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Replacement For D70

brunohornbeck

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brunohornbeck Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2013
Tue 29-Jan-13 11:15 PM

I'm considering replacing a D70 with a D7000. My biggest concern with the D70 is its dynamic range. How much increase in dynamic range should I expect with the D7000. I shoot in raw and use Capture NX2 to extract all I can out of my 70, but its still a stretch sometimes, especially outdoors in high contrast situations. I've also found that preset white balance seems to help, but of limited value in quickly changing situations (sunrise or sunset at the beach).

Ideas?

agitater

Toronto, CA
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agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Wed 30-Jan-13 01:03 AM

The differences between the two cameras are dramatic. The D7000 dynamic range is 13.9 Evs; the D70 is only 10.3 Evs - 3.6 stops narrower than the D7000.

The D7000 produces remarkable images up to ISO3200. The D70 can't do much usefully beyond ISO800.

In addition to providing much greater dynamic range, the D7000 sensor also provides more than twice as much image resolution, and 14-bit color.

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jbloom

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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Wed 30-Jan-13 10:02 AM

In addition to what Howard said, I'd add that the D7000 has better Auto WB than the D70. It also displays RGB histograms, which the D70 does not. These can help you get proper exposure under difficult lighting circumstances.

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Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Wed 30-Jan-13 10:13 AM

Hi Steve,

Welcome to Nikonians. While being a very good camera the D70 is far behind what the D7000 offers. I had the D70s and really liked it but wanted more resolution, better ISO, better remote possibilities, etc. The D7000 does require you to use better technique because of the increased resolution but once you understand that you'll really enjoy the extra benefits available.

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Omaha

Omaha, US
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Omaha Registered since 07th Jan 2012
Wed 30-Jan-13 02:04 PM

I upgraded from D70 to D7000 last year.

I'll second all the comments so far. The difference between the cameras is dramatic, and dynamic range is a huge part of that.

With the D7000, I am "saving" shots that would have been either hopelessly blown out or hopelessly under-exposed with the D70. You will be stunned at how much detail is waiting in the white/black areas of your photographs.

As for the higher MP count, what that means to me is that I can make some crazy deep crops to pull good images out of otherwise mundane photos and still preserve enough detail for reasonable size prints. I routinely made 16"x20" prints with my D70, and they look fine. But the limitation is you need to be printing more or less the entire original image. With the D7000, even with heavy cropping, I'm making stunning looking 16"x20" prints.

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brunohornbeck

US
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brunohornbeck Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2013
Wed 30-Jan-13 10:40 PM

Thanks for all of your help - I didn't realize how much things had changed. Just ordered from B&H. I think that if I can use 50% of its capability I'll be extremely happy.

MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 31-Jan-13 08:11 PM

Hi Steve,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Congratulations on your new D7000.
I am sure you will be very happy with it.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

hankwt

kingsville, CA
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hankwt Registered since 01st Mar 2012
Fri 01-Feb-13 11:22 PM

I too made the switch about a little over a year ago from the d70 to the D7000 I couldnt be happier !! if you do the "math" the D7000 is 1 hundred times the D70 !!! Im sure you wont regret your decision.......... now all you have to do is decide how much to spend on some great glass !!!

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RYnikon

Pittsford, US
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RYnikon Silver Member Nikonian since 14th Oct 2003
Mon 18-Feb-13 02:06 AM

I second all the above comments as well.

I did like the way my D70s fit my hand better than the D7000 does.
But I sometimes had to work very hard in post-processing to remove noise from D70s shots that is not even present at the same EV/ISO settings with the D7000.

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