With the entire noise about new mirrorless cameras and all the advantages they create to the digital images desk, it’s time to take a second to acknowledge a pioneer whose 20th birthday simply quietly handed: the Nikon D1.

The Nikon D1 was introduced in June 1999, and whereas its specs sound underwhelming right this moment (a 2.74 MP APS-C CCD sensor and a most ISO of 1,600 that you just most likely wouldn’t need to go close to in any respect), on the time, it was revolutionary. It wasn’t a hacked Kodak/Nikon digital-grafted-onto-film affair, it was a ground-up digital effort, not not like the Canon D30 of the time as properly.

Photographer and trade analyst Thom Hogan factors out that the D1 marked Nikon’s try and seize the skilled market within the digital house, whereas Canon went downmarket with the D30. The D1 did convey some loopy expertise (for the day) into the physique – as an illustration, it was really a 10.Four MP sensor that the corporate had pixel-binned to a decrease decision. A 10.Four MP sensor within the early 2000s would have been a speaking level, for certain, and it’s fascinating that Nikon didn’t select to go this route with the then $5,500 D1.

My skilled profession began with the successor to the D1, the 4.1 MP D2H, and I nonetheless have a working one right this moment. Each time I pull it off the shelf to have a go, I can’t imagine how even the lowliest Canon Insurgent can outshoot this digicam that was as soon as a beast for photojournalism. That mentioned, approach all the time trumps gear. Right here’s a shot I obtained out of one in every of my first shoots with a D2H.

It was exhausting sufficient to get something with a very noisy ISO 800 and an historic autofocus system like that of the D2H; I can solely think about what capturing with the even older D1 will need to have been like. Nonetheless, it could have been exhausting to image how far expertise would advance within the years to return on the time.

Have you ever shot with the D1? What was your expertise with this historic digicam?

Nikon D1 lead picture by Ashley Pomeroy, used below Inventive Commons license, confetti lead picture background Photograph by Jason Leung on Unsplash.

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