So, I had one hell of a week. And after having to deal with Insurance, and the body shop. (wife backed into a concrete wall
) Spending most of a week with only one rig. My mom decided I needed to get our Xmas present early. Don't ask!!
Well, she got us a new camera. I don't need a new camera, I just needed a lens fixed and a new tripod. Which would have been $250-300 at best. But no, she had to get me a $900 setup. She got me the Nikon D3100 setup from Costco, and it was $250 off. http://www.costco.com//.product.11622027.html?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default
she has been hinting for some time about a new camera for me, but I kept telling her that I was very happy with my Nikon D70. So, after a couple days staring at the box, been too busy to deal with it, I finally opened it up. And after I examined it, put the battery and flashcard in, set it up, and started playing with it. I'm very disappointed with it.
Here is my thoughts:
~this is a entry level DSLR, basically a point and shoot with interchangeable lenses. I'm used to a lower mid level camera, D3100 is entry level.
~too small for my hands, I like the larger body camera.
~the attachment for the lens is mostly plastic, which has always been metal.
~it does have the sensor cleaner, deqauzer, and will clean on startup.
~14.2 MP vs. the 6 MP the D70 has.
~SD card, vs the harder to find CF card.
I haven't taken any photos with it, but I'll tell you that I won't give up my D70. I like how it feels in my hands better overall, but I'll see the verdict in a couple weeks. I will have both of them when I go out to shoot photos.