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Nikon D1X

Review Date: Dec 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very cheap to buy now, film like images straight out the camera, not the harsh, CGI look that modern digital can deliver. Takes almost all old AI Nikkors
Heavy, mot great past ISO 800, it's not a modern camera.

Okay it's 2013 and this thing is a dinosaur, but for the price it can be got now there's little to complain about if you want to have some fun

I love the look of the images just as they come out - a film-like look that, for me, is 'better' than the harshness of modern dSLRs. I don't actually want to be able to count the pores in someone's face or every blade of grass. We don't see that way with our eyes. I'd imagine that when they made the D1X they were trying to get a film look, film being the standard. It was only later that digital began to compare itself to itself

Of course if you're going to crop hard you will need that resolution but if you mostly compose in camera, and you should, then you're ok. And if you mostly print, if you print at all, to no larger than A3 you'll be ok too. Yes if someone goes up to the A3 print and stares at it from an inch away they will see low rez. But if you go up to an oil painting that close you will see the brushstrokes. Viewed normally, all is fine.

Personally I use old AI manual focus Nikkors in ap priority and this semi auto is excellent. Saves some time but leaves me in control. And I love the fact the focus is exactly where I want it and stays there with no need to do anything else.

As they are so cheap, why not get one and in a funny kind of way rediscover photography again? I drag the monster along wherever I can, along with my modern kit, it can produce some surprising and quite unique images