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when to upgrade a Nikon D70?

Kerry Kennedy , Jul 11, 2007; 03:30 p.m.

Most of you good folk have greater insight into the future of Nikon DSLRs than do I. I bought a Nikon D70 in the summer of 2004, after reading all the reviews. (I use a Canon A620, and before that the A95 and A80 as take anywhere cameras. I also own the F, F2, F3, FE2, FM2n, and F100 cameras to satisfy my love for film). I am pleased with the D70, but will upgrade when warranted. I am not sure the D70s was even an upgrade. The D80 was very tempting, but didn't quite meet my threshold. What and when do you expect Nikon to announce or release a model that will be a major quantum jump from the D70, and what features would you expect and/or like to see.?


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Hans Janssen , Jul 11, 2007; 03:38 p.m.

I think you have to use Crystal Ball to get an answer on this question. But when you wait long enough all the little steps improvement in each new type seems a quantum jump for you.

Keith Leonin , Jul 11, 2007; 03:40 p.m.

The D200 is already a major upgrade for the D70, and so are the D2 series. Not sure what additional features sets you would want, seeing as how you seem to be pleased with the D70.

When to upgrade? When you are no longer pleased with the the D70, and when your budget can handle it.

I used to have a D70, and my time to upgrade came when the D200 was released. I'm happy with the D200 (I have 2) and unless the price of higher end bodies go down to match my budget (or unless I get a financial windfall), I expect to shoot my D200's for quite a while.


Jeff Berardi , Jul 11, 2007; 03:42 p.m.

Well there's the D200, it's a pretty huge upgrade in my opinion. Significantly better image quality, a lot more features, a far superior body. It's usually considered a consumer grade camera because of it's price but it's pro quality in most every regard.

As for the future, I don't really know. I'd think the D200 or D2Xs would be the next in line for a major upgrade since they're the oldest, but I haven't heard any actual rumors or anything.

david cross , Jul 11, 2007; 03:57 p.m.

i went from an olympus om 4 ti +an asortment of lens.which had seen me in good sted,for a good 15 years or more.when i traded it for the nkon d70,i must say, there was a tear in my eye.the d70 was a very good d-slr.but when i saw my first photograph from the d2oo,the detail,colour,and the image size,was just so much more,this camera has both body and soul,and i am so glad that i move up.

d200 body and soul.

Edward Horn , Jul 11, 2007; 04:17 p.m.

Simple. The shutter on the D70 is only good for about 60,000 images. If you're more than 2/3rds of the way it's time.

Dan Park , Jul 11, 2007; 04:39 p.m.

I would upgrade just to be able to use (meter) all the manual focus lenses you undoubtably have. I also love using the aperture ring as apposed to a dial. That feature alone in my opinion is worth the upgrade. Everything else is just iceing on the cake.

Kerry Kennedy , Jul 11, 2007; 05:23 p.m.

The D200 is appealing but it two years old and that is a long time in the digital world. Do you expect Nikon to come up with an upgrade within the next year? I would not expect the D70 shutter to drop dead at 60,000 cycles or even 100,000 cycles unless they get the shutters from Detroit. I am purely amateur.

Elliot Bernstein , Jul 11, 2007; 06:58 p.m.

If you would get a d80 in your hands, you would likely upgrade to it immediately. The viewfinder is far superior to the d70's and worth upgrading (IMO) for this feature alone. The monitor is much bigger. Picture quality is improved substantially as is exposure. Think of all the fun and convenience you are missing out now by not owning one today!

I don't know what you mean by 'threshold' but chances are when Nikon releases more advanced cameras in the near future, they will have a minimal and likely insignificant increase in resolution, have features you don't need and be priced out of your price range. Keep in mind that even if they released a 20mp camera which sounds to be impressive, it would only be a 25% increase in resolution over the d40x/d80/d200 line - an equivalent increase of going from 6mp to 10mp. A 3mp file will make a fine 12 x 18 print. There is virtually no difference from 6mp to 10mp unless you crop a lot or make huge posters.

Andrew Cale , Jul 11, 2007; 07:40 p.m.

Eliott, Please do explain your math.

My interpretation = from a 10 megapixel sensor to a 20 megapixel is a 100% increase.

From a 6 megapixel camera to a 10 megapixel camera is a 66% increase.

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