According to "Henry Goh" on DPreview Nikon SLR Forum, who bought D70, the viewfinder of D70 is even slightly BRIGHTER than that of D100!!! This confirms my what I have heard in other places, that the viewinder of D70 is really not an issue... At least one good news Norayr
I have just checked: The manual and the broshure that confirm Pentaprism are downloadable from the European ftp and website of nikon, while on the NikonUSA.com in technical specifications it is writen: "Viewfinder: Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach-mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.6 to +0.5 m -1)". Seems like it might be that European version comes vith Pentaprism and US version with "penta-Dach-mirror type" ??? After all the price in europe is listed 1.099 EVRO, which is about 1,395 US Dollar ?!
Just talked to a Nikon Canada rep. The D70 has a pentaMIRROR, just like what the website claims. That aside, from when I got to play with the camera it seemed just as bright as my F80 with a simular lens.
The N75's mirror prism is brighter (and I owned one) most likely because it doesn't have the other overlays that the N80/D100/D70 have to enable gridlines on demand. But I agree, it is very bright for a pentamirror prism.
It is exactly like Peter/Rally mentioned. It is not about we will return or keep the item when the viewfinder is not Prism. It is about knowing the equipment well both up and down sides. When you master and know your tool well, you then can achieve all best things in photography. Not only that, it is also about what Nikon printed, said, or promised. If they said it is Gold but it turned out to be Silver due to a mistyped (and this is not just one mistyped. It is mistyped in both brochure and manual), they got to look at their Documentation/Packaging department to make sure they correctly set customers' expectation upon delivering the products. It is about helping them making improvements and be the best of all. Noone or nothing is perfect at first. But things can be perfect with time and effort. And we are, as the Nikonian User "Effort" Group, here for. Imagine if Nikon got about 1000 picky customers like me calling them asking about what the manual said and what they got in hand, how much do you think Nikon will have to loose in term of 800 telephone cost and customer relations The world is full of competitions. We got to be always at best to be the best of the best.
Sorry for talking too much. Just try to make thing right..heheheheh.
>Does this mean that all of you expecting a pentaPRISM will >return your new D70's (or cancel your pre-orders) when you >discover that its a pentaMIRROR ?? > >Reality Check --- its gonna be a GREAT Camera, regardless of >what Nikon has put under the hood!
Well, changing to a faster ISO allows the use of slower lenses on the D70, an improvement over film cameras . BUT, it doesn't make the viewfinder bright when one is shooting at f/5.6, or beyond, the light is fading, and the viewfinder is not first rate. Whatever else one may expect on the D70, for the $1000.00 selling price, the viewfinder should be surperb. The last place to cut costs is to negatively effect the ability of a photographer to adequately see his subject. JMO.
The D70 is a feature-laden, high-resolution 6.1MP digital SLR with advanced electronics. For $1000, we're probably just paying for the electronics themselves; Nikon is practically throwing in the "carrying case" for free.
>The D70 is a feature-laden, high-resolution 6.1MP digital >SLR with advanced electronics. For $1000, we're probably >just paying for the electronics themselves; Nikon is >practically throwing in the "carrying case" for free.
Yes, it is feature laden. And no, it does not have great viewfinder. Folks will have to make their own decision as to what is important to them. But, we should look at the positives AND the negatives, prior to making claims as to it's versatility.
>>And no, it does not have great viewfinder. > >Do you have a D70? >What is bad about the viewfinder? >Is it a prism or mirror type? > >Cheers >Peter
No Peter, I don't have a D70, and the viewfinder is the reason that I'm not buying one. I want a bright viewfinder, that can aid in low light shots. Slow lenses, or using small apertures, and less than than optimum viewfinders combine to prevent manual focusing in all but good light. If you can't see the subject, it not easy to shoot it. For those shooting in good light, perhaps the D70 viewfinder is all they require. But, check out the F5, F3, D2H, etc., and you will see what a good viewfinder is all about.
The D70, in a recent review, has been said to have a viewfinder equal in quality to an N80.
>Rats, I was hopping you had one and could finally answer >once and for all as to what type of viewfinder it had. > >I will have to have to try and find one of the other cameras >you mention to see the difference as I have not had >opportunity to look through any of these cameras. > >Cheers >Peter
Indeed, if you can try out, perhaps rent a camera with a good viewfinder, it may save you from a purchase that you will regret. Try it in less than perfect light. Try it at small apertures, in less than good light. If the D70 works for you as it is, then it's a camera for you. It is a leap froward in digital technology. But, it is not a D2H. )
All right. If I had to bet money, I'd say it's "Fixed eyelevel penda-Dach-mirror type". Why? I just compared the specifications from the "leaked" manual and the official rev. 2 manual that is on the Nikon Euro website. Rev. 1 says "Optical fixed pentaprism" and Rev. 2 says "Fixed eyelevel penda-Dach-mirror type".
It would be foolish for Nikon to make an effort and change a specification from correct to incorrect don't you think?
Bjørn Rørslett said that he was present when the D70 was dismantled, and it definitely has a pentaprism viewfinder, not a mirror. I don't know whom from Nikon answered your inquiry, but I have more trust in Bjørn Rørslett than some no name from Nikon. After all, Nikon has a poor track record with regard to correct written info concerning their equipment. Not that it's all wrong, but well known to contain errors. Thier own web site lists the D70 as has both types of viewfinder, hardly correct information.