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Old Aug 17, 2006, 9:52 PM   #1
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I *just* arrived home with my new D70S and realized that I am not as smart a consumer as I first thought. The camera came with a 18-70mm lens which is, as far as I can tell, totally manual! Is there any way that this camera can be equipped with a lens/accessory that allows it to zoom automatically?
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Old Aug 17, 2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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All nikon zooms are manual. It is fairly easy to zoom in and out, and manual zooming is more precise. Manual zooming allows the user to precisely frame and compose the image. Button zooms are innacurate and not as easy to use.
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Old Aug 18, 2006, 8:51 AM   #3
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I read you other post as well, and is a DSRL really the type of camera that you're after?? It's quite expensive compared to normal automatic digicams, so I guess you must have put some thought into it, or else there's a happy seller in a store somewhere...
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Old Aug 18, 2006, 6:16 PM   #4
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At first my reaction was "this guy is lazy". Then I realized that a first time DSLR buyer would expectpowered zoom because all P&S and prosumer cameras havepowered zooms, and one gets used to the convenience. None of my SLR's ever had powered zoomsbut all my non-DSLR's have it, and I've always expected that, but a newbie wouldn't know. In hindsight, you should have handled a DSLR in a camera shop, but your assumption of powered zoom is understandable.
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Old Aug 18, 2006, 6:53 PM   #5
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Hi Melozia and welcome to the forum! You have purchased a great camera, please give your self time to adjust to dslr's you will not regret your purchase.

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Old Aug 19, 2006, 6:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses...and the info. I appreciate that this site can be a resource for me, and that I can get advice in plain english! I am still learning to use the camera but I think I have gotten over my initial concerns, and am really excited about continuing to get to understand it! Thanks again!
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 3:07 AM   #7
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Hi Melozia,

May I echo the thoughts of others. I started out (digitally)in 2000 with a Casio QV3000. It was an excellent camera in its day and is still producing A4 magazine front covers in the hands of my daughter. However the motorised zoom was a pain in the neck.

There's nothing to beath the precision of manual zooming!

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Old Aug 24, 2006, 9:49 AM   #8
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Also, another MAJOR assumption seasoned veterans may not be thinking for a newbie...

Be sure you are holding an SLR camera correctly. It is NOT a point and shoot. If you are holding it on the sides like a point and shoot, no wonder that big barrel in front would seem inconvenient.

If, however, you are holding an SLR body correctly, the focusing will become automatic anyway. Effortless. Almost subconscious.

I hope that's a fair statement and a "duh" moment for a newbie.

Keep working. This site is a phenomenol resource and most will be eager to help.
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