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    Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    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


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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    That's not a bad little camera but definitely starting to show it's age with megapixel count and CCD sensor. But, not a bad camera by any means. 25,000 shutter actuation's isn't much, tons of life left in her. You should be able to get 50,000 out of it no sweat, and likely will continue working to ~100,000.

    The lens is a great score, and will be sure to give you some fine shots with it!
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Thanks for the fast response. Should be good to learn on. She only paid $40.00 for it so I won't cry when it dies. Glad to hear I can keep using the lens if I upgrade bodies later.

    Does anyone know the largest size compact flash card that will work with a D70? Thanks

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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Welcome!

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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    $40 was a steal, even if just for the lens alone! You did mighty fine on that acquisition sir.

    Nikon's approved CF card list for that body shows cards up to 4gb, so you should be safe staying within that limit. You really won't need a very big card for that body, as the images it produces are somewhat small in size you can fit a ton of images on a ~2gb card. If you'd like to review the list of approved cards for yourself it can be found here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...--d70-%2F-d70s
    Nikon D850 | Rokinon 14mm /2.8 IF ED UMC | Tamron SP 24-70mm /2.8 DI VC USD | Nikon AF-S 50mm /1.8 G | Nikon AF 85mm /1.4 D | Tokina AT-X 100mm /2.8 PRO D Macro | Nikon AF 135mm /2 D | Sigma 150‑600mm /5‑6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    The thing is when the camera was made some of the larger capacity cards where not invented,the files will not be that large so a 16gb should be plenty or even an 8gb,my first DSLR was a D70 and i still have it,try not to go above 400 iso and stay lower if you can or you may have noise problems in your images.

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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Gauge View Post
    $40 was a steal, even if just for the lens alone! You did mighty fine on that acquisition sir.

    Nikon's approved CF card list for that body shows cards up to 4gb, so you should be safe staying within that limit. You really won't need a very big card for that body, as the images it produces are somewhat small in size you can fit a ton of images on a ~2gb card. If you'd like to review the list of approved cards for yourself it can be found here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...--d70-%2F-d70s
    You posted that while i was typing
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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    [QUOTE=10 Gauge;479536]$40 was a steal, even if just for the lens alone! You did mighty fine on that acquisition sir.

    Not me, my lovely wife got the great deal! Credit where credit is due.
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    Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Alpoetman View Post
    Any advice on learning with my setup? Thanks
    Watch this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8T94sdiNjc

    Read this:
    Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed

    Then read the camera manual:
    http://download3.nikonimglib.com/arc...0_EU(En)05.pdf

    The camera manual will make more sense once you thoroughly understand exposure principals. Plenty of info around on exposure principals, but those first two links are my favorite for beginners.
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    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Just getting started - is this a good camera to learn with ?

    This can give you an idea of different results from apertures ect

    cameraDemo
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