Nikon D1X SLR Review

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Features & Controls

The D1X is compatible with about 90% of the F mount Nikkor lenses made. You need to use a focal length conversion factor of 1.5x to determine proper focal length coverage compared to the 35mm format.

The best results will be obtained with the latest Nikkor type D or G optics with the builtin CPU. One of my favorites is the Nikkor 24-85mm F2.8 when used on the D1X it becomes a 36-128mm zoom.

On the left side of the lens mount is the Depth of Field (DOF) preview button, on the right side is the lens release lock button and the 3-way switch is used to select the desired focusing mode (Manual, Single AF or Continuous AF).

Nikon Professional D1X

On the side of the pentaprism you'll find the diopter adjustment for the eyelevel finder and the metering control switch. Exclusive Nikon 3D Color Matrix (with type G or D Nikkor lenses only, when used with other lenses it will be Matrix metering only), Center-Weighted (8mm circular area in center of frame by default, CSM options for 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm) or Spot (4mm area).

Nikon Professional D1X

The accessory shoe has dedicated flash contacts for Nikon SB-28DX, SB-50DX, SB-28, SB-27, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24, SB-23, SB-22s, SB-29 Speedlights. The shoe is equipped with a safety pin to keep these flashes in place. True TTL flash can only be accomplished with either the SB-28DX or the SB-50DX Speedlights.

Also seen here is the eyelevel viewfinder, the lever on the back closes the dark slide to block the viewfinder during long exposures. There are optional rubber eyecups that can be attached to the viewfinder. You can change the focusing screen in the prism head, Nikon has several types available. The viewfinder shows about 95% of the captured frame.

Nikon Professional D1X

For true TTL flash you need the Nikon SB-28DX or SB-50DX Speedlight. The SB-28DX (and new SB-50DX) features 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash (with D-type AF Nikkor lenses) and were designed specifically for the D1 series.

The SB-28DX (and SB-50DX) also offers Auto Aperture flash capability and top flash sync speeds up to 1/500 second. Five flash modes: Front-Curtain Sync (normal sync), Red-Eye Reduction, Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync, Slow Sync and Rear-Curtain Sync

Want to take a 360-degree QuickTime VR tour around the SB-28DX Speedlight? If yes, then just click here!

Nikon Professional D1X

The D1X's viewfinder display - in the center you see the 5 different focus zones as well as the center-weighted metering circle. The focus zone that is selected or active will turn red when the shutter is pressed.

Nikon Professional D1X

Across the bottom is the digital readout that shows the autofocus status, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture setting, exposure mode (P, A, S, M), flash status, EV comp, # of pictures taken and a digital representation of an analog exposure scale when in Manual mode or setting EV comp.

Nikon Professional D1X

On the back is a high quality 2-inch, color TFT LCD with 130,0000-pixel resolution. It allows for instant, in-field review of captured images with all the camera and exposure data plus optional histogram and/or highlighting. You can quickly go through stored images using the thumbnail option common to most digicams. All of the playback features are detailed on page 5

The D1X comes with a semi-transparent LCD cover but it has to be removed to really "see" your images. Shown here is the $19.95 Nikon D1 Hoodcap from Hoodman USA. It's made of optically transparent plastic and lets you see your images or the menu and gives your (expensive to replace) LCD protection from scratches, nose oil, fingerprints and dirt.

Nikon Professional D1X

And to complete the Hoodcap is the new $39.95 Nikon D1 Hoodcap Hood, a flexible, soft rubber bellows-type hood that fits around the color LCD and attaches to the Hoodcap (required).

The soft rubber hood collapses up against the camera when you need to look through your viewfinder and then springs back into place. It provides glare-free viewing when you want to use the color LCD, even in bright outdoor sunlight.

Hoodman D1 Combo

Hoodman now is offering the HD-1CM combo for D1, D1H and D1X owners that consists of the Hoodcap, Hood and a 2X magnifying lens that mounts in the end of the Hood. Note that in this version the Hood is permanently attached to the Hoodcap. Price is $69.95.

Nikon Professional D1X

The mode dial has options for selftimer, continuous (3fps with a maximum of 9 JPG or 6 RAW images) or single frame record modes or the playback mode. On top of that are the buttons for exposure bracketing, flash modes and ISO sensitivity. These options are selected by holding the button down and rotating the main command dial.

Below the mode dial is the Monitor button that lets you manually turn the color LCD on or off. Next to that is the DELete button for deleting stored images during playback. It also doubles as the card format button if pressed at the same time as the Mode button on top.

Nikon Professional D1X

The Mode button is held down and the main command dial is rotated to select between [P]rogrammed Automatic, [S]hutter priority, [A]perture priority or [M]anual record modes. Next to that is the "+/-" exposure compensation button that also works with the main command dial.

The shutter release has the power on/off switch mounted around it. Moving the power switch beyond the "On" position turns on the backlights for both the top and rear data LCD displays so they can be seen in the dark.

Nikon Professional D1X

The top data LCD displays all the important camera information; shutter speed, aperture, exposure mode, exposure compensation, exposure compensation value, aperture/shutter speed lock, flash sync mode, focus area, exposure bracketing information, electronic analogue display, battery power, CF Card confirmation, number of shots taken, number of shots remaining and frame number at playback.

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