Nikon D70s… Mine At Last

W00t! I’ve finally have my hands on a Nikon D70s. It’s an DSLR camera. Never heard of this camera from Nikon? Here’s a picture…

Rolleiflex GX

No wonder you have not seen it before, right?

For my n00b friends who don’t know what is an DSLR camera… DSLR means ‘digital single lens reflex’.
Digital means no film, but uses digital sensor.
Single lens means it uses one lens to see and shoot.
Reflex means it has a reflex mirror than reflects light into the viewfinder.

The main advantage of an SLR is there is no parallax error. So it’s WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Well, almost…

I memang wanted to buy an DSLR a year ago, but I was still a poor student back then. After working for a few months, I deliberated about buying a 2nd hand Canon 350D or Nikon D70s. Decided to get the D70s, after scouring through kenrockwell.com.

The deal breaker was that D70s has a very accurate exposure meter and flash exposure (if you have to ask: it’s better than the most Canon DSLR, Nikon D80 & D40). Of course, it’s a huge camera. It scares the sh*t out of little kids in my mom’s tuition class. Heh heh!

I got it off from Keat camera shop in Jalan Pudu for 1900 Ringgit. Since I’m still a poor chap, I only have a 50mm lens which can’t zoom. Don’t be mistaken, it’s a d*mn sharp lens! I’d get a 2nd hand zoom lens soon. The 50mm is just not wide enough or not long enough, darn!

BTW, I’m still no good in taking pictures. The camera does not maketh a good photographer; just as the computer does not maketh a good writer.

But if you need a photographer and don’t mind my lack of skill, I’d galdly take picture for you. I need the practice after all. Photography is not easy as you think it is. Hopefully, one day I’ll be good enough that people will pay me to take pictures of them. :)

BTW, that was not the D70s, heh heh!

That’s the Rolleiflex 2.8GX made by Rollei. It’s a TLR (twin lens reflex. Notice the double lens? The one above is for you to see, the one below is to take pictures). Don’t mistake it for a classic/obsolete/old/retro/grandfather camera, OK?! A BRAND NEW one sells for 3500 Dollars(US)! And it’s image quality will pwn even my D70s.

Gotcha, didn’t I? Heh heh!
Now this is the D70s…

Nikon D70s

Yours Sincerely,
the n00b PHotographer.

5 Responses to “Nikon D70s… Mine At Last”

  1. January 8, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Cool TLR. I’ve recently posted some photos of mine.

    Enjoy the Nikon, although I’m a Canon man myself ;-)

    iamyuanwu: I almost bought a Canon myself. I like some of the Canon lenses. If only I could use Canon lenses on my D70s with autofocus.

  2. January 8, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I’m a Nikon girl. I love my cameras. I have a D70 as a backup camera, and also use it as an all purpose camera. You’re going to love it! The Nikon system does have the best exposure system, mine almost never gets “tricked” in odd lighting situations, it almost always seems to know exactly what I want. Yesterday I shot a picture of a black and white cat into the sun, I wanted the lensflare and amazingly the camera seemed to know what to do… unbelievable. Enjoy! -Lisa

    Get a lensbaby, they are cheap and a lot of fun :)

    iamyuanwu: Lensbaby? They’re not that affordable here in Malaysia (at least for me). I think it cost about 900 Ringgit, which is a huge sum over here. That’s about 120 McDonald’s meals. Maybe after I get myself the 18-70mm and SB-600.

    BTW, I dropped by your blog. Wow, I could only hope to create those photos. :) I’m taking the self taught method to be a wedding photographer…

  3. January 8, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I’m meaning to get a lensbaby, but can’t decide between the v2 or v3 editions :-)

  4. 4 wen
    February 6, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    nice! i’ve try it out…love it! bt i’ve already bought my D40…share some pics! ^^

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