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Going Digital Advice
Old 09-22-2003, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I am getting more and more anxious to go digital. As I've mentioned before, I am becoming more serious about photography after being interested for many years. I have a background in graphic design and would like to steer my future towards photography (Fashion, Commercial).

I have only had my Nikon N80 for two years (before that I had a Rebel) but really would like a way to work with my images in the computer, and SHARE them here on GG. I also think the immediate feedback could accelerate my learning in some areas, though I don't want to be someone who keeps playing with the settings until the shot looks right. (I have seen this practice and feel it is very ineffecient. I want to look at a scene, meter it as necessary, and know what is going to come out.)

I would be interested in hearing some general advice from you all since you have so much collective experience. Product specific comments are also welcome. I would prefer staying in the Nikon universe, though I don't have any investment in lenses yet.

My options are as follows:

1. Get a D100 - I wish I could just get this but it'll be a while before I am making money from photography and the expense is hard to justify at this time. Also concerned about it vs. the S2. Still, it may be the only option worth considering.

2. Get a Coolscan IV - Why spend 1/3 the price of high-end digital for scans and longer turnaround? So sick of paying for film/processing.

3. Get a used S1 - Helps with budgeting issues but raises quality concerns. Have looked at dpreview.com. Used may be risky.

4. Pay for scans - Film/Processing AND $CANNING. Ouch!

Any thoughts?

I want to thank you all. It is my hope that I will be able to contribute something to GG asap, instead of always being the one asking.
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Re: Going Digital Advice
Old 09-23-2003, 03:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How much does it really cost you to go to a lab for film processing and prints, how much does it cost to get the film in time and money.
include that into what you spend per year on photography then you can see how D-100 will pay for itself.

I can burn a CD and make prints with no wait at home now because I bought a D-100. Now instead of spending about $100 per shoot on film, processing and time running around. I discount that from the cost of my camera, printer and supplies for it...and smile every shoot.

I still shoot film but a lot less and I shoot more cause it cost less.

Hope this helps your decision.

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Re: Going Digital Advice
Old 09-23-2003, 07:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can burn a CD and make prints with no wait at home now because I bought a D-100.

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Out of curiosity, what printer are you using?

Thanks for your feedback. I can see where it will pay for itself once I am shooting more and getting compensated for it. Not sure when I am going to get to that level. Not sure if staying with film will keep me from getting to that level.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Going Digital Advice
Old 09-23-2003, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok....Ill throw a few words in,....

Skip the D100...Ive had one its a poor upgrade to the D1x. The machine is good IF you live with its limitations.

1. Dont change lenses....EVER..... it collects dust like a tv screen
2.Dont show RAW...or dont shoot RAW expecting any speed or flow. I cant count the times that I had to stop and wait.
3.Buy Capture One if you are going to shoot RAW.

If you already have Nikon glass.....buy a S2 and wait for the D2's if you are starting from scratch...go with anything else but....


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Hi Rick,

Try the Lexar 1 gig 40 X speed or above CF card's and you will not have a speed problem unless its in the camera.

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Old 09-28-2003, 12:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A good alternative is to buy a second hand D1X. The camera is a dream machine and the results are great. (Read the great comparison on Thomís website: http://www.bythom.com I skipped the D100 because of the flash sync (and it came too late on the market).
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A used D1X appears to be about $1000 over my doable range. Good to know it might not be worth it to go cheaper though. Thanks.
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looking at the Digital Rebel now. That kinda tears me as I'd like to stay Nikon but it seems like there's a consensus against the D100 and that Canon is dominating right now.
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Old 09-28-2003, 05:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The sample images look pretty impressive. Anyone else looking at this?

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