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Nikon D70s

Review Date: Nov 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,299.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: I love the D70. The camera is immediately ready, a battery charge lasts for days, the interface is mostly straight forward, and I can zoom when reviewing the image, and fine tune the white balance setting. The 3D color matrix metering is terrific. The auto white balance is awesome. It is right most of the time, especially when shooting indoors. Oh yeah, it takes great pictures.
1) The LCD is so small. I wish the D70 gave me a way to zoom the image without having to press extra buttons. 2) Some of the buttons are multi functional depending on the current state of the camera. For example, if Iím reviewing an image, the white balance (WB) button is used to lock the image. If Iím not reviewing an image, it enables me to fine tune the white balance. Personally, I rather dedicated buttons. 3) Auto focus seems a little so to me. 4) The LCD is protected by a crappy, not-so-translucent, plastic protector. Iíd love to find a better solution. 5) The D70 supports five focus brackets (or focus areas). IMHO, the two on the left and right are too far away from the center. When I attempt to take a vertically oriented portrait, I always make sure the subjectís eyes are within the selected focus area to ensure the eyes turn out as sharp as possible. Because the focus areas are so far away from the center, I often find the images lacks sufficient headroom for the subject. The closer I am to the subject the worse this problem is. So, Iíd like to see the two focus areas closer to the center.

Originally, I bought an Olympus C-8080 8-megapixel. Three things drove me crazy: the electronic view finder, the slow startup and shutter release, and its in ability to handle low light conditions well. The D70 kicks the snot out of the Olympus C-8080 in each of these areas.

Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D AF

Review Date: Nov 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $679.95 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp even at f2.8, good color and contrast. Although it has a limited zoom range compared to many other mid range zoom lenses, the 35-70mm range works well for me. Good weight, size and balance on my D70.
Iím not a big fan of the push-pull zoom model. Personally, I like the zoom ring sported by my other lenses.

Iíve never used the macro capability. I used my 50mm f1.4D AF most of the time to capture my active two year old son. However, when we play outside Iíll use this lens. I can put a little extra distance between us and still capture terrific shoots.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

Review Date: Nov 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, beautiful bokeh, fast auto focus, rich color, VR works as advertised, the best looking f/2.8 of any lens I own.
Lens is expensive, a bit too heavy when attempting a ton of handheld pictures, 77mm filters are expensive, the silent wave auto focus (AF-S) isnít a quite as I would have expected.

At the time of this writing, all of my shots with this lens where handheld. I tracked my two year old son running through a pumpkin patch just before Thanksgiving. All of the shots are totally amazingÖ sharp, rich color, beautiful bokeh. This lens and the 50mm 1.4D are my primary lenses.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Nov 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $264.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Small and light. Performs well in low light conditions. Good color. Excellent auto focus Ė it almost never hunts for the subject. The bokeh is nice and smooth.
The new f/1.4D is plastic and made in China. If I find a used non-D in a camera shop somewhere, I plan to pick it up.

I mostly take pictures of my two year old son running around inside and outside. I use this lens hand-held on my D70 most of the time. I rarely use a flash. Most of the pics come out great.