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photosb Registered since 30th Jan 2012Mon 02-Apr-12 11:32 PM
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"Is D70s still a good choice"


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I am thinking about a second camera. Is D70s still good? I think a built-in motor is a good option.

  

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DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011Tue 03-Apr-12 02:07 AM
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Johns Creek, US
          

I use a D70 as my second. It has 1/500 flash sync that I like, and I can use my older lenses with it.

  

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ShrimpBoy Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006Tue 03-Apr-12 02:50 AM
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Tue 03-Apr-12 02:53 AM by ShrimpBoy

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Absolutely. I also have the D70 (not the D70s) but it's the same electronics and firmware. And I still think it feels just a smidgen more comfortable in the hand than my D90.

In case you're wondering about low light performance, it gets a little grainy but I find it to be a pleasant kind of grain. The man was shot at ISO 800 to keep the shutter speed up on a grey day, and the hotel was shot at night at ISO 1600. Click through to the large versions, those are 100% crops from the original images. (I do shoot RAW and convert with Lightroom: I actually can't say how mushy jpegs straight out of the camera are at the same ISOs.)

In good light at ISO 200 the camera is basically excellent. I too would always buy a body with a lens motor to have more lens buying options.



Gary
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 03-Apr-12 02:09 PM
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Hi Ben,

As long as you will be shooting in good ambient light or using flash, the D70s is a very capable body. If you have to shoot above ISO 640 or so noise could be an issue.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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michaelhager Registered since 15th Feb 2007Thu 05-Apr-12 08:40 PM
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I have routinely shot at ISO 1600 with my D70s. Noise is minimized but correct exposures and some noise filtering is often necessary but I've had very good results and still use the camera as a second shooter all the time. It's great with my fast lenses...

C. Michael Hager
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michaelhager Registered since 15th Feb 2007Wed 11-Apr-12 02:25 PM
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Fountain Inn, US
          

Sadly, soon after I posted the above, my D70s gave up the ghost and will no longer recognize ANY card I put in it... A good and faithful servant for many years and over 200,000 exposures.

R.I.P. or repair? It was a grey market body so Nikon USA won't touch it. I'll shop around for an independent shop and get an estimate. Might just need to consider a newer body.




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cliddell Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006Wed 11-Apr-12 04:55 PM
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Pietermaritzburg, ZA
          

Hi Michael,
Sorry to hear that... I just looked up a Favourite I had saved with a step by step to reseat the flat multicable leading from the Card Reader but it seems to have been removed from the 'net :<(

It may be worth Googling "D70 repair" and see what pops up?

Hope you can get the D70 going again!

Regards,
Clive Liddell
Pietermaritzburg
South Africa

  

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michaelhager Registered since 15th Feb 2007Thu 12-Apr-12 11:13 AM
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Fountain Inn, US
          

>Hi Michael,
>Sorry to hear that... I just looked up a Favourite I had
>saved with a step by step to reseat the flat multicable
>leading from the Card Reader but it seems to have been removed
>from the 'net :<(
>
>It may be worth Googling "D70 repair" and see what
>pops up?
>
>Hope you can get the D70 going again!
>
>
I had the link saved too and that's the fist ting I looked for when it wouldn't read the card. Found this one though and it's quite comprehensive. http://www.ifixit.com/Device/Nikon_D70 Followed the instructions and found that my ribbon cable was fully seated as it should be. Took it out and reseated it anyway but no dice... I'll get an estimate then see if I should be looking for a used D90 or something to replace it with.

I've been crossing my fingers on the shutter thing, but it was the card circuitry that has failed first. It was a great little camera. I used to shoot portraits and make very large prints from it. Nothing lasts forever.

C. Michael Hager
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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Wed 11-Apr-12 06:13 PM
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Tallahassee, Florida, US
          

>... my D70s gave up the ghost...
>R.I.P. or repair?

