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imakshar Registered since 28th Feb 2004Thu 04-Mar-04 04:02 PM
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"D70 durability"


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I believe that now those who have D70 can tell us about the feel of the camera. How durable is it compared to metal body D100. I mean is it tough enough to take up rought beating and rough handeling ? how is the plastiv quality of D70 ?

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BJNicholls Gold Member Awarded for his contributions to the community and the Resources Charter MemberThu 04-Mar-04 04:41 PM
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#1. "RE: D70 durability"
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I'd have to bet that any thoughts on durability at this point would be pure speculation (unless there was an obvious very weak point like a vulnerable CF compartment door or somesuch).

There were a lot of concerns about the N80's durability when it came out, but the camera has proven to be a very reliable non-pro body. I would expect the D70 to perform as well, but only time and use will really tell.

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ManuelH Registered since 16th Dec 2003Fri 05-Mar-04 08:24 AM
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#2. "RE: D70 durability"
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Singapore, SG
          

Handling wise, I rate it excellent with my palm size.

As for plastic, I once read somewhere
"Plastic now is not the same as plastic years ago"

The polycarbonate "plastic" is actually very tough plastic.
I got more info from this URL
http://www.apme.org/polycarbonate/

If I am not mistaken D100 is not fully metal casing, it was polycarbonate + metal structure inside.

To me the pastics feels like metal
At least D70 is lighter to carry....

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imakshar Registered since 28th Feb 2004Fri 05-Mar-04 01:28 PM
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#3. "D70 durability"
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I am sure that as you mentioned it would be much stronger plastic body but still you know metal is metal. I spoke to some of people I know who have been doing photography for years and I don't want to soud anti D70 but to best judge the fell and build quality I think it would be great if you have used both and you know the difference. I am sure Nikon did a great job making this camera bit cheaper but than any layman's argument would be the same .. how did they get prioce down, Keeping all features and even adding some more but making it plastic. Isn't it natural ?

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ManuelH Registered since 16th Dec 2003Fri 05-Mar-04 01:53 PM
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#4. "RE: D70 durability"
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Singapore, SG
          

Well for all we know, the differences in manufacturing cost for D100 and D70 may be really very very small.

In any business there must be product differenciation so as to sell more in each category and make more money. To make the product different as to price it differently, they have to make some adjustment and not to have all the same features and materials.

I do not wish to sound "PRO-D70" too, but I have used CP5700 which has magnesium-alloy body. Compare both the body, I preferred D70.

Also certain handphone cover are made from the same polycarbonate material. I have drop handphone before and the cover did not even crack, just some dent here and there. So the issue probably not durability but actual usage and the person handling it.

A very good example is HP printers, do you think their printer range really differs a lot?

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RDW Registered since 20th Sep 2002Fri 05-Mar-04 02:20 PM
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Except that the D70 features are so close to those of the D100 (& in some cases better), 'product differentiation' is no longer clear. Which makes me wonder about what the 'D200' will be:

Would a 'D100s' upgraded with the new D70 features (like the meter and flash synch), and maybe with a higher Mpixel sensor, sell well enough to make it worthwhile?

Alternatively, can we expect a 'digital F100' with D70-spec digital capture plue better AF, finder and build quality? Or would this do too much damage to the sales of the D1/D2 class cameras? If not, Nikon could probably sell one for about the price of the F5...

  

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ManuelH Registered since 16th Dec 2003Fri 05-Mar-04 02:30 PM
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#6. "RE: D70 durability"
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Well, D100 was a two years old product and I heard in some other thread that Nikon has stop the production of D100.

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RDW Registered since 20th Sep 2002Fri 05-Mar-04 03:30 PM
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Which makes a 'D200' even more likely, unless Nikon plans to leave the huge price gap between the D70 and D2H unfilled. I think the interesting question is: will the hypothetical new camera be more like a 'cut-down D2H' (in the same way that the F100 is a sort of 'cut-down F5'), or just an improved version of the current D100? If the former, would it kill sales of the D2H? If the latter, what features would it need to have to get people to buy it instead of the D70?

  

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vchong Basic MemberFri 05-Mar-04 04:12 PM
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#8. "RE: D70 durability"
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Victoria, CA
          

Did the introduction of the F100 kill sales of the F5? I think there's plenty of space between the F100 and the F5 to make both of them well suited to their particular needs. Nikon would hopefully do something similar (differentiation) with respect to the D2x and "D200" (the D2h will always have its niche as a high FPS digital body).

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