup for the D2X was my D70, which wasn't really up to the task if I really got stuck on an island somewhere, so my only other option was another $5000 D2X (today, I would consider the soon to be released D200 as a backup). When the 5D came out at $3300, it was conceivable I could afford two bodies, but since then decided for now I'll use a 20D for backup (just bought one on Ebay) and as a bonus, for some types of shoots where file size is not critical, and I don't want to drag the heavier, more expensive 5D around. I have never been a fan of buying an expensive camera (or anything really) when a less-expensive one will do the job. (And BTW, the D2X is loaded with features I'll never need as well, and I kind of resented paying for those). For years I shot all my stock for calendars and posters and such on a Nikon F100 film camera, which cost a heck of a lot less than the Nikon F5 which did all sorts of things I didn't need, but the F100 did what I needed extremely well, and with a lot less weight (another issue for me). In a nutshell, in your considering which camera to go with, I wouldn't let the size of the chip in the Nikon be too much of an influence, because it produces a very good image (I've seen test analysis samples where it looks better than the Canon 1DsM2).

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Old 12-08-2005, 12:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know this is the land of Canon, and I'm the new kid on that block, but if anyone is interested, or knows anyone who'd be interested, in a VERY little used Nikon D2X, I happen to have one for sale on Ebay. I guess this makes the conversion official?

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Just curious Andy.....your first two paragraphs were about chip size and depth of field. But you bought a 20D for back up, with even greater magnification and more depth of field!.........Marty.
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Yes, for backup. As in, "not intending to use very often" (I hope). The camera is techinically fine for most applications, and as a backup, in pinch, it will be fine (I have friends who use them exclusively all the time). I just didn't want to plunk down another $3000 for a body I hoped I'd never need. (In my film days, I carried my used Nikon F4 around as a backup to my newer but cheaper F100, for about 5 years, and never took it out of the case). Actually I plan on using the 20D for certain low-stress shoots, like model casting, some headshots, maybe some event work, and the dogs. I've been shooting photos of rescue dogs for an adoption group I work with, and the size is fine and lets me use the lighter weight short zoom and built-in flash. (Every piece of equipment has a purpose!). Also by using it for this stuff, I at least become familiar with it, keep it tweaked, and I put less wear & tear on the 5D. Sound logical?

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