Nikon D70s, D50 and two AF-S lenses & Canon rebates

If you were waiting for Nikon’s update to the popular D70, you may be disappointed. Many, me included
(especially after the 8MP digital Rebel XT), anticipated Nikon would go head to head with Canon with an 8MP D80 or something along that line. Well, Steve’s Digicams early yesterday morning reported Nikon’s announcements. The Nikon D70s remains at 6 MP but sports a 2″ LCD and raises the bar with many enhancements (better autofocus, more frames per second, faster flash sync, …). Price= $899 body & $1199 kit with 18-70 lens.The brand new Nikon D50, also with 2″ screen, will be a more affordable (prices have not been announced yet) and compacter 6MP dSLR. Specs wise it doesn’t offer some of the high-end features and one could say it’s a down-featured D70 in a smaller package. One surprise in the details: it uses SD memory cards rather than Compact Flash. DPreview has the first in depth article.

For a detailed comparison between the D70, D70s & D50 check out this comparison table by DPReview.

Good news for D70 owners is that Nikon will release a D70 firmware update to give it the improved
auto-focus, menu system and add in-camera setup for PictBridge from the D70s. (Link from Steve’s Digicams)

Nikon also announced two new dSLR lenses: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55 and 55-200. A pretty sweet lens set that’ll take you all the way from 27 to 300mm.

No word yet from Canon on an EF-S lens covering that 55-200mm range or even better: an EF-S 55-300mm IS USM. Current dSLR lenses remain the EF-S 10-22mm; EF-S 17-85mm and EF-S 60mm Macro.

Rebates. If you are in the market for something Canon, there’s a new Cash in With Canon promotion offering rebates of $100 on EOS 20D, $500 on EOS 1D MarkII and up to $50 on lenses and flash
accessories. Other promotions can be found here.

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