Histogram on Nikon D50 useful or not.

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Denny B, Jun 26, 2006.

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    Denny B Guest

    Is the Histogram on a Nikon D50 useful or not.
    Ken Rockwell on his site evaluating the
    D50 Histogram implies it is useless.

    I was going to purchase a D50 but now
    consider this a big negative if one cannot trust
    the Histogram I cannot understand why it is there
    if it is useless. He implies it does not read RGB
    will somebody explain this.

    Those who use D50 digital cameras how useful
    is the Histogram.

    Thanks in advance
    Denny D
    Denny B, Jun 26, 2006
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    I don't use it a lot, but when I do it seems to work fine. The
    histogram appears to be reasonably accurate when compared to what I see
    on the LCD screen.
    Don Stauffer, Jun 26, 2006
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    No, luminance.
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    Ed Ruf, Jun 26, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Personally, I think Kens "reviews" are rather misguided and some of his
    comments conflict with other comments he's made on his own site. He also
    seems to have a knee-jerk reaction to many things.

    I suggest you take much of what he says with a LARGE grain of salt.
    The D50 lacks separate RGB colour channels in its histogram, which is
    the same as many other cameras. It makes it harder to determine if the
    exposure is what you wanted.

    But having said that, I only check the in-camera histogram to see if the
    exposure is what I wanted when shooting off the regular exposure range.
    The metering systems in Canon and Nikon cameras are quite good, so in
    almost every case you'll get proper exposure regardless.
    I own the Canon Rebel XT/350D, but from using my friends D70s and what
    I've read online about the D50, I doubt you'll be disappointed. Even
    though I shoot with Canon gear, I consider the Nikon D50 to be the best
    deal in price/performance right now.

    By the way, the 18-55 kit lense is ok, but not a great performer. If you
    can afford it, I highly recommend you get the MUCH better Nikkor 18-70
    which is normally the kit lense for the D70s. It has better sharpness
    and contrast, and it has a wider zoom range which makes it a good "walk
    around" lense.
    Bill, Jun 26, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    "Useless" means: I don't use it.
    It doesn't mean it's no good.
    For those who know how to use a histogram, they are (or, more
    correctly) can be very usefull.
    Bill Funk, Jun 26, 2006
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    Denny B Guest

    Thank you all for your replies, I made considerable
    inquires today from the camera stores. As of now I think
    that I will forsake the 2 lens kit with the D50 (18-55 and
    55-200) and purchase the D50 with 18-70 lens. I want a
    quality lens the 18-70 sems much better quality,optically,
    mechanically with the manual focus in the right place and
    not the narrow ring right in front of the lens.

    Thanks kindly
    Denny B
    Denny B, Jun 27, 2006
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