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Nikon D2X: Full In-Depth Review

 
 
deryck lant
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      06-02-2005
http://dpreview.com/reviews/nikond2x/

"As a photographic tool it's as close to perfection as I could imagine,
there's really very little else you could want from a camera" - Phil
Askey.


Another review:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_reviews/d2x.html

Deryck
 
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chrlz@go.com
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      06-02-2005
Perhaps we should balance your unbounding enthusiasm (=spam?), by
quoting some of the bad side... I acknowledge in advance that:
- I am selectively quoting...
- Some of these issues and timings are pretty good actually (but
certainly not 'almost perfect' IMO)...
- At least one problem (dirt on sensor) applies to *almost* all
DSLR's..


>From Steve's Digicams

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_.../d2x_pg11.html
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The D2X is a big and heavy camera..
...
It took me some time to adjust to composing the cropped image; old
habits, like assuming that the entire viewfinder image will be
captured, are hard to break, and I often found that I had cropped out
important elements of the image.
...
Auto focus shutter lag ranged from 1/10 to 3/10 second
...
This exceeded Nikons spec of 5 fps, but failed to attain the claimed
depth of 22 shots.
...
The D2X does not continue to shoot at a reduced rate once the buffer
fills; you must remove your finger from the shutter button and
re-depress it to continue.
...
Using the uncompressed NEF format, the D2X captured 17 images in 2.8
seconds, taking 50 seconds to clear the buffer completely; compressed
NEF images were captured at the same rate and depth, but took only 31
seconds for buffer clearing. The D2X supports the TIFF format, but
you'll probably avoid using it; while it captured 16 images in 2.6
seconds, buffer clearing took a whopping 8 minutes 48 seconds!
...
Shooting Large Fine JPEG images, it captured 34 images in 3.8 seconds,
and took 18 seconds to clear its buffer. This exceeded Nikons spec of 8
fps, but failed to attain the claimed depth of 35 shots.
It captured 28 TIFF images in 3.1 seconds, but took an agonizing 16
minutes to clear its buffer.
...
...image noise was present in shadow areas at ISO sensitivities as low
as 200, and growing to a quite noticeable level at ISO 800. The D2X
includes a High ISO Noise Reduction feature that can be activated in
the camera's menu system; this in-camera noise processing does diminish
the amount of noise, but at the expense of image detail. At ISO
settings of HI-1 (ISO 1600) and HI-2 (ISO 3200), shadow noise is very
high even with the use of High ISO Noise Reduction.
...
Nikon Capture 4 completes the D2X's total imaging package, and I don't
understand why Nikon did not bundle it with the camera.
...
The most common and annoying problem is keeping the CCD imager clean.
...
I am a bit disappointed with the shadow noise present in images taken
at ISO 200 and above. Nikon attempted to mitigate the problem with
their in-camera High ISO Noise reduction feature, but its effectiveness
is only fair and you lose image detail as a result... photojournalists
and sports shooters who need the camera's full range of sensitivity
should carefully evaluate the D2X's image noise before parting with
$5000.


>From DPReview http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond2x/page28.asp

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* Higher noise at ISO 1600 and 3200 than we would hope (with NR off)
* Smaller default sensitivity range (ISO 100 to 800) than other digital
SLR's
* Inaccurate color response from LCD monitor (green hue shift in reds)
* Disappointing automatic white balance performance under artificial
light
* Some photographers will miss IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
* White balance recorded in RAW file not available to some converters
* Very poor memory management and performance from optional Nikon
Capture

 
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deryck lant
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      06-02-2005
The message <(E-Mail Removed). com>
from http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) contains these words:

> Perhaps we should balance your unbounding enthusiasm (=spam?), by
> quoting some of the bad side... I acknowledge in advance that:
> - I am selectively quoting...
> - Some of these issues and timings are pretty good actually (but
> certainly not 'almost perfect' IMO)...
> - At least one problem (dirt on sensor) applies to *almost* all
> DSLR's..


The 'unbounding enthusiasm' was an opinion from Phil Askey. His website
www.dpreview.com reviews are considered the most well balanced
and unbiased available. The 29 page review devoted to the D2x can
certainly be considered in-depth.

His closing remark that he is considering buying the D2X is remarkable
because he was a devoted Canon fan.

Deryck
 
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Bill Hilton
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      06-02-2005
> Deryck writes ...
>
>The 'unbounding enthusiasm' was an opinion from Phil Askey ...
>His closing remark that he is considering buying the D2X is
>remarkable because he was a devoted Canon fan.


I'm also a "Canon fan" who owns a 1Ds and two 1D MII's and while I'm
definitely not considering buying a D2x I think Nikon did a really nice
job with it. If I had Nikon lenses I'd definitely be using the D2x.

Bill

 
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Ross Garrett
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      06-02-2005

"Bill Hilton" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> I'm also a "Canon fan" who owns a 1Ds and two 1D MII's and while I'm
> definitely not considering buying a D2x I think Nikon did a really nice
> job with it. If I had Nikon lenses I'd definitely be using the D2x.


You know Bill..........measured, cogent replies are simply not appreciated
:^)


 
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chrlz@go.com
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      06-03-2005
Actually, measured cogent replies are *greatly* appreciated.

But just saying, 'Golly I'd love one of those'...? Well, to me, that
isn't all that measured or cogent - am I strange for thinking that? I
would much rather hear a list of the good stuff, and a list of the bad
stuff.

Not everyone shoots the same, not everyone values the same features.
Some of those obviously 'unimportant' issues might just be the deal
breaker for me, or at least make me wait a bit longer yet.. For
example, call me weird, but a DSLR without some form of sensor
cleaning/protection will never make it into my camera bag.

 
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Skip M
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      06-03-2005
"Bill Hilton" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>> Deryck writes ...
>>
>>The 'unbounding enthusiasm' was an opinion from Phil Askey ...
>>His closing remark that he is considering buying the D2X is
>>remarkable because he was a devoted Canon fan.

>
> I'm also a "Canon fan" who owns a 1Ds and two 1D MII's and while I'm
> definitely not considering buying a D2x I think Nikon did a really nice
> job with it. If I had Nikon lenses I'd definitely be using the D2x.
>
> Bill
>

Or if I had fewer Canon lenses...

--
Skip Middleton
http://www.shadowcatcherimagery.com


 
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