Nikon D70s or D50? Which to buy?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Gary, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    I'm in the market for a camera, and my choices are these two. I'm somewhat
    new to the Dslr thing, and I'd like a nice camera. They are both in my
    budget.
    Just wondering what you guys think!!!

    thanks
    Gary
     
    Gary, Jan 4, 2006
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  2. Gary

    G- Blank Guest


    The question how much will you use it? And possibly for
    what? The D70 will hold up to frequent use. But if it was my call
    I would wait if possible for a higher mp version to come out
    at around the same D70 price.



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    or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
    is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
    to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918

    greg_____photo(dot)com
     
    G- Blank, Jan 4, 2006
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  3. Gary

    Gary Guest



    Well, i'm not sure if i can put a number on that!
    I'd say maybe a few hunderd shots a week!
    Mostly for landscaping, and for vacationing.

    Gary
     
    Gary, Jan 4, 2006
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  4. Gary

    Gary Guest

    I see you mentioned more MP's. I am also considering the D200.
    Even though it is a bit more advanced than the other two, I would definately
    consider this one. I see it has 10.2 mps, vs 6.1.

    Gary
     
    Gary, Jan 4, 2006
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  5. Gary

    Jack Dale Guest

    Are you looking at kits?

    The D70s usually comes with a AF-S DX 18-70mm lens
    The D50s usually comes with a AF-S DX 18-55 mm lens and some kits
    include a 55-200 mm lens.

    Or if you have a collection of Nikon lens, you can buy a body only.

    Do a comparison at www.dpreview.com

    Jack
     
    Jack Dale, Jan 4, 2006
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  6. Gary

    Benwa Guest

    "IF" you are serious, and intend to take the time to use it to its full
    ability, the D200 would be a great camera for you.I have both the D70, and a
    new D200.The D200 is the cream of the crop of prosumer dslrs.The 6.1 mp is
    not really a big factor to 90% of the people that buy these cameras.I have
    taken many great photos with the D70.I often make 20x30 enlargements.I also
    own the Canon 20D, an 8mp camera, a step up from the D70 in build
    quality,features and of course resolution.What I mean to say is, the camera
    is a tool.It takes time to learn how to use it correctly.Most people buy a
    dslr expecting they can just push the shutter and get great pictures.For
    them, a point and shoot camera might be better.If, like I say, you are
    serious, go with the D200.You won't regret it!
     
    Benwa, Jan 4, 2006
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  7. Gary

    Gary Guest



    Thanks for the reply. I'm definately thinking about this one. I am
    dedicated to learning to utilize the different components. Even though this
    is an expensive camera, I really think it may be the one for me. I don't
    want to have to worry about getting a camera now, and then having to upgrade
    to another one later.
    This is a new camera, and i've noticed not many folks have them in stock.
    I can wait a little longer though:)
    Thanks once again!!

    Gary
     
    Gary, Jan 4, 2006
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  8. Gary

    G- Blank Guest

    There are some (me included) that feel a true improvement in image
    quality is best represented by a doubling of pixels that would be 12 if
    your using the D70 as a reference. Though the D200 is nice and you get
    10 mp I realistically want 14 before I off load these two I have. Then I
    can drop quite a few of the current cameras I own and not look back.



    --
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
    or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
    is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
    to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918

    greg_____photo(dot)com
     
    G- Blank, Jan 4, 2006
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  9. Gary

    Nikon User Guest

    Some of the D70s kits also include the 18-55 mm lens; the one I bought
    did.
     
    Nikon User, Jan 4, 2006
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  10. Gary

    Nikon User Guest

    I got the D70s before the D200 came out. I still would have bought the
    D70s instead of the D200 because I couldn't afford the D200. If I had
    not got a 10% discount on the D70s, I either would have bought a D50 or
    would have stuck with my Olympus 3030 non-SLR.
     
    Nikon User, Jan 4, 2006
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  11. Gary

    Sheldon Guest

    You can get the D70s in a lot of configurations, but that Nikon 18-70 lens
    is a great lens by any standard.
     
    Sheldon, Jan 4, 2006
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  12. Gary

    Nikon User Guest

    Some of the D70s kits also include the 18-55 mm lens; the one I
    bought did.[/QUOTE]

    Arghh!!!! I meant the 55-200 mm lens. Major brain fart!!!
     
    Nikon User, Jan 4, 2006
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  13. Gary

    Chris Guest

    Both the D50 and the D70 will suit you well, dont worry about mega pixels.
    The glass is the most important thing. That said the D70 kit comes with
    better glass, the 18-70 far out performs the 18-55 and you can attach CP for
    landscape shots and not have to worry about the front element turning when
    zooming (18-70). The D70s can be upgraded to fully functional handle grip,
    its a little larger, and has a light on the upper lcd for nightime shooting.
    The D70 also has two command dials which makes changes easier. On the other
    hand, I got my mother a D50 and she loves it!! Over all you would probably
    be happy with either one, but the D70 is one to grow into, and the D50 to
    grow out of. If you can pull the extra money, the D200 seems to be a winner,
    though some folks are reporting battery life problems.

    Check out these two sites before you decide. The D70 group has more experts
    than the D50 group and that is a plus to the D70.

    www.nikonians.org
    www.nikoncafe.com
     
    Chris, Jan 4, 2006
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  14. Gary

    Rich Guest

    All this would have been so easy had they bumped the D70 to 8
    megapixels when they added the "s."
    -Rich
     
    Rich, Jan 5, 2006
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  15. Gary

    Bruce Guest

    I recently went from Nikon 35mm to a D70 & quickly started to use NEF/RAW
    with Nikon Capture 4. The results a great & 16 by 20 are no problem 20 by 30
    is also very good. The only thing is that the DSLR cameras have so many
    functions you really have to spend some time learning how to get the best
    from them. I stick with manual control,a hand held meter and Nikon Capture
    4.

    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Jan 5, 2006
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  16. Gary

    Hunt Guest

    Back before the D200 was released, DPReview offered the ability to do a bit of
    a side-by-side comparison between the D50/D70 (I'm sure it's up to the D70s
    now), showing each spec chart next to the other's. I looked at both cameras,
    judged the features that were important to me (higher flash sync, for one),
    and chose the D70, but my ex-partner really liked the D50 and went that route.
    With such a comparison chart, you can then decide what you need/want. Don't
    know if they still have the D50 in their charts, but suspect that they do.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Jan 6, 2006
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  17. Gary

    Dave In WA Guest

    I ended up with the D70s, the extra features and weight of the camera (vs.
    D50) was the deciding factor, it just felt better. A few months later (and
    after I learned about the D200) I asked the Nikon rep if the D200 was what I
    should have waited for. We discussed my shooting style and little desire to
    produce anything above 8x10 and I left feeling I had made the better choice,
    for the $$, plus I got to take snaps of the kids since October...good times.

    Overall I choose Nikon for the name and quality, I'm sure Canon is also very
    good.
     
    Dave In WA, Jan 6, 2006
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  18. Yick you must certainly have very low gratification standards.
     
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Jan 6, 2006
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