Sorry to hear it. Tough question. I have a D50 that I still use a lot, which has the same sensor as the D70s, and I've considered this for my D50. And despite how much I like the camera I've pretty much already decided that when it quits, it's R.I.P. I'll be interested to hear what you decide.

I've always assumed it would be the shutter that would fail, and repair would be a few hundred dollars. Maybe it would be less to repair your D70s, and might be worth it. But with over 200,000 exposures, it might be that after your repair the shutter would soon fail, with as much use as you've already gotten out of it.

Randy

  

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Wow! 200,000 shots! It really served you well. I wish my D70 can go that far. I just got it two weeks ago as a second body. It got 1000 shots fired. If you want to have it serviced. I heard this place is good. But I did NOT personally try it. Just thought this might help.

http://www.nikoncamerarepair.com/

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Sun 10-Jun-12 03:00 PM
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Sun 10-Jun-12 03:13 PM by Vlad_IT

New Tampa, US
          

>I have routinely shot at ISO 1600 with my D70s. Noise is
>minimized but correct exposures and some noise filtering is
>often necessary but I've had very good results and still use
>the camera as a second shooter all the time. It's great with
>my fast lenses...
>

Ditto,

i used original D70 with original firmaware for several months and i found it to be very capable camera. I've heard D70s is better.

Below is a casual shot at ISO 1600 (2004)



Best regards,
Vlad

  

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Oeiras, PT
          

Hi Ben,

I have a D90 and bought one used D70s for my girlfriend. I was quite surprised with the outstanding results that i saw on the PC. With "only" 6.1MP the images are really good, generally speaking.
I'll upgrade my kit to a "new" D700 and, by the time that my GF will want to upgrade (she's suffering of very light NAS, because of me), i'll pick the D70s and will convert it to IR.

José

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Thu 12-Apr-12 01:41 AM
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>...was quite surprised with the outstanding results that i saw on
>the PC. With "only" 6.1MP the images are really good...

I've printed as large as 20"x30" with my 6mp D50, with excellent results. Even when people put their noses right up to the prints to look at them they are impressed. I did my first 20"x30" just as an experiment because I was curious about how it would look, and it looked so good I made more for display in my home. I'm not going to claim a D70 is a good substitute for a D800, but I will say that with the right photo, you can make a very impressive large print. The photos these cameras take today are just as good as they were a few years ago when the cameras were state-of-the-art.

Randy

  

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David D Busch Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Nov 2011Tue 24-Apr-12 04:46 AM
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Odd, but I just sold my D70 (not D70s) yesterday, and got long and faithful service out of it. As a second camera it is *highly* affordable, works with virtually any AF or AF-S lens, and, like he says, there is that 1/500th second flash sync, which can be fun to play with/use for more versatile fill flash outdoors, etc.

  

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Porceliamone Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jul 2011Sun 29-Apr-12 08:00 PM
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Sun 29-Apr-12 08:02 PM by Porceliamone

GB
          

Well, I have a rather unique take on this.

Until recently I owned a D7000 and a D70s - both absolutely great camera's but unfortunately my D7000 was stolen and I had to go back to the D70s to complete my adult education course.

I thought I'd never get over losing the D7000 and I'm sure there's plenty to have been achieved using it but despite my despair and complete loss of confidence I produced the following timelapse video with the D70s. It included a lot of changing light and high ISO work...

In my mind, despite its age, it still came through for me...with a lot of work!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JQGqvGu9wo

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RWCooper Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jul 2004Tue 01-May-12 04:09 PM
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#13. "RE: Is D70s still a good choice"
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Winnipeg, CA
          

My D70 was my first DSLR camera. Even though I have a D300s now I still use the D70 as a backup when the lighting is good. Some of my favourite pictures were taken with the D70. If I want to travel light I often use the D70.

Randy

  

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Cincinnati, US
          

I also have a D70. According to photoshop I have taken 31444 shots with it. When I got my D300, I had the D70 converted to infrared and it is still going strong. It's a good camera and I won't give it up until it gives up on me.

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