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
    camera.
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jun 18, 2005
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  2. Just posted:
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    Randy W. Sims, 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:

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

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    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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  8. RichA

    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
    theory?
     
    McLeod, Jun 19, 2005
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  10. RichA

    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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  13. RichA

    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.

    Positives:
    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.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    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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  15. RichA

    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
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  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
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  19. The D70 has that as well.

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

    Great.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 20, 2005
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