Nikon D50 DSLR
Posted 08 November 2007 - 06:09
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 19:08
Do what you feel
Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:35
Build quality is superb and the battery lasts forever..!
My only wish was for a larger viewfinder and a depth of filed preview. The size and weight compared to the D200 make this a perfect travel DSLR.. (and low mileage models can be bought a good prices...excellent option..)
Couple this with a 18-200 VR you will not look back.
Hey Joe! where are you goin with that Nikon in your hand?
You wont catch me messin 'round with another brand......
Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:28
I love mine to death, and the only thing I might trade up to is the D300 (or D3 but that would be some wicked pipe dream).
On the battery (papa-g) I seem to run my down (even with a grip) a lot. I do use a fair amount of onboard flash for fill. How often did you seem to be recharging (or maybe with what frequency). I ran both batteries to the low charge indicator twice in one week (shooting almost 3600 at high res with Ultra2 cards).
I feel like mine uses batteries pretty well, but I shoot a lot (scattergun technique a lot).
Posted 05 December 2007 - 04:21
The ISO800 performance has been better than that of D200s that I have used, and the features seem to be just right for an entry-level DSLR. In contrast, the D40 (which I have also used) seems too limited and less ergonomic. The battery tends to last me over a week - I average 30 shots a day, all with a shoe-mounted flash or SU800, and a non-AFS prime lens. Now at 21,000 actuations and still going strong.
The negatives as far as my shooting goes: 6MP is not really fantastic, newer cameras (D300, D3) have much better high ISO performance, the autofocus motor is a tad slow, having only 5 autofocus points and a slow motor makes action shots at close-range incredibly difficult, and the fact that it uses SD cards means that the step up to a pro or semi-pro body will require a switch to CF cards. The kit lens is also rather woeful wide-open and has poor contrast.
I might also add that to get the most out of the camera you need to shoot in RAW. The noise performance, sharpness and dynamic range are better in RAW, and the camera has limited WB settings in camera, meaning that it is often difficult to get perfect white-balance in-camera.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 20:14
Posted 03 March 2009 - 21:23
I went to a local camera store and held and used both the D50 and the XTi. I preferred the location of the controls and the menu layout of the D50 over the Canon. The build quality of the D50 felt superior as well.
I've since used the D50 for just about everything. While the auto focus is a bit slower than the newer bodies out now(D300/D3/D3x) with a little pre planning, fast glass and AF-S lenses, you can definitely use this for capturing sports. I've used it with the 50mm f/1.8 and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 to shoot martial arts competitions and have had no problems getting my shots. It is all about using your gear and getting used to it - knowing what works and what does not.
I've never been a big user of depth of field preview, so I don't miss it here - and I don't use it on my D300 either. The one thing that I do miss when going back and using the D50 after using the D300 is its lack of control switches on the body. Barring the lack of controls, I wish that they would have had a "mymenu" option to place frequently used features there that are not a switch.
I use the D50 as a backup to my D300. I also use it as a travel camera. I throw on a 28-200mm Tamron as a walk around lens and that is all I need for 99% of the shots I want. It has great hi ISO/low light performance up to ISO 800 and acceptable with post processing performance from ISO 1600.
I've got no problems with the 6mp sensor size for enlargements. I recently took 3 images taken with the D50(two with the Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 lens and one with the nikkor 55-200mm VR) and enlarged them to 20x30. I used Photoshop CS4 bicubic upsizing technique and smart sharpen filter. THEY LOOK FANTASTIC and are mounted in frames and hanging in my living room. Might I also mention that the images started life as JPG files not RAW!!!
I honestly upgraded my D50 to the D300 when I knew I was going to start my own business, needed something that had better low light/hi ISO performance and had a higher FPS(some of the martial arts competitions will benefit from this).
I would also like to say that I think that 5 is the minimum number of focus points a DSLR should have. I frequently only use the 11 on my D300 and use 51 when I am doing portrait or macro work.
The camera is a great light travel package and when coupled with a good "do it all" lens would make 95% of photographers happy with it's landscape/nature/travel performance. Took the family to Disney Orlando in January 2009 and I have no regrets in taking the D50.
I got mine as a Nikon refurbished model(camera store demo) for $429.
Sample images taken with the D50
Nikon D300, D50 and N90s
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, 35-70mm f/3.3-4.8, 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED VR, 80-200mm f/2.8, 300mm f/4
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 1:1 macro
SB-600, SB-22/26/28 speedlight
Posted 27 March 2009 - 18:36
Posted 18 May 2009 - 20:30
When I upgraded to a D90, I kept my D50 rather than my D80 as my backup body. I just didn't think that the D80 which I could sell for $450, was any better than the D50 that I could sell for $250.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 20:54
One of the first jobs I did was for a professional photographer's surprise birthday party. When he arrived, he looked at my rig and informed me that this must have been my first foray into professional photography, and that he wanted me to shoot RAW and give him the files so he could save some of the images. I assumed he meant 'improve through PP'.
Being a surprise party, he didn't know that had already agreed to that arrangement with his wife. But when I gave him the photos, I delivered two folders: 'D50_RAW' and 'D50_JPEG'. The JPEG folder was Lightroom-processed versions of the RAW files.
His wife informed me later that after a dozen images or so (out of 300+), he gave up because he couldn't greatly improve over what I had delivered.
I still love my D50, and my daughter is learning to love it too.
Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:16
Bodies: D700/D5100/FE2/D200IR Lights: SB-900/SB-400/SU-800
AF Lenses: 24-70/70-200/55-200VR/70-300VR/Sigma 30 & 50/Tamron 17-35, 17-55, 24-135, & 90mm.
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 14:26
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 10:06
In my humble opinion this camera was one of kind and has never been really replaced by Nikon. What I mean is that it was Nikons entry-level cam before the D40, but still retained a focusing motor and the lay-out of the more expensive cams (e.g. top lcd display) both of which were dropped on the D40.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 17:56
Looking at another Nikon purchase soon.
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