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Old 08-02-2005, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to photography and am about to get a dslr. I've looked around and like the Nikon D70s with the 18-70 lens. I wanted some advice before I made the purchase. Also would anyone recommend the D50 over the D70? Thanks
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unless you got lenses lined up, I would maybe consider the Canon option better as far as what they can do with higher end models (although the rebel is decent) flashes and lenses, just better in my opinion.

BUT, being a NIKON shooter, here is my $0.02.

I got the S2 cause at the time Nikon glass was my choice, and well the D100 was nothing to smile about in comparison for the dollars. Right now for Nikon your looking at the D70, D70s, or the D50. D2hs and D2x just to much to start out with.

The D70, battles tested and proven and if you can get a good break on one price wise, its not like the D70s is breaking new ground. Just a bigger LCD and some slight refinements to the algorithims and firmware. Still looking at a 6mp camera.

D50 .... I can't really get behind an SLR camera with the main memory format not being Compact flash and being SD. Your paying for one of the more expensive media formats. And in the hand, the D50 just doesn't feel right. Seems to big for its light weight design, just does not fit comfortably in the hand, not the ergonomic design you would expect from Nikon which did a great job with its N80 based designs which went into the S2 and the D70's and D100. The D50 is somewhat similar to the layout and feel of that of the original 300D Digital Rebel from canon, not to be confused with the better 350 digital rebel design. It has some quick AF speeds and some slight improvements over a D70s, but in the end those just don't do enough for me to say its the better purchase for the price difference over the D70s.

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Old 08-02-2005, 12:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just got my D70s Monday. I was up all night with it. The lense that comes with the D70s kit is worth $300 alone. I'm just upset that I didn't bring the software with me to work since I shot in RAW and can't get them up in photoshop without them. The images are great!
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ignore everyone and everything, go to the store, hold them, shoot with them, and pick the one that feels best. All of the DSLRs are capable of doing anything you're likely to ask of them; if you want some more detailed tech info, check out DPReview. We all have detailed and comprehensive preferences, and none of them should make the slightest difference to your decision making...
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Since I didn't bring it up, I would also suggest a look at Canon. I've been with them since 1972, and a member of their CPS program for about 20 years. Excellent company to deal with.

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Old 08-02-2005, 03:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I shoot Nikon and wish I went with Canon... Thats all I have to say..

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Old 08-02-2005, 03:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have used both Nikons and Canons and find the Canons to be much better. I currently use the Canon 20D and find it to be a wonderful camera that is fast and easy to use.
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm all nikon. There will always be a battle between the two brands. Ford or Chevy. I think they are comparable as long as you compare like models. I have the D 100 and the D1x. Love them both, but I have a lot of Nikon glass. Play with comparable models, and see which is easiest to handle for you. Just starting out, your options are wide open.
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Old 08-02-2005, 04:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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the D-70 is a wonderful camera, I own two and use them professionally almost every day. I have a growing collection of Nikon glass and love it.

6mp shooting raw, is a lot of data. I've sold prints as large as 16 by 20 and sell 11 by 14's all the time.

Having said that, all things being mostly equal quality wise, it ain't the camera, it's the shooter. I believe Dark Leather said go to the store and hold the Nikon, Canon, Fuji, whatever else you can afford and go with the one that feels and responds the best to you.

I'd agree with that.

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One thing you'll find - this isn't the last camera body you'll buy. Get a better lens - that 18-70 lens that comes with the D70 isn't much to write home about. Get something like the 28-70 2.8 lens. Much better and a piece of glass you'll keep through several camera bodies.

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