I am used to using an F100 with my 80-400VR. I am concerned that with anything less than AFS lenses the D70 will sound like a meat grinder. Tempted to buy a D70 and the 70-200AFS VR and 2X and ditch the 80-400 if I can afford it. Is the CAM 300 an issue?
Secondly I have an SB-80, its a bit confusing as to the advantages of the SB-800 or 600 over the 80. Views?
The D70 dose not use a Multi Cam 300 (is there such a thing?) But instead the Multi Cam 900 (same as the D100, F80, F75). I have the both the F100 and F80. I can not really tell a difference in sound between the two cameras AF sound if they have the same lens on although The F80 definitely takes a bit more time to lock focus (not a shot killer though). In the end I am sure the D70 will be fine with the 80-400 although if it is just the NAS kicking in then go for it.
I've got an N80 and an F100, and I can definitely notice the difference between the two with my 80-400 on there. I feel like it's already slow on the F100, and really slow on the N80. Not to say that it's not usable, but the slowness is there. In addition, I've always found my F100 focus motor to be quieter than the N80's.
I think the SB-80 can't do D-TTL with the D70. What a shame. The somewhat obsoleted all the DX flashes with new DSLR's, only sometime after introducing that series.
I just tried the "holy" 80-200 on my D1x, planning to buy it soon. Not the AF-S version, mind you, because it's almost twice as expensive in my market. Admittedly, it's a bit noisy, and hunts if you don't activate the focus limiter (or whatever it's called) but is that really worth $500? (I'll have to think about that) Question: how many of us shoot under circumstances where AF noise is an impediment to get the shot? (just wondering).
On second thought: Come again? You ARE willing to shell out - say - 1700 dollars for a lens, but are worried and "penny-wise" on a body? SHAME ON YOU!!!
Nothing wrong with being penny-wise on the body - in film days, the body was just a light-tight box to hold the emulsion - everyone knew then that the lens was the key to a great photo versus a good one. Those terms are still true today in digital - I don't care how many MPs you might have on a body; up to a given size, the lens still makes the difference.
When its nice and quiet I have had some good nature shots. Sometimes that hunting sound sends the birds and critters flying. Same with some street shots, all the life goes running it's a pain. On the second thought, I would love a D2H etc. if it were 1 pound lighter and 3K cheaper.