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Nikon D1

D1
Review Date: Jun 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Pro body. Fast focus and great metering. Ready for instant action. Excellent image quality.
Cons:
A bit power hungry.

I bought mine used but pretty much as new in 2003 when I got sick of waiting for an affordable DSLR. Since then I 've taken quite a few pictures and I've always been happy with the results. It's just like using a film camera. Turn it on and it's ready to go. Things have moved on since 1999 when it was introduced but it's still a great camera. I've had better finished results out of this more of the time than all my previous film efforts on Leica's, Nikon's Canons et al. I won't replace it until the D3X hits the streets whenever that will be. Don't underrate those 2.7MP - it produces quality output with a capital Q! I just stick to 200 ASA and I only use JPEG. I can't really see the tremendous difference some talk of with NEF. I follow Thom Hogan's advice with regard to camera settings though. Do the sharpening and contrast adjustment in Photoshop. I've got A3+ prints I'm delighted with.

 
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

24_70EX_med_1_
Review Date: Jun 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid construction, Sharp and well priced.
Cons:
A bit stiff to zoom from 24mm. Takes big, expensive filters.

Well I was a bit worried after reading the reviews but have to say that mine is sharp at F2.8. Perhaps it's those Canon cameras :^). Better at every aperture than my workhorse Nikon 24-120 and I've always been happy with that. I was very happy with the Sigma 15-30mm I bought two years ago and this is every bit as good in my opinion. I already have two framed A3+ prints on my lounge wall taken with it.