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When I was a total beginner in digital photography I heard a lot of folks talk about..factory settings. In my kid mind of back then, it was something about...a factory that serves as the set(ting) for some action/picture..and I honestly asked the "guru" of our group what factory did he have in mind. Seeing the kid me with a camera larger than myself struggling to go through the paces with the grown-ups must have struck a funny chord in him so he said..why, a biscuits factory, of course!rnWay too many years passed since, and as I walked some lonely unwalked paths since the coronaspread (TM), avoiding people as much as I could, I finally reached the end of a side road in a rather strange and remote part of Bucharest- and I wondered aloud what this place was..the guard at the door (that rested on a low chair behind some bushes)unexpectedly replied,saying it is a ..biscuit factory. Yup, true, and still working. He also mentioned this spot is somewhat of a pilgrimage site for photographers and I recall seeing this as a test shot a million times in local photography magazines- but not one said where and what it was. So there,a biscuit factory from the days of yore, still active today.rnTechnical juicy bits: the Nikon D 40X is an ancient 10 Mpix CCD sensor DSLR.That is a rather small resolution by today's standards but the dynamic range of that beast and the colors are stunning. Same for the elder D100, D40 (non-X) , D50 and others of the same vintage. My latest adventure was finding a 20 year old but perfectly serviceable Nikon D100. Six megapixels in all their glory- but the dynamic range and color quality are out of this world- as a joke I brought it along at some semi-formal event and my photos were sought after.When they heard the details they could not believe it is a six megapixel 20 years old equipment...so dear trekkers- if you see an old dusty D100 in some pawn shop,or some D40, 50 etc- give them a chance and take'em for a spin,they will surprise and amuse you- and they must be dirt cheap by now- I got my D100 for a little more than a sandwich at some cheap well known McEatery.

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