Nikon Coolpix 5700

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Burnell Stover, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. Anyone NOT recommend this camera? It sounds exceptional, and some reviews I
    have read give it high marks. Purchased the 885 some time ago that has a
    disgusting flaw, so am a bit leery.

    Burnell
     
    Burnell Stover, Jul 10, 2003
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  2. A1 Camera, i brought my one to replace my EOS kit and i'm amazed by the
    quality.
     
    antony stevens, Jul 10, 2003
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  3. Burnell Stover

    SwashBuckle Guest

    I have no doubt a full blown report will be posted with lots of technical
    jargon that you will have to fight your way through or try to
    understand.............but as per previous poster, superb quality picture
    taker, with most of the adjustable features required to experiment.

    I have owned a 5700 for 6 months now and since then my 950 is a little
    redundant.......my 35mm's (F90, Nikkormats, F2A's) have not moved for 4
    years (since I started with the 950)

    mini
     
    SwashBuckle, Jul 10, 2003
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  4. Burnell Stover

    Frank ess Guest

    | Anyone NOT recommend this camera? It sounds exceptional, and some
    reviews I
    | have read give it high marks. Purchased the 885 some time ago that
    has a
    | disgusting flaw, so am a bit leery.
    |
    | Burnell
    |

    I've had one for a total of about ten days by now. It does good work,
    color and definition are excellent in my view. I haven't become
    proficient in avoiding the (notorious?) tele focus problems, although
    techniques are mentioned in other threads. Mine doesn't vibrate like
    the one owned by another poster. It did clunk one time, but I haven't
    been able to replicate that. I'm also having difficulty getting used to
    the length of time it takes to write a Fine Full frame to CF memory,
    having come from a 3MP SD-card camera. I guess it makes sense to get
    the fastest CF cards available. I am not very far up on the learning
    curve that comes along with all those controllable variables. I'm
    confident it will become second nature in a short time. Eventually. I
    hope.

    Frank ess
     
    Frank ess, Jul 10, 2003
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  5. Burnell Stover

    bizzutch7 Guest

    there's still the issue of auto-focusing problems in subdued light. At least
    I can't seem to conquer the problem.
    --bizz
     
    bizzutch7, Jul 11, 2003
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  6. Burnell Stover

    Ed Ruf Guest

    What's the "disgusting flaw"? I'm happy with my 5700/TC-15/WC-80/MB-E5700
    which is an upgrade from my 990/TC-3/WC-63/FC-8.
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    Ed Ruf, Jul 11, 2003
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  7. Burnell Stover

    Warren Sarle Guest

    It's hard to provide a useful answer unless you say something about what you
    plan to use the camera for. If you will be using it solely outdoors in good
    light,
    you really need an 8x zoom, and you absolutely cannot settle for 4MP, the
    Nikon Coolpix 5700 might be acceptable. The Sony DSC-F717 has much better
    focusing, exceptional low-light capabilities including a night-vision
    feature,
    and better image quality. The Olympus Camedia C750 has better autofocusing
    and an absolutely incredible 10x zoom. When I was shopping for a digital
    camera,
    I could see no reason to pay the exorbitant price for the Nikon Coolpix
    5700.

    And then there's the question of whether you want an EVF in the first place.
    Manual focusing is difficult, depth of field is impossible to judge, and
    action
    shooting is out of the question. But an EVF is very nice for judging
    exposure,
    and it can be used in sunlight much more effectively than an unshielded LCD
    screen.
     
    Warren Sarle, Jul 11, 2003
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  8. I thought that until I owned the camera - the electronic finder has many
    advantages in bright light and (for me) encouraged more editing of
    pictures on the fly. Difficult to go back now!

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jul 11, 2003
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  9. Try spot metering in low light, it definately helps. I have seen a way to
    actually fit a penlight type small torch to the camera flash ( You would
    have to see it before critisising). When on a tripod, use the light to
    obtain focus in complete darkness, press manual focus once auto focus has
    locked. You can then click the torch off and press the shutter button for a
    great shot ( becomes really easy once youve had a couple of goes. Theres a
    way around every problem with the 5700. It's just acrap camera if you
    cant/wont put any effort into your photography. If you want a picture and
    explanation of how tofit the torch, let me know. I will send it personally
    as I dont want to post images on the NG

    Rich
     
    Richard Alexander, Jul 11, 2003
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  10. Burnell Stover

    Steve James Guest

    The Canon 10D is more like double the price of the Coolpix 5700 once you
    add a decent zoom lens.
     
