Nikon D70 – Rediscovering my first digital SLR
For the past few weeks, I’ve been uploading some of my older digital images to SmugMug, one of several great online destinations for digital images. (To learn why I chose SmugMug, read my earlier article here). Even though I have multiple backups of my image library, I don’t have any offsite backups, so if my house ever burned down, I’d loose over 40,000 files, many of which are priceless. Anyways, while uploading the pictures, I got to the 2004/2005 collections and was surprised at how good these images look despite that they were shot with an early model Nikon D70 (click here for a great review published when this camera was released). The Nikon D70 was the first “affordable” Nikon digital SLR and had a whopping 6 megapixel sensor. Since the D70, 13 new models have followed.
Since these shots were taken, I’ve upgraded twice, once to a D200 and recently to a D300 (I recently wrote an article discussing the entire Nikon D-series lineup). Although the D300 has tons of features not found in the D70, there is no doubt that the D70 is still a VERY good camera. This shows that specs aren’t everything. You can find a used Nikon D70 on Ebay for just over $200 (without lens), an excellent value!
Click on any of the images below to go to it’s SmugMug page where you can view multiple sizes, including the full-resolution images. You can also view the EXIF data.