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Benjamin Taft January 30th, 2004 10:46 AM

The Rebel has some competition, the Nikon D70
It looks pretty neat!



I might get it this spring/summer...

Benjamin Taft January 31st, 2004 10:47 AM

Not much of a reaction here, but here's another link if anyone is interested...


I'm pretty damn excited about this camera :)

Mark Williams January 31st, 2004 11:26 AM


Looks really interesting. Did you come across any info. on body construction. I'am a long time Nikon F2 shooter and my cams have been thru the works and never failed me. It's metal body for me...plastic won't do.



Charles Papert January 31st, 2004 12:37 PM


Thanks for posting--I've been VERY close to buying the Rebel and also considering the Canon 10D, all the while being disappointed about those Nikkor lenses that sit molding with my all-but-abandoned FM2 body. This is the probable answer to that dilemma. Now of course it'll be a couple of months before I can get one, damn!

Peter Moore January 31st, 2004 01:16 PM

As far as I can tell, the Rebel has better image quality features, most notably the ISO 100 setting (where the pictures are just unbelievably crisp). The Nikon only goes down to ISO 200 I believe. And it's black. :) But I think the Rebel is great.

Benjamin Taft January 31st, 2004 01:52 PM

Here's another preview:

This compariation with the D100 and Rebel notes that the D70 is Polycarbonate only while the D100 has an inner metal shell as well. Too bad, but at least it doesn't look as plasticy as the Rebel.


Alex Ratson January 31st, 2004 02:11 PM

Just because the Rebel can go down to ISO100 dose not mean it has less noise at that level in comparison to Nikons ISO200. ISO is only talking about the light sensitivity and not the signal to noise ratio (or RMS granule for film) at that ISO setting.
I believe it was one of Canons top of the line DSLR’s that claimed to have as clean a picture at ISO400 as Fuji ISO100 E6 film (RMS granule of 8)

All in all it sounds like a interesting camera and might find its way into my camera bag as a light/cheap backup for my other cameras.

Happy Shooting

Jeff Donald January 31st, 2004 04:34 PM

The noise issue between Canon and Nikon models will be decided when actual production models can be reviewed. But if past performance is any indication the Canon CMOS chip cameras will be hard to beat.

Peter Moore January 31st, 2004 04:46 PM

Ok I see Alex. Well, pictures I've taken at ISO 100, even at very low light (long exposure) have been as sharp as any picture I've ever taken with 100 speed film. So, like Jeff said, I think that's going to be hard to beat.

Jeff Donald January 31st, 2004 04:50 PM

Charles, you don't want to use your old manual focus Nikkor lenses on the D70. It does not have a focusing aid in the viewfinder (but neither does the Digital Rebel or 10D). If you've got old equipment, just sell it, give it away, donate it, or keep it, but get modern (AF) lenses for your digital SLR.

Steve Nunez January 31st, 2004 05:22 PM

The Nikon D70 has a better feature set than does the Rebel.....I'm a big fan of Canon's DSLR's and think the new EOS 1D mark II is the best DSLR in the world- but in sub $2000 DSLR's the Nikon D70 has the best specs of them all... if I had Nikon glass and was looking for an exceptional DSLR- the D70 would be 1st choice.

Having said that- I'm in absolute awe how Canon just trumps Nikon every single time they "announce" a new revolutionary new "professional" DSLR- the EOS 1D (II) just set the bar so high- the new Nikon D2H is hopelessly outclassed.....at $4500 Canon will sell every Mark II they make- get to your dealers now and put some $$$$ down- they'll be sold out before they even hit the store shelves.

(For those of you DSLR's enthusiasts who have read the specs- you'll know exactly what I mean- this is the equivalent of Canon coming out with a new XL1S that does hi-def with 3CCD's !!!)

Jeff Donald January 31st, 2004 05:27 PM

Canon has announced that the total monthly production for the D1 mk II is 4,000 units per month (for world wide distribution). This is an Olympic year and I doubt the average photographer will get their hands on one until next winter. There will always be exceptions of course, but if the new D1 is off interest follow Steve's advice.

Adrian Douglas January 31st, 2004 09:40 PM

The D70 looks like it's a very good camera and something that Nikon users will be very happy with as an entry level DSLR.

The 1D(II) will be difficult to get but it also means there are going to be a lot of secondhand original 1Ds around. Even though the new version is one hell of a camera the original version is still an extremely capable DSLR and at secondhand prices good for advanced amatures.

Rob Belics January 31st, 2004 10:21 PM

And Charles, when you decide to give that junk away, let me know. I'll even pay shipping!

Peter Moore January 31st, 2004 11:44 PM

Are you guys saying it's impossible to focus manually without the focusing aid?

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