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  1. #1
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    D50, is it worth getting?

    Hi all,

    I was looking to buy a second hand D70, but when I heard about the D50 selling at around the same price, I decided to check it out. I wanted to buy my first DSLR camera, but I don't really want to get too serious and weigh myself down with too many lenses. I live in Japan so can get most things including second hand stuff.

    The camera was nice to hold, it didn't have the solid feel of the D70 and it felt a little close the Canon in terms of plastic cosmetics. I think I would prefer the lighter camera in the long run because I would hate having to carry a heavy one (my last digital camera was the Canon SD300).

    When I took pictures with the D50, the picture was not as impressive as I thought it would be. I wasn't sure if it was the default setting of the camera, the lens or what, but I expected better for a 6 megapixel camera.
    How much better is the D70 to the D50? I felt that the focusing was pretty fast, though when I tried to take a picture of something nearby (like another camera), it would focus on the lens, but not on the lettering on the rest of the camera. What's up with that?

    Also, the Canon 350D has 8 megal pixels, doesn't that translate into better and sharper pictures?

    I would like to make a decision on buying a camera soon for my road trip to Hokkaido (land of endless trees, mountains and coasts).

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Informer
    Hi all,

    I was looking to buy a second hand D70, but when I heard about the D50 selling at around the same price, I decided to check it out. I wanted to buy my first DSLR camera, but I don't really want to get too serious and weigh myself down with too many lenses. I live in Japan so can get most things including second hand stuff.

    The camera was nice to hold, it didn't have the solid feel of the D70 and it felt a little close the Canon in terms of plastic cosmetics. I think I would prefer the lighter camera in the long run because I would hate having to carry a heavy one (my last digital camera was the Canon SD300).

    When I took pictures with the D50, the picture was not as impressive as I thought it would be. I wasn't sure if it was the default setting of the camera, the lens or what, but I expected better for a 6 megapixel camera.
    How much better is the D70 to the D50? I felt that the focusing was pretty fast, though when I tried to take a picture of something nearby (like another camera), it would focus on the lens, but not on the lettering on the rest of the camera. What's up with that?

    Also, the Canon 350D has 8 megal pixels, doesn't that translate into better and sharper pictures?

    I would like to make a decision on buying a camera soon for my road trip to Hokkaido (land of endless trees, mountains and coasts).
    There should be very little difference in photo quality. 8MP is the resolution and does not necessarily reflect on sharpness or picture quality (mainly a lens function).

    I'm not sure what you are looking for in picture quality, but shooting test shots in a camera store won't show you much.

    If you want a reasonably priced dSLR, with a decent starter lens, then the D50 will serve you well. If you want a more professional (but still consumer grade) try the D70 or Canon 20D. If ergonomics are not a key factor and you don't mind an "iffy" kit lens then try the Canon XT.

    I've been shooting the D70 for for about 15 months and would recommend it unconditionally.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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  3. #3
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    When the D50 was announced, I started thinking about putting off a D70s purchase.

    After having had one in my hands, here are my views:

    The D50 is a solid bit of kit. It doesnt suffer a lot in terms of it's "lower end" build quality, when compared to the D70s. Nice big LCD, still easy to use.

    Things I couldn't live without that the D50 didnt have:

    Dual command dials. I shoot in manual about 90% of the time on my F80, and I can see wanting to do so with the D70s. Having one wheel for aperature and one for shutter makes life ever so much easier.

    DOF preview button. When I am shooting for specific effect, it's nice to know what the depth of field is going to look like when stopped down, and I can do that on the D70s and my F80 but not the D50.

    I also wasnt big on the D50 kit lens. It felt a lot like the 18-55 Canon kit lens. the 18-70 AFS DX lens with the D70s is beatiful, however.


    For someone moving from P&S to dSLR, the D50 is an excellent camera and value. I have sold two so far and both customers are exceptionally happy with them.

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    Epilog

    Having now played with the D50 several times, I'm liking it more and more. This vs. the 350D from Canon which just keeps getting more and more annoying (sorry XT owners I just don't like the ergonomics).

    Do I like it more than my D70..? Ah... No. But if this was my first dSLR it would be great. As for the kit lens.. a much better effort than Canon. It may be cheaply made but, for $150, it takes very nice pictures.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    Having now played with the D50 several times, I'm liking it more and more. This vs. the 350D from Canon which just keeps getting more and more annoying (sorry XT owners I just don't like the ergonomics).
    If it's that annoying you better quit going back holding it ... LOL ... no need to feel sorry as I'm not a fan of the D70 clunkiness ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog
    If it's that annoying you better quit going back holding it ... LOL ... no need to feel sorry as I'm not a fan of the D70 clunkiness ...
    Touche! I really want to like the XT, but just can't get past the difficulty I have holding it, and fussing with the controls. It's The same reason I don't like most all-in-ones.

    But kudos to Canon for the technology. If you can live with the XT's ergonomics then by all means consider that path. I just think the D50 and the D70 are better balanced cameras that, like the XT, will take great pictures. As are the 20D and the *ist DS.

    Like everything else it's a matter of what you like.
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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    I loved the weight and solidity of the d70, but I hated the CF door on the grip.
    US Navy--Hooyah!

    Nikon D700/D300|17-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, Sigmalux, 80-200 f/2.8, 16 f/2.8 fisheye,

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheObiJuan
    I loved the weight and solidity of the d70, but I hated the CF door on the grip.
    Juan... What?
    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


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  9. #9
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    some call the cf door sculpet into the back and etc, I just call it in the way. To each their own.
    US Navy--Hooyah!

    Nikon D700/D300|17-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, Sigmalux, 80-200 f/2.8, 16 f/2.8 fisheye,

    Lots of flashes and Honl gear.

  10. #10
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    Thanks people for the replies.

    Just wondering, is the lense in the D50 kit good enough, or should I get the base D50 and get a better lense for everyday use? I heard that the AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor ED 55-200mm F4-F5.6G would be better, but really I have no idea about lenses.

    I'll be taking a lot of outside pictures, and some nightshots as well.

    Basically, I'm going to take as many pictures of anything I see on my road trip.

    Thanks again for your opinions!

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