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Considering going digital. I need a camera that can produce images nearly as good as my analogue SLRs.

Right now I'm stuck between the Sony DSC-F828 and the Nikon D70.

Sony one is 8 megapixel and I know how well it functions cause a friend has one. Kinda narrow Fstop and ISO range, but I only really need up to ISO 400 anyhow.

Nikon one is 6 megapixel and has a wider Fstop and ISO range.

So I know we've got several photographers around. Suggestions?
9th Jun 2005, 13:16   | tags:,,,

mat says:

Nikon. No question. That's like asking "Which sports car do I buy, the Ferrari or the Ford?" : )

9th Jun 2005, 13:23

kostika says:

Question for you then. How does the nikon handle fstop 400 and higher? Does it have alot of colour specle as I've seen in alot of other cameras?

9th Jun 2005, 13:25

Joe says:

Agreed, I know lots of people using digital SLR's and not one of them has a Sony, they're all Nikon or uber expensive Pentax.

9th Jun 2005, 13:25

kostika says:

If money wasn't an option, I'd go Pentax. But it is an issue. These 2 cameras are priced the same, so thus my decision comes between them.

9th Jun 2005, 13:27

mat says:

ISO 400, you mean? dunno. My three-year-old Fuji F700 is a bit noisy in very low light at 1600 emulation (it's fine at 800 though), but I doubt you'll get any noise at all on the Nikon, what with it being much newer, and better than my mid-range crapola.

The D70 is an utterly rockin' camera. Ask bronxelf for details, she's been near one very recently.

9th Jun 2005, 13:30

mat says:

If money wasn't an option, I'd still be buying a Nikon, just a more expensive one. Nikon, imho, make some of the best cameras on the planet. Also, their lenses are utterly wonderful (I will probably kill to get an 85mm Nikon portrait lens, if I ever get a body to put it on)

Does that lens even come off the Sony? It doesn't look like it does from here.

9th Jun 2005, 13:34

kostika says:

I don't know if it comes off or not. But it does come with a Zeiss lense, which is a plus.

From what I can tell from the Nikon site, the D70 is the newest one. Well there's the D70s, but there are vey few differances in the new model.

I know alot about regular SLRs, but so very little about digital ones.

9th Jun 2005, 13:43

540air says:

How much more expensive is the Pentax camera?
I only ask as Pentax medical are one of my customers so I could ask about possible discounts.

9th Jun 2005, 15:40

kostika says:

The *iST D w/ Pentax FA 18-35mm J Lens from Jessops is 1149.90. I know Jessops is a little high on the price range, but its a good example.

9th Jun 2005, 16:54

540air says:

Wow, £1,150????
How much more than the others is that?
Let me know and I'll email my contact there to see how much I could get one for :)

9th Jun 2005, 17:14

kostika says:

That's about £400 more than the D70

If you could check what you could get it for I'd appreciate it.

9th Jun 2005, 18:51

540air says:

I'll ask for you and see how I get on. :)

10th Jun 2005, 09:48

JudgeTredd says:

I just bought a minolta z3, bit lightweight compared to some of the cams mentioned here, but i love it, some very impressive features for a sub £200 ebuyer purchase...

10th Jun 2005, 10:45

kostika says:

Its gonna have to be a pentax or a D70 I think. If I'm gonna go digi I'm gonna get me a really good one.

10th Jun 2005, 10:52

Euphro says:

There is no comparison between the Sony and the Nikon. The Sony isn't an SLR and has a tiny sensor compared with the Nikon. Have a look here:

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/Sensor_Sizes_01.htm
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Sensor size is king. A bigger sensor size means more light per CCD element and much less susceptibility to noise (speckling) at low light levels. The Pentax is another good choice. It's also a true digital SLR with large sensor. Don't buy from Jessops, I can point you to a reliable on-line supplier who can supply a *ist body for £499 inc VAT :)

17th Jun 2005, 15:05

kostika says:

Thanks Euphro. I've decided to go with the Nikon. But the more I know about digis the better.

Would appreciate the URL of that supplier though. I haven't heard from 540 so don't know if he had any luck in the States.

Just pop me an email via the conact button.

17th Jun 2005, 15:12

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