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Forum topic by steviep posted 10-26-2011 04:32 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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steviep

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10-26-2011 04:32 PM

Thanks to the great photos at MsDebbiePs thread I now know there are some incredible photographers here at LJ’s. I was hoping somebody could give me some advise. I have a Nikon D70 Digital SLR that has two of the pins bent in the Card slot. My local camera shop said it will likely cost $200 if the send it back to Nikon to fix.

Have any of you run into this before? Would any of you opt for buying a new camera before spending the money to fix it?

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated by this photographically challenged individual. lol

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 05:39 PM

I don’t have any experience with that particular repair, so I don’t know if that is an accurate price or not. But I can tell you I would definitely not spend that kind of money to fix that camera.

I believe that is a 6.2 megapixel camera, which is pretty low if you ever want to be able to get good quality crops and enlargements. You can pick up a D3000 body for $300, and use the same lens(es) you already own. This will give you a 10.2 megapixel camera that probably has some other improvements over the 7-year-old D70 design. As a matter of fact, I’ve got a gently used D3000 I’d sell you for $300 with the standard 18-55mm DX lens, because I recently upgraded to a D3100.

If there is another shop in your area, you might try getting a second opinion.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 05:44 PM

Charlie, that was my thought too. I don’t think its even 6.2 MP, I think it is in the 5’s. Does the D3000 do video?

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 05:53 PM

No, that’s one of the reasons I stepped up to the D3100. But it’s still a great camera.

If you go to Nikon’s website, they have a pretty good overview where you can compare the features of the current models.

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Digital-SLR-Cameras/index.page

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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steviep

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 05:55 PM

cool, thank you. Let me look at it and talk to the Budget Committee! ;)

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 06:56 PM

Hey, seing as how many of (you, not me) are professional woodworkers and photography is clearly a very important element of the process, might there be an argument that Ms Debbie’s “off-topic” thread could be moved “on topic”, I don’t know like “project photography methods” or such. Haters of “off-topic” discussions may be missing out on something that might just flat out help their business.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 10-27-2011 07:13 PM

Good point, Al. But my guess is that there would be a lot of photography-related topics popping up in the main forum view page, and that would irk some of the same folks who don’t like having to weed through the political and religious topics. In other words, it wood still be non-woodworking clutter as far as some people are concerned.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mrg

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 12:56 AM

Steve can you take the side apart? You might be able to fix this yourself. What would happen it is broke already. Two camera places on line that have good prices are Beach Camera in NJ and Broadway Camera in NY. I don’ know where you are located, the photography show is next month in NYC at Javits.

-- mrg

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 02:01 AM

All lumberjocks that participate in posting pictures of their projects require a camera. Even on the regular posts, how often is a question asked without a picture only to quickly see the response “If there’s not a picture, then it doesn’t exist.” ? There should be a LJ forum section for photography and/or composition, equipment, accessories, tips and tricks, etc. Like everything else it would be there as a service for those interested.
It might even get some more varied sponsors (and associated clicks) for the site owner as well. Good idea.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 02:19 AM

You might also check eBay for used Nikons. A lot of people sell a lot of nice gear and it’s quite a discount…

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 10-28-2011 07:36 AM

I have bought cars, trucks, guitars and many other things off Ebay, but the one used camera I bought was not well taken care of. I would buy Charlie’s (personally if I didn’t already have a nearly new Nikon P100) before I would take a chance on a stranger’s used camera again. His pictures were all great with that camera. Look at his project shots. I bet it doesn’t have a scratch or scuff anywhere on it.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 10-28-2011 12:22 PM

re: on/topic off/topic
if you see a photography/camera discussion in the off/topic forums that you think would be beneficial for woodworking business just add a link to it here in our “photography “tips/tricks Gateway

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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