finally found a store that has the D100 in stock! Yesterday
I went to Alkit here in NY and they told me they got three
and that my name was the first on the waiting list. Just to
call me half an hour later and
tell me that all three were reserved for Corporate Clients.
After that I tried to find it somewhere on the web, but with
no success. In one forum on photo.net I found a good review
for Arista Camera, which I had never heard of. I called them
and, for my surprise, they told me they had a couple of D100
in stock. That sounded like music to my ears! LOL
They also were very friendly. So I had to wake up today two
hours earlier than normal to be able to go all the way to
Bronxville, NY to get it and still go to work after that.
Man, that was probably the longest Friday ever! (if they arent
long enough already!) At least my boss was out all afternoon
so it gave me the chance of reading the manual and playing
a little bit with it. Being used to the Nikon F5, I have to
say that the D100 is a very, very light camera.
even being way lighter, it still feels like a real camera,
not a toy. I dont know if this lightness will go away
when I get the battery grip, which I plan to do when they
get in stores. Its grip is extremely comfortable, maybe even
a little more than the F5. Ill still need to wait for
the battery pack to test it with the vertical shutter button,
which I got used to use a lot on the F5.
Once my boss was out, I went downstairs to the park (Union
Square) in front of the office to break the seal
of my new baby. Took some shots on the street fair, but particularly
liked this one.
D100 feels good on the hand, and its nice to go back to
shoot with an SLR after three weeks exclusively shooting with
the Coolpix 5000 (After I got it, I didnt even touch my
F5 again... not that I dont like it anymore, please, F5,
dont cry! I just thought we needed some time apart from
each other... LOL ) This being my first digital SLR and bearing
in mind that I got into the digital world about three weeks
from now, I still didnt feel any urge to go back to film.
By the way I really like the sharpness of the D100. Even thou
Im not a digital camera expert, Im really pleased
with the quality of the pictures.
also started thinking about where was I going to take this baby
Sat, July 27th
decided to go to Ringwood State park to test my D100. Also,
since my wife works Saturdays, it would be good to go to a quiet
place and learn the new tricks of digital photography. Its
about a half hour drive from my house, but I got lost in Oakland
(NJ, not CA), where I was supposed to turn somewhere and didnt!
LOL But then I ended up finding a little lake and also a river
before finding the road to Ringwood Park, so I decided to take
a look at the river. I ended up staying four hours in the margin
of the river shooting some birds, rocks, water and ducks that
discovered that a 70-300 is not enough to nature photography
unless youre in Central Park and you can get less than
3 feet from the squirrels! LOL. I didnt get any good shots
of the birds at the other side of the river, but got some good
shots from the river itself, like this one.
now, Ive shot all RAW format, compressed. But I found
out that that is soooooooooooo slow to compress its not
even funny. It takes around 40 seconds to write (actually compress
and write) one photo in RAW compressed mode and it takes only
around 5 for a RAW uncompressed. Even thou you can take 3 shots
without waiting for it to write, its still a lot of time,
once after you shot your 3 pictures,
you need to wait around 2 minutes to be able to shoot 3 frames
again. In RAW uncompressed, you can get 4 continuous shots before
having to wait for shooting again, and after 5 seconds you can
shoot one picture again.
The compressed RAW, on the other side, makes a file 1/3 of the
size of the uncompressed one. I guess that if youre traveling
with your family or just playing around its fine, but
when youre doing anything more elaborate, that involves
bracketing, for example, compressed RAW is not a viable format.
The good thing is that you can change it anytime, from compressed
to uncompressed, taking not more than 10 seconds to do that.Also
decided that it was about time for me to have an Avatar, so
I got one and really liked the way it came out...
wife and me went to Ringwood State Park (that is the park I
was supposed to go yesterday but got lost and ended up on the
little river). The weather was hazy and cloudy (and hot and
humid), but once we wanted to do something different (and I
wanted to test my new camera) we decided to go anyway. Turned
out that, apart from the twenty gallons of sweat that I left
on the park, it was definitely worth it. Its a nice place.
We went hiking and I got some nice pictures, including my first
panorama with this camera.
I shot in RAW mode, I didnt have to worry about White
Balancing it (the last pano I did with the CoolPix on Auto White
Balance took me a lot of time just to get the colors equal across
the whole pano), which is a good idea if youre shooting
JPEG or TIFF. Also got this one...
hiking a little more and some three or four gallons of sweat
we seated around a little pond where I got some good shots of
flowers and a little toad that was passing by. We
also went to see the garden they have there, and I got a good
shot of yellow flowers.
in all Im very comfortable with the camera, its
been a very easy transition from my F5 to the D100. The commands
are almost the same (modes, dials, etc...) and whats different
from the analog world is pretty much self explanatory. The camera
also has a lot of nice little features that makes me not miss
my F5, such as shake-reduction for macro photography (where
the mirror goes um a little bit sooner than normal not to shake
the camera), but the feature I found out to be the nicest one
(its actually on all the time in my camera) is the ability
to show the 1/3 guidelines on the viewfinder. Man, does that
make life a lot easier! LOL
Mon, July 29th
today its back to work day, unfortunately
I wont have that much time to play with the new camera
anymore (at least until next Saturday). But I found that if
I bring my camera with me to work I can use my lunch breaks
to have some more fun! LOL
Once I still dont have a 70-200mm 2.8 zoom or a 300mm
2.8, I had to work with my 70-300mm 5.6, and for that I had
to take the ISO to higher levels, more specifically ISO 800.
