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Learning to use my Nikon d-70 camera
I am new to Photography
I am new to photography and was hoping I could get some tips from others who are more experienced. I was working at a local newspaper and photo studio when I was approached to purchase a very nice looking Nikon d-70 camera, For the technically minded among you I will include the specifications for this camera later. I have enjoyed using this camera very much. Before purchasing this Nilkon d-70 Camera I did not know anything about digital photography, and am trying to learn.
First of all I must tell you that this camera is a DSLR. (Digital Single Lens Reflex)
I know that really sounds complicated, but what it means to me is that the lens can be removed and replaced with another type of Lens.
For example, you may want to photograph an animal that is away in the distance. With a normal point and shoot camera it would be very difficult to get a good clear shot without frightening the animal.
With a DSLR such as the Nikon d-70 ,you just unmount the standard lens, mount up your telephoto lens . Focus in on the animal and press the Button. If you don't want to play around with the Focus leave it on AutoFocus.
Hey Presto you have a nice close-up photo of the animal without getting too close.
I believe the Nikon d70 has now been superseded, but from my research the camera has not lost its appeal and from all reports the specifications are still impressive for an entry level DSLR under $1000.00.
There are possibly some around on the second-hand market at a much cheaper price. You must be very careful about buying second-hand cameras. Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer and get a good warranty.
Specifications of the Nikon d-70 DSLR Camera
*mega pixel CCD delivering a maximum image resolution of 3008 x 2000 pixels. Newer Cameras now have a larger CCD (Charge Couple Device). The largest I could find at the moment is 12.1 mega pixels.
* 1/500 flash sync, 1/8000 second top shutter speed. (I've been told this is great for action shots)
* SLR design with true, TTL optical viewfinder.
* 1.8 inch 130,000 pixel TFT LCD with adjustable brightness. ( a bit on the small side )
* Polycarbonate body over a metal frame for strength with low weight. (very tough )
* Interchangeable F mount lens design accommodates a wide range of Nikkor lenses, type D and type G recommended.
* Nikon D70 body supports both mechanically-coupled and all-electronic AF-S lenses.
* Program, Digital Vari-Program (Scene), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes.
* Depth of field preview button.
* TTL flash exposure metering in three modes (with the SB-800 flash).
* ISO 200 - 1600 exposure range.
* White balance has auto, six manual modes, and preset option.
* Three color modes, plus contrast, saturation, hue, and sharpness adjustments.
* Built in, five-mode pop-up flash; can also act as a master controller, or "commander" for SB-800 and SB-600 flashes.
* External flash hot shoe.
* Continuous shooting, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and Self-Timer modes.
* JPEG, RAW (NEF) and JPEG + RAW (NEF) file formats. (I've been told that more people are shooting .raw these days)
* Uses Compact Flash Type I and II, plus Hitachi Microdrive
* USB cable for computer connection
* Captures up to 3 frames per second.
* Nikon D70's buffer can hold up to 144 large/normal shots .( depends on the quality of the shot )
* Five-area AutoFocus.
* Included CD-ROM loaded with PictureProject software.
* NTSC Video cable for connection to TV
* Battery holder that accepts 3 CR2 disposable batteries.
I've been told that even with the same model number some of the above specification will vary from Zone to Zone and Country to Country.
A good friend who is a keen amateur photographer has advised me that a good all round lens to buy would be a Zoom Lens with a 18-135 mm focal length. Now I have no idea on earth what that meant so I would like some input please.
I would appreciate you candid comments.
I really would like some comments on the photographs below so don't be bashful come right out and tell me what you think of them.
The photograph of the Iris was shot as a black and white image.
And I allowed the camera to do all of the work!
The Iris was in my garden and was previously the Image I used in my Avatar.