I’ve been contemplating buying a new camera for a couple of months now. I’m not trying to upgrade from my Nikon Coolpix 5000 I got back in January. It’s a great prosumer camera that I can take around almost anywhere. Instead, I’m looking to get a digital SLR to compliment my prosumer and I’ve narrowed it down to 2 choices. First is the Nikon D100 ($1889) which is getting all around great reviews. The second is the Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro ($2169) which has a little heftier price tag, but seems to have a couple more features that the D100 doesn’t. Both cameras have excelent image quality, but the S2 seems to have a bit of an edge. I am leaning towards the D100 though because I’m so use to the Nikon control scheme at this point though and I think I can be a little more productive with that camera.
The camera isn’t the only cost here though. Also keep in mind that I’m having to purchase lenses for the thing (the prices above are just for the body) and that’s where the real money is going to be thrown down. The real good thing about this, though, is that it’s a one time investment and I’ll be able to uses them for very many years to come with other SLR’s. The following are all of the lenses I’ve been researching:
Fixed Focalul>li>Nikon AF 28mm f/2.8D Nikkor – $219.00li>Nikon AF 50mm f/1.4D Nikkor – $228.85li>Nikon AF 85mm f/1.8D Nikkor – $319.99/ul>i>Zoomul>li>Nikon AF 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0D Zoom-Nikkor – $465.00li>Sigma AF 28-105mm f/2.8-4.0 – $153.99li>Sigma AF 28-70mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical DF – $314.99/ul>i>Panoul>li>Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye-Nikkor – $699.00li>Sigma AF 15mm f/2.8 EX – $335.99/ul>
The ones in red are what I’m definitely getting right away if I do pick up either of the cameras. So let’s work this out real quick. The camera, both lenses, and 2 extra batteries will bring the total initial cost around $2700. Hmm. What’s the word I’m looking for? I think it’s… OUCH!!!