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Re: cameras used
ClayCrawford56 at aol_com wrote:
> FYI - Nikon has a new digital 35 mm camera that is compatible with all
> existing lenses. It came out about a year ago and is the Nikon D1. When
> called in for the price I was sitting (good thing), it was $5,000. I
> that in bout 2 or 3 years the price might drop in half. That is when I
> finally go for it. I already have all the lenses. . . I just need to be
> patient. . .
The D1 is another highly-regarded pro camera, but just a bit dated, now. For
someone with a stock of Nikon lenses, it is a really good choice. I think I
have seen recent (street) prices well below $3000.
Nikon opted for the right direction, by going for a considerably larger CCD,
but not pushing the cell size down by going for extra pixels. [As I recall
it is just over 2 MP.] The larger cells can gather more light, so the D1
can, with some small noise, emulate film with an ISO of 1600. My Sony is
about that noisy at 400, so I always use 50 or 100 for normal shooting. [A
really powerful external flash is a big help.]
If you have the money, several pro cameras will be coming out this year with
6MP CMOS sensors the full size of 35mm frames. That means they can match the
excellent lens designs already done for 35mm cameras, *and* have low noise
(fast ISO ratings). The only one I have seen announced is the Hasselblad,
which is actually made by an electronics company here in San Jose. Kodak
makes the sensor, so keep an eye on them for an early consumer product.
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