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Although I have written a review for this camera on its own, it's main advantage is when used in connection with a remote flash so I shall elaborate here... The Nikon D70 is a superbly well made and thought out model and at this price is an excellent way to get into pro photography. The main difference between a snappy camera shot and a professional image is the light, and the ability to light from an off camera source. With the D70 and any speedlight from the Nikon creative lighting system such as the SB600 you can place the lighting anywhere and control the flash from the camera. The flash is powered by 4AA batteries and will mount to the top of the D70, in this mode the camera will automatically aid focusing, asses the light needed and light according to the mode you select. Take the flash off camera and it will still do exactly the same thing, the camera assesses the shot and tells the flash how much to give and when by a series of 'pre flashes'. All this sounds very technical but in the real world it means you can achieve stunningly lit photos without buying or carrying around loads of wires, remote senders and extras. The D70 will control multiple speedlights at the same time so you can upgrade with more units in the future. Regarding the SB600 itself, its a well built unit that has functioned flawlessly for me for the last year, its layout and menu is great once you know it but is confusing at first. Control of the SB600 is taken car of with 6 buttons. Zoom, +, -, Mode, power and test. a combination of buttons held down allow you to access the menus or lock the flash mode. When mounted to the camera hotshoe all settings are taken car of by the D70 as if using the in built flash. When used off camera or in manual mode adjustments to the brightness can be made in 1/3 or 1/2 stops and the flash head can be zoomed from a wide 24mm to an 85mm spot. The flash head pivots through 90 degrees vertically and 180 degrees horizontally meaning its always easy to direct the flash whatever the camera angle. My 600 is always in my bag and as soon as you power up its ready to go. Battery life is also surprisingly good, using rechargable batteries I can normally fire over 100 shots before they need changing. I cannot recommend this combination enough, its offers alot of creative options not seen in some more expensive models.
The D70 is designed to satisfy your love of pictures. For the first time professional levels of image quality and performance are available to anyone regardless of photographic experience, thanks to a choice of seven easy to use automated Digital Vari-Program modes for any photographic opportunity. The Nikon DX Format 6.1 effective megapixel resolution sensor combines with highly refined image processing systems to deliver beautiful prints straight from the camera using any PictBridge compatible printer. Nikon's renowned 5-Area dynamic AF system, 3 fps frame advance and auto pop up flash make shooting family and friends a breeze and the new large font, plain language menu enables anyone to develop their creative control further.
The D70 Kit includes the Speedlight SB-600 and the AF-S VR 24-120 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED - a high ratio x5 zoom lens with Vibration Reduction, Silent Wave Motor for whisper quiet and fast AF and ED glass for superior quality in both film and digital.
The Speedlight SB-600 is a mid range Speedlight flash compatible with the D70 camera. Featuring Nikon's latest i-TTL monitor pre-flash metering technology the SB-600 offers a powerful but attractively priced main flash for general photographic situations. The SB-600 also offers fully automatic exposure control when used in groups with other SB-600 Speedlights controlled either by the 'Commander' function of the Nikon D70. It is easy to use with simplified buttons and packed with practical functions to meet the lighting needs of the most creative digital photographer.