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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:34 PM   #1
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Most of us were expecting Nikon to announce a D100 replacement but so far the answer is no. Nikon has updated all the other dSLRs except for the aging D100, so what's up with that Mr Nikon ? It certainly makes you wonder ...
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Old Feb 17, 2005, 10:40 PM   #2
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Wating to see what everyone else has put on the table, then will pop something out to one-up them?

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Old Feb 18, 2005, 4:43 AM   #3
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I agree it seems Nikon have lost their way somewhat

For all they might be holding something back, I hope this has more impact than the release of the D2Hs which seems like a D2h with basic tweaks to keep the street price profitable.... Over on the Nikonians forums people are going nuts with Nikon - Canon are offering entry level consumers an 8mp DSLR, and yet a new Nikon pro camera can only manage 4mp ! And this at $3500 ?

It seems at the moment whist Nikon have some great products, they are unable to compete with Canon and their vast resources.
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 9:59 AM   #4
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good question.

I guess they just wait for the competitors to release their new models and when everybody's about to buy a new dSLR:

*DANG!* Nikon releases their new super-duper-dSLR. :lol:
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Old Feb 18, 2005, 10:38 AM   #5
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Canon is a vertically integrated company with vast resource...

IMHO Nikon is a specialised optical company: they don't have enough resource to 'create' their own CCD/CMOS sensors, but rely (or contract) others for this - Hence their camera roll-out depends on the availibility of theses sensors, ditto with Olympus and somewhat Minolta as well (as the large format folks)...

Canon copy machines business for example can co-develop the sensor for their cameras since they have more revenues or fundings and may share the same 'technology' in their own machines which Nikon can't - Look at their financials: http://www.canon.com/ir/historical/04.html
Camera and optics are small fries within a Canon conglomerate! :idea:
(... with dSLRs and lenses even smaller parts of this camera pie still)
Beside they are also in broadcast: http://www.canon.com/bctv/products/

There's hope though - both Sony and Kodak have 10/11 to 14Mpixels CCD/sensors for sale :G
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 9:16 AM   #6
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This is my 2-cents worth of this question. Why replace a D-100 with anything else. I really like everything about my D100. I don't see any reason to get anything else because this camera does everything I want it to do. It don't have all of the crap a person never uses clogging up the menu's. Every setting I need to change on the fly when shooting I can do with the knobs and controls without going near or into any menu at all. It takes great photographs that I can do 13 X 19 inch prints at home even with some cropping involved.

If Nikon did come out with a replacement it would probably be full of crap and junk that nobody ever uses but just has to have anyway like stupid "MOVIE MODE" and all of the auto junk that does not work in the real world of doing paid for photographs that have to be perfect if you need to sell them to someone.

No, I like the D100 just the way it is. I can shoot weddings,dogs,race cars,motorcycles, scenics, and still shoot portraits in my studio using my travelight 750's. I do it all with this D100 and my 24/120"VR" lens. With A 28DX flash and stroboframe bracketI getbetter results doing weddings then I ever got using a Hasselblad and 40 pounds of equipment.

I domost of my shooting set at aperture preferred, center weight metering but I can switch to shutter preferred in an instant or go to spot meter or any other change I would need just as easy and fast without even thinking about it.

I'll just keep this D100 and I will probably buy a couple more when the replacement comes out and the cost comes down.

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 8:39 AM   #7
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I wholeheartly agree with you. I started with the D100, then upgraded to D2H, and got the D70 when it came out. I personally like my D2H the best for my wedding photography. It does almost everything I need it to do (other than high iso, low f-stop ceremony shots).

I was using my D70/D100 as backups, but with the D2H price drop to $1999, I bought a second one as my backup. I can also have my second D2H set withmy 50mm f1.4 or the 85mm f1.8 (without flash) and have my primary setup with the D2H 28-79mm f2.8 with flash on my stroboframe.

I agree, why get something that is more confusing, more complex, and cost $5000if your current tool meets your needs. IMO, Nikon did the right thing by improving the D2H with the D2Hs. Their marketing, and pricing, leaves something to be desired.

To me the D2H is a tool to take pictures with. Now if and when I get the D2X, think it will be a "toy" for me, as I do not need that resolution to make money for my wedding photography.

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 9:39 AM   #8
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From a professional standpoint I agree with both of you, but I'm afraid that you are missing the point somewhat here. People who know how to use aperture and shutter priorityproperly are the minority, most SLR users just leave it to the camera to sort it out. And why not? Is all the money invested in autofocus, various programmes for backlighting, sport, macro, etc wasted? I don't think so, or else it wouldn't exist. I remember my good friend decrying my autofocus F90X, saying any good photographer used manual focus - and that was for motor racing!

Buying a replacement camera is not a big thing if it is the body only. We Nikon people have a fortune invested in lenses and ancillaries,but replacing every thing to start again is prohibitive. Canon are leading people into the SLR world through the Rebel at a very competitive price, and now there is the new XT before moving on to the 20D and upwards. Once they are on the canon ladder, they will be stuck for ever unless they are rich, and the spin off in lens and ancillary sales will be enormous. Just consider if you are used to a point and press camera but want to progress; you look at the various ranges, you compare facilities and pixels ad nauseam even though quite frankly most of it is superfluous to needs. I see buffer size talked about constantly but who shoots regularly 8 frames per second for example? Same with memory cards and their writing speed.

But I digress. The whole point is that Canon have now trumped Nikon yet again. The D70 was as good as the D100 in many areas, whereas the Rebel was a stripped out version of the 10D. Now The XT is a slight downmarket edition of the all new 20D, with 8mp, vertical grip not only available but included, and all at the same price as the D70. The Rebel remains at a very attractive price to tempt people into the DSLR world, from whence they can progress within the Canon range. The XT compares more than favorably with the D70 on all counts it seems, and $ for $ it looks the one to buy. Go on upwards and in the rarified world of the sports pro equipment the Canon range is newer and better specified.

For professionals this isn't too much in point. A professional can take a picture with no matter what equipment because it is his profession, but the majority of camera buyers are amateurs, who start at the low end and trade up. That is why Nikon are going to lose this race unless they come up with something and pretty darn quick. Start Nikon stay Nikon, and vice versa, but if Nikon don't have an attractive range at the bottom end then more and more sales are going to be lost to Canon in a vicious and ever steepening downward spiral.

Yes, the D100 takes good pictures, but so still does my F2. New buyers though want all the bells and whistles. I don't see Ford selling many Model T's these days.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 9:59 AM   #9
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Well said,:| Cameranserai
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Old Sep 17, 2005, 11:20 AM   #10
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know wher i can still buy a new in the box D - 100 ?
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