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10/17/2004 07:20:45 PM · #1
I was talking with a salesman that have allerted me for something:
If I intend to do pro with Nikon gear I do best to buy the D100 than the D70.

Some of the reasons that he pointed out was the extra gear, like the vertical grip, only for the D100 (with all the benefits of it), and other accessories too.

What do you think? Is it worth the extra money the D100? In most of the reviews that I read it point out most of the times the advantage of the D70. What do you orners think? And you pros?

thank's in advance.

10/17/2004 07:26:37 PM · #2
There is a mail in rebate on the D100 right now, will help close the gap in price. Abe's of Maine is offering a free 4G CF card with the purchase.
10/17/2004 07:40:28 PM · #3
That's good news. But do you think it is better than the D70?
10/17/2004 08:05:47 PM · #4
Originally posted by Nuno:

That's good news. But do you think it is better than the D70?


No. Go to //www.dpreview.com and look at the side by side comparison and you'll see the D70 beats the D100 on almost everything. Also, the D100 has been discontinued, that's why there are rebates.

There is a vertical grip for the D70 coming, somebody posted a link to it in this thread.
10/17/2004 08:12:42 PM · #5
The Pentax *ist D has the same sensor as the Nikon D100 as a side note.
10/18/2004 07:53:27 AM · #6
Both the D70 and D100 are excellent cameras; both can create high-quality JPEG and NEF files. Both cameras can use most Nikkor lenses. Both have a built-in Speedlight flash. However, the D70, being several years newer has some distinct advantages:

1) Faster flash sync speed: 1/500 vs the D100's 1/180 of a second
2) Faster top end shutter speed: 1/8000 vs 1/4000 of a second
3) D70 has support for the latest iTTL and Creative Lighting System flash systems
4) Faster buffer shooting: both are 3FPS, the D100 can shoot 6 frames while the D70 is 20 frames.

The D70 does not have the MB-D100 external battery pack. So, if you need the vertical shutter release, 10-pin accessory plug, or the ability to do voice annotations you should choose the D100.

The D100 can support D-TTL flash metering with DX-series flashes. The D70 supports non-TTL Auto flash metering with DX-series and other Nikon Speedlights. Full iTTL can be a be achieved with the D70 and a SB-800 or SB-600 Speedlight.

Both cameras are USB and can be used with Nikon View or Nikon Capture software.

I hope that this Nikon-provided information is helpful. Michael
10/18/2004 09:02:23 AM · #7
i think at this time, the d70 is a better camera to purchase than the d100. don't get me wrong, the d100 is a great camera, and it has a metal body and the vertical grip etc, but technology-wise it's a couple years behind. rumor has it that nikon will be announcing a replacement to it sometime soon.. but who knows! right now if faced with the decision of d100, d70, i'd opt for the d70 (which is why you see d70 under my name hehe)
10/18/2004 09:22:38 AM · #8
Originally posted by jxpfeer:

i think at this time, the d70 is a better camera to purchase than the d100. don't get me wrong, the d100 is a great camera, and it has a metal body and the vertical grip etc, but technology-wise it's a couple years behind. rumor has it that nikon will be announcing a replacement to it sometime soon.. but who knows! right now if faced with the decision of d100, d70, i'd opt for the d70 (which is why you see d70 under my name hehe)


I own a Nikon D100 and absolutely love it. I will recommend it to anyone. The D100 prices have drop a great deal so it now represents a terrific value comparatively. I do use the optional grip and appreciate the ergonomic feel that it adds, as well as the extra features, like the ability to use AA batteries. As a previous D1x user, battery life was a major issue. But, the D70 has merit for being a solid entry level consideration for new users.
10/18/2004 09:57:14 AM · #9
Originally posted by Morgan:

But, the D70 has merit for being a solid entry level consideration for new users.


like morgan said :)
10/18/2004 11:34:37 AM · #10
Based on the common perspective of a great many reviews, my feeling is that D70 represents the best purchase at the moment. The only exception I would make to that is if you are truly doing pro work in harsh environments where the (slightly) more durable metal case would be a factor, or if you do large amounts of work in a vertical orientation. Everything I read tells me that image quality on the D70 is notably superior due to enhancements made since the D100's release. I've been giving my D70 a serious workout in the field for some time now, and don't feel that the durability of the metal case would be a significant issue for me, but I respect that others could be tougher on gear than I am.

That being said, the D100 is an excellent camera. Arguing over whether a Ferrari or Porsche is faster can be an irrelevant conversation in many ways, and once you cross into the playing field of pro or semi-pro dSLRs, talent will take you much farther than technology. Give John Shaw a D100 and he'll probably take better shots than I would with my D70. Unless he needed flash ;)

If prices are reasonably close, and you don't need the niche features of the D100, I'd choose the D70 (in fact, I did!). If you find a steal on the D100, and money is an issue, then it's a great SLR which can take you quite far. I wouldn't get hung up on the D70 being an entry level camera - I think when you take into consideration its iTTL flash and other capabilities its potential is on a par (or better) with many pro models. I have yet to see a photographic technique which my D70 couldn't perform (but many which *I* couldn't perform!).
10/18/2004 11:59:27 AM · #11
I have a friend in UK who uses a D70 and he is a pro photographer, he has recieved no problems so far..

May I also add that if a pro did find the time to ridicule another pro for the fact he uses a D70 it would void him of any PRO respect himself.. If you know what i mean. I spoke to my friend about this issue before i got the D70 and he said if you really want to be in the height of fashion get the D1x(pre-d2x) then you will look as good as the rest but personnally, he said, I have a job to do and the D70 does it.
10/18/2004 12:11:14 PM · #12
I use both.
I shoot mostly with my D100, and use the D70 as a backup. The reason I use the D100 more, is because it is very similar to my F5 in size and construction. I'm just use to it. There is not much noticable difference in the two cameras, except for the obvious advantage of the battery pack, and the smoothness of shooting vertical (having the apature/shutter/trigger on the battery pack)

And I second what alionic says. It's more in WHO takes the photo, not WHAT takes the photo.
10/18/2004 12:19:32 PM · #13
And I second what alionic says. It's more in WHO takes the photo, not WHAT takes the photo.

I really agree with this. I have a D100, great camera and I use the vertical grip. I have also shot with the D70 and it's a great camera.

When you get to this point in camera technology, the camera will definately be able to produce. It's what you are doing with it that is the key.


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