Imay be one of the few who has a D70s still going strong, and just for having it so long, I was really able to understand it inside and out, and take advantage of everything it has to offer. It still has a lot to offer and I'm keeping it as a great all around 2nd camera. But I do plan on getting to D7000 as soon as it hits the rack! It seems like new cameras come out just about every few months. Being that mine was introduced in 2004, I'm looking forward to the change. Having the complete understanding of the 70s, and using it all those years, should really have me pushed into the AWE factor when the d7000 is out!
Welcome to Nikonians! I use my D70S on occasion and it still performs as well as it did when it was brand new. The state of the art has advanced a very long way since the D70S was introduced. The performance of the D7000 will be an eye opening expierience! Enjoy! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
My D70s just died yesterday after 5 years of great photo experiences. I placed it into my backpack and a can of soda burst open at some point in my travels. D70s will no longer start up. I probably took about 60+K pictures with that camera, so I know what you mean when you say you know it well. I had all my custom settings, like adjusting exposure compensation via the command dial in Aperture Priority mode, all dialed in. I also loved the fact that it was a 6mp camera as the RAW file sizes were nice and manageable in size.
I really want to wait for that D400, or whatever the successor to the D300 will be named. I expect it will be a D7000 with all the most frequently used controls mounted as external dials like on the D300 (metering mode, auto focus mode, etc).
This D7000 is what started me down this path. This is everything I wanted in that D700 and more, for less. This camera is sweet!
Similar situation except for timing. My D80 died after being stupidly dropped on a tile floor in August, thus accelerating my upgrade by a year or so. I also damaged my 18-200, but that was minor and is already repaired at KEH. The good news is I put in a first day order at Amazon, so maybe I'll have the D7k "soon". The bad news is I've been without an SLR for two months. I really miss it!
I was also mulling a 300s, but the feature set of the 7k seems close enough to everything I need that it's the better choice. The 300s has a coupla more real buttons than the 7k, and the 400 will most likely as well, but the video is a plus for me as I'm only an occassional video'er and have no interest in carrying a camcorder. I'm also excited by the two custom mode settings, which will allow me to set one for landscape and one for grandchildren. Then change to "A" when I hand off to someone else. The smaller size is also attractive; as much as I like the macho look of the bigger cameras, and can always appreciate more buttons, I like the ease of carrying the smaller ones.
I borrowed a D60 for a foliage weekend in Vermont, and spent half a day figuring out how to use it properly. Although all of the cameras in the line are similar, the differences are enough to make you nuts if you're not ready for them (little things like shutter release mode reseting after each shot on the 60, and having to use a shift key to set the apeture with the single wheel). Aside from that, I've been shooting with my S90 and mostly getting by, except when chasing the grandkids. They just move to fast for the focus on the P&S.
Whoa, hold the phone, baby! I came home tonight to see my D70s display reading out 1.2. What? This camera was dead when I last saw it, why is it now reading out remaining pictures available on the CF card? So what if I turn it...ON! Wow, it actually powered on! I point it at something, as usual I forget the lens cap is on so I remove it, the readings all seem normal, SNAP, Wow it works! I don't know why or how, but it works!
I was really missing my camera, but it's back! Unreal.
Thats Great that it's still working. I was origionally thinking of selling mine to help come up with the money for a 7000 when they are available, but after some thought and seeing what they are selling for, I'm going to keep her. It's still a great camera for what it is. With it's flexability, I can't afford to not keep her. Cheers!
I actually tried selling my D70s on Craigslist so I could buy a D300 when that camera came out, but all the riff-raff responses lead me to pull the ad and continue on with my current camera. Now, there's no way I'll ever sell this Nikon as it's worth far more to me than it is to anyone else on the open market.
Sabbey51: here's what you do, browse the net pricing the new D7000 and start looking up stats on the new D400. Your D80 will realize you don't care that it's dead and it will suddenly wake right up! Trust me, it works...
My D70s died one month ago after serving for 5 years, and I am repairing it and have faith it will come back. I am still working with my D200 for over three years now and I am very happy with it, but I am also waiting for a D700 successor and inversting on FX glass. I am sure the D7000 will stay with you for so long, from what I hear about it, it is great.