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Nikon officially announces D70 body, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED and SB-600 flash

Early in December 2003 we got the first trustworthy information about Nikon´s new DLSR camera, Nikon D70 (Nikon F lens mount). There wasn´t much actually, just the sales scheduled to Spring 2004 and the availability in April/March 2004. The price was said to be $999 for body (£799), $1299 for body + Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens.

Today company officially announced this digital camera together with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens and SB-600 flash. For specs take a look at the table below:

Effective pixels 6.1 million
CCD RGB, 23.7x15.6mm, 6.24Mp total
Resolutions 3008x2000, 2240x1448, 1504x1000 pixels
ISO 200-1600 (compensation with 1/3 EV increments)
Media CompactFlash Type I and II, Microdrive
Image formats NEF (RAW); 12-bit lossless compression, JPEG
White balance Auto (1005 RGB sensor), 6 manual presets
LCD 1.8", 130K pixels, brightness control
Preview Thumbnail, 4 or 9 segments, zoom, slideshow, histogram, automatic rotation
Image deletion Media format, delete all, delete selected
Video-Out NTSC/PAL (selectable)
Interface USB
Viewfinder Dioptre adjustable (-1.6 to +0.5 m-1)
  • Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Night landscape, Night portrait)
  • Programmable automatic
  • Shutter-priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Exposure compensation 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Shutter Combined, 30-1/8000 s speeds
Sync contact X-contact, up to 1/500 s
Flash mount Standard
Optional remote control Wireless ML-L3
  • Li-Ion EN-EL3
  • 3 x CR2 batteries
  • AC adapter (EH-5, optional)
Size 13.9x11.2x7.8mm
Weight ~0.6kg w/o battery and Flash media

As it was mentioned before, the company extended its DSLR lens series with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm F3.5-4.5G IF-ED (MSRP £300). According to the press release, this is the first DX lens in its class compatible with Nikon-D DSLR solutions. In particular, it will be a standard lens for D70. Besides, DX 18-70mm has three ED elements minimizing chromatic aberration color fringing.

In 35mm equivalent lens´ focusing range is 27-105mm. If you remember, the first DX Nikkor lens were introduced about a year ago, so at the moment it already includes 4 lens:

  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IF-ED: 76° — 22°50´
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED: 79° — 28°50´
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED: 99° — 61°
  • AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED: 180°

The company itself positions the new lens as an effective addition AF 28-105 and AF 18-35 that is lighter the the former and is sized as the latter.

Finally, Nikon announced SB-600 Speedlight flash supporting i-TTL technology. From this angle the model is compatible with D70 camera as well as Nikon D2H. In its turn, D-TTL technology enables to use the flash with D1, D1X, D1H, and D100 models. For sale it should go in Spring 2004.

Other features include:

  • Supports Nikon Creative Lighting
  • Supports i-TTL, D-TTL, TTL
  • LCD display with 6 backlit control buttons
  • 24-85mm autozoom
  • Supports optional SJ-1 light filters

Source: Nikon UK

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