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Nikon D1X

Review Date: Nov 4, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great 20" prints, top notch build quality, easy to use coming from my F100, the 1.5x factor, handy as a weapon in late night city shooting
I wish it had a few more pixels but that's just me wanting the best of everything :0)

I've had my D1x for about 3 months now and I am very pleased. I spent a lot of time researching before putting my money on the table and I think it is well worth doing if you are planning on shelling out this much moola! So if you are reading this and are thinking of get one, then don't take my word for it (or anyone elses for that matter), go out to a shop and try one out. Hire one for a coupla days. Read lots and lots of reviews (not the photography mags though, never trusted them). Anyway, to the D1x....

Build Quality & Design

It's a superb camera. The build quality is ridiculous. It would make a good weapon if someone tried to mug me :0) Coming from an F100, I've found it exceptionally easy to use. I had a play with it in the shop before I'd finally bought it, and in the space of half an hour had figured out the majority of the in's and out's of the camera. Nice and simple.


As for the metering, I've had nothing like the problems that I have read about (especially in flash metering). I think it takes a little time to get used to how the camera responds in certain situations, but that's to be expected isn't it? But then, I have always used spot metering a lot of the time. I just don't like giving up all the exposure control to a camera....people may have a different experience from me if they leave the camera on matrix metering and snap away....i just don't know.

Image Quality

As for the prints I get from it, I've been pleasantly surprised. I've had some 20" prints done which are indistinguishable from 35mm IMHO. True, my 35 year old Rollei SL66 will beat the crap out of it when it comes down to pure sharpness and image quality, but as long as you realise that, then be happy! On the other hand I've got some cracking shots at 1600 and 3200. Grainy as hell but very film like grain. I shoot a lot of band/music photography and always used to push Tri-X to 3200 to get the big golf ball grain that I love for certain get my drift...

And as for the smaller CCD, I just got a free (ok, not free, but you get my drift) 300mm f2.8 thank you very much. :0) And with the addition of my new 12-24mm (which I must add, is a stellar lens) the smaller CCD is starting to look pretty handy actually. Ok, I would like a slightly bigger viewfinder, but I have quickly got used to it.

Anyway, I'm starting to ramble....

My photography has already improved as a result of this camera. I've taken shots I never would have dreamed of trying with my F100, and have got some great images as a result. My costs have dwindles away to near nothing for a lot of my assignements, my fee....the same. Nice :0)

It's not perfect, but name a camera that is. Overall, I can't recommend it enough....and I can't wait till the D2x comes out whenever that may be.