View Full Version : D50 - two questions

08-20-2005, 08:00 AM
First of all i'd like to say Hi to everyone in the forums, as i'm new and this is my first post!

Here are my two questions about my 8 days old D50:

1. when the focus mode switch on the side of the body (AF/M) is set on AF and i touch it, it kinda moves around a bit. it has a kind of unsecure feeling, like it could break if too much pressure is applied. Is this normal, does it do the same on your camera? I mean it just ist't stiff, it moves around slightly if touched/pushed.

2. i've been trying to use the trial version of Nikon Capture 4.2.0 that came on the cd, but it says that no camera was detected, although the camera is connected. Windows XP and PictureProject see the camera correctly. I want to use Nicon Capture to see how dusty the CCD is.

Can anyone help me with these questions?
Thanks guys!

08-21-2005, 03:34 AM
Come one... No one here has a D50?

08-21-2005, 06:50 AM
Well I do have a D50, but it's in Minnesota right now with my wife...

she gets home this evening, and I'll check then.

By the way is it the switch that moves a bit, or the front focus ring on the lens? I assume you are talking about the sliding af/mf switch on the lens barrel.

Or do you mean the switch on the body near the lens mount?

08-21-2005, 08:13 AM
The AF/M switch on my D50 doesn't move around. It stays in its position firmly.

08-21-2005, 08:46 AM
Tekriter: the little AF/M switch on the camera body. Not the manual focus ring on the lens, nor the switch on the lens side (i don't have the kit lens), i have the Nikkor 28-80mm G lens.

Tigerly: is that the one you checked? Mine feels a bit insecure, like it's ready to break if forced.

Tekriter, please check too, maybe it's something not to be worried about.

Thanks guys.

08-21-2005, 10:31 AM
Yes, that is the one I checked.

08-21-2005, 08:32 PM
Hi Dacian,

The AF/M switch on my D50 body is very firm and doesn't jiggle or move around at all. Mine feels tight and stiff and requires a firm push to change positions.

08-22-2005, 03:13 AM
Mine feels solid, too, but there is the slightest wiggle to it. I checked with both the lens on and lens off. I would say that mine is just fine with the amount of play it has. All that switch really does is extend a pin on the body's lens mount surface.

Since it's purely mechanical I'm not surprisd that there is a litle play in it. Maybe yours is worse than normal? Are you in an area where you can visit dealers and try their display models?

08-22-2005, 03:33 AM
no, i can't visit dealers where i live. i looked at a D70 last night, and it moves a bit too, i also sent an e-mail to nikon support and asked, i'm waiting for an answer. Any idea how that thing is attached there? Has anyone taken a camera apart? or are there component images somewhere?
I might be making a big deal out of this, but it really got me curious.

09-05-2005, 03:45 PM
In order to get Nikon Capture to work with your camera, you need to change your USB setting from Mass Storage to Point-to-Point.

To do this enter the "Set Up Menu" on your camera

Scroll to USB

Change setting to PTP and select OK

Now launch Nikon Capture and have some fun.