Well, it's official

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I just got a message from Nikon in my mailbox officially introducing the D50
    and the D70s. I guess the rest will depend on the pricing, and whether they
    can go head to head with Canon. I can see a lot of newbies jumping on the
    D50, simply because it's a Nikon, but I can't see a lot of people trading in
    their D70 for a D70s. If the price on the D70 drops to clear inventory it
    could be an incredible bargain, IMO.

    What's your opinion?
     
    Sheldon, Apr 22, 2005
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  2. Disappointed. Nikon is still playing catch-up with Canon. I'm
    contemplating the jump from my Sony 828 to a DSLR, and the choice for me is
    350D vs 20D.
     
    Albert Nurick, Apr 22, 2005
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  3. Sheldon

    Doug Payne Guest

    Why would they when the'll just be able to do a firmware upgrade that'll
    give them a lot of what the D70s has to offer?
     
    Doug Payne, Apr 22, 2005
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  4. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Hacked or provided by Nikon?
     
    Sheldon, Apr 22, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Go Minolta instead. You'll always have A/S regardless of lens.



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    Alan Browne, Apr 22, 2005
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  6. Sheldon

    Walt Hanks Guest

    Provided by Nikon. It's already on the site. You don't get the larger
    screen or faster shooting speed, but everything else is there. Makes a used
    N-70 look very appealing.

    Walt
     
    Walt Hanks, Apr 22, 2005
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  7. Sheldon

    Owamanga Guest

    Which is *what* exactly?
     
    Owamanga, Apr 22, 2005
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  8. Sheldon

    Owamanga Guest

    (Answering myself:)

    * Improved performance for the 5-area autofocus system's Dynamic Area
    AF and Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF modes.

    * Updated menus with a new design similar to that of the D70s, making
    them easier to view and quicker to recognize.

    * Added in-camera page setup support for PictBridge compatible
    printers.

    D70 firmware should be available mid May.
     
    Owamanga, Apr 22, 2005
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    Diane Wilson Guest

    Are there any actual *clues* about what the improved performance of
    the 5-area autofocus system might be? This is the one and only
    thing in the firmware upgrade list that is even slightly interresting.

    Diane
     
    Diane Wilson, Apr 22, 2005
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  10. Sheldon

    Walt Hanks Guest

    Improved follow-focus is mentioned.

    Walt
     
    Walt Hanks, Apr 22, 2005
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  11. Sheldon

    Darrell Guest

    Provided by Nikon, as announced at the same time as the D50, and D70s
     
    Darrell, Apr 22, 2005
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  12. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    So we get everything except the larger LCD and the cable release? I can
    live with that, although the cable release would be nice. :) I'm still
    waiting for my infrared remote. Seem to be backordered everywhere.
     
    Sheldon, Apr 23, 2005
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  13. Sheldon

    Darrell Guest

    I have about 2 dozen ML-L3 on my shelf at the store I work at in Ottawa,
    Canada... I also have the AS-15 in stock.
     
    Darrell, Apr 23, 2005
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  14. You can get a cable release retrofitted into a D70, for $185 (for a Canon
    RS-60E3 remote), see http://www.harbortronics.com/Services.asp. You get a
    $50 discount if you have the retrofit done when you purchase a vertical grip
    for the D70 (though they seem to be perpetually back-ordered).
     
    Steven M. Scharf, Apr 23, 2005
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  15. That'd be my third choice, behind Canon and Nikon. And maybe Olympus.
     
    Albert Nurick, Apr 23, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I'm considering trading my D70 for a Leica M6 with three Leitz lenses. No,
    I'm not joking...
     
    Roxy d'Urban, Apr 23, 2005
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  17. Sheldon

    JR Guest


    Well there are two options...the cutting edge that becomes outdated much
    more quickly as in the Canon route, or the Nikon route which takes
    longer to develop, but when they do release it's excellent, and your
    gear keeps it's value longer due to longer product cycles. I think it's
    amazing my D70 which I purchased a year ago is still basically current.
    It has paid for itself many, many times. Now if they just release the
    D90 or D200 or whatever they call it and fill the gap between the D70
    and D2 series....

    JR
     
    JR, Apr 23, 2005
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  18. They both use the same firmware B1.0.3 and that has been around since
    Jaunary.
     
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Apr 26, 2005
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