Thinking about D70... Need advice

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Bob Guest

    Me 2!! I shut down my darkroom and went digital a few years back... the hobby
    has changed but it's still fun and creative!
    I don't have a macro lens, just a close up filter... but I can send you
    something with 'detail'... I'll 'cut' out a section of a photo and Email you -
    it would be too big to send an entire picture through my Email...
    If you are going to test P&S cameras... don't forget to test them at high ISO...
     
    Bob, Jan 16, 2005
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  2. Sheldon

    Roger Guest

    Here is a shot of a Day Lilly in our yard last Summer.
    http://www.rogerhalstead.com/DayLilly.htm
    this was a hand held shot.

    There is a link to a crop to show the limits of that particular shot.
    It would be sharp even if 2 or 3 screens wide and mine is set at 1280
    X 1024. Again the crop was from the TIFF saved as a JPG.
    I see no remarks as to post processing so this should be pretty much
    an unretouched, or post processed image. It was shot with the 18-70
    kit lens.

    There are also links to a lot of shots with on Oly E-20N.
    BTW, I do normally use the E-20N in the JPG mode (highest quality) as
    I now use it for most ly recording images for my "builder's diary".
    That and when used with TIFFs the files from the 5 megapixel E20N are
    several times larger than those from the D-70. And...that e-20 N is
    unbelievably slow compared to the D-70 which is almost like shooting a
    35 mm SLR. It's instant on and is almost instantaneous when shooting
    except for the focus time.

    For the price, "I think" the D-70 is a very good value. OTOH I also
    like the new Canon 20D. I happen to have a pretty good set of Nikor
    lenses and the 20 D was not available when I purchased the D-70 to
    that made it an easy choice. The D-70s are now available at a pretty
    good discount which makes them even more appealing. The new DX lenses
    appear to be of good quality as well.

    Dust on the sensor is a problem with any dSLR. You learn to be
    careful when changing lenses. I shoot a lot of action, outdoor
    photography and often around crowds which creates a lot of dust. I
    have only had dust on the sensor once since I purchased the camera and
    I took delivery the first week or two they were available.
    I'd read some reviews from dpreview and others. Just do a search on
    "Nikon D-70 reviews". You should find lots of them. Remember there
    are reviews and then there are reviews.
    I think you will find it pretty much does (in most cases) with the
    larger sensor and larger lenses.

    There are only two things I'd change if I had the choice. I'd prefer
    to be able to lock up the mirror for shooting and to have a cable
    release.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    www.rogerhalstead.com
     
    Roger, Jan 16, 2005
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  3. mc wrote:
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    You can with the right display - IBM make some approaching that
    resolution.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jan 16, 2005
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  4. Sheldon

    sid derra Guest

    if you ask me it's a bw issue rather than one of displays...

    sid
     
    sid derra, Jan 16, 2005
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  5. Oh, a 6MP image could easily compress down to under 1MB - I've downloaded
    plenty of files that big! I would make a point of avoiding any Web site
    that had such an image as a regular feature of its pages, though.

    But it was the computer screen to which I was referring. The IBM T221-DG5
    22.2 inch Flat Panel Monitor is 9.2 megapixels!

    http://www-132.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/s...d=-840&langId=-1&partNumber=9503DG5&storeId=1

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jan 16, 2005
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  6. Sheldon

    Owamanga Guest

    That's a very over-simplified sweeping statement, to the point where
    it's wrong.

    Many good camera review websites have full-sized samples for you to
    download and see for yourself.

    http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/nikon_d70_samples.html
     
    Owamanga, Jan 17, 2005
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  7. Sheldon

    sid derra Guest

    i suppose you have broadband? i had to live out in kansas for a year and
    there was no cable provider - you would be surprised how many areas still
    have to go with lo-speed internet - and those folks have a helluva hard time
    downloading 1mb files on regular sites.

    sid
     
    sid derra, Jan 17, 2005
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  8. sid derra wrote:
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    I keep trying to remind people about this, but I still find many slow Web
    sites due to graphics which are too large or needless. I try and keep my
    own downloads down to a few hundred KB for just the reason you mentioned,
    and graphics down to 10 -30KB.

    Presumably, people in Kansas could use a satellite connection?

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jan 18, 2005
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  9. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Yes, but only as the absolutely last resort for the severely addicted. :)
    Even though DirecWay finally went to true two-way satellite ops a while
    back it still isn't anywhere as quick as a good cable modem, expensive and
    still there is a quota on your dls under their "Fair Access Policy" You're
    limited to 169 MB after which your connection can get throttled to 47 kpbs.
    http://hns.getdway.com/fap.html Cost is U$600 up front for hardware and
    U$60/month for 15 months or U$99/month. Pretty steep.
     
    Ed Ruf, Jan 18, 2005
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  10. Sheldon

    Alan Browne Guest

    What I find odd, is that as the years go by, my cable modem service is getting
    faster (not slower due to subscriptions as the ADSL proponents would have it).

    In 1999 when I got cable-modem, I was getting long DL's at 300 KBytes/sec tops.
    Now it is not unusual to get 500 KBytes/sec sustained for 30 seconds or more
    and some movie clips have sustained over 600 Kbytes/sec. Upload has gone from
    20 Kbytes/sec to over 100 Kbytes/sec. Monthly DL limit is 20 GB, UL limit is 10
    GB. DL'd Mandrake 10.1 a couple weeks ago at a sustained 275 KBytes/sec from
    U-Indiana ... eg: 2 hours for a 2 GB iso file. No checksum errors.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 18, 2005
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  11. Sheldon

    Ed Ruf Guest

    That's only when they pull the old it's a shared connection mantra. Cox has
    done a good job by me of subdividing their network pretty good to keep up
    with that. But what DSL has done with it's own increasing speeds and
    prices is for the cable companies to increase there speeds and/or drop
    prices. I've had Cox for years, but without cable TV service, I have
    DirecTv instead. In the last several months they dropped their 9.99/month
    surcharge for not subscribing to even their most basic TV.
     
    Ed Ruf, Jan 18, 2005
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