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Old Jul 31, 2002, 8:59 AM   #1
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Default Who here actually owns a 5700?

Hey all. New here...

I'm not a pro photographer (nor do I play one on TV), but decided to purchase a 5700 for my desktop publishing/ebusiness/pleasure photography. I figured that it would give me the quality that I want now and the longevity to be a "fart around" camera five or so years from now if I need to get more serious with my equipment. I'm waiting for my shipment to arrive.

For those of you who actually own one or have shot one (besides Steve- nice review, BTW...) what's your take on it? Love it? Like it? Ready to divorce it?

Love reading everyone's responses... thanks!
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Old Aug 1, 2002, 1:50 AM   #2
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I have been using mine for a couple of weeks.

I like the compactness, and the zoom.

I like have an SLR-like view finder

I like the flexible LCD screen.

I dislike the clumsy manual setting and manual focus.

I dislike the off center tripod mount ... stupid if you want to do panoramas.

I dislike not having a threaded front end for filter and aux lenses (but it is very easy to make one our of a 40.5->49mm step up ring).

I am still not sure about the digital SLR viewfinder. This takesa lot of getting used to. I am not sure I can judge focus or color composition this way. This will take time.

I am also not sure how well the thing works in available light. Steve's comment about the lack of autogain in the VF worries me.

I also think the price of the extra powerpack is obscene and really think for this price Nikon should have provided a case for this wierldy shaped camera!
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Old Aug 1, 2002, 1:51 AM   #3
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Oh yeh,

I am also not sure I like the way the thing "holds"
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Old Aug 1, 2002, 2:19 PM   #4
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Unlike Steve, I like the way it holds.

A nice step up from my Olympus c2020.

Focusing is a bit odd and it seems a little slow compared to the c2020 but maybe I just need to drop my image size to increase the speed at which photos are saved to CF.

Zoom is fantastic and the digital zoom is way better than the c2020's.
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Old Aug 2, 2002, 9:58 PM   #5
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I do, and despite its "quirks" I enjoy it very much. It goes everywhere with me.
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Old Aug 5, 2002, 7:04 AM   #6
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Love it! handles better than my old 5000. Build is superb. I have taken many pics, some great some crap. The focus is taking some getting used to.

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handling
zoom
swivel moniter
playback
Nikonview 5
flexible (point & shoot or as complicated as you want)
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NOT SURE YET
hate EVF's the one on the 5700 is the best yet
focus
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 12:16 PM   #7
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It finally arrived! And so far, I only have a couple of gripes.

1. Shutter delay due to the focus lock (I need to work on being able to take the action shot and, for example, get the image of the horse at the rise of a jump rather than the landing)

2. Waiting for the TIF to load onto the CF card (20 seconds of down time when I may want to get another shot off)

3. Digital artifacts in a 300 dpi TIF from the camera. This last one was rather unexpected to the extent that I see them. The images aren't as crisp as I'd like, and not as good as scanning a photo at 300 dpi. But, then again, I'm not a professional photographer, and for my purposes, I'm saving a ton of $$$ on film.
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 12:22 PM   #8
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Default Quick addendum to my previous dislikes...

My digital artifacts may actually be caused by pilot error. I think there's a big learning curve for me on this, and I'm studying the manual like I'm cramming for a test. Gotta brush up on general photography stuff, like nuances of Fstops and such...
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Old Aug 6, 2002, 12:31 PM   #9
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i read about the dislike for the off ctr tripod threading. if you have a arca swiss ball or type with the Q/R plate you can get a RRS plate 80A and place it on the bottom. this is the plate i use for my D7i. i have it positioned so i can ctr the lens over the vertical axis of the ball.
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Old Aug 7, 2002, 12:41 PM   #10
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Focus?

The autofocus is terrible!
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