Nikon D70 DX Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D70 Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D70, announced at 28 January 2004 and  introduced at the PMA in 2004 on February 12
. June 17 2004 I bought the new Nikon D70 camera including AF-S Nikkor 18-70 1:3.5 4.5 G ED lens in a kit. (1449 Euro) and an extra battery (69 Euro)

The camera has a
6.1 Effective Mega pixels that can produce a definition of 3008 x 2000-pixel images for printing 11 x 14-inch photos. The D70 uses either a CF card or a Micro drive for image storage. The batteries used are the EN-EL3 Li-ion 7.4 volts 1400 MAh. and the loader is the Mh18 loader.

The Nikon D70 was for me the first digital camera with a removable lens. This means that I can now can use all of the Nikon lenses that fit the camera mechanically. So I can now use the lenses from my analog camera's. But this is absolutely not true because of the size of the image sensor. Lenses for 35 mm analog camera's produce normally an circular image where the 35 mm negative perfectly fits. So using this lens with a much smaller image sensor about 23 x 17 mm means that I am losing a lot of image information. A lot of people cal this an extension factor but it is not because mounting a lens on an APS size camera does not change the optical length of the lens.
On the Internet are a lot of examples of the different sensor sizes so I skip that here. So the best thing to do is use a DX lens for a DX camera and A FX lens for a FX camera unless you have a special reason not to do this. But your subject does not come closer by using a FX lens on A DX camera!

I was not so very enthusiastic about the quality of this camera during the time I used it and I replaced the D70 in 2006 with the New Nikon D200. I found the dynamic range of this camera was a bit disappointing.

During time I expanded the number of accessories for the Nikon camera's like 2 Sb800, hot shoe flash adapter AS 15, Remote controller / timer MC36,
Manufacturer: Nikon
Name: D70

Production date:
Effective pixels:
6.1 million
Image sensor: 23.7 x 15.6 mm RGB CCD; 6.24 million total pixels
Image size: L (3,008 x 2,000) / M (2,240 x 1,488) / S (1,504 x 1,000)
Sensitivity: ISO equivalency 200 to 1600
Storage media: CompactFlash™(CF) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive™
Color setting: 3 modes available
LCD monitor: 1.8-in., 130,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Exposure metering: 3D Color Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Exposure control: Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait), Programmed Auto (Flexible Program possible) [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], and Manual [M]
Interface: USB: Mass Storage and PTP selectable
Power requirements: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3, Quick Charger MH-18, Multi Charger MH-19, AC Adapter EH-5, CR2 Battery Holder MS-D70
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 140 x 111 x 78mm (5.5 x 4.4 x 3.1 in.)
Weight: Approx. 595g (1 lb. 5 oz.) without battery and storage media
Manual: D70 manual in English   Get specs



D70 brochure in english

SB-800 Speedlight 379.- / 369.-  Euro
Sigma Lenses:
17-70 322.- Euro
50-150 479.- Euro
Nikon AS-15 Sync. Terminal 32.- E
Soligor extension set 121.- E
Nikon DR-6 angle viewfinder 189.- E
Nikon MC-36 remote control 149.- E
Nikkor AF VR 80-400/F4.5-5.6D ED
22/07/2006 1346.- Euro

Some first pictures taken with the D70, not real quality. I think the E10 does better