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D100 Take 2

Just A Year Ago

I collected some Christmas money and bought myself a Christmas present on eBay. A used 6.1MP Nikon D100 DSLR that had been modified to shoot infrared. Henceforth I have referred to it as the D100R.

I had a Nikon 28-80mm f3.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR handy and slapped it on. Most people would use an 18-55mm or 18-70mm zoom -- the 28-80mm is the FX brother-sister lens of the DX 18-55mm -- but I had the 28-80mm as a spare, so that's what I used.

I'll be taking some infrared snow pictures with the D100R soon.

So This Christmas...

I got a used 6.1MP Nikon D100 for Christmas -- and it arrived today (Thursday).

So why? Well, I like carrying around an SLR with me. But the D1 series cameras are bricks and have heavy NiMH batteries. And I'm still gimping around with canes and walkers and things. The professional D1 series also has no built in flash -- the much lighter D100 does. And just as I resurrected Paul's old N2020 film camera to have a much lighter AF 35mm SLR than the F4s, another solidly built professional brick, so the D100 complements the D1X.

Now the D100 is an excellent camera, built on the same Nikon F80 chassis as the Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n FX camera I have -- but the SLR/n is a Frankenstein. It really is an F80 with the digital sensor part grafted on by Kodak. They are not the best cameras for rough use outdoors.

Still, I wouldn't recommend a D100 for most shooters, unless you do have a D1 series camera. That's because the D70 and later cameras are even better. The early Nikons like the D1 / D100 / SLR/n have a more primitive D-TTL flash system versus the i-TTL of the middle generation and whatever the newest flash system is. So besides the built in flash, the D100 will also work with the more powerful SB-28DX and SB-80DX flashes I have. And with an AS-15 adapter, I can get a PC flash socket and use my mighty Metzes as well on the D100. So it's the right fit for my current camera system. And did I mention I have the same setup with the infrared D100R?

Anyways, the box came today. Oh look! It's a box of pink Styrofoam peanuts! You never see the pink ones, only white... And a wrapped package with the box containing camera and lens.

What's really cool is that the eBay auction included the D100, the same MD-D100 extended battery pack, which includes the vertical shutter release, a pair of Li-ion batteries, a camera strap, a 1GB Toshiba CF memory card and a 28-80mm f3.3-5.6G AF-NIKKOR. It's like a twin of the D100R except it's even lighter. And Ken Rockwell rates the two 28-80mm zooms exceptionally sharp, despite their bargain kit lens origins.

Already on hand for when it arrived, were a 58mm Nikon NC Neutral Color protective filter, an HB-20 lens hood and a Tiffen Zing Pro neoprene camera case. The latter came from Amazon Warehouse Deals, refurbished, $12 w/Prime free shipping, 70% off of new stock! I have the long snout Zing Pro Zoom on the Nikon F4s with its fat 28-200mm f3.5-5.6D AF-NIKKOR and it provides great protection.

So does it work? Yes, though the daylight test will have to wait for... daylight.

Ack! He looks happy but couldn't Dr. Phil comb his beard? No, he's been busy assembling a new-to-him camera. (Click on photo for larger.)
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