Nikon D40 / D50 prime lens

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by greenbrightly, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Hi, quick question at the moment I'm using a sigma 30mm f1.4 on my D40
    which I really like. The wide aperture is the thing which I use the
    most. I do have a 50mm lens but it's AF-D and wont autofocus with my
    D40. So I was thinking of selling my D40 and getting an older D50
    which this lens would work on. Should I do this or would I be better
    upgrading to a D80 body?
     
    greenbrightly, Jun 12, 2008
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  2. Upgrade to the D80. Either that or just use it manual focus.
     
    Voodoo Thunder Pig, Jun 12, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    I wouldn't trade my D80. It is the best, most efficient, camera I ever
    had.
     
    Frank Arthur, Jun 12, 2008
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    ASAAR Guest

    Although the D50 is slightly older, I prefer it, and not just
    because it has an internal focusing motor which the D40 lacks. That
    said, the D80 represents a substantial improvement over both the D40
    and D50. Because I value backup equipment, if I were in your
    position I'd consider replacing the D40 with a D50 if you can do so
    economically. The D80 will probably be replaced later this year by
    a D90, and at that point you could relegate the D50 to backup status
    by getting a used D80, or one of the last "new" D80s, as their
    prices should drop because of the greater demand for the new D90. I
    have a D50 and that's what I plan to do, although I'll probably pay
    a little more and go for the D90 if it inherits some of the D300's
    substantial improvements.

    If you use the 30mm f/1.4 primarily for shooting in low light, you
    may want to upgrade to a D80 now instead of waiting, as it has a
    larger, brighter viewfinder (using a real pentaprism), and probably
    focuses more quickly in dim light. If you decide to get a D50 and
    want to get a second battery for it, don't get the EN-EL3a that it
    normally comes with. Get the newer EN-EL3e, which is the same
    price, same capacity and is compatible with the D50 and its charger.
    Unlike the EN-EL3a, the 3e version will also work in the D80 (and
    presumably the forthcoming D90 as well).
     
    ASAAR, Jun 12, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    D80 has a much better viewfinder, same as D200: big & bright with a
    prism instead of mirrors.

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    Paul Furman, Jun 12, 2008
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  6. Definitely better to go to a D80, if you don't mind paying for it. Obviously
    that will cost you a good deal more than a D50. If you're thinking of buying
    a used body anyway, you'd probably be better off looking for a good D70 or
    D70s since it's a more capable camera but shouldn't cost much more nowadays
    than a D50.

    I have a D70s, a D40 and a D80 and I love 'em all. I love the D40 for its
    compactness and light weight, and its lack of an AF motor in the body
    doesn't bother me too much because most of my Nikon lenses are AF-S and work
    fine with it. I do have a few lenses that require the mechanical coupling
    for AF but those I just use on the other two bodies. If I could only have
    one body though, then like you I'd be looking for something else.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Jun 14, 2008
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