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Pentax ISTD or Nikon D70 ?

I have a Pentax ZX-7 SLR with an 28-80
and 80-300 lenses which I have really enjoyed. I want to purchase a new Digital SLR. Common sense might dictate I go with the Pentax ISTD because I have lenses that are compatible. But, I'm seriously considering the Nikon D70. The price at B&H Photo for the Pentax ISTD w/ a Pentax DA 16-45mm f/4.0 ED AL Lens is 1479.00 (No CF Card)and for the Nikon D70 with 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor Lens & Sandisk 1GB Ultra II CompactFlash Card is 1449.00..I'm especially interested in shooting my kids sports events (Swimming, Lacross, soccer) Besides the price. Which would be a better choice in the long run. I would appreciate and advice.


Jeff C

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8/25/2004 6:05:18 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Consider all costs.
If you want to use the telephoto zoom (which I expect you would for lacross & soccer), then you've already got the 80-300 for the *istD, but with the D70 you'd have to spend more to buy a Nikon mount zoom, which would cost at least as much as the 1g CF card.

If you plan to continue using the film camera, a single accessory flash dedicated to Pentax (eg. AF360FTZ) can be used with TTL operation on both the *istD and ZX-7. With different systems you have to buy a dedicated flash for each, or do without TTL flash exposure and use a non-dedicated (eg. Vivitar 283) on both.

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8/26/2004 7:36:35 AM

Kern F. Little   Jeff,

I work at a camera store, as well as being a commercial/wedding photographer, annd I also use Pentax equipment. I made the decision to go digital couple of months ago.....I bought the Pentax *istD and I am impressed with it....I think the Pentax is better than the Nikon D100 so it is so much better than the lesser D-70.... I also belong to a camera club and about half have purchased digital....have used most of the DSLR's on the market..including such as the Kodak 14 and the uperend Nikon and Canon press other questions e-me back....

Hope this Helped

Oh I bout the 360 flash and connecting cords.....24-200 and 9-200 f2.8 and a new 3 gig laptop......

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9/20/2004 6:47:38 PM

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