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Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100 (nikonusa.com)

In 2012 I upgraded to a Nikon D5100 with a Nikon 18-200mm VR II  lens (effectively 27-300mm due to the sensor crop factor).

This combination is a nice upgrade from my D70. The body is smaller, but still quite comfortable to hold in large hands.

 

Nikon D70

Nikon D70

The (now discontinued) Nikon D70 finally convinced me to switch over to digital entirely – it has all the advantages of an SLR, in a digital camera. In september 2004, I bought the D70 with kit-lens (18-70mm) and got a Sigma APO Macro Super II 70-300mm for Christmas.

Battery life is very good indeed, much better than I expected. The updated firmware, v2.0, gives you nearly all the features of the Nikon D70s – most notably, the AF performance has improved significantly.

I bought the D70 kit and the Sigma lens at CityFoto Eindhoven, they gave excellent advice.

Early 2010, the camera had to go in for repairs (back LCD problems). In late 2010, I bought a new “Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II” zoom lens to replace the Sigma. The lack of a focus motor made that lens very slow. The new Nikkor is a great lens at that price!

I hope to replace the D70 body with a new D7000 body sometime in 2011 – it is starting to show its age.

Custom Tone Curves

The D70 tends to underexpose a bit. This is by design; it is easier to correct for under-exposure than it is for over-exposure. You can download a Custom Tone Curve to the camera to correct this in-camera, or apply the correction afterwards from Nikon Capture.

I still use the sReala 2 curve, which mimics the Fuji Superia Reala film characteristics. However, this curve does not apply to RAW images, only to JPEG images that are processed in-camera.

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