D50 w/o DOF...work around?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Tom (was aName), Dec 17, 2005.

  1. Hi all,
    The D50 fits my skill level, budget, and hands pretty well, and I am all
    set to spend some $ - but I as I am interested in photography as art, I
    suspect I might miss the DOF preview. So, what are my work around
    options, other then the D70s? Does the LCD help? Can I buy a primary
    lens with an aperture ring and stop-down myself? or ??

    Tom (was aName), Dec 17, 2005
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  2. Tom (was aName)

    Scott W Guest

    Set the aperture, take a test photo and then view it to see it you have
    too much, too little or the right amount of DOF. The preview gets
    pretty dark with higher f-numbers anyway.

    Scott W, Dec 17, 2005
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  3. Tom (was aName)

    Paul Furman Guest

    I seldom use mine on a D70, as mentioned it gets dark so hard to see
    The LCD is good for evaluating the look and size of out of focus circles
    in the background but not so good for evaluating sharpness on a D70 it
    doesn't go to full zoom.
    No this won't work. Only very ancient lenses work that way & those would
    need some kind of adapter and wouldn't meter. Modern lenses only stop
    down at the moment of taking the exposure and a microchip is needed to
    tell the camera what the range of the aperture is for calculating metering.

    If you have the luxury of tethering a laptop to the camera with Nikon's
    $100 Capture software, that's an extraordinary way to see how your
    images are coming out. I have an old tripod and I put some brackets on
    it for holding a laptop, mostly for doing time lapse movies but it's
    really amazing how much more you can see of the image full size. You can
    control all the camera's settings from the computer, experimenting for
    just the right effect. If nothing else this is a great way to learn.
    Paul Furman, Dec 17, 2005
  4. (Top quoting :-O) ... Thanks both for your information...I'll take DOF
    preview off my "Please-NO-regrets" list and I like the notion of using
    the "laptop-viewfinder" for learning and near real time tweaking.

    - Tom

    Yep, that was my guess, having read enough to suspect, but without
    experience to know what I might be missing.
    Tom (was aName), Dec 18, 2005
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