Nikon's D50 is definitely...entry level

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by RichA, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    I saw it in the French photomag, "Photo Response"
    It looks like a shrunken Canon Rebel, not the XT.
    The model they had was silver. 6 meg. It's clearly
    aimed at the beginner market and given it's not much
    cheaper, I can't imagine (unless retailers push them)
    that someone would choose it over the D70(s) unless
    they like the diminutive size. It's light too, less
    with a zoom than my Olympus C8080 P&S.
    From the specs I saw, it's limited when it comes to
    pre-set settings, which may be a good thing when it comes
    to a beginner being forced to learn how to really use a
    RichA, Jun 18, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jun 18, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    Hmm ... some things show that whoever wrote it does not really
    know the field:

    And a digital SLR reduces shutter lag--the half-second delay after you
    press the shutter button--to zero.

    It may be reduced compared to the digital P&S cameras, but it is
    certainly not *zero*. After all, you have to get the mirror out of the
    way first -- and stop the diaphragm down. :)

    And -- if you are using autofocus, you have to wait for that to
    complete -- except in "sports" mode, I believe.

    DoN. Nichols, Jun 18, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    Why is it a good thing to force someone to use a camera?
    McLeod, Jun 18, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    It sounds more like propaganda then a review!
    Dirty Harry, Jun 18, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Maybe they would rather be fishing?
    Pete D, Jun 19, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Force to LEARN how to use a camera. Uh, because it will give
    them better photographs in the long run?
    RichA, Jun 19, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    Then why don't we just make it law that everyone has to learn on a
    4x5" view camera so they get even a better understanding of optical
    McLeod, Jun 19, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Histrionics don't help anyone.
    RichA, Jun 19, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    Just pointing out that your argument is specious by extending it.
    McLeod, Jun 19, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    It's interesting how people are dismissing the D50 before they have ever
    seen or held one!
    Darrell, Jun 19, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    If you qualify it for what it is, then it can't be dismissed. Most
    people here look for a set of minimum capabilities in a camera ... the
    D50 does not have all of them. Overall, and considering the price, it
    is not bad at all. Pretty damned good actually.

    Some negatives:
    It is quite small - won't be comfortable for all hands

    It is missing DOF preview.
    There is some difference in flash support. The D70 supports the D-TTL
    and the D50 only the newer i-TTL. Whether this really affects anyone...

    It only has one command dial, so I suspect it's primary "M" mode
    dedication is to Aperture (G lenses) and a button needs to be pressed
    for speed. (Or the reverse...). OTOH, people who buy such a camera are
    probably not in "M" all that much.

    It is quite small, so prob'y a great travel camera.

    It does have a "Min shutter speed" setting for use with auto ISO. So
    we're beginning to see a first instance of "Composition priority [TM]"
    in a camera.

    It's not clear to me if it retains the 1/500 sync speed of the D70, one
    of the great features of that camera.

    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    Bubbabob Guest

    The D-70 never supported D-TTL.
    Bubbabob, Jun 19, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Could be so. That's what I read in a review, so either the review is
    wrong or I misinterpreted it.
    Alan Browne, Jun 19, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    People said that about the Rebel XT and the Pentax *ist D/DS/and DL. However
    a lot of people but the *ist DS and XT. I have had people won over to Pentax
    because their camera felt better in the hand.
    Darrell, Jun 20, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    The D70 uses i-TTL
    Darrell, Jun 20, 2005
  18. I second the motion; the Pentax handles beautifully, and controls are very
    handy. So good, you can even forget this SLR is digital.
    Charles Gillen, Jun 20, 2005
  19. The D70 has that as well.

    Graham Holden (g-holden AT dircon DOT co DOT uk)
    Graham Holden, Jun 20, 2005
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    Alan Browne, Jun 20, 2005
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