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Old Jun 7, 2002, 2:57 PM   #1
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I would like to purchase a new 7i, however the vender stated that it is an overseas model and does not have warranty. I know that I would be out of luck if something happened with the camera, but is this practiced by vendors who can provide the camera at a very low price.
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Old Jun 7, 2002, 7:51 PM   #2
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I'm not recommending against it since sometime one can get 'good bargain', but another thing to consider is when a firmware upgrade is available, a D7(i) non-u version is not capable to upgrade to whatever is put out by Minolta USA. (ie e-europe or j-japan can not accept the u-US firmware)
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Hang in. The 7i will be available in the US soon if it's not already. Sure, at a higher price but peace of mind is worth a lot I think. I have the first 7 that came out
and I'm happy as heck and would like to buy 7i but I'm going to wait and buy the Nikon 5700 instead. Good luck with your 7i.
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Why would you want to downgrade from a 7 to a 5700? I'm not trying to start a flame, I just know of several features that I would miss desperately if I went form 7 to 5700.

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JIm. The Nikon 5700 in not i stores yet. Are we talking about the same camera ?
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We are talking about the same 5700 with 8x zoom, one better than the D7i. Nikon is best at marketing these marvels to the newbies that are impressed by the Nikon name and the 'extra' zoom range, but if one digs in a little deeper, the 28mm wide of the D7 is significantly more useful (the extra zoom range can always be cropped during editing). In term of other features the D7i really beats the 5700 hand down.

Let's take for example the filter thread (absent on the 5700), the manual focus overide, the real time histogram (before the picture is taken), wireless flash, and the electronic filter adjustment to name a few. My D7 can run with the microdrive, but the 5700 (like the 5000) will need the battery grip to have enough juice to power the microdrive...

By the time one adds up the filter barrel, and the battery grip the sexy black little 5700 is not that small (or lighter) as the D7 nor cheaper either for significantly less features!
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You make some good points and it all comes down what you are going to use the camera for. With a stable of thirty plus digital cameras, from Casio's first efforts to E-10s and three Nikons, Canons, and numerious Fuji's and Ricoh's, you name it. About $35,000 plus. I hardly think of myself as a newby. I'm retired and spend roughly 6 months of the year treaking around the Westeen United States with several cameras and then I come back and compare the results. Nearly all cameras have something that sets them apart and makes them desireable over other cameras. I myself prefer a camera that is sharp as a tack and take my chances on making a shooting situation rather than making the lens speed or range a deciding factor. A speaking of tacks, Nikon is, and pretty much always has been "sharp as a tack " and sharing a spot at the top pf the heap in that respect. And I don't think much of trying to correct values in the camers. If I must, I'll wait till I have it in my computer where I can use Photoshop. Anyway, it's interesting to kick the pros and cons around. JIm, if anything, much to my chagrin I 'm an addict. mostly digital but film too.
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The D7 is At the top of the heap:

- "Best Digital Prosumer Camera" award by TIPA
- winner of the 6th annual 2002 DIMA Digital Camera Shoot-Out during this year's Photo Marketing Association

http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/digital...2840p%2C00.htm

Theses D7's users pictures sure look "sharp as a tack"
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Old Jun 9, 2002, 3:19 AM   #9
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Jim I just finished rereading all I could find on both the Dimage 7i and the Nikon 5700. As i stated previously I have the Dimage 7 and would buy the i model in a heart beat but I am trying to limit my camera buys as I have a daughter getting married soon and thats gona cost some bucks. I never have been totally happy with Nikon but it has nothing to do with the quality of the camera, rather I have always thought that Nikon was priced to high and was a "snob " camera. Nikons are excellet cameras in my view and I think you are some what prejudiced against Nikon. After all the reading it is my opinion that although the Dimage has many things going for it, all considered there is there really is no comparison between two, the Nikon being far superior in both quality of build and performance.
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So why are you ordering the Fuji 602 when it's not even a 'true 5 Mpixels', but interpolated from a 3Mp CCD, if quality is so important to you?

BTW the D7(i) body is entirely metal magnesium alloy and not plasticky like what you ordered... Unless you're too prejudiced against Minolta

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