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06-25-2007, 05:21 PM
Why was it discontinued?

Alex D80
06-25-2007, 05:25 PM
I believe Nikon came out with the D70s, followed by the D40, D40X and the new D80 which is supposed to be the D70 on steroids; not as much as the D200, but pretty close.

That's what I have been able to read regarding the D70.

LR Max
06-25-2007, 06:55 PM
The original D70 was a lower version of the D100 (kinda like how the D80 is a lower version of the D200). Initially the D70 was plagued by firmware problems so Nikon cleared the name of the D70 by introducing the D70s. The D70s has the upgraded firmware and a larger LCD screen (from 1.8" to 2"). Of course, almost every D70 nowadays has the upgraded firmware package to fix the problems. And even if the camera isn't upgraded, the upgrade is readily available off Nikon's site so its fine.

The D70s was discontinued because...well...its old. About two years old now. The technology has improved a lot. However, it doesn't mean the D70 is no longer a useful camera. A D70 is still a capable piece of equipment and can produce excellent photographs.

06-25-2007, 07:30 PM
Ah i see. I didnt realize it was that old. :o

LR Max
06-25-2007, 08:01 PM
Randomly I stumbled upon some more info. The original D70 began selling at stores in March 2004. Early 2005 saw the D70s.

The D100 was announced in 2001 and sold well for two years straight (not too shabby!).

The D70 was Nikon's answer to the Canon Digital Rebel. The 300D (canon) was a stripped down 10D, so Nikon pretty much did the same to the D100 and got the D70.

06-25-2007, 09:05 PM
aren't the D50 and the D40 based on the same sensor as the D70s?

I think there are a few small differences, but the biggest difference being ease of use ( I think the D70s is quicker and easier to take full control of ). The D70s has the dual wheel, iow you control aperture with your right middle finger, and shutter speed with your thumb. You do have to hold a button with your left hand to change the ISO though.

Of course you have control of the SB600/SB800 remotely... But I am not sure that the D70 has that - I think that was added with the D70s.

I am not sure if ByThom.com still has the D70 in the comparison charts... but it did at one time.

Oh by the way, I think the D70s is better than the D100. I got my hands on one (D100) Sunday, and I didn't care for it at all compared to by D70s to be honest...