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08/19/2002 07:18:47 AM · #1
Im pondering a move to an SLR within 12 months.

Are there any new models coming down the line that are worth waiting for, or are the current crop (Nikon D100, etc) going to be whats on offer in 12 months time?

Will prices drop?

What models are the best?
08/19/2002 07:26:09 AM · #2
check sigma with their x3 chip.
I am hoping that other camera manufacturer would follow.
08/19/2002 08:26:23 AM · #3
Don't forget that when you buy an SLR (digital or otherwise) the body is only part of the story - the lenses could easily cost as much again. I have a D1 and have collected quite a bit of Nikon glass for it. This makes any future upgrade a no brainer - it's going to be a Nikon.

There will probably be a new Nikon (and Canon, and Sigma...) every year for the forseeable future. Each of these will blow the current model out of the water. To borrow a phrase from computing "Now" is the worst time to buy a DSLR - and it always will be.

Yes there is the Sigma super chip - if it's any good (and it seems to be) then other manufacturers will follow (with enough mods to escape a patent fight).
08/19/2002 10:41:16 AM · #4
Well, the first decision you got to make is what type of photos are you going to take most of the time.

I have a G2 and I have had to give up on sports photography, my favorite kind.

I can't afford the camera I need..a Canon 1D. At $4,900 for the body and over $3,000 in lenses I need to save my pennies for a bit or hope for technology to get a bit chearper :-)

The DSLR's from Nikon (D100), Canon (D60), and Fuji(S2) all are wonderful and for anything but low light motion photography would be awesome.

But so much of my time in the fall is used to shoot football pictures which are normally high school stuff under low level stadium lights I can't live with the Auto Focus difficulties of the Canon. Fuji is a real possibility but the Nikon has some soft focus issues I don't care for.

And don't wait on the foveon technology. It is a year away from serious contention and you are buying the glass of a sytem more than anything and Canon/Nikon glasss is the best for the money (forget Zeiss..too expensive and limited to specific bodies) but those lenses wont be able to placed on a foveon tech camera for over a year.

A Nikon D1H and D1x are very nice too (for all you Nikon folks out there) but if you arre gonna spend $4,000 might as well go for the baddest boy on the block and that is the Canon 1D in my opinion.

Check out Moose Petersons Website for some great insight from a great nature photographer on different cameras.
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