A&P DSLR newbie - some questions on Nikon

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  1. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk OT Supporter

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a newb that hopes to learn how to use a DSLR. But in the meantime, any camera I buy I will be using the AUTO mode to do most of my shooting until I get there.

    I'm thinking about buying this camera: http://toronto.craigslist.org/ele/192454015.html

    Is the D70s better than the D50? What should I buy?

    Also, will the lens that comes with the kit allow me to take decent pics? My friend with a D50 says that I need an expensive lens to take nice quality pics with good field of depth.

    Thanks for the help!!
     
  2. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    yes the d70s is better than the d50.

    and if those are your friends words and not yours, he has pudding for brains
     
  3. eof

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    D70 = way better kit lens + light in top display so you can see settings at night + a ton of other shit
     
  4. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    bigger over all, second command dial
     
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    :werd:

    Second Command Dial was the thing I was trying to remember but forgot....
     
  6. Dr. Funk

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    Cool guys. So if I picked up that kit I'm pretty much good to go?

    I'm heading out to Banff next week so I'd like to grab something before then.

    Do you guys think $850 CDN would be too much to pay for that camera used?

    And lastly, is 5,000 shots alot? Sounds like a lot to me for a camera that was bought in Feb.
     
  7. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    5k is barley broken in...a d70 should last atleast 50k before you start seeing problems.

    and also, 850 canadian sounds like a terriffic deal for a d70 kit
     
  8. Dr. Funk

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    Thanks! :thumbup:
     
  9. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    If you're willing to wait, prices on the D70 / D70s will drop in a few weeks when Nikon releases the D80. You'll save about $50-100 USD
     
  10. tenplanescrashing

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    i'd say go for it. test it out first though and make sure everything works the way it should. Shot several shots in a row, preview the shots, format the card, etc., before buying.
     
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    and the 18-70 is probably the best lens for the money next to the Tamron 28-75.
     
  12. Dwight Schrute

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    FYI the D50 has much lower high-ISO noise than the D70s.
     
  13. yonson

    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    Heh, 5,000 shots is nothing, I bought my D50 in March, and have shot over 15,000 pics since...
     
  14. Dr. Funk

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    Thanks guys, I am holding out and waiting for a couple of responses from guys on Craigslist.

    Is this a scam? ......

    When I search for Nikon on Toronto's Craiglist there's the one guy I am talking to. However, when I search for Nikon in other major cities in Canada there are a total of four posts for the Nikon D70s from the Toronto area. All four are giving incredible deals on a barely used D70s with extra accessories, and some extra lenses, and they are all around $850-900.

    Why aren't these guys advertising in Toronto when that's where the camera is? Also, I have yet to hear back from any of these guys.

    Just wondering if this is some sort of scam or something.
     
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    As long as you can take some test shots with it and try it out I can't see how they could scam you.
     
  16. Dr. Funk

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    The funny thing is that I don't get any response from these guys offering sweet deals. So just wondering what it's all about.
     
  17. Kinks

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    The D50 will probably do 95% of what you need, in the long term. Far more than 100% of your ability in the short term.

    If you've never shot an SLR before, the camera will not be the limiting factor for at least 1-2 years. Having a great camera does NOT lead to great photos. Being a good photographer (ie, practice!) does. The camera is simply a tool to facilitate this. If you are a novice and spend up big on equipment you are wasting your money. Buy something simple now and then upgrade in a couple of years when everything is cheaper and better, and you have more ability :bigthumb:

    :ugh2:

    Any lens will give you high DOF. It's shallow DOF and fast speed that's expensive (because you need a lot of glass for wide apertures). You don't need an expensive lens, Nikon kit lenses are generally very good quality and that's all you need to get started.

    DOF = depth of field btw
     
  18. dangerHV

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    Just wait for the D80 :)
     
  19. tenplanescrashing

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    you've got that backwards...any lens will do shallow DOF but the ones that give you greater DOF and faster apertures are usually more expensive.
     
  20. 00soul

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    wide/fast apertures are associated with shallow depth of field
     
  21. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    distance of photographer/subject/background also plays a role in the depth of field.
     
  22. tenplanescrashing

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    but of course!
     
  23. Dr. Funk

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    Welcome me to the club guys, I picked up the D70s with kit lense tonite for $800 CDN.

    Any suggestion on what a first lens I should add? I'll be shooting outside mostly with scenary and action strong possibilities.
     
  24. Kinks

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    sigh.
     
  25. SenenCito

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    Id say use it for a month before thinking what other lens to get, make sure you know your needs well before going suicidal on lens buys
     

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