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Old Aug 8, 2002, 12:35 AM   #11
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great design, it's for assassins
firm grip & hold, you R safe
intelligent hot shoe for all situations
dark lens, better hold that hand steady
low, low battery life : extra battery is the norm, external battery pack is ideal . independent makers are cheaper but messy . put on the dedicated Nikon battery pack/grip and you're onto the good ol'35mm days

this is for the connoiseur who wants the best in an affordable range . however IMHO Canon G2 gives much more bang for the buck
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Old Aug 13, 2002, 12:25 AM   #12
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Default I got mine last weekend ...

fun so far but a little disappointed in the batt life (i just ordered the optional 6AA batt holder and another en-el1 today) and the low light auto focus, but the manual focus works well in low light and the pictures at iso 100 and 200 look great at 11 X 17
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Old Aug 16, 2002, 1:37 PM   #13
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I am apalled at the inability to focus in low light. A camera like this should have a focus-assist light.

Otherwise the feel, the controls, the quality, and the size are right on.
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Old Aug 18, 2002, 11:24 PM   #14
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Yes, the autofocus in all but very bright light is terrible.

The time required to get to the next shot is also bad.

Physically, the camera is PITA to use in manual mode. Too much .. push this and that while twirly this. The Olympus design makes more sense. All digicams will eventually have at least two control rings around the lens barrel to control zoom, focus, f stop, shutter speed, etc.
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Old Aug 23, 2002, 11:06 PM   #15
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My F-707 was stolen 3 months ago. Recently I went and had a introduction with the 5700.

As mentioned the 5700:
has some great high-end features like histogram and onboard tweaking...if you can figure out how to get there or take the picture you want in the first place.

SLOW focus
CLUMSY menus for manual modes
Sony's jog dial is all that is needed for shutter,EV, aperture settings, dial to desired setting to change, depress once to select, roll to desired value, depress a second time to select, then move on to next setting...comfirmation through EVF or screen...never take your eyes off subject even for changing priority mode.

Nikon's system is just not up to the task in comparison. Now sony just has to follow suit with the feature content.
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 6:25 AM   #16
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To Steves;

seems to me, that you bought the wrong camera! You do not seem very pleased with it.
(But I know how you feel - coming from the CP990,I bought the CP5000 4 month ago - now I own the CP5700, but Im pleased - for now!)
Didnt you read any reviews before byuing ?
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 7:36 AM   #17
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Klaus

some people love what they buy.
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 9:00 AM   #18
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Didnt mean to harm you - I meant it in a friendly way Steves!

I dont think you can LOVE anything you BUY - maybe care for it.

You can love a human being - right! Not material goods!
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Old Aug 24, 2002, 11:36 AM   #19
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Apology accepted.

I likie many things about the 5700 but, if I had it to do again might have bought the Dimage 7i for its ring around the lens.

I think the 5700 is the entry point of a new kind of camera and it will evolve. I would be suprised if the 5800 did not have ring around the lens, a mush better battery, filter threads, etc.
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Yes, it would be great.

However, looking back at CP history, there is a lot of things missing - STILL.
I wont mention them - you now them all. So I fear Nikon have a problem listening to there reviewers - people like Steve, Phil Askey, us , aso.
Just look at the history of D7i - boy did they listen. There was a blast between the D7 and D7i.
Its a pity if you like Nikon. I do - but my wallet disagree - if I got to upgrade every 6 month.
If you havent already read it, I recommend the Phil Askey review at

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp5700/

It goes deep!

And something usefull perhaps:

http://www.photoprojects.net/laser995.jpg

Fun stuff - huhh!
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