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Old 08-30-2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Looking to upgrade from N70 to Digital SLR

Right now I've got a Nikkon N70 that has treated me very well over the years. I told myself that when prices droped out of the thousands of dollars to the hundreds I'd make the leap forward.

I use Nikkor 28-80 & 75-300 lenses so I'd like to stay with Nikkon as my lenses still have many years of use still left on them.

I hear that only the very high end DSLR's with their settings maxed out can match the quality of 35mm...

Suggestions please

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Old 08-30-2006, 10:51 PM   #2
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just get a d80 and call it a day.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:40 PM   #3
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Well, your choices are pretty much the D50, D70 or D80. Fujifilm and Kodak DSLRs will be over $1000, I believe.

The D80 has the latest features, 10MP, and will be about $1000 for the body. It's also not available yet (wait until Sept.)

I'm making a judgement call, but based on the lenses you listed, I'm guessing you are an enthusiast, but not someone spending thousands of dollars on photography equipment. If your planning on printing your own 4x6s, or want nice photos for displaying on the computer, you might not need to go as high as 10MP.

The file sizes will be pretty big, and you need to be printing pretty large images to take real advantage of the resolution. For high end enthusiasts, or pros, the more pixels the better. For general shooting, it can be unwieldy. Heck, the pricey D2H is only around 4MP, and pro's use that.

I'd look at the D70s, which is a nice camera and loaded with features, or the D50 if you need to save money. I'm guessing the D70s would be a good fit, although if you have the money to spend, and feel you'll be printing or cropping really big images, the D80 may be it.

(I went from various manual bodies to a F100, to a D70s myself. I wish the D70 had the body like the F100 or D2x, but I'm not limited by having 'only' 6MP. I rarely made prints larger than 8x11 from film, and the D70s can handle that just fine.)

If you have a flash, be ready to buy a new one. The latest generation Nikon DSLRs don't seem to handle many of the older flashes, and require the latest tech. Your lenses will work just fine. Buy a nice, large memory card. Two actually, as you don't want to lose or fill the only one you have. Don't skimp out here - spend a little extra on larger and faster cards. I also would get an extra battery, if you do a lot of shooting away from home (camping, etc.)

Happy picture taking,
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:11 AM   #4
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Ramsdale gave some pretty good advice. As he said based on your lenses I would think the d50 or d70 would be as much camera as you would need and if have more money it would be better spent on glass.

How important are manual controls to you? I have a d70 so I'm not really familiar with d50 but I know it lacks a front command dial and has a lot more of the controls buried in menus so if you want to use these controls a lot a d70 would suit you better if not probably go for the d50.

The d80 looks to be a great camera - more MP, better viewfinder, better AF so you may want to spring the extra $$. But at 10 MP you are going to see that the lenses you have are not the highest quality and depending on your shooting you may want to get a wider lens when you move to digital because of the 1.5X crop factor (this applies to all nikon digital cameras). So if you are wanting to get out the door for under $1k you should consider all costs as mentioned above including memory (but no more film costs) and possibly a new wider lens.
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Old 08-31-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
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Good stuff, thanks for the advice.

Sense Im going to upgrade to digital what lenses do you all suggest I purchase at the same time?

I do mostly scenic shots but on occasion Ill take some pictures at family events i.e. reunions, weddings, etc.
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:20 AM   #6
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Good stuff, thanks for the advice.

Sense Im going to upgrade to digital what lenses do you all suggest I purchase at the same time?

I do mostly scenic shots but on occasion Ill take some pictures at family events i.e. reunions, weddings, etc.
Keep what you have until you see a need to get something better... Maybe pick up a 50mm f1.8 for <$100 as it's a great way to improve your photography skills/understanding for very little $$$. Plus you'll need to spend some cash on digital accessories, IE batteries, memory cards, photoshop and a backup HD...

Ben
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