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Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
 

Nikon D70 or Fuji 9500?


Please, help me. I have to make a tough decision for buying a new "amapro" digital camera. Should I buy a Nikon D70 or a Nikon 9500?
I generaly need a camera for travel pictures. Sea, sand, sun, lakes, moon, forests.
Less urban environments , more wilderness.
Please....


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8/15/2006 9:44:16 AM

 
Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
  OK...Then I will buy a Cannon :-)


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8/16/2006 2:56:00 AM

 
samo joseph   Please buy the nikon D70s you won't regret it infact you'll love and regret that you didn't buy it earlier


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8/16/2006 1:33:14 PM

 
Bob Fately   Bradut, it's quite difficult for other folks to give you the advice you seek...the decision of which camera (particularly between two as different as these, assuming you mean a Nikon Coolpix model) must be based on things that only you can decide.

For example, size, weight and cost. Are you willing to tote around a larger camera (the D70s)? Do you plan on "getting into" photography, where you expect to get multiple lenses for special purposes (fisheye, super-telephoto, macro)? And if so, remember they all add to the size and weight of your kit (not to mention the cost).

Are you going to enlarge to 4x6, or 11x14, or poster size? Do you anticipate shooting under conditions where a short lag time between pressing the shutter release and having the shutter fire will make things difficult (i.e. - action type shots)?

For that matter, do you like the ergonomics of one camera over the other? By most technical accounts, the D70s is the superior camera, but if it turns out to be too heavy or awkward for you to use then you will tend not to use it over time. If you travel for other pleasures and not specifically to take photographs, will you find it worthwhile to lug around the D70s plus lenses, tripod, etc?

My point is, you can't expect others to make a decision like this for you, any more than you could ask others to tell you what vehicle to buy, a pickup truck or a compact car. Either will take you where you need to go, but the other factors are entirely about your preferences.


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8/16/2006 2:06:18 PM

 
Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
  Thank you, Samo, Thank you Bob.
I understand your point, Bob, and I realize I asked a semi-stupid question.
Let me re-phrase: is there any chance that a Fuji 9500 could compare with a D70 in terms of image quality (color capturing, especially)?
I know there are pros and cons for each option but, at the end of the day, what I hate in photography is to find out that your camera doesn't follow either your eye nor your heart.
I started in digital gear with a small Nikon Coolpix 5600 and I must say I was amazed with the color quality, regardless the limitations of a compact cheap camera. Then I moved on to a compact Sony Cybershot and I am very very dissapointed.
The thing is...maybe Nikon has the magic inside :-)


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8/17/2006 2:16:23 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hello Bradut,

I rarely state anything as fact when it comes to photography; BUT, No, there is no chance the Fuji 9500 can compare to the Nikon D-70, be it image quality, build quality and ergonomoic design.

The "magic" you speak of inside the Nikon D-70 compared to the 9500 is the sensor. It is considerably (larger) than the 9500's. This alone makes a tremendous difference.

Color, clarity, contrast will be far and away superior to any camera with small sensors.

"Digi-cams" are fine for people who don't shoot a lot or have no plans to post process their work..or enlarge beyond 4x5.
There are a slew of other reasons to get a DSLR, but I'm sure many will point them out to you.
Hope that helps a little.

All the best,

Pete


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8/17/2006 5:18:35 AM

 
Bob Fately   yeah, what Pete said!


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8/17/2006 6:05:13 AM

 
Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
  Thank you so much, Pete. After reading your words I went to see your gallery. The pictures you've done with your D70 convinced me as much as your words. I will go for Nikon whatever it takes. Maybe one day I will afford a D2X. Hopefully, I will also deserve it :-)
Thank you so much, guys!
I'll let you know once the piece of magic lies in my hands!


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8/17/2006 6:29:26 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Bradut,

Yes, please post some photos with your new camera...would love to see your progress.

..and yes, the D2X is a wonderful instrument, but allow me to add this...a skillful photographer will produce superior results with the D-70 over a unskilled shooter with a D2x!

All the best,

Pete


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8/17/2006 2:49:37 PM

 
Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
  Thank you a lot, Pete. May I ask for another favour? Could you please visit my little gallery and give me some advice and directions?
I would appreciate it so much...
Thank you.


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8/18/2006 1:57:10 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Actually, I did look at your gallery and was going to comment, but the night was waning.

You have a good eye for composition and are ahead of the curve compared to many. This alone will propel you to even better shots.

I like your contrast of color.

If I had to pick just one, I enjoyed your "Beautiful Pirate"
Again, good composition and contrast.
You metered this shot well. With blue skies and white wispy clouds, it could have been easy for many to miss the mark; exposure wise.

In my opinion only, I feel composition is everything. One can have a perfectly exposed shot with great clarity, but without composing, will no doubt cause the viewer to say "Ho hum, Yawn."

Understanding light is #2 on my list.

Keep shooting,

Pete


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8/18/2006 5:28:47 AM

 
Bradut Florescu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/15/2006
  Thank you so much, Sir.
I will. I will keep shooting. My D70 is on the way. It should help me a little bit.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Bradut


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8/18/2006 8:01:44 AM

 
Rom A.G.   pardon, but I simply dont see anything wrong with either the Fuji S9000 or the Lumix FZ30.
s9000: 1/1.6-inch super CCD HR
Number of total Pixels: 9.24 million pixels. Bigger sensor than the FZ30 and 1 more mp.
6.2mm/66.7mm / 28mm - 300 mm on 35mm equivalent; FZ30 goes up to 420mm + extended optical zoom.

you pay less for these 2 than the Nikon D70 or Canon 30D; besides the smaller sensor you do get more.


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8/20/2006 6:55:13 PM

 
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