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I bought a used Nikon D90 camera to replace the only seven or eight year old Nikon D70s I bought after the Great Fire destroyed all my film cameras and forced me to go digital. That camera has not been my best idea or purchase.
Any time in the past that I bought a new camera would be moment of (small) celebration, a little excitement and happy anticipation. Not this time. I need to have a full featured DSLR for some of the work I do (not that anyone is paying me for any of that work) and the sad fact is the D70s is dying. In fact I haven’t had a trouble free month, week or day with it since I bought it. But when it refuses to “see” any memory card I insert, it therefore is incapable of taking pictures. It then becomes a paperweight.
Browsing the product page reviews for the D70s on Amazon.com I find a hell of a lot of other owners (in the three, two and one star reviews) complaining of the same problems I’ve had. I never knew when I would line up a shot and the damn thing would refuse to work (freeze) or corrupt the image file (changing the CF didn’t help). And having the same unsatisfactory response from Nikon. Send it in for our Magical Full Diagnostic and Repair Treatment, only (at the time) $200. Which fixed nothing, nice job of internal dusting though. I continued using it though, rebuilding the house, replacing the necessaries and putting in landscaping and patios cost a bundle. Couldn’t afford to toss it and buy another comparable camera. It continued to work just well enough, just often enough that I kept it in the bag. Until now.
So. Why buy another Nikon if my last one was such a POS and Nikon’s customer service blows?
Lens. Nikon Lens are excellent and also expensive. I have a investment in lenses equal, no greater than the camera. But I now wish I had never bought my first Nikon digital camera. What more can I say?