Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/23[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
Harrison McClary writes: > I think the digital back Nikon has was developed in a joint effort by > Kodak and the associated Press and is available on both Canon EOS and > the Nikon system. I know that here in Nashville both daily newspapers > have gone digital and the Banner uses Nikon and the Tennessean uses > Canon. The digital apparatus is pretty much the same just mounted on a > different body, maybe Eric could shed more light on this since his > paper is going digital. The description 'digital back' is something of a misnomer, since you can't remove them. The DCS3 and the APNC2000e are very much digital cameras, albeit built around the EOS1n and F90x bodies respectively. Since they cost about UKP12,000, the fact that you get a 'free' additional body is neither here nor there. In the UK, the DCS3 (Canon EOS1n based) version is the machine of choice for press photographers, you see *far* more of them than the Nikon based version. This is partly because the Nikon verion is based on the F90 (which has a dreadful reputation) and partly because Nikon has no equivalent to Canon's excellent 35-350 zoom. As a long time Nikon user with a large investment in lenses, this pains me, but Nikon are going to have to pull their finger out if they're going to get back in to this market. The new Canon (due early next year) is still EOS1n based, but smaller, and with some great new features (I can go into more detail if anyone's interested). Nikon's F5 offering is much rumoured, but my (very well connected) source has no details as yet. Plus points: you get the images back to the picture desk *much* faster, editors love it. Minus points: Flash performance is very inconsistent & the effective focal length of the lens in use is multiplied by 1.4, which is a pain in the gluteus maximus. Contentious opinion: film will be dead and buried for press use (note that qualification) within 2 years.