Anyone still using the D70?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ian Rance, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Mine was sticky. Hit it with 100% IPA. No messing ;-)
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  2. A D70s was my first Nikon DSLR, bought when it was still very, very much an outdated camera and I bought something better within a month(a D2X in my case, which in ~2016 I think still probably wasn't a great move up-it took me a few more steps to get to a D800, which was a game changer for me).

    For someone coming from higher end film cameras that normally had 100% high magnification pentaprism finders, the viewfinder bothered me too. A lot of DX cameras have this issue(the D500 doesn't bother me so much) but the D70 seems unusually bad since it has the "tunnel vision" effect of a lot of early DX DSLRs and the pentamirror keeps it dim.

    In good weather without too much contrast, I could still get great results from it. The limited dynamic range, especially inherent in most CCD based cameras, can make it challenging to use well, and high ISO performance is less than great.

    BTW, one of my biggest struggles with mine was the pop-up flash. I could often find it handy both for slave triggering and also as an on-camera way to deal with the limited DR as long as I was close, but the on-cameras on these are a know weak spot. I fixed mine a few times(I think it's one of the microswitches that goes out of alignment as best as I recall) but it never stayed fixed for long.

    I've since picked up another D70 in an odd lot, and it has the same flash issue.

    BTW, I have piles of genuine Nikon EN-EL3e batteries, and have one or two that won't take charge. The rest are fine, and they also often turn up cheap in the clearance bins at my local camera stores. The Fuji NP-150, which is for all intents and purposes the same except that the S5 Pro(a D200 with Fuji guts) will power on but refuse to work with a Nikon battery, is a different story. I have one genuine Fuji battery that works fine, but have gone aftermarket on my others, although they're fine also(if anyone has any NP-150s kicking around they don't want, let me know).
  3. I bought the D70 for my son, when he was 6 years old, and he only used it 2 years and then no interest in photo any longer. 2 months ago I decided to have it converted to IR, but the guy who had promised me to do it, asked for USD 170 - so now it is back on the shelf
  4. I did mine my self, it was pretty easy to do, been a while back I dont remember the cost but got it from LifePixel.
  5. My first DSLR was a D70s. It was mostly working fine, except would sometimes forget
    that it had a memory card. Eject and reinsert, and it would work.

    Then I found a good price on a D200, which I like better. One is that it is designed
    to work with AI lenses, which I sometimes use. It still works well.

    Not so much later, I got a (not very) used D700, but I still also use the D200 when I
    don't especially need the higher resolution and FX format.
  6. Last week I was going to write that I still use my D70 for routine photos of items and parts where a modest resolution photo was all that's needed and it was quick. However, I binned it a couple of days ago when it suddenly got very flaky. It was a strange feeling, putting a camera that looked perfectly fine externally into the bin. I never had to do that before.
  7. "Binned" as in thrown in the trash bin? I would have at least taken it apart just to see what's inside.
  8. Always...:D

    Even if just to find the AA/IR cut filter, rip it off and have a play with the BAYER layer....:cool:

    D70s were in UK speed cameras for many years.
  9. Depends on what you want to do.
    If you are not going to print larger than 8x10, 6MP is plenty of pixels.
    Personally, IF my D70S did not die, I would still be shooting it, for general shooting.
    The only thing that limited me was when I started shooting high school sports. The D70 has a max ISO of 1600. I shoot my D7200 up at 6400 or 12800.​
    My wife is using her D70, and it does everything that she wants it to do.
  10. In the usual case, larger than 8x10 are viewed from farther away, such that they
    don't need more resolution. 6MP is still plenty for 16x20 or 20x30.

    When I found a good price for a used D200, I gave up my D70s.
  11. And more than enough for the Internet.
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  12. Yup, I did a 16x20 for my wife's prior company.
    No one was going to look at it with a magnifying glass.
  13. Well, my wife may be retiring her D70 soon.
    It is the same problem someone else commented on another forum.
    The rubber covering on the grip is getting STICKY.
    The rubber is breaking down due to age.
    So unless I can get the covering material replaced at a reasonable price, it won't be worth repairing.
  14. Time to upgrade...:)

    You could probably find a D5100 for the price to get the rubber grips replaced....

    ... and lets face it, it's obsolete.
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  15. It's been so long and so many cameras ago. I remember one broke falling off the tripod on cement ground when I was abroad. I don't remember whether I replaced it with another D70 or something else. Anyhow I had a D80 and had not used it for a long time; then when I finally took it out of the box it was sticky though looking new I tried alcohol etc with no avail. I tried hair spray on it and it worked. I am not sure how long would it work but I sold it on eBay and the buyer loved it and gave excellent feedback.
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  16. Somebody here recommended using nearly pure alcohol and putting a little more effort into it, and it worked! D50 now clean, no sticky gunk, but sooo slippery, use a camera strap.
  17. It is obsolete, but my wife does not make BIG pictures. 6MP is more than enough.
    I will probably be looking for a D5xxx, to replace it.
    Or switch her to Olympus.
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  18. My first digital was a D70s and I really loved it. I have some 16x20 prints that show no pixelation. However, it started to not recognize the CF card, but I didn't know it until after I had already taken a series of shots. After having to check and/or reinstall the CF card a bunch of times, I purchased a newer digital.
    I thought is was good for a first digital
  19. I just read somewhere and verified that you have to use small, old type (around 1GB) SD cards in D50. 1GB is plenty for a 6mp camera but they could be hard to find now.
  20. She change from SD to SD-HC is at 4GB. If a 2GB card doesn't work, it should be possible to format it at 1GB.

    Otherwise, SD-HC is not back compatible.
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