Hi all. I just bought a D70 with some cosmetic damages for a good price but noticed a couple of oddities, and I wanted to figure out if I could live with the quirks or if I should resell the camera as parts camera. I hope I can get some comments from you.
The first issue is with the hot shoe. I have sb80 and sb26 I used with D1 cameras, and the D70 I got, while it sync with the flashes, won't communicate with the speedlights, f-info, ISO info etc. Communication issue isn't a huge deal to me, but I wonder whatever fault the hot-shoe circuitry currently has would deteriote further or develope other problems?
The second issue is with the focusing screen. The focusing screen on D70 has 2 viertical lines going through on each side of the screen and also has a square etched in off-center. This puzzles me as the markings on the screens couldn't have been on there accidentally, and the pictures of the focusing screens I found on google don't have these markings. What further puzzles me is that I didn't see the markings in the viewfinder initially but suddenly appeared later. I could always get a new screen but I wonder if there's a problem with the prism?
#2. "RE: Just picked up a used D70. A few questions." In response to Reply # 0
As mentioned before, only the Nikon SB 600 and 800 communicate with the camera. You therefore probably don't have a faulty hotshoe.
My D70S, and I assume the same to be true for the D70, has on-demand gridlines in the viewfinder that can be turned on or off through the menu. These gridlines are to assist with composition and getting horizons straight, etc. Maybe you turned the grid display on in the menu at some stage?
Are you sure the etched, off-centre square is not actually one of the five auto-focus points? These can be selected individually through the rocker switch on the right-hand side of the LCD screen at the back of the camera (only in P S A M modes). The selected focus point shows up more bold than the others when the camera is switched on and operating. To be able to select the appropriate focus point, the slider switch immediately below the rocker switch should not be set in L (locked) mode.