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Old Feb 28, 2005, 5:05 AM   #1
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Im about to purchase my first camera, its going to be the D70. i work for comet (UK electrical retailer) and were closing, so ill be getting the camera for 60% cheaper thats my main reason for choosing it and the others being from what ive read its meant to be one of the best DSLR for under 1000... any way.

in the way of lenses what do i look for ?
i dont know what type of lenses i need to attatch to my camera,
Are they universal?

will only nikkon lenses fit?

can i use normal slr lenses?

and when im looking for lenses what is the "mouting"/"fixing"/"attatchment" etc name for the d70?



example :i need a fish eye lense with a X type mounton it.


thus my d70 will have a X type mount on it.



hope this makes sense :s



thanks for any help - the complete newbie.



ps: im not seekin advice on which kinda lense ie fish eye etc, im just seeking advice on the connection type thingy :s arrr its soo confusing :s - lol

cheers

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 6:23 AM   #2
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Hi Mike,

Sounds like a pretty good deal if you can get it 60% off... I've worked for Comet and DSG (PC World and Currys) over the last few years too, (Only 4 weeks for Comet though) and whilst Im glad I'm not in retail anymore I did enjoy my 4 years doing sales :-)

In answer to some of your questions... The Nikon lens mount is "F mount" and for lenses that will autofocus and meter with the D70 you'll need lenses that are designated 'type D' or 'type G'- I'm pretty sure the older AI and AIS lenses don't work / AF or meter with the D70, but if you're planning on using some of these older lenses its probably best to check as I think some of them can damage the camera... stick to D or G lenses basically

These lenses can either be Nikon, or Sigma or Tamron or other third party manufacturers (not Canon though!) ... If you're buying Sigma/Tamron or other 3rd parrt manufacturer obviously make sure it says Nikon fit too.

In general you really do get what you pay for with lenses, no matter who its made by...

Just out of interest are Comet selling it with a lens or body only ? If you can get it withthe 18-70mm G AFS lens that would probably be best, although I think it might be with a different 28mm to 80mm Nikon lens instead - certainly thats what DSG sold it with when I worked there - this lens is nowhere near as good as the 18-70mm, although if thats all you can get, at 60% cheaper i guess its not the end of the world

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 9:48 AM   #3
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Google is a horrible thing to waste: "d70 lens compatibility"

First link:

http://www.nikonians.org/html/resour...atibility.html


Also, when someone says "First Camera" and DSLR in the same sentence I cringe. Have you already owned other digital cameras? A film SLR? I don't think the D70 is a good beginner digital camera unless you already have used a digital camera and are used to post processing, AND/OR have used film SLRs before and enjoy the quality of a good lens.
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Old Feb 28, 2005, 2:18 PM   #4
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ive used plenty of camera's before, but never really owned one, used my dads/sisters n stuff.


so im kinda new but kinda not.

Thanks for the adivce jimbojetset

"'type D' or 'type G'" thats exactly what i wanted to know

so when i buy a new lense i look for 'type D' or 'type G' lenses n all should be happy...rite?

id go with a cheaper camera n less advanced one if i wasnt getting them reduced. Since im gettin so much knocked off i might as well take advantage n get a new camera. plus i like the idea of usin diff lenses and well basically after readin about it, it sounds like a pretty ****in cookl camera - lol.



edit:were in the name does it tell me what mount it is?
example "Lens AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55 F/2.8G IF-ED"
Does it say in there the type of mount the camera is ?
and wat does the underlines section mean?
as u can tell i am a complete noob to lenses n stuff

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Mike,

Yes type G or type D and you're laughing... Nikon lenses dont say F mount in there spec/title I think - as long as it says Nikon fit type D or G which would probably be the only types of lenses you're buying, its going to be F mount so will work.

Dahackers point about D70 not being a beginners camera is fair, but don't let that put you off - The point is if you're just going to shoot in auto mode, then don't buy this camera as more consumer oriented digi cams will give better results "out of the box in auto mode"

However, If you're willing to read, experiment and learn aboutthe plethora of options and controla DSLR offers you, along with theother things you can do with postprocessing etc(or already know some of this)then the D70 is a great cam to grow into, and won't hold you back unless you get more specialist needs.

... just out of interest which Comet do you work at ? If you're closing down I might pop down for some bargains ifthe store isclose enough ! :-)

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Old Mar 3, 2005, 10:02 AM   #6
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Im based in liverpool. (speke store)

Were closin down 2nd may for 9 weeks.
But all display stock has to be sold off.
n since its display it goes cheap, n since we need rid of it its going cheaper.

Im willing to expermient with my camera, I like fiddling and seeing what i get as a result so im confident the d70 is a good choice for me to start on. Best way to learn is to try n c wat happens so :d hopefully have it around april
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