I found out that it actually doesnt have that much noise
unless youre planning on blowing your photos to wall size
(ok, to a very large size) If youre planning on doing
an exposition of your work, than you definetely want to stick
with ISO 200, otherwise you can play around a little bit. Obviously
it always depends on what you want your final result to be...
very happy that I made a discovery that will forever make my
life easier. Once I work in an ad agency, a lot of times we
need to scan slides that our clients send us to do ads and all
sorts of layout. We always send them out to be drum scanned,
but normally we need first to scan it on a flatbed scanner with
transparency adapter so that I can start working on the layout
(that is always past due before it even gets to us). And it
always takes me a huge amount of time to scan on the flatbed
scanner with good colors and contrast.
today I broke the bounds with the flatbed scanner! Simply putting
the slide on the lightbox and shooting it from the top gives
me a much accurate scan in a matter of some seconds.
Obviously not print quality, but still a pretty good quality.
That thing alone made my day! LOL
I decided to start thinking about this week assignment so when
I got home I took all my (two) guitars out of the case to pose
for me. Ended up that I shot only my acoustic guitar, but was
very pleased with the
results, specially the details on the shadows and sharpness.
This is probably the best shot of the series...
much today, didnt have that much time for lunch break,
so I decided to go to Weehawken Boulevard after work and take
some shots of the City That Never Sleeps. I still have to finish
working on the panorama I did, but also got some nice individual
Thu, Aug 1st
a little more lunch break today and didnt waste the opportunity
of going to the park. Every day that goes by makes me more and
more confortable with the D100. It also made me (at least until
now) shoot a
lot more than what I was used to. I never had carried my F5
every day with me (primarily because if I did that I would have
to go to a chiropractor or a physician every day because of
carying that much weight), so this has been a pretty good experience
for me. How many times did I catch myself with a photo opportunity
and without the camera? Well, no more. I didnt have any
problems adapting to the controls on the D100, nor with the
workflow of downloading the pictures to the computer (hey, whoever
was used to have to develop the film and then scanning the pictures
wont have any problems of doing all this process in less
than 10 minutes, I can assure you! :) )
a nice sequence with two girls sitting on a bench.
I got home, I also worked on this week assignment again, shooting
my electric guitar now. Every time I shoot with this camera
I find out that I like it a little more. Maybe Im just
a photo nut! LOL
means that Im close to having a lot of time to play with
my camera! LOL But theres still a couple of hours until
the weekend, so off to work I go, obviously taking the camera
with me. After work I find a bunch of brazilian people playing
Capoeira on Union Square, and shot a little bit, playing with
long expositions. The sun had already gone down the horizon
but the camera responded well to the situation, giving me some
good pictures of the brazilian guys.
home, I decided to do some testings on front focus with the
D100, after reading that a lot of people were having this problem
with the Canon 1D. As you can see from the picture, I think
that the D100 doesnt have this problem.
Satuday, Aug 3rd
Im going to be a brave man and I will take my D100 to
the beach... Yeah, I know theres sand there... And yeah,
I know that sand is not particularly friendly with digital cameras...
But anyway, I wanted to test it everywhere, so I just decided
not to worry about the sand and just be careful not to drop
it into the ocean (I heard that salt water isnt friends
with digital cameras also actually, I heard that the
water doesnt like ANY electronic equipment... What a ??????!
Anyway, on the beach there were a lot of stuff to shoot, specially
seagulls. They fly so close to you that you have to be careful
not to be hit. The D100 does a good job figuring out exposure
when shooting the
seagulls against the blue sky, but struggles a little when you
have something that is partially on the shadow, I actually dont
remember how well the F5 deals with this kind of stuff, but
once they (theorically) have the same metering system, I assume
that it would be the same. But the good thing is that once I
could see the result, I was able to compensate a stop and everything
was fine. Arriving home, I also found out that the ones I thought
were really dark on the shadows weren't that dark and it could
be easily corrected on Photoshop.
I am really impressed with the camera and the results, maybe
because a month ago I was still skeptical about digital photography...
:) Not anymore! The sharpness, contrast, color saturation and
specially the dynamic range of the D100 made me a believer!