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Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-22-2004, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As anyone using Nikon's new digital camera D70 yet? I am thinking about getting into digital photography but I have too many questions about digital camera.
I have decided on which camera I should go for, the D100 or newer,D70? Are these cameras good working with studio strobes? And another thing I am confused about is which CF cards should I use for my glamour photography. I do have a few Nikon lenses (AF). Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Re: Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-22-2004, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Talk to Jason from Unique Photo

He will hook you up!
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Re: Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-22-2004, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We bought the D-70 as soon as it came out. Plainly speaking we LOVE it. We put it straight to work in the studio and we are getting great images from it.
We do mainly kids, families indoor and out, and high school seniors and they love that they can see their images 15 minutes after I photograph them. Jason from Unique Photo hooked me up with my D-70.

Bottom line if your shooting a lot of high fashion and products etc. get the D-100. If your doing portraits and such IMHO I feel you will be happier with the lighter, smaller, and easier to use D-70.

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Yeah Talk To Jason From Unique ;)
Old 04-22-2004, 05:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Will help figure out whats best for you overall. Sounds like you should be leaning towards the D70 though

Better hurry though, only got 4 left here with the 18-70 Lens for $1,299.99
1-800-631-0300 ext 292



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Re: Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-22-2004, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I too faced the same dilemma a few weeks ago, I finally made the jump to digital via the D70. I have an investment in Nikon glass and that narrowed my choice quite a bit. I love the instant feedback but I’ll tell you this, there’s a learning curve to this digital ‘thang’. Having shot film all my life (I love my F100 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]), I find the images right out of my new D70 digital camera to be flat and on the soft side. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

I understand that the PC/Mac now becomes ones darkroom in this relatively new technology, but damn, it takes some getting used to.
If you want to do studio with either the D100 or the D70 you’ll need an (AS15) adapter for your lights, since they do not have a pc synch terminal.

Also, so many settings to choose from, it’s really quite intense…did I mention a learning curve?

I figure if the transition goes pretty smoothly, and I hone my PS skills, I can then invest in a higher end (Nikon) digital body, perhaps a D200…who knows what the future brings. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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Re: Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-23-2004, 01:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Two things to think about. One, the D70 is just newer and that means that the electronics package is going to be newer.... Not better, but newer. May be a smidge better.

Second, the BODY that holds the electronics is better on the D100 than the D70. More features and a little more useful life. Somewhere (and I've lost the link now) there was a table of the MTBF or number of impressions (images) that the shutter on various cameras could take. The Nikon F5 is somewhere in the gazillions, the lower end comsumer (like the N65 which I believe is the D70 body) is in the tens of thousands. How many images do you shoot a year? How long do you expect to keep the camera? I'd bet that most people should think about replacing a digital camera at least every other year (24 months) if not every 12 - 18 months if they're using it a professional rate.

These cameres are not a once-in-a-lifetime purchase any more -- unless you only use them a few weekends a year and don't shoot a whole lot...

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Re: Nikon D100 vs D70
Old 04-24-2004, 01:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is a very in-depth review comparing the D70 to D100 and the Cannon EOS 300D.

Just thought it would help sort out the details.

dpreview article

Just keep hitting "Next" and read through the 28 pages of review. You can, of course, jump around to different pages. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] www.dpreview.com is a great site for this type of information.

Good luck!

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If flash sync speed is important to you...
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The D70 is the absolute choice between the two. It uses an electronic shutter (i.e. the camera controls how long the sensor is active to control effective SS) rather than relying on the mechanical focal plane shutter to control exposure alone. Which means that the blades of the FP shutter no longer matter to flash sync. So the D70 will flash sync with ANY external flash up to 1/8000th of a sec.! Dependent of course upon the flash duration being shorter than any selected SS. My Canon 1D has this type of electronic shutter as well.

What's funny is that so many reviewers (including Phil) don't even mention flash use in the reviews of this camera.

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