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  1. #11
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpoetman View Post
    My darling wife picked up a Nikon D70 with a Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens at a yard sale for me. Camera and lens look great. Discovered how to check the "click count" and it is about 25000. How long should I expect this camera to continue to be usable? I want to get out of auto mode and start learning about Aperture mode. Any advice on learning with my setup? Thanks
    Congrats on a very well-spent $40!! What a deal...

    You can find many great books that will speed up your learning process but one I can suggest is, The D70 Digital Field Guide. It's small, easy to understand and will get you up and running successfully with your new camera. There are other much bigger, heavier, tome-like books for your camera that delve into every minute aspect of every single feature from A-Z but the field guide is a little more user-friendly in my opinion.
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  2. #12
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    @nickt gave you some invaluable advice if this is your first foray in to photography. You need a strong grasp on the basic principles if you want to get creative and make shots turn out the way you expect them too.

    Never use auto mode!!! Never ever ever ever. To me that's the cardinal sin of DSLR usage.

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  3. #13
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Welcome and nice get.

    Had I seen that for $40 at a yard sale I would have offered $50 to beat you out!

    Enjoy!
    ​Nikon D700/Nikon D300//MB-D10 Nikkor 28 2.8 Ai, 50 AF 1.4 D, 35-70 AF 2.8 D, 60 AF 2.8 D, 80-200 AF ED 2.8 D, 70-300 AF-S VR, 55-200DX VR, 18-55DX VR, SB-28 SB-600 - Fast D glass = Yes!


  4. #14
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Welcome aboard. This is from Nikons site: http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manu...e/N70%20AF.pdf
    Nikon D7100, F5, N90S, F4 S,Panasonic DMZ-ZS5,Nikon 18-140 mm dx, Nikon 55-300 mm dx, Micro-Nikkor 55 mm 3.5, , NAF 50 mm 1.8 D , 28-80 mm f/3.5 D, Nikkor Macro 35-105 mm f/3.5, Rokinon 85 mm T1.5 cine l, Altura 8mm f/3.5 , Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 , lmado 135mm f/2.8Nikon Nikkor 300mm Ai f/4.5 Ed, 105mm Ai s f/2.5, 200 mm Ai f4, 24mm Ai f/2.8, Nikon "E" 70-210mm f/4, Nikkor Micro 105 mm F/4, PN-11,Nikkor 180mm f/2.8,​ Tamron 200-400 f/5.6 ld

  5. #15
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Well, you have a very sharp, fast lens in the 50mm f/1.8. Do you know which model it is. It's auto-focus, I assume? Regardless, the lens alone is worth well over $40.

    I have spent a silly amount of money on new cameras and lenses in the last year, and my two old D70 bodies sit for days and days without use, but I DO still use them. They aren't great for low light, but these will still do just fine for most photographic needs. Have fun with your new toy!
    Woody Green

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  6. #16
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpoetman View Post
    I want to get out of auto mode and start learning about Aperture mode. Any advice on learning with my setup? Thanks
    Aperture mode is one of the best modes. Simply just set ISO and aperture to good choices so that your resulting shutter speed and flash power can do what you need done, for the specific scene.

    Many users use only Auto mode, because of course they can't be bothered to learn how to do any more. Compact cameras and smart phones for example. Nothing really wrong with that, it is their camera and their choice, and it produces pictures, but if your goal is to learn photography, then Auto is the worst plan. Certainly true in the beginning, and then after the short beginning, Auto is of no use to us, counterproductive, it just gets in the way.

    The first plan is to learn about exposure. Shutter speed, f/stop, and ISO.

    Not meaning necessarily just to acquire a bright enough exposure, but meaning to learn how fast or slow shutter speed varies the picture, when you might specifically want either one for what it can do for you. And to learn how stopped down or wide aperture changes the depth of field of the scene, changes what we see there... to be the way you want it to look. These are the tools that we use.

    This exposure stuff (shutter speed, f/stop and ISO) is easy, and it should become second nature for us. We may not always even realize we think about it, we simply just do it. Like driving and turning left at the corner, we simply just do it, long after it was necessary to think about how to do it. But it is always really good to know how. Knowledge that will be useful, and last your lifetime.

    Then, even if you do do use an Auto mode sometimes, you now know how to watch what it is doing, and how to override it when necessary.


    There is a lot of good stuff on line, but to grasp the ideas, a good first look is the Peterson's book Understanding Exposure, $17 at Amazon, or our public libraries here have it. Try your libraries, they will have something.
    Last edited by WayneF; 07-30-2015 at 07:15 PM.

  7. #17
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new camera, I hope you enjoy photography and your time at this site.

  8. #18
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Thanks to everyone for the advice. I ordered the D70 Field Guide from Amazon for $4.00 shipped. Can't wait to get home and look at the videos. Thanks again !

  9. #19
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpoetman View Post
    Thanks to everyone for the advice. I ordered the D70 Field Guide from Amazon for $4.00 shipped. Can't wait to get home and look at the videos. Thanks again !

    Nikon | Download center | D70

    http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manu.../AF/AF50mm.pdf

    Nikon USA is a valuable resource too = free stuff
    ​Nikon D700/Nikon D300//MB-D10 Nikkor 28 2.8 Ai, 50 AF 1.4 D, 35-70 AF 2.8 D, 60 AF 2.8 D, 80-200 AF ED 2.8 D, 70-300 AF-S VR, 55-200DX VR, 18-55DX VR, SB-28 SB-600 - Fast D glass = Yes!


  10. #20
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    First... The D70 is an AWESOME camera. It does something that no current camera can and that is a full flash sync (no hi-tech tricks) and 1/500 shutter speed. An 8 gb CF card will work great and give you about 1,200 shots IF you shoot NEF & JPEG. It gives about a gajillion shots if you just shoot JPEG's! LOL!

    Go to Strobist.com and start learning. I've shot weddings with D70's and for 90% of what you need they are perfect. And for $40 for that camera and lens I hate you AND Your wife!

    Have tons of fun.





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