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    D70 sensor failure?

    I pulled out my trusty D70 to take a few shots last week and the results were not good... vastly underexposed, purplish, noisy images. I checked all settings, swapped batteries, etc. Same. I then did a total reset using the small button on the bottom of the body. Same results.

    I'm assuming the sensor has failed. On a very positive note, I immediately purchased a new D750 (which has impressed me even more than the F4s did when I picked up one of those way back when).

    Anyway, is there anything else I should check before putting the poor old girl in the trash?

    Thanks for any ideas,
    Bob


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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Sorry to hear about your D70 issue. Yes it may be time to retire the old girl. Congrates on your D750. Hope you have some FX lenses to use.
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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I pulled out my trusty D70 to take a few shots last week and the results were not good... vastly underexposed, purplish, noisy images. I checked all settings, swapped batteries, etc. Same. I then did a total reset using the small button on the bottom of the body. Same results.

    I'm assuming the sensor has failed. On a very positive note, I immediately purchased a new D750 (which has impressed me even more than the F4s did when I picked up one of those way back when).

    Anyway, is there anything else I should check before putting the poor old girl in the trash?

    Thanks for any ideas,
    Bob
    Look on ebay to see if any are sold for parts. You might be able to get a few bucks for it.
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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Sorry to hear about your D70 issue. Yes it may be time to retire the old girl. Congrates on your D750. Hope you have some FX lenses to use.
    Thanks for the welcome!

    I just ran through the drill again with the D70: reset the menus, checked for compensation settings, etc., and shot in every mode with a fresh battery with and without the flash. All results the same.

    I guess I'm just worried I might be tossing a good camera. And then there's the sentimental angle... the D70 was my first DSLR, and I enjoyed it immensely.

    Stay sharp,
    Bob

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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Look on ebay to see if any are sold for parts. You might be able to get a few bucks for it.
    I had the same thought initially. I was shocked to find place like KEH selling working used D70s for as little as fifty bucks! (Maybe I'll buy one for back-up!)

    Bikerbrent, I forgot to mention in my reply to your post that I do have a nice selection of FX Nikkors that I have accumulated over the years, including some excellent AIS MF specimens as well as a range of AF primes and zooms.

    Nikon's commitment to backwards compatibility means a lot to me.

    Stay sharp,
    Bob

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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Bikerbrent, I forgot to mention in my reply to your post that I do have a nice selection of FX Nikkors that I have accumulated over the years, including some excellent AIS MF specimens as well as a range of AF primes and zooms.

    Nikon's commitment to backwards compatibility means a lot to me.

    Stay sharp,
    Bob
    My bad, I should have looked at your profile. You do have some nice FX lenses. I have seen far too many DX users jump into a new FX body with nothing but DX lenses.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    My bad, I should have looked at your profile. You do have some nice FX lenses. I have seen far too many DX users jump into a new FX body with nothing but DX lenses.
    Don't worry about that! I would never think to look at someone's profile to find out if they owned any nice lenses...

    I bought a lot of nice Nikon primes back in the film days. When I bought an F4s, I started buying some AF Nikkors primes when I could; my budget kept me away from the really fast stuff, but I did manage to pick up a couple of nice ones.

    When I finally broke down and accepted the digital revolution, I bought the D70 and started picking up a few AF Nikkor zooms. I couldn't really afford the nice fast ones. I ended up getting an 18-28 f/3.5-4.5, a 28-85 f/3.5-4.5 and the 70-300 f/4-5.6 D. I liked them, but I always had it in the back of my mind that they were "second rate" because of my old-school ideas that primes were far superior to zooms, and because the zooms I could afford were all Nikon's "second string" players.

    Now, with my D750's excellent sensor, I can shoot at higher ISOs if necessary with few worries and keep my slow zooms stopped down a bit where I know they can perform better.

    The death of my D70 helped me take another step forward and see what the newer cameras have to offer. I dearly love my new D750 but since I found out how little a used D70 body is these days, I'm sure I'll pick up a replacement for my dead one; I like the camera and it would make a good DSLR body for "going in harm's way" like out in the canoe or kayak, to the ocean side, etc.

    Stay sharp,
    Bob

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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    I've actually taken advantage of the low D70s prices and picked up a LN- body from KEH for a little over $100. More of a sentimental purchase as this was my first DSLR. When I received the body it was literally new with only 17 clicks on it! I've been using it with my old 17-55 and have been pleased with the results!
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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC View Post
    I've actually taken advantage of the low D70s prices and picked up a LN- body from KEH for a little over $100. More of a sentimental purchase as this was my first DSLR.
    I was going to do the same thing but decided at the last second to pick up a D200 instead. $100, looks in beautiful shape, but I didn't ask about the shutter count. It's due to arrive tomorrow and I have my fingers crossed.

    I was hoping I could use my D70's batteries in the D200 but I found out that's not possible. At least I have some CF cards from my D70 days to use.

    Enjoy your nostalgic purchase!

    Stay sharp,
    Bob

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    Re: D70 sensor failure?

    Are the pics bad only on your D70's LCD or even when you try to upload them to your computer through a card reader or a usb connection?

    Maybe someone could have a look at it and/or you could have it converted to Infra Red... ?
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