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Nikon D2Hs

Review Date: Oct 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Superb handling. Lots of superlatives.
Learning curve to get the best IQ.

-Fast focusing. I mean fast.
-Huge and useful viewfinder.
-Huge and useful LCD screen.
-Small file size, don't hesitate to shoot RAW+JPEG anymore. I use the RAW most of the time, and JPEG when I have my editor breathing down my neck.
-Hand grip as comfortable in landscape as in portrait format, although the vertical AF-On button can be too close, but it's minor.
-Surprisingly light. Weighs about as much as my old setup, Fuji S2 + MB16 grip.
-Battery lasts and lasts. Compared to the S2's AA NiMH solution...haha what a joke.
-iTTL and high-speed FP sync with SB800, I can't find a fault in them. Works as advertised. Again, beats the Fuji S2 by a mile.
-I haven't needed the manual since I got it.

-Condensation from my nose gets under the LCD cover in landscape orientation, regardless of which eye I shoot with. No problem in portrait format. Supposedly less of a problem elsewhere, but here in the Northeast it's somewhat annoying.
-Not as forgiving as my Fuji S2 in terms of underexposure, noise will rear its ugly head even at my comfortable ISO400.
-AWB not as good as I thought. Mixed indoor lighting (tungsten+fluorescent) is rendered puke yellow. I still think the Fuji S2 is better here, just from experience. Perhaps the way I shoot, the external WB sensor on the D2H can be partially blocked by my big flash bracket, so that may be the culprit. Of course, now that I shoot RAW+JPEG it's not that big of a deal anymore; thank god I'm not a quantity shooter, I'd spend all night messing around in front of the computer.
-Lens release button is huge, good for shooting with gloves on. But you can accidentally press it and drop an expensive lens on hard concrete.
-Can use a second memory card slot.
-The sound of 8 FPS can scare little children or anybody not in the NRA.

Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

Review Date: Aug 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent optics: sharp, quick focusing, flare control. Good built and finish. Not expensive.
Fisheye distortion means composition challenge. You can defish, but unless if properly level then it's ugly and disorienting.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Aug 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast aperture, sharp, fast focusing, very shallow DOF, non-D version made in Japan
very shallow DOF can be tricky, slight telephoto on Digital is less versatile.

At least the non-D version that I own is all metal. Get it second-hand, no worries.