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Silurian
01-15-2005, 02:07 PM
I've just bought a Nikon D70 Camera and have a few questions:

1. Should I stick to my old AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1:4-5.6D lens or buy the new Nikon (18-70mm or 28-200mm) or Sigma (18-125mm) lens.

2. What memory card should I get?

3. Will my old SB20 flash unit work on the D70, and if so what funtions will I loose?

I am best described as being one step above a point and click photorapher and would like to spend around $300US for the lens and about $100US for the card.
Cheers,
Silurian

60mm
01-15-2005, 02:18 PM
Try out your current lense and see if your happy with it. As far as the memory card, you can get a Sandisk Ultra II 1gb CF for about $100 inluding shipping and all from numerous places. Go toPrice Grabber (http://www.pricegrabber.com). That should be plenty large. A bit over 200 RAW images, Prolly around 350 HQ jpgs. Itd be a waste to go for a low speed card.

magicrainbow
01-17-2005, 12:36 AM
Hi Silurian, If you will take landscape photo, 35-80mm not wide enough. You may consider 18-70mm is quite a value pick. Impressive quick response and good pic quality.
For card size, it is really a matter of usage. In my case, 512mb is well enough as I seldom take Raw. But on DSLR, you should not get one below 512mb. Even you take jpeg, each photo will takes few mbs.
Welcome to Nikon D70 family.Hope you enjoy it.

D70FAN
01-17-2005, 10:52 AM
I've just bought a Nikon D70 Camera and have a few questions:

1. Should I stick to my old AF Nikkor 35-80mm 1:4-5.6D lens or buy the new Nikon (18-70mm or 28-200mm) or Sigma (18-125mm) lens.

2. What memory card should I get?

3. Will my old SB20 flash unit work on the D70, and if so what funtions will I loose?

I am best described as being one step above a point and click photorapher and would like to spend around $300US for the lens and about $100US for the card.
Cheers,
Silurian

OK. I'll pipe in on this one as well.

1. The Nikkor 35-80 might make a decent portrait lens, but your best bet for an everyday lens is the Sigma 18-125 DC (about $270). There are several of us that have discovered this lens and are very happy with the results. As good or better than the Nikkor 18-70 DX lens.

2. Any card 40X or faster will work well. The suggestion for an Ultra II is a good one. 512MB Ultra II would actually suffice. I don't like to have all of my pictues on one card, so I typically buy 512MB cards. You should get about 88 RAW+JPEG shots or 166 JPEG fine images per card.

3. The SB20 is better than nothing, but not by much. You may find that the built-in speedlight will do a better job. Save up for an SB600 to get the most out of flash photography, or stretch it to an SB800 if you can. The SB600 will work if you don't plan on slaving multiple remote SB600/800s for studio/location work.

Welcome to the world of dSLR's. Prepare to learn a lot more than you thought you would.

Silurian
01-29-2005, 01:34 PM
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the replies they were a big help. My camera body has finally arrived and now I have to wait for the memory card (the joys of living in the boonies). So far I am over the moon with the camera feel and look and can't wait to get some pictures. I've taken your advice and will be buying the Sigma lens as soon as finances allow.

gary_hendricks
02-14-2005, 07:14 AM
I've just bought a Nikon D70 Camera and have a few questions:

2. What memory card should I get?


Get a 512MB Sandisk Ultra II. Better yet, get two.