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Old 12-07-2009, 21:21   #1 (permalink)
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Time to replace camera?

Hi
I'm a complete novice - was really hoping someone can tell me if my camera is on its way out or not.
I have a Nikon D100 - it's a few years old and seems to be behaving quite strangely now.

It continually exposes incorrectly - the only way to make photos bright enough is to manually adjust it to around +2 outdoors. With both the built in flash, and the SB600, it is a hit or a miss if the pictures come out really dark or not. The spot metering doesn't seem to work very well at all anymore. On a bright day, I try to take the reading from the grass and then shoot my subject but the picture comes out almost completely black.

The auto focus is always blurry which is a bit annoying if I'm in a hurry to shoot something as I can't use it at all.

Also, the self timer doesn't work and I don't have a remote so no slow shutter speeds possible at all.

Does anyone know what could be causing these problems, or is it just old and more and more things will go wrong?
Is it time to shell out for a new camera?

Thanks for taking the time to read this - I need to shoot a wedding at the end of August and I'm not feeling confident with the camera at all just now
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Old 12-07-2009, 21:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Time to replace camera?

You have an old camera there and It sounds like the camera is no good for anything so scrap it! (bin it) if you do pro work then its a D700 D3 or D3X a good back up would be a D300 which ever way you choose it will cost you. To hard to take in well get an estimate how much the repair may be but you must be thinking even after a repair could you trust it again? I doubt it, the choice is yours.
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Old 12-07-2009, 22:02   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Des. Even if it could be fixed, could you trust it?
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Old 12-07-2009, 22:11   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Time to replace camera?

Thanks guys - think I probably just needed reassurance on that score.
It's just been getting worse and worse

I'm not a pro so don't need anything as sophisticated as the D700. I'd love a D300 but don't have the pennies just now. I know I'm going a bit off topic now, but would the D90 do the job for me do you think? I only do the odd shoot for friends etc for a bit of pocket money.

Thanks for the advice - I appreciate it!
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D90 is a very capable camera

You will be able to do the wedding video too
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Old 12-07-2009, 22:17   #6 (permalink)
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Ah great - will start trying to source one at a good price then!
Thanks for the above - appreciate it
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Old 12-07-2009, 23:48   #7 (permalink)
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Any reliable DSLR camera will do, make sure you have a good quality lens, and a good flash unit.
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In test's the D90's image quality was as good as if not better than the D300,
The build of the D300 is far Superior and it has far more programmability than the D90, but if you don't need this why spend the extra pennies.

PS test was in the Amateur Photography mag .
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In test's the D90's image quality was as good as if not better than the D300,
The build of the D300 is far Superior and it has far more programmability than the D90, but if you don't need this why spend the extra pennies.

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Any reliable DSLR camera will do, make sure you have a good quality lens, and a good flash unit.
Thanks for the assurance!
I've now ordered a D90 (getting quite excited about it too )
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Good choice, it's a good camera, hope you enjoy it.
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