• Nikon Camera Review: 2005-04-03

    09 April 2005

    Nikon D70 Review - They've Done It Again

    No camera beats a Nikon. They're lenses are superb and their cameras are the best. Nikon has always been the leader and when the digital camera age dawned, their Coolpix's were serious contenders. Like all digital cameras however, there was the serious problem of "lag" when you wanted to take continuous shots. Nature does not stand still for anything and there are no guarantees for getting a second chance if you miss that all-too-important moment because of camera lag.

    The D70 eliminates that problem without sacrificing the Nikon quality. The Nikon D70 lets you take a series of shots in rapid succession without any time delay. It is what every photographer has prayed for.

    And Nikon did not skimp on quality. Each photo still has the Nikon hallmark of excellence. Whether you are a beginner or expert, the crystal clear clarity is there in every photo. In fact, after handling the D70, you will find other digital cameras to feel like toys. I know the price is currently steep but the Nikon name is worth every cent. You are paying for quality and Nikon delivers it.

    Nikon's D70 is on the hefty side and I can't imagine why they didn't put a CompactFlash card in with the unit (at that price, they should have!). But the menus are easy to navigate and if you have just a smattering of SLR knowledge and picture taking, you will be shooting like a pro in no time flat. If you are looking for a camera that will make every picture you take a masterpiece, I heartily recommend Nikon's D70.

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    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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