    Steve James, Jul 12, 2003
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  11. Burnell Stover

    ralford Guest

    not to mention size and weight.

    rma

     
    ralford, Jul 12, 2003
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  12. Maybe a D30 would be a good alternative. I have now got the D30 and a 5700
    and they both complement each other. However, if size was not an issue, the
    D30 would have to be my first choice. The D30's are selling at £450 on the
    net now and you'll get two decent lenses for around the £300 mark. Not much
    price difference.....
     
    Richard Alexander, Jul 14, 2003
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  13. Burnell Stover

    Ed Ruf Guest

    The only use I make of it is for processing of raw NEF files.
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    Ed Ruf, Jul 14, 2003
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  14. Burnell Stover

    ralford Guest

    I agree the battery can be drained fairly quickly if one doesn't watch out.
    On the other hand, at $30 a pop, what's the big deal about a spare. And
    with a quick release tripod head you can change the batter w/o removing the
    QR plate.

    It is a full featured eSLR that takes a while to use all its features - not
    there yet. But there isn't much to compete - the Minolta and Sony folk will
    argue that, I am sure, however, it suits my needs better than the others.

    Cheers,

    rma
     
    ralford, Jul 14, 2003
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  15. Burnell Stover

    Frank ess Guest

    | I agree the battery can be drained fairly quickly if one doesn't
    watch out.
    | On the other hand, at $30 a pop, what's the big deal about a spare.
    And
    | with a quick release tripod head you can change the batter w/o
    removing the
    | QR plate.
    |
    | It is a full featured eSLR that takes a while to use all its
    features - not
    | there yet. But there isn't much to compete - the Minolta and Sony
    folk will
    | argue that, I am sure, however, it suits my needs better than the
    others.

    I got the Digisnap 5700 "cable release"from
    http://www.harbortronics.com/digimain.htm
    It works with the Canon RS- 60E3 remote cable, and it moves the tripod
    screw socket so it is centered under the lens axis. Doesn't require
    removal from the tripod to change batteries. Delivered within
    California in two days.

    I wonder about designers who can't make it possible to store the 1.5x
    lens and its adapter screwed together in their useful configuration,
    with a cap on each end. They will fit in the bag together (barely), but
    the rear cap for the lens doesn't fit the rear of the adapter. So, it's
    · screw (adapter), unscrew (lens back cap), screw, rather than
    · unscrew (a cap that would fit the back of the adapter) and screw.
    One extra, gratuitous screw.

    I had a Sony camcorder a while back. It had myriad little buttons all
    over the place that changed things without notice. I told them there
    should be one prominent button or switch that would disable everything
    but the on-off switch, without turning off the set functions. That
    would make sense on the CP5700, I think.

    Frank ess
     
    Frank ess, Jul 15, 2003
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  16. Burnell Stover

    ralford Guest

    ralford, Jul 15, 2003
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  17. Burnell Stover

    Frank ess Guest

    | wrt the tc-15 adapter - agree, and a solution is offered by
    | http://members.rogers.com/nextphoto/order5700.htm in the form of an
    end cap
    | for the e8 - $25 cap!
    |
    | and then there is the filter issue... also addressed by nextphoto.
    |
    | rma
    |
    | | > I wonder about designers who can't make it possible to store the
    1.5x
    | > lens and its adapter screwed together in their useful
    configuration,
    | > with a cap on each end. They will fit in the bag together (barely),
    but
    | > the rear cap for the lens doesn't fit the rear of the adapter. So,
    it's
    | > · screw (adapter), unscrew (lens back cap), screw, rather than
    | > · unscrew (a cap that would fit the back of the adapter) and screw.
    | > One extra, gratuitous screw.
    | >


    Thank you. Too bad there is of necessity a cure for that disease.

    Frank ess
     
    Frank ess, Jul 15, 2003
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  18. Burnell Stover

    ralford Guest

    agreed, however, I'll take a curable disease any day.

    rma
     
    ralford, Jul 15, 2003
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  19. Burnell Stover

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Unlike the WC-E80 on which it is impossible to use filters with. :-(
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    Ed Ruf, Jul 15, 2003
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  20. Burnell Stover

    JK Guest

    The camera is expensive and has a slow lens, which is f2.8-4.2.
    The batteries for it are expensive, and a battery case to hold AA
    nimh rechargeables is expensive.
     
    JK, Jul 21, 2003
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