Nikon D1X SLR Review
Features & Controls (cont.)
The all important Main Command Dial is easily activated with your thumb and works in conjunction with many of the other control buttons to quickly change camera options. The AF-ON button forces activation of the autofocus system. The AE-L and AF-L buttons lock the exposure and focus settings when desired.
The big round switch is the focus area selector switch which also doubles
as a 4-way jog switch when the camera is in playback mode
or you are navigating the menu system.
On the front of the camera below the shutter release is the sub command
dial which is used in certain modes to select various camera options. It is
not used as often as the main command dial thankfully as it is a bit of a
stretch to get to with your index finger.
Because the D1X is built on the F5 chassis it also has the vertical grip
and second shutter release which is used when the camera is held in portrait mode.
On the back side is a second command dial and AF Start button.
The rear control panel and its LCD display.
The rear LCD panel displays: Number of shots remaining, ISO sensitivity,
white balance mode, image quality mode, monochrome mode, CF Card status, LCD
monitor status and Custom function settings.
Unlike older pro cameras the D1X does not use full size PC cards, it is equipped with
a CompactFlash Type II slot. The storage media of choice for working professionals
Lexar Media's Pro Series 8x and 10x solid state CF cards.
IBM Microdrives can be used in the D1/D1X, the 512MB and 1GB models are recommended and give you lots of memory to shoot all NEFs if desired. There is a known problem with later model 512MB and 1GB Microdrives that will be "fixed" with the release of the D1X firmware v1.01. Check the serial number on your Microdrive, if the last three digits begins with a zero then you are not affected by this.
Custom function #34 can be enabled to stop the camera from functioning if there's no CF card inserted. I'd suggest that you leave this function set to ON at all time to remind you if there's no memory card in the camera.
Our good friend Rob Galbraith, a professional (digital) photojournalist, has updated his review of CompactFlash Type I and II devices in respect to the D1X. Click here to read his Selecting a CompactFlash Card for the Nikon D1X article. The Lexar Pro Series with their 10x and 12x write speeds were the favorite for the D1 but a new generation of large capacity and fast cards are now available from other manufacturers using the Toshiba controller chip. To quote Rob:
Rob's in-depth report exams 14 different cards from seven different vendors that offer completely D1X compatible cards. He reports on their compatibility, durability, speed and just as important, their pro support. There is lots of good info in his article so please read the whole thing, in a nutshell he says:
The D1X can be controlled from a computer via the Nikon Capture software when connected to a high-speed (400mbps) IEEE1394 FireWire port, maximum distance is 14 feet (3.5 meters). This FireWire port can also be used for rapid image downloads.
The Autosave function of Nikon Capture allows files to be transferred directly
from the camera to the computers hard disk via Firewire. As the image is
transferred a number of automatic operations can be performed such as:
resizing, colour balancing, file conversion, sharpening and renaming (both
prefix, suffix and sequential numbering)
Along the front of the camera are the I/O ports for the AC power adapter and the
Near the top of the camera is the PC flash sync connector and below that is a 10-pin
connector for the optional remote shutter release and other camera-control
functions. The small LED is for selftimer indication.
The D1 series uses the EN-4 NiMH rechargeable battery pack and comes with the MH-16 Quick Charger. I have yet to wait longer than 60 minutes to charge up a battery pack. The MH-15 and EH-3 chargers supplied with F-100 and E-3 camera systems can be used to charge the EN-4 battery.
According to Rob Galbraith you need to run all new EN-4 battery packs through THREE Refresh cycles back-to-back before using them. Read Rob's article for all the details.
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