• Nikon Camera Review: Nikon D70 Review - What you will need to get started with your D70

    08 April 2005

    Nikon D70 Review - What you will need to get started with your D70

    The D70 is the digital SLR to record daily life and life events. With a 6 megapixel resolution limits the size of prints you can make with it to about 11" by 17". If this is not a problem for you then this is your digital camera. If you want to be able to make larger prints with good resolution, then you need to spend a great deal more money for a higher resolution digital camera (about $5,000) or stick with film. I keep my old N90 for these purposes.

    The D70 comes bundled with the excellent and compact 18-70 Nikkor Lens and one EN-EL3 battery. To get started with the camera I suggest the following in addition:
    * One extra EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion Battery.
    * Two 2GB 80X CompactFlash cards with write acceleration (WA) technology.
    * One CF card reader for your computer. Firewire or USB connection depending upon your needs.

    As time and money permit you may want to add the following:
    * A telephoto lens for wildlife and sporting events. The 70-300mm F4-5.6G AF Nikkor is a great value and complements the bundled lens nicely. If money is not an object step up to the 70-300ED or the 70-200 F2.8 with vibration reduction.
    * A good macro lens such as the AF Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8.
    * Polarizing filters for both the kit lens and the telephoto. Get Nikon filters there is no sense in spending money for Nikkor lenses and then putting junk filters on them.
    * A bag to carry all this stuff.

    This will get you nicely started. Further down the line you may wish to get the following:
    * A speedlight. Either the SB 600 or 800.
    * A tripod and ballhead.

    Be sure to check prices at B&H Photo as well as those shown here. They have a tremendous selection and have long been known and trusted by serious photographers. In addition I would suggest that anyone who buys a D70 join Nikonians. There or literally tens of thousands of people who are more than happy to help you with any question you may have about Nikon Cameras, lenses and other equipment as well as help you with your photography skills. And, bet of all, it's free! Go to nikonians.org.

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