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Old April 6th, 2004, 08:32 AM   #1
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Nikon D70....Digital Rebel Killer?

So...what do you guys think of the D70, do you think it's going to be the D.Rebel Killer?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 08:50 AM   #2
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Old April 6th, 2004, 09:05 AM   #3
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All the reviews I've seen are suggesting it spanks the Digital Rebel, which upsets me because I really was liking the idea of getting the Digital Rebel.

But remember, the D70 costs a good little amount more than the Digital Rebel. And, of course, if you're a Canon person, a Nikon body won't do you much good with your Canon lenses.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 10:10 AM   #4
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Imran- I'd opt for the 10D which still spanks the D70...granted it's about $500 more but well worth it. PLUS you get lengendary Canon glass. Canon Glass > Nikon Glass, IMO
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 04:55 PM   #5
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So what exactly are the relevant differences?
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 06:36 PM   #6
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Check www.dpreview.com for more info.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:24 PM   #7
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I don't have one... but Ken Rockwell does....

www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d70.htm

He seems to be fairly impressed with the camera... and you'll enjoy his review, I am sure.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:35 PM   #8
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One of my students just got a D70 and I got a chance to play with one rather extensively this past week. I would still prefer the Digital Rebel/10D based on the noise I observed in many of the low light (early morning, early evening) shots I took. Look at the noise levels and I think you'll see what I mean.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 10:44 AM   #9
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Jeff, I am sure that Noise Ninja or NeatImage can handle the noise issue... do you think the other features like 1/500 sync speed do not outweigh the noise issue?

Of the images I have seen thus far from the D70... the noise was pretty much eliminated by post processing, so I don't know how bad it might have been straight out of the camera.

The metering... particular in flash photography with the new SB800DX speedlight... sure looks impressive!
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I did a shoot with the rebel last month and hated it for 3 reasons... 1. it looks like a plasticy camera and feels like one too... 2. I had a client comment that he had that camera... not a good thing. (it IS a consumer model) and 3. it doesn't have some of the features of the d70...

NOTE: I have decided to go with the good old D1 (2.7mp!) more camera features, more lense compatibility, and to be frank unless I'm shooting for large print -over 8x10- the 2.7 is ideal and allows me to shoot tons o'pix...

when the d1x comes down in price then sure...
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Old May 16th, 2004, 12:16 PM   #11
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Josh, this is a prime example of where individual tastes and esthetics play a big role. I personally felt the D70 was more plasticy in both looks and feel. Yes, the digital Rebel does lack a few features, but is hundreds less. I would rather see someone get a less expensive body and get better lenses. The quality of the lens has always been a major factor in determining image quality.

Doug, the flash sync is not a major issue for me, as I do very little studio work. The flash sync of the Rebel is fine for most daylight fill flash needs. In comparison the lack of a slower ISO (D70 starts at 200 vs. 100 for Rebel) is a real limitation for me. I agree that Nikon probably has the best flash metering in the business. Canon's is too confusing for many people.
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Jeff, that's exactly why I advocate buying the D1... looking at roughly $600-$800 used... The D1 is a superior build to either the D70 or the 300D. Anyone know what's the top shutter on the D70?
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Old May 16th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #13
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Jeff...great photos...

Snowy Egret 4118.jpg
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Old May 16th, 2004, 01:37 PM   #14
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I believe it's something crazy like 1/8000...

way faster than most would need, I am sure.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 01:44 PM   #15
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D1 1/16000
D70 1/8000
300D 1/4000

D1 4.5 fps up to 21 images
D1 Firewire
D70 USB 2.0
300D USB

anytime that built in flash pops up I feel dumb.

D1 has a bigger LCD too...
they all take nice pix. My chef shots on the rebel looked very good.
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