Am I the only one who absolutely dislikes the silver "D70" nameplate? If there's one thing I want to complain about the aesthetics of the body, this would be it. The nameplate just totally spoils the professional look. I know the D70 is neither high-end nor a pro camera but still... How much more expensive is it to silkscreen!?
I'm wondering if anyone is planning to remove it or somehow paint it black or something like that.
I agree - to me it looks kia cheap. Even though this is not supposed to be a pro camera does not mean they have to go out of their way to make it look. A grand US is still a lot of cash to drop on a frivolous purchase, which this would be for me since I do not use a camera to make money. Plus it's a long way up to get a better looking camera - D100 with less capabilities or D2H for 3 times the price (and mass).
I also dislike the silver plate under the shutter release. Oh well. Who thought photographers cared about aesthetics...
My guess is that it's glued on using probably some sort of contact cement or rubber-based adhesive. If you look at those pictures from the Nikon Thailand factory tour you can see some D70 bodies in various states of production.
However, if you look closely at the pictures you'll see that there's a dpression in the plastic along with two small mounting holes under the bracket. Now, if you were to pry off the logo and then sand down the top layer of the badge, chances are that the virgin plastic underneath is black...
Yowzers. YMMV, but it just scares me to think of you bringing a Dremel to your baby.
you know... just the fact that we're here discussing the name plate as one of the flaws of the D70 to me sounds like there must not be much else bad with the camera. this is a good thing, i think!
anyways, for what it's worth, i think the name plate is just fine. sure it doesn't look like an F5, but it doesn't look like an 300D either. and at the very least, it looks finished. i'm sure you could try prying it off, but you'll more likely damage it and the end result will probably look unfinished. not to mention the loss in resale value. if it were me, i'd just learn to like it.
and something else, i'm sure the name plate costs more than the silk screening. i suspect they did this to improve the appeal to prosumer customers. you have to admit, while i prefer the familial look of the D70, it's relatively dull looking compared to the flashy 300D and the other lower model nikon offerings targeted at fashion conscious amateurs. i'll gladly accept the nameplate over some flashy silver body.
you know, i was looking at the nikon factory photos and it looks like the nameplate is just glued or snapped in at two prongs. if you have the guts, i'm sure you could pry it off. and if you're really good you could probably replace the badge with something of your making. or you could modify/paint the nameplate and replace it. i dunno. just a thot.
Aesthetics, is totally important! just think of every design classic from the VW Beetle to the Gibson SG or Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water...or the Black Cab or London Bus or the G5! oh and the Gill Sans font... Now the stencil idea that was good, black that was good, the red bit hmm, Just D70 in stencil on a black background would have been perfect! If your going to do it right, do it right! no compromise, just look at Apple and their iPod..and other stuff...