Nikon D1(about $75 used) and 35mm f/1.8 DX. enlarge. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link directly to them at eBay (see How to Win at eBay), when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thanks! Ken.
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Back, Nikon D1. enlarge.
Nikon D1 and 35mm f/1.8 DX.
15 February 1999
Nikon announced it was working on "a new professional class, high-quality digital Single Lens Reflex Camera."
15 June 1999
Nikon announces the D1, the world's first practical DSLR. It is the first practical DSLR because it's the first DSLR with good enough image quality for print (2.7 MP), fast enough (4.5 FPS) and priced low enough ($5,000) and functional enough to be sensible to use daily as a primary camera. It's also the first DSLR made with Nikon electronics in a Nikon body, by Nikon.
It replaced film at forward-looking newspapers.
Forget about it today, regardless of price. For the same price you can get the greatly improved D1H or D1X, neither of which are worthwhile today either. The D1 series is confined to the dumpster of history (and collectors) because its battery system is a pain, and its menu structure requires interpreting numerical custom functions. It requires a cheat sheet to decipher.
Flash exposure performance is awful.
Get one only as a landmark camera to collect. The D1 is the landmark. The D1 is the camera that replaced film at newspapers.
The D1 is unique in having a 1/16,000 top shutter speed, since its shutter is also electronic. That's how it gets a 1/500 sync speed. If you use the PC sync terminal or a non-dedicated flash so the D1 doesn't know you've got a flash attached; sync goes all the way to 1/16,000!
Works with all AF, AF-D, AF-I, AF-S, FX, DX and G lenses, as well as all AI and AI-s manual focus lenses. In other words, works with everything.
Meters fine with manual lenses, but center-weighted metering only.
200, 400, 800 and 1,600.
EN-EL4 Ni-MH battery.
I bought this Ni-MH EN-EL4 battery and it works great.
MH-16 charger. Plugs into battery. with a cord.
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