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Old 01-23-2006, 02:22 PM   #41
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Thanks Ilaria and Michele, I really appreciate your input. When I purchased my Nikon 5400 Coolpix, I didn't plan on buying another camera for a long time. Then all the praises for the digital SLRs hit, and I began to check them out more. I've learned a lot about cameras (since I started as a total novice) and am now wishing for better images in low light. And I would like to have better capturing of action photography. My 5400 has taken over 50,000 photos with no problems whatsoever, I think that's a pretty good reason to stick with Nikon. The D50 is smaller that the other SLRs, which would be better for me. So, here I go again.

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Old 01-26-2006, 02:08 AM   #42
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Dream come true

I have been drooling over the thought of owning a D70 for over a year now, but couldn't justify the cost since my art business had not been profitable. Last weekend, I struggled for 5 hours trying to get decent photos of a current bust to send to a client for final review. The results were awful with my 6 year old, early-era digital camera and I knew it was time to break down and buy an SLR.

In a twist of perfect timing, It just so happened that a fella I work with is very in to digital photography and just bought the new Nikon D200 with some fancy lens. He had been using a D70S for the previous 6 months and absolutely loved it. Lucky for me, he knew that I had been wanting one of those and he offered to sell the whole kit to me for only half of what he paid for it. Of course I jumped at the offer. He is the type to take rediculously good care of it and it is in perfect condition. The only problem with it is that his dog chewed up the instruction book, so he is ordering me a new one.

I am sooooooooo excited to finally have it and can't wait to see the vast improvement in quality it will give me. Now if I could just get my hands on some instructions so I can figure out how to use it properly!
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:08 PM   #43
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Hello Heidi:

Congratulations on your good fortune. You got the best of all worlds.

Below is a link I got from the www.nikonusa.com web site, it is the D70s users manual that you can download in PDF format.

I hope this helps.

http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin...i=&p_topview=1
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Old 01-26-2006, 11:34 PM   #44
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Ah, of course! Thanks a million Mike
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:54 AM   #45
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Heidi,
I have a d70s AND the instruction book. If you can't order a new book, call me, and I will zerox the pages for you. It is a great camera and it looks like you got a whopping deal. Congratulations.

P.S. hope you still have my phone number.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:57 AM   #46
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Here's a good cheap portrait lens:

50mm f1.8

Both Nikon and Canon make them, and both run somewhere around $100. It is a prime lens, so there is no zooming in (you just have to move yourself) but it also means no distortion. The focal length translates to a 75mm on the Nikon, an 80 on the Canon Rebel, so it's a prefect for portraits.

The f1.8 means you can shoot in low/available light without having to mess with the ISO, even without vibration reduction.

Or, you can spend twice as much and get the f1.4, even faster.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:03 AM   #47
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An artist friend of mine owns a D70 and hers inspired me to get one. They're a fantastic camera and I love mine. However, she recently called me to ask whether I could compose pictures on the LCD screen. Apparently hers had been allowing her to do that and suddenly stopped, but when she took it to the camera shop where she bought it, they were astonished and told her that the camera wasn't designed to function in that manner. The viewfinder is the only way one is supposed to be able to preview shots. That's how mine works too, but I wondered whether anyone else was getting that unexpected LCD-preview feature on theirs. The camera shop people told her that if hers ever resumed working like that they'd love to see it!
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:11 PM   #48
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Leslie,

Is your friend on any kind of medication? Are there a lot of empty beer bottles around the house? Hold up two fingers and have her count.
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