Questions about the D70

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  1. yvonk

    yvonk TPF Noob!

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    I'm seriously looking on buying the D70, but I wanna get some equipment with it also.

    First, is a flash like in the link under something I should worry about getting? Keeping in mind I'll be mainly doing landscapes pictures for now, is this kind of flash a must or the one that is in the D70 is good enough?

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/D-Concepts-AF-TT...95593446QQcategoryZ107933QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


    Second, how can I see the battery life of the D70? I've read in reviews that it's good- but I'd like something more precise as I won't have access to electricity so often. So I'll need something that have a good battery life.


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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, if you plan on shooting some flash photography.

    Not really a must but the built-in flash really isn't very good either.

    You could probably find a better flash that that one. I suggest the Nikon SB600 or at least something that swivels as well as tilts.

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D80/ZLCDILLB.GIF
    The D70 has a battery gauge on the top panel.
     
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    If you can't think of situations where you'd need the flash... then you don't need the flash :) it sounds like you're mainly doing available light work at the moment, and you can always buy one later when you decide you're interested in the uses of flash. On the other hand, if you can already think of situations where you'd use a flash, then a dedicated one with tilt and preferably swivel will be about a thousand times better than the pop-up flash. Pop-up flashes are horrible.

    As usual I am going to second what Mike says (you really need to have a mad conspiracy theory so we can disagree on something!). That flash doesn't look great to me. I would instead look for a Nikon, or possibly a dedicated Sigma or Metz (no disrespect to 'Digital Concepts' intended... well maybe a little)
     
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    Yeah of course, I just meant a flash like this type. The ones that you must add to the camera you know... Also, let me flip the question like that(I'll be able to understand better my situation, although it might look dumb) When do I need a flash for photography?

    Also about the battery thing, I mean does any of you know a review website where they talk about them(such as you can take 400 shots and you must recharge the batteries 2 hours)? Because I must be sure that they are good quality/life before buying the camera...
     
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    I can't think of to many situations in which I'd use flash for landscape photography.
     
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    the battery lasts a really really long time.

    i would venture to say over a thousand shots, but don't know for sure.

    i know that i didn't charge it but once a week or less, and it made it through every wedding i did no problem, on just one battery.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    When shooting indoors or anytime it's dark and your subject is close at hand. As mentioned, not really useful for landscapes.



    The battery use will depend on many things. If you use the built-in flash, it will drain faster. If you use the LCD screen a lot, it will drain faster.

    I suggest just buying a few spares, if you are worried about it. I suggest www.sterlingtek.com
     
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    Ah okay thanks for the help, it's all more clear in my head now.
    For some reasons, seems like I can't figure out what Spares are...?

    I think I'll go with a flash then, because I'll be doing night shots also. Maybe not macrophotography- but some type of nature/landscapes/urban photography so the flash will be a good add.
     
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    yvonk, love the 'Leon' avatar!

    For nature/landscape/urban, remember that the flash will only reach things that are relatively close. For example, a city night scene would not make use of flash, unless you had some people in the foreground for the flash to hit (and yes, you can get both the dark background and the people in the foreground to expose correctly).
     
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    When I had my D70, I bought a couple generic (non Nikon brand name batteries) to have as backups (spares). I think they were less than $10 each and gave me enough extra power to get through any photo shoot I ever did. Always make sure your extra batteries are fully charged before you go on a shoot and you should be fine.
     
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    Hehe, thanks Gmarquez.

    Also, another little question- is there a big difference between the D40, D70 & D80? Other than the resolution of the picture...
     
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