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Old 01-26-2020   #1
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What’s your favorite DSLR (Gen 1 - 12mp or less)

Really want to explore some first generation DSLRs. What’s your old favorites?

I was a Nikon shooter for many years.
I’ve shot the following.
D70
D70s
D80
D100
D300
D300s
D700
D1
D1h
D2h
D3

I think I was rather happy in the age of 5-10mp.
I would like to grab a cheap DSLR or two.

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I still own and use a D700, with a D300 as a back up. Both are hand me downs.
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I have a Nikon D50 that served me well. It's still in great shape but does not see much use because of other cameras I have now.

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Old 01-26-2020   #4
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Generation 1 for me was a Canon EOS D30 (3.1 megapixels) which I bought second hand in April 2003.
Generation 2 was a Canon EOS 30D (8.2 megapixels) which I bought new in summer 2006 and I still use.

But is posting this in
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Old 01-26-2020   #5
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D700 is the only one I`ve used. I`ve thought about buying a D200 as a cheap CCD camera just for fun.
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Old 01-26-2020   #6
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i had a lot of fun shooting with a Rebel XT when I first started getting into photgraphy.
5D too as it was the entry to digital full frame

always lusted for a 1Ds2 or 1Ds3... might consider one one of these days
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Old 01-26-2020   #7
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Any of the first Canon 1D series are my faves, 12Mp or less for the non 's' models through Mk III. Have had the first 1D, and a Mk II.



The Mk IV, at 16Mp, goes beyond your stated limit, but, remains my go-to camera. I had tried a 40D and a 7D in the interim, but, they just didn't have the same feel.
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Old 01-26-2020   #8
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Pentax K100D. It was the first digital camera I ever owned; it was small, light, rugged, had IBIS, and supported a range of seriously sweet glass; and it was fun to shoot every time I took it out.

Only a 6mp APS-C sensor, and almost the bottom of the Pentax range when it came out, but it was an astonishingly capable little beastie.
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Generation 1 for me was a Canon EOS D30 (3.1 megapixels) which I bought second hand in April 2003.
Generation 2 was a Canon EOS 30D (8.2 megapixels) which I bought new in summer 2006 and I still use.

But is posting this in
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the right place?
I am confident this is the correct sub forum to post about Digital SLRs.

I remember handling a 30D at Ritz camera before they went belly up.
Always tempted by cheap 20Ds. Would really love to find the elusive 20Da.
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Old 01-26-2020   #10
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I still use a pair of Fuji S5 dSLR bodies.

The S5 uses Nikon F mount lenses because it is a Fuji modified Nikon D200 body.


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Old 01-26-2020   #11
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I've taken some of my best shots with my D700. And I can't seem to let go of my D300, either. They are good Nikons.
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I shot a lot of pictures with my CoolPix 995 before my wife asked if I should upgrade to a new camera.
I ended up falling in love with the D80 once I held/shot a friend's. It fell to hand like a well worn deerskin glove. It eventually gave way to a D7000 which has since been sent off to my sister in Australia. It was replaced by Sony mirrorless which is another story for another thread.
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I still use a pair of Fuji S5 dSLR bodies.

The S5 uses Nikon F mount lenses because it is a Fuji modified Nikon D200 body.


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Nice choice, exactly what I was going to say. Still used by some wedding photographers to this day, for the skin tones. The proprietary Super CCD sensor was something special. Nothing like it.
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Old 01-26-2020   #14
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I greatly enjoyed shooting a Nikon D200 until I really needed better high ISO performance. Then I sold it.
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Old 01-26-2020   #15
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I just picked up a seldom-used D300, haven't used one since I bought one new back in the day.

$150 bargain!

I don't need new fangled modern high ISO, have other cameras for that, so it should be good for many years.

There are SOOOO many used bargains out there now of this generation, amazing what kind of performance is available for very little money.
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Old 01-26-2020   #16
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5D. Still unbeatable for rendering. Only sold it because Canon stopped its support.



I still see nothing wrong with FF DSLRs, except size. And absolutely nothing wrong with 10MP. To me it is perfect optimum.
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Old 01-26-2020   #17
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I have three of them, but I use them all for different needs. I still prefer my ancient D80 and its CCD sensor in sunny bright daylight, for example. My D750 excells at night photography, but its not really a Gen I camera...
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My first DSLR was the Sigma SD14. Damn nice camera. With the battery grip attached it fit perfectly in my hand. Later I bought the Sigma SD1 Merrill; I still have it and occasionally use it. When I retired a few years ago I gave the SD14 to my co-worker. Those are the only DSLRs I've ever owned.

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For my first DSLR I got a Nikon D80, and liked it a lot compared to the P7700 I'd been using. So much so I got a second one as a back-up. But the back-up failed shortly after I started using it, and that's when I found out about the big flaw in that particular model. It displays a 99 code, and won't take a photo although it will go through the motions.

Seems to be a very common problem, and it can be any one of 6 things that have gone wrong with it. The only way to find out which it is is to send it in for repair. Most of the problems are fixed by replacing a major PCB or two, which can get expensive after a while, and no guarantee it will operate for very long afterwards.

