Buying the new Nikon D100 Camera

敗家記

  買,英文叫「 buy 」,音同「敗」,錢花得多,就是「敗家」了。由於數碼產品如 PDA , MP3 和數碼相機等,價格都不便宜,於是網上約定俗成,凡是買這類東西,一律以「敗」做為動詞,可以理解為「 buy 」,也可以理解為「敗家」。

  我今天就「敗」了一回,一個想「敗」了很久的數碼相機―― Nikon D100 。今天是6月11日,週五,為了紀念 Ronald Reagan 的逝世,我們放假一天;又很巧的是,我在易趣網上掛著的 Sony F707 被人買下了,衹要賣掉了 Sony F707 ,我就衹能背水一戰了。

  先打了一個電話給易趣的買家,聊了幾句,聽得出對方很誠肯,我也更放心了。打完電話,又打了個電話給好友楊軍,主要是想借他的車,去把 Sony F707 交給買家。同時,在網上找到了 mixview ,就是他把我害成今天這樣的。我和他詳細地討論了 Nikon D70 和 D100 的區別和優缺點;再打了電話給同學李雪華,他擁有一個攝影公司,並且早就使用 4000 萬像素的 media format 後背了,向他詢問到底是買 D70 還是 D100 。不過,這只「老狐狸」說:「如果你想用得業餘一點,就買 D70 ;如果想顯得專業一點,就買 D100 。」這叫什麼話?對我來說,用 D100 就是「顯得」專業一點?「顯得」的意思就是「不是」,這我懂。當然,再和他細聊之後,他告訴我他是不會選擇 D100 這種機器的,因為在他的眼裏,並不是我「顯得」專業,而是 D100 「顯得」專業。那估計我連「顯得」的資格也沒有了。

  楊軍十一點多到家裏接了我,然後我到辦公室取了 Sony F707 的配件,一路到了九龍路,把 Sony F707 給了買家,交易相當愉快,對方也是個行家,而且就是喜歡這臺機器,而不是打算轉手倒賣。我賣得挺愉快,為舊機器找了個「好主子」。

  驅車來到新客站的環龍商廈,那是上海的一個照相器材集散地,三樓的第一家就是 Nikon 專賣,而且是上海的新康華( Nikon 總代)推薦的,所以沒有很多碰到「 js 」(又是一個網絡術語――「奸商」)的顧慮。店裏的工作人員一個叫沈韜,很在行;另一個別人叫他「馮老師」,據說是以前常德路攝影家沙龍的經理。楊軍把我送到,先走了。

  沈韜接待了我,聊得很開心,等我同時看到 D70 和 D100 實物的時候,我完全知道我要的是什麼了。 D70 放在 D100 的邊上,首先的感覺是「 cheap 」,那就像一輛桑塔納放在一輛 Benz 邊上一樣。 D100 拿到手裏,份量夠沈,再和沈韜談好價錢(其實是一分錢也沒便宜)後,他答應送我一隻 Nikon 的攝影包。那只包相當好,我也很喜歡,衹是覺得太大;在他的引領下,到隔壁買了一隻 Lowepro Nova Mini AW 的攝影包,有防水袋的那種,質量好、做工好,放進相機,大小也正好。

  當然,還有鏡頭。我一直向往那種「一機走天下」,於是選了一支 Sigma AF28-200 的鏡頭,裝上後一試,發現速度很不理想;這時,沈韜介紹了我一支 Nikkor ( Nikon 的鏡頭品牌) AF-S 24-85/3.5-4.5G 鏡頭,這支鏡頭是超聲波對焦的,速度要比我以前使用的 Minolta 光學鏡頭快上許多,當然,就是它了。

  另外,買了 Sandisk 512M CF 卡,沈韜還送了 UV 鏡和太陽眼鏡給我,非常高興地拿著東西,叫車,回家。路上擁擠得厲害,我急著回家試相機,真是心急如焚。一個多小時後,總算到家,可我還要買菜、做飯,直到晚上九點,才有機會坐回電腦,把照片倒出來。

  照片的質量很差,好在 mixview 事先警告過我,說 D100 的照片,每張都要重新製作,因為這是「所謂」的專業相機;而且,他也事先告訴我, D100 的 JPEG ,遠沒有 Sony F707 好,說是「用 D100 拍 JPEG ,就像用牛刀殺雞,結果還殺不了雞」。製作 D100 的 NEF 原始文件,要用到一個叫做 Nikon Capture 的軟件,可我安裝後卻怎麼也運行不起來,真是老革命碰到新問題。

  半夜十二點的時候,我已經 ghost 過我的機器了,但還是運行不了 Nikon Capture ,衹能作罷,明天再說吧。

Today is a USG holiday for memorial service of President Renald Reagan, I bought a Nikon D100 DSLR camera. This camera was a dream for me, longtime ago. Eventually, I decided to have one and did some preparation. Firstly, I put my old Sony F707 on Eachnet, a auction website like eBay in Chinese, and successfully sold it. For collecting the money, I also sold my iPAQ 3870 PocketPC (since I am always using Franklin Covey paper organizer, the PocketPC is useless for me), spare memory stick, secure disk and memory chips as well.

I collect around 8,000 RMB (USD 925) and spent more 8,000 RMB to buy the new camera. The new camera is much better than the old one, but I didn’t have enough time to test it. Also, I still have problem to run the attached software Nikon Capture 4.0.

0 thoughts on “Buying the new Nikon D100 Camera

  1. Hi, Yule,
    I am very surprised by the comment on D100 and D70 from your friend and you. I’ve made extensive and thorough research on these two cameras when I planed to buy from one of them.
    D70 is an improvement over D100 in terms of easy of use, photo quality and price. It’s very easy to operate with the button settings. None of the same level DSLR can beat the 3 frames per second and superior 1/500 flash sync, which allows the camera to be used for serious professional action photography. White balance works great. Besides it’s lighter compared with D100. Ironically it became a merit in your article.
    It seems to me your knowledge and skills in photography are no comparison to your cooking. Here is a website I suggest you to have a look. You will get far more information there than from the people who tried to sell your cameras.
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm
    But don’t get me wrong. D100 is already a very nice camera for amateurs like us. Enjoy it!

  2. By the way, I want to buy your cooking book. What kind of procedures apply to people like me abroad?
    You can contact via the email address.
    Thanks a lot.

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