Nikon D70 Backfocus

This blog has been created in order to consolidate information regarding the Nikon D70 Digital SLR and a problem commonly called Backfocus. I will add new information to this Blog as it appears. If you don't know about Blogs the latest info appears at the top, so go to the bottom for introductions to the camera and the problem.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Introduction to the Kit Lens 18-70mm AF-S DX f3.5-4.5G

Typically the the D70 is sold with the 18-70 AF-S DX f3.5/4.5 G lens. This lens offers a 35mm equivalent of a 28-105mm lens, but significantly is designed for the Nikon Digital cameras as it only resolves an image to the size of the CCD, not a full frame 35mm negative size. (You couldn’t use this on a Nikon film SLR therefore).

Occasionally the D70 has been bundled with the cheaper 28-80G lens, which feels less robust and well made, and of course gives a 35mm equivalent focal length of 42-120mm.

The 18-70 lens gives the impression of a reasonably well made lens, and many people like it, and appears good value for money. However some have complained of the excessive distortion at the 18mm end, and some others of softness, however my view is it seems to play a significant role in the Backfocus issue. More of later…

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Introduction to the Nikon D70

The Camera The Nikon D70 was introduced in March 2004 to much acclaim. A Nikon digital SLR that broke the £1000 barrier and was seen very much as a response to the Canon EOS300D (Digital Rebel).

To many it looks and feels much better than the 300D, and outperforms it in many ways such as shutter lag, Flash sync speed, start up time; and also allows much more control over camera settings. Importantly image quality on both cameras are very good, and comparable. (Better performance definition is rather subjective, so I won’t go there).
Getting hold of a D70 is very difficult, particularly as every magazine and web site has rated it so highly, but most people love it as soon as they try it.