cancidas
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Finally Time For The D70

Sat Apr 24, 2004 2:05 pm

well, it's that time of year finally! b&h in NYC has the D70 in stock so it's time to save all my cash and get me one! here is what i'm planning on getting:

Nikon D70 DSLR with 18-70mm Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikkor 70-300mm Zoom Lens
Sandisk 512mb Compact Flash Memory Card (x2 for now)

this is going to be my first really decent camera, and i can't wait for it. i'm planning on getting a second battery and two more memory cards in the future, as well as a polarized filter since i do mostly indoor shooting. feel free to add any insight.

p.s. anti-nikon remarks not welcome.
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christhurtell
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:39 pm

way to go  Smile

you'll enjoy the d70, i havent looked back since i picked mine up  Smile

personally i wouldnt bother with a 2nd battery unless u are going to be away from power for a long time to charge the battery - the battery that comes with it lasts a long time, probably a uneccasary expense

definitly stay with the nikkor lenses, i would probably really look at the 80-200 f2.8 instead of the 70-300 - they tend to lose theyre sharpness, unless u are gonna fork out the big $$$ for a 2.8 70-300mm lens

Chris
 
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:41 pm

I got mine today and i cant wait to see the first results  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:47 pm

polarized filter since i do mostly indoor shooting

Polarisers have little or no value for indoor photography.

Andy
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Mon Apr 26, 2004 10:57 pm

I'm loving mine.....plug plug plug!


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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:51 pm

I'm a loyal Canon user, but this time, I think Nikon's got everything right on the D70. There is so much technology in this thing it's not funny!!
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cancidas
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:22 am

polarized filter since i do mostly indoor shooting

Polarisers have little or no value for indoor photography.

Andy


i mean from inside towers, not necessarily inside.
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:54 am

OK, well a pola may cut down reflections if you're shooting through glass under some circumstances, but if the glass is toughened a pola may actually bring out unusual marks in the glass.

Andy
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:15 am

thanks for all the help guys. one other quesition, would you recommend using a clear filter in order to protect the lens? it seems like a good idea to me and a few people have advised me to do so.
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Staffan
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:21 am

I always keep filters on the front of my lenses.

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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Wed May 05, 2004 6:22 pm

I have the first results of the D70 now.

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a really nice camera. What surprises me most is the absence of grain on the cabin shot which was made with ISO 400. Ther Chickenwings photo was with ISO 200 which is the lowest ISO setting available and i think the results are much better than with ISO 125 on my D1X.
I have only the problem that Nikon Cature 3.5.5 isnt able to open the NEF (Nikon Term for RAW) files produced with the D70. Although i have no problems opening the D1X RAW-Files with Nikon capture.
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Thu May 06, 2004 2:31 am

Yes, a UV filter is always a good idea. For years I have used one instead of a lens cap--it works like a charm. It protects your expensive lens, and as an added bonus you don't have to worry about fumbling with a cap to get a shot in a hurry!

Anyway, I'm jealous of all you people with D70s! I am hoping to get one later this month. As of now I am using an old N6006 for when I want an SLR, and a Coolpix 990 for digital--I am looking forward to having the best of both worlds, and more, in one camera!

Does anyone have experience with the Nikkor 70-300D? I have heard mixed things about it, but unfortunately I think it will be a while before I can afford one of the f2.8 zooms...
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Thu May 06, 2004 2:53 am

"unless u are gonna fork out the big $$$ for a 2.8 70-300mm lens"

Never heard of this lens, mabye the f/2.8 70-200?

"For years I have used one instead of a lens cap"

I too keep clear UV filters on all my lens, but also use the lens cap. Doesn't the filter get scratched and dirty when u store the lens without protecting the filter?

That second battery is a good idea, would hate to be at the airport and have it go dead with no replacement, i have 4 batterys for my D100
Good luck with the D70

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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Thu May 06, 2004 4:58 am

i think you need one extra battery, not 4 Big grin

EN-EL3 on D70 has super long battery life. I was at LHR taking photos(around 300 shots) the whole day the batt indicator was still "full"!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Thu May 06, 2004 7:48 am

Doesn't the filter get scratched and dirty when u store the lens without protecting the filter?

No, not really. I've been using the same one on my N6006 for over 10 years and there's not a single scratch on it. I don't use the camera every day--far from it--but it has traveled around the world with me and is pretty well worn at this point.

Sure, I clean the filter with a lens cloth from time to time as necessary--mainly if I touch the surface by accident and get a finger smudge on it, which doesn't happen all that often--but unless you're shooting in the middle of a dust storm it's not really a frequent problem.

In any event, worst case scenario, suppose you get a big scratch across the surface. It costs about $15 to replace it, hardly more than a lens cap!

Anyway, that's fantastic about the D70's battery life. I can't wait to get my hands on one of those!
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PilotHighFlyer
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Thu May 06, 2004 8:39 am

i think you need one extra battery, not 4

I was thinking that too when i bought the camera and ordered one extra battery. I use the MB-D100 grip (2 batteries) and bought the extra 2 for a back up set. With the VR lens battery life is around 750-1000 shots and considerably less when using a flash.

Thanks for the answer FoxBravo.

Robert
 
cancidas
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Fri May 07, 2004 1:32 am

i think you need one extra battery, not 4

hey mate, i never said i wanted 4 extra batteries. where did you get that from...lol!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Fri May 07, 2004 1:37 am

You might want to consider the Nikkor 28-105D lens ... good lens and a nice range of coverage for close-up photography. I find that having a 70mm "break point" (i.e. switching lenses) is sometimes frustrating.

Just a thought,

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cancidas
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RE: Finally Time For The D70

Wed May 12, 2004 4:51 am

I GOT IT!! I GOT IT!! well, almost. i got the kit today and just have to wait for the body. for the love of humaity, HURRY UP NIKON! lol. Big grin
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