This D70 is my first dSLR and I was too excited with my new 70-300mm.
I took out my D70 from my lowepro bag without double checking on the POWER. I left the power ON from my previous use which was about 1 hour ago. Then I removed the default 18-70mm lens and replaced it with 70-300mm lens. Then I proceed to turn it on, and it was already on.
Luckily everything seems fine. I still can take good quality picture with the new 70-300mm lens on the D70.
My question: Will it have any long term effect on the lenses and D70 body?
I know I should be more careful. **SULK** **SULK** Since I am a beginner, I bought all the cheaper version of equipment to try out first before upgrading to better lens or camera body. I know, that is beside the point, D70 still cost me a lot of money....
D70 (Feb 04 - ??)
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But I wouldn't tempt fate if I were you! Basically most manufacturers want to cover their asses, therefore saying it's not allowed. In reality there is a very tiny chance that it may cause damage to the electronics. I wouldn't be too worried about it, most likely you may have to cycle power if the camera locks up, but the chance of permanent damage has to be very small. Still, it's just good practice to turn the camera off while plugging lenses and stuff in or out.
What about the need to set aperture to F22 before switching the camera on after the changing of non D or G lenses. (It is described on page 18 of D70 user's manual.) Is it possible to ommit this step too or the camera realy doesn't work, until it is switched on with the lens on F22?
no need to do this before mounting, the camera will refuse to shoot, but you can change to f/22 at any time (power ON or OFF doesn't matter) - of course, having the aperture in the right position saves time. I sometimes have this with my D100+45mm f/2.8P .. the 45mm doesn't have a lock, so the aperture ring sometimes isn't in the right position. I just turn the aperture ring back, and gone is the FEE error
>Basically most manufacturers want to cover their asses, >therefore saying it's not allowed.
There is a similar instruction with most Nikon SLR's about turning power off when changing lenses. I rarely remember to do it (and I suspect neither do most other Nikon users) and many users probably never even read the instruction.
I have never had a problem with probably thousands of lens changes, and have not heard of anyone else having a problem either. Don't worry if you forget. . >Still, it's just good practice to turn the camera off while >plugging lenses and stuff in or out.
IMPORTANT. With a VR lens always make sure the VR mechanism has switched off before removing the lens - otherwise the VR lock will not be in place during transport (and the VR mechanism will rattle if you shake the lens). Over time there good be internal damage.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.