Beep, beep, beep. I hit the snooze button on the alarm clock and check the time. it is 4 o'clock in the morning. There is no mercy for landscape photographers. After five minutes the alarm kicks in again and I somehow manage to get out of bed.
Checking and preparing your gear in the evening before will save valuable minutes early in the morning. I grab my photo bag and tripod and drive the few miles from Furnace Creek Ranch to Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, USA.
It is only a short walk from the parking lot and I set up my tripod at the viewpoint. The Gitzo G1228 with the Markins M10 ballhead is a great combo for my lenses, ranging from the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S to the 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR. To start with, I pick the D70 with Kirk L-bracket and the 17-35mm lens.
The file sequence counter on the D70 shows only 21. I did not have any time to test the D70 before I left for the photo trip, but I was confident that Nikon would have delivered another great camera. All the buttons appear to be very intuitive.
I flip through the menu and make sure the custom setting menu (CSM) is set to detailed, so that all 26 custom settings are available. I make a few changes to the default settings. I turn ON the File No. Seq.
One thing I noticed when I first powered up the D70 is that it beeps to indicate "in focus". I do not like beeping cameras. Especially not in the outdoors, when I like to enjoy nature without calling the attention of predators. CS1 OFF takes care of that 'problem'..
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