“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

Joseph Balson

Shooting the Nikon D70 after 15 years in 2019

2004... Jesus, time passes quite fast.

I won't review that Nikon D70, the specs sheets and reviews are everywhere on the internet. Only 3 figures are significant anyway: 6.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 1/8000th second max shutter speed and 1/500th second x-sync.
While in California, I decided to buy and shoot this camera again with the Nikkor 18-135. for 20 bucks, what could go wrong?

After some cleaning and firmware updgrade, it turns out that camera looked good, and was perfectly working. And you know what? It still takes photos.

It is easy to use, AF works as it is supposed to work, not the fastest but accurate, exposure is OK, and noise, that wasn't really an issue at the time compared to the other digital cameras, is even less of an issue today with DxO Prime noise reduction.
Of course, resolution is only 6MP, and cropping is not much of an option here, but that is more than enough for publishing on the web, or print some very nice 10x8 prints or even 13x19 prints.
If you expose your photos correctly, there is no need for crazy highlights / shadows recovery.

I enjoy shooting mostly any camera (I'm actually having fun these days with an "antique" HP 5MP point and shoot), but I really like that D70, and for the price of a little more than two packs of cigarettes, it is a great camera to have and shoot.