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Old 05-02-2005, 07:47 PM   #29
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Smorgasboard of Choices

Stepping through the digital options is like a feast.

Your first trip through should be sampling the options.

Keep it light, dwell on the delights.

Save a little room for desert.

Have a child learn with you,

We are surprised how much we can learn together.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:48 PM   #30
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I have been shooting with a Minolta SLR for the past 30 years. I love the control it offers and the ease of shooting. I started off with a Sony Mavica the graduated to a Sony S-85 4.1 mega pixel. It is hard to shoot outdoors in bright light, I have no idea what f-stop I am using or shutter speed. Don't know how to adjust for a backlit subject or how to spot meter. Does the Nikon D-70 look and handle like a 35mm SLR? I have seriously thought about the Leica just because the controls look like a camera that I am familiar with. Things like remote shutter release, elasped time shots seemed to have been completely overlooked in most of the point and shoot cameras even the more expensive ones. I am really looking for an SLR that feels like a 35 mm and has the controls in a logical place. I don't like having to go to menu the making 5 more choices before I can take a picture.
Hey Rick,
I am only on day 2, but the D70 sure feels like my Nikon F-3/ with the winder. The features are fairly easy to use. Check this linkhttp://www.nikonusa.com/template.php...roductNr=25214
Ps Our trailer is almost ready for pickup!!! End of May...
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Old 05-03-2005, 02:37 PM   #31
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I still use film with my Nikon N80's but my wife shoots with a Nikon Coolpix 4200 which does a great job. I keep looking at the D70, but have not given up on film yet. For you Nikon owners here is a good Nikon Forum with over 30,000 members. This site is broken down into many sections which will help with any question you might have, just like Airstreamforums.

http://www.nikonians.org/

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Old 05-03-2005, 04:07 PM   #32
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I can heartily recommend the D70, especially as a first digital SLR for someone who has previously only used a film SLR.

-- ISO equivalents up to 1600 mean I can shoot in very low light without flash
-- 3 frames per second -- and the buffer NEVER fills up, so I can shoot fast when I need to capture action
-- instant on/off means the camera is always ready to go
-- no need to plow through menus since all the important functions are accessed through physical controls (buttons and dials)
-- great built-in Speedlight (flash)
-- all the usual advantages of a SLR (lenses, manual control, flash options, etc)
-- amazing battery life (hundreds of photos on the rechargeable battery)

My recommendation if you buy it: get a 512 mb or 1 gb memory card; get a spare battery ($40); buy the kit with the Nikon lens, not a stripped-down version; carry the Usage Guide around with you for the first three months and read it EVERY DAY so you really learn the camera.
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Old 05-03-2005, 05:43 PM   #33
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Hi - we went for a "cheap" point and shoot A510. I'll let you know after I get it this week!
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:27 PM   #34
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Sony DSC-P93 5.1 megapixel Cyber-shot. Nothing fancy but easy to use and some great features.
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