So I switched to the D300s, and now have two of them. Much more rugged than the D80, and better output for less time spent post processing. I still have the good D80 just in case I get back into doing camera repairs and need something to record the process.

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I had the Sony Mavica the one that took 3.5” floppy discs. At the time it was like a digital Polaroid and I used it to document the birth of my son.

Sorry! The question is about DSLRs. I had the Olympus E-1 for a few years and liked it very much for the quality. I then went into Canon for the full frame.
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Old 01-26-2020   #21
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My first one was a D100 I eventually converted to IR, then a D200 - also converted to IR, and which I still use. I also continue use a D300 some, but I foolishly sold my D700 when I got the D800. The D300 is still a great workhorse when called upon.
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Old 01-26-2020   #22
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1+ for the Fujifilm S5.
That sensor, though a mere 6MP, had a rendering all its own. Skin tones, vivd colors. I do regret selling it.
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After starting with the APS-C 10MP Nikon D200 and 12MP D2, the 12 MP Nikon D3 is the camera I miss. Mainly because of the body---solid mechanically AND optically(viewfinder). Been going through old 12MP files from the D3 lately. they're pretty good.
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The original Canon 5D Classic, hands down.
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My first personal DSLR was a Nikon D100 which was ok but once I got my hands on a D2Hs, I knew that was the pro tool I wanted. I've owned two of them. The D2X is good too but that D2Hs is still killer. I wish I could find one with a nice low shutter count.
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I had always been a film user but my spouse was getting ready to list a bunch of small items for online sale. I had a 55 Micro-Nikkor but needed a digital body. Ended up with a D2x, it was a beast and had a shutter rated for about a billion actuations. It did the job I needed for and was traded in on a Df but for the short time I owned it, I could see it was built to Nikons highest standards for a pro camera. Originally about five grand, now you can get them for a couple hundred bucks. Plus, if I recall, it has the flip up lever so you can use non-Ai lenses.
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After my D50 got swiped by a New York cabbie, I bough the D700 that served me well for 5 or 6 years. Solid bit of kit, made great images.
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Well I still use D3s's for low light work and with my 200-500 Nikkor. To me they are a bargain. If all my gear was stolen I'd buy two of them.
I also recently bought a D2x which thom hogan reckons is better at base iso than the D3's. I use it with a 20mm f2.8 Ai. The trick is to put a DK17M viewfinder magnifier on the D2x, in fact I put these on all my pro Nikons ie D810, Df, D3s, D2x. Makes manual focussing so much easier.
Had two S5Pro's myself but these days their need for a fuji battery rather than the standard Nikon en-el15 must be a pain. If Fujifilm had developed that sensor further I would have stuck with them. I am often tempted by a D2h but worry about a mere 4Mp. Just not sure how big I could print from that.
I borrowed a D200 but the viewfinder was just too much tunnel-like for me.
D2x is the bargain for me, battery lasts forever too. I also don't think it's as bad at high iso as the web likes to make out.
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5d mk1.

One of the best sensors in any digital camera. The mkIII I bought to replace it didn't compare.
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Bought the D70s new when it came out, great camera but after my brother borrowed it it magically disappeared... Bought a D700 a week ago and it has really impressed me so far.
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I've owned the following DSLRs in the up to 12MP category and several copies of most of them.

Olympus E1
Olympus E3
Olympus E5
Olympus E400
Canon 5D
Nikon D70
Nikon D300

Still have an E1 and E400 and both are used.

It's difficult to pick a favourite but if I could only have one it would be the Canon 5D. However, I'd happily use any of them if they were all that were available.
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Nikon D90. Great images and used all of my F mount lenses. Gave it away when I get got a D750.
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My only and 1st DSLR was bought a few months ago,
The Nikon D50, with CCD for lens and body, charger, Canadian $60.
The sensor was what i wanted, it's specifications similar to M8 (Kodak).
I've used friends and agencies cameras but truthfully prefer small point and shoots!

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When I left my staff job I used a 1d and a d60 most money I've ever made from photography with these two bodies. Since then I've had all the 1d bodies hasn't made me any better a photographer. I think if you want to go really old school you need a Nikon d1 I've still got a couple of them good fun every now and again. Had a d200 as a holiday camera really liked that with a 24mm 2.8 and a 85mm 1.8 have thought about buying one of them again also.
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Ive owned MANy D1’s

Even a few very recently.
I cannot stand the slow write speed.

Sure it felt faster back then... spoiled I guess!
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The D700 is still excellent--and so is the D3. Both bargains, now.
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Wrong forum. (this one's for film cameras only)

Not that I mind much, but I bet you'd get more response in the right forum.
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There is no digital section for SLRs - UnRF.

Maybe General Discussion? But again.

This is the appropriate sub in my opinion/experience.

It’s not actually a serious post - so it’s neither here nor there.
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Wrong forum. (this one's for film cameras only)

There's lots of DSLR threads in this section, and in the "let's see pics of your SLR" thread. I can't think of a better place for them.


On the other hand.... There are eleven different Leica forums, assuming I counted correctly; if bandwidth becomes an issue maybe one or more could be consolidated to make a DSLR forum.
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