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    I need some opinions on cameras.

    As you may know, I'm a Nikon bigot. I've currently got a Nikon D70 and several lenses. I'm thinking of upgrading/sidegrading (since it may not necessarily be an upgrade) to a new D3100. The reason for this is as follows. My grandson is getting very interested in photography. However, his abilities and skills have outgrown the point and shoot type cameras. It's time for him to be getting into a DSLR. So, I'm thinking of going to the D3100 for myself, keep my supply of good lenses, and giving him my D70 for Christmas along with one of the original kit lenses.

    I toyed with the possibility of getting him a used D70 or D70S but giving him mine and getting myself a D3100 is not that much more expensive. Maybe a couple hundred bucks. Also, if I give him my old one, I know what kind of shape it's in rather than buying a pig in a poke on eBay.

    So... advice please. What are your thoughts? What would you do? And don't say buy him a Canon cause that ain't gonna happen.

    Tom (... conflicted.)

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    Tom that's a WONDERFUL idea it truly is!

    The 3100 will be a nice upgrade (yep upgrade!) for you from your 70. It's a very well specced camera and you'll be able to help your grandson with the 70 because you'll know it inside out
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    I think it sounds fantastic He'll be so pleased with that!
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    Thanks!

    The only downside that I can think of is that with the 3100, I'm limited to AF-S glass unless I settle for manual focus. Not a terribly big deal since all my current glass except one is AF-S. However, it does somewhat limit my options for future lens purchases.

    Oh well. I guess I'll just have to live with it!

    Tom (... thanks again for the opinions!)

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    Psst...I'm selling my D40 and 3 lens...


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    Sounds like a nice upgrade though! I'm sure your grandson will love the D70.

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    yeah but tbh, I just dont see nikon releasing any non-afs lenses in the future so all we're talking about are older lenses

    I think it's fine I really do
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    Quote Originally Posted by foreverducky, post: 239298
    Psst...I'm selling my D40 and 3 lens...
    I know FD, I know.

    I just figured, in for a penny, in for a pound. You know?

    Tom (... once again, spouting old idioms!)

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    I agree with what`s already been said Tom.
    I`m also more than happy with my D70 and just because Nikon have brought out several new models, it obviously doesn`t mean that my camera is suddenly no good!

    Having said that, an upgrade would be nice however I need a darn good excuse for taking this action, just like the one you are faced with.

    Go for it Tom.





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    The only thing I guess I'd say is that the D70 was one of the last mainstream to have CCD rather than CMOS as its sensor. CMOS tends to be less noisy particularly with high iso in dark conditions so Nikon like most others swapped.

    Now the CCD has a certain look which I personally really like, CMOS has another look which is kinda different, kinda less natural in a way.

    Nikon did loads of work when it adopted CMOS to make the images look as close to their trademark CCD as possible, but still, it's worth looking at images online to make sure you like it.
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    Keith, it was comforting to hear from the DCL photographers on the cruise we did earlier this year that they much preferred the D70 to the one they had been upgraded to...I think it was the D70S.
    They said that the colour reproduction was better with the D70!





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