Posted by Chuck Tribolet on March 17, 2005 at 21:12:53:
In Reply to: Two RS? posted by Elaine on March 17, 2005 at 16:47:07:
When I upgrade it will probably be because the
RS's are dead. ;-) Maybe I'll turn them into
flower pots (I have do a 20-35mm shell that had a
corrosion problem that will get turned into a
flower pot by and by.).
BTW, there are signifcant advantages to having two
systems, esp. on extended trips. I keep one system
setup for wide-angle, one for macro. The only
O-rings that get any use are the camera back and the
strobe batteries. There's never any need to do a
quick port change (and flood the camera). And
sometimes I get to do two rolls on one dive because
I can hand up one camera, get the other handed
back down, and keep diving.
Perhaps most importantly, when the service guy
thinks "annual service" means he has a year to
do it, I'm still shooting the other system. ;-)
If you seriously want an RS, watch e-bay. Prices
have crashed in the last couple of months. Body
prices have finally dropped under new street price
when Nikon was still selling them. One system
that had been donated to Goodwill turned up.
I bought one new for street price right after they
came out, I bought the second one (previously owned,
never had a roll of film through it) for a bit
less right after Nikon announced they'd quit making
them. What Nikon didn't say is that they made one
batch several years before, and when that was gone,
it was gone.
It would be really cool to have a Nikonos RD based
on the D70 and taking RS lenses. No chance.
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