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gandalf7 Basic MemberWed 28-Jan-04 11:35 PM
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"D70 body made of-?"


Colton, US
          

Just wondering if anyone knows if the D70's body is magnesium alloy or plastic like the Canon 300D?

Thanks

Greg

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F80 Basic MemberThu 29-Jan-04 12:34 AM
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#1. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Toronto, CA
          

Apparently it's polycarbonate like the Kwanon drebel, not polycarbonate over a metal frame like the D100:

http://www.digitalreview.ca/cams/NikonD70_page5.shtml

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DennisMe Registered since 12th Nov 2003Thu 29-Jan-04 08:25 PM
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Roosendaal, NL
          


Quality is not in the material used, it's in the engineering applied.

I think we can safely trust Nikon to bake some quality plastic! I know I do.

Dennis.

  

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johwar Registered since 13th Feb 2003Thu 29-Jan-04 09:30 PM
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Indianpolis, US
          

Nikon doesn' t mention build material in any of the released information-so it is easy to assume polycarb-not a negative thing....

John

  

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vchong Basic MemberFri 30-Jan-04 04:29 AM
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Victoria, CA
          

Regardless of the material, just don't drop it.

No camera likes to be dropped and even if it were lathed from a solid cube of stainless steel the electronics and precision mechanisms inside the body still would not take kindly to a sharp impact.

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kc80s Registered since 29th Jan 2002Fri 30-Jan-04 01:03 PM
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#5. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Toronto, CA
          

Polycarbonate is fine with me. Judging from pictures of the D70 so far, at least the body seems to have a layer of rubber like material (no shiny plastic a la 300D), which I think is a very positive start. Of course we need to actually hold one in our hands to tell.

  

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gejepe Registered since 27th Jun 2003Fri 30-Jan-04 05:32 PM
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Santiago, CL
          

I wonder why everybody keeps referring to the hi-tech fiber or carbon compounds used in cameras and lenses as "PLASTIC". Agreed, magnesium alloy would be nice, but there is a reason it is only used in top-of-the-line machines: it's expensive.
These modern compounds have a few advantages: they're light, very resistant and comparatively cheap to produce. Want a good but cheap lens "plastic". Want a sub $ 1.000 camera "plastic". Nothing wrong with that IMHO.

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N80 Silver Member Charter MemberSat 31-Jan-04 12:57 AM
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#7. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Rock Hill, US
          

I honestly think that a well designed polycarbonate body is as good as metal. I always have. But metal in the body is just one of those status things. And I'm certain there are qualities to a metal body that are superior to polycarbonate, but in some cases the reverse is true. I suspect that the way internal components are mounted and secured to (or isolated from) the body have more to do with durability than metal vs plastic. I may be mistaken but I've always heard magnesium alloys, though light and strong, are brittle. Magnesium alloy wheels are used extensively on race cars that race on pavement, but almost never on off-road and rally racing because they break too easily. (Warning: I'm not a meatlurgist and may have my facts all wrong).

In any case, the all plastic body does not worry me at all. My N80 has some metal in it (?) but is mostly plastic, and it has held up far better than I've had any right to expect it to. (I play hard with my camera equipment).

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gejepe Registered since 27th Jun 2003Sat 31-Jan-04 02:06 AM
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Santiago, CL
          

Way to go N80. One for the "plastic" boys.
It's amazing how we accept change in virtually any field of life, but keep insisting that cameras & lenses ought to be made of "heavy" metal. I'm not the exception, I MUST admit, but sometimes wish the D1x + AF-S 17-35 were a bit lighter

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gejepe Registered since 27th Jun 2003Sat 31-Jan-04 02:06 AM
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#10. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Santiago, CL
          

That's to say: made of "plastic".

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BJNicholls Gold Member Awarded for his contributions to the community and the Resources Charter MemberSat 31-Jan-04 02:06 AM
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#9. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Salt Lake City, US
          

It's made from snipsandsnailsandpuppydogtails. Look at the weight specs an you know it's not completely cast metal. Get a D1 or D2 if that's a real concern. The D70 will be a nice plastic/composite camera for its pricepoint. Heft an N75 body if you want an idea of how it will feel.

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N80 Silver Member Charter MemberSun 01-Feb-04 02:44 AM
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#11. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Rock Hill, US
          

Having never compared a D100 to an N80, how much does the LCD, battery, etc add to the heft of a digital vs similar non-digital body?

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#12. "RE: D70 body made of-?"
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Salt Lake City, US
          

A little more weight with a D100 body, 700g vs. 515g. More with a Fuji S2, 760g. Of course that doesn't include the weight of the film or the extra rechargeable batteries for the digital bodies .

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