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Nikon D50 Digital SLRs
Product DescriptionSix megapixel, single-lens-reflex camera, 2-inch LCD, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 2.5 Frames Per Second, 5-Area Autofocus, and more.
by Loren Crannell
Announced in April of 2005, the D50 is Nikon's entry level digital SLR. It's in the same family as the D70s and D200. Included are a 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD sensor and the next generation of in-camera processing including seven digital scene modes. It's designed to be easy to use and easy to hold with a lightweight body. Included is a large 2.0-inch LCD inch screen, a refined 5-area auto focus system, continuous 2.5 frames per second frame-rate, and Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II. All of this comes in at a fantastic street price of $509.95, for body only.
Price: $509.95 US
Nikon D50 Review at Imaging Resource
Submitted by petie3 a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2009
Strengths: Grab it and go. Very user friendly. Uses cheap AF lenses. Results are excellent.
Weaknesses: If the lens isn't locked into the smallest (F22) aperture it won't shoot; and gives you a code. If you're not carrying the manual (like I wasn't) I had to wait until I returned from the mountains before I could look up the stupid reason it wouldn't shoot. My ignorance, but it wasn't helpful.
Got spare battery and charger from Ebay, about a dozen lenses none of which were over $150 and most were in the $50 range. Slightly used. Also got a D60 for a backup but it only uses the 18-55 AF lens so I've got a 55-200 coming just for it.
The D50's currently wearing a 75-300 Tamron and once I got used to it it's awesome.
Found out you have to manually hardlock it into the smallest fstop or it won't shoot. Operation is sweet, easy. Stick it on auto and go for it. SD cards are fine, but some won't work in the camera. Stick to name brands.
Lenses for the D60 contain the motor and are usually much more costly. I got one again for under $150 so my complete gear, two cameras, two lenses, two bags, all the manuals, caps, filters, SD cards and spare batteries and I'm still WAY under a grand. All the AF lenses work fine on the D50; Quantaray, Sigma, Tamron and even a Soligor. Happy.
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $250.00
Purchased At: Ebay
Similar Products Used: D60 bought for a backup, as it uses more expensive lenses but has 10 megapixels.
Many Pentax film cameras. I have no idea why I went Nikon instead of Cannon; I had a Cannon which I gave to my kid when the Nikons came along.
Type of photography: People
Submitted by Libertine Photography a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2009
Strengths: -High Consumer Reliability Index
-Compatible with past AF lenses
-Still Competitive Performance
-Maximum Flash Sync of 1/500th
-Low cost vs. performance ratio
Weaknesses: -Plastic Body
-No DOF Preview
-No built-in Commander for Speedlights
I bought the D50 used as a supplement to my D300 for commercial work. I shoot mostly events, weddings, and portraits, and my style is predominantly photojournalistic, so having an extra body with an additional lens attached makes things a lot easier. The D50 was Nikon's first foray into entry-level DSLR manufacturing, and as such, it has understandable weaknesses, like 3fps, no DOF button, plastic body, etc. However, for my applications, it does an excellent job as a second body, for the price I paid.
It is also worth noting that the D50 is a traditionally reliable camera, so if you see one pop up (in 2009) for a good price, I wouldn't hesitate getting it. And for someone just starting out, it is absolutely ideal, considering that its ergonomic qualities make learning photography a breeze, and you would, in addition, have access to an affordable array of past, AF Nikkor lenses to buy used.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $300.00
Purchased At: Craigslist.org
Similar Products Used: D300
Type of photography: People
Submitted by nikonian a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009
quality out of the camera
Weaknesses: If i must grine , the only thing i miss a bit is the DOF button but that's all
Yeah yet another review about this Suberb piece of Nikon Microelectronics in the DSLR (Digital Single line Reflex)
I have had many other camera's but when i bought this one i had done extensive research on the type i was going to buy. Bought it as backup camera but love it so much that it now is the second main carera on equal level with my D70.
the reason for nuying this camera are the perfect iso performance ( much better than my D70) and the size and weigth and the quality of the shots directly out of the D50
it is more than entry level to me i rate it prosumer because it has so much to offer for such a small prize
Duration Product Used: 11-20 years
Price Paid: $199.00
Purchased At: secondhand direct cu
Similar Products Used: Nikon D70 (still use it)
canon eos 300d (misachivement gladly sold)
Type of photography: Other
Submitted by sfpeter a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2008
Strengths: Very good high ISO noise performance, 800 looks fine and 1600 is usually OK with a little cleanup.
Great Infrared sensitivity, this is my main camera for IR photography.
Will work with older AF lenses (using the focus motor in the camera). The D40/D60 only works with the newer AF-S lenses.
The camera is very straightforward to use.
Good battery life.
Shoots in Raw (NEF) and Jpg format.
Very good image quality.
Weaknesses: The only battery grips are aftermarket
Burst speed (3 FPS) is slow compared to newer cameras, burst is only good for 3 shots or so when shooting Raw.
Is kind of smallish in size, plastic build.
Will not meter with old AI lenses, they have to be used old school with entirely manual settings.
Can be durable, they are rated for only 10-15,000 actuations before the shutter goes, D50 #2 has 43,000 and D50 #1 has 8,000 going on three years of use.
SD card support only, but then SDHC didn't exist when they made this.
The D50 is a nice beginner/introductory camera, good for people getting their first SLR or needing a backup camera. I've had my first one for just over about three years, and my second I got a few months ago.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $650.00
Purchased At: Do not remember
Similar Products Used: D700, D200.
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by mikesmigaj a Casual
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2008
Strengths: -ISO performance
-Ability to use so many quality lenses
-Impressive battery life (500-900 shots without flash, per battery charge) I have 2 batteries
-LCD screen (in 2005, it was very good) Canon owners were envious !
-Durable (contrary to popular belief, the SD memory card door is just fine! It's NOT cheap. No problems AT ALL!)
-Many quality lenses to pick from!
-I shoot 99.99% of the time in RAW and the 13" by 19" prints from my Epson R1800 printer look wonderful !
-Virtually instantaneous start-up.
Weaknesses: -Auto White Balance once in a while.
-Only 5 Auto focus points.
-No gridlines in the viewfinder. I've deleted so many sunset shots because the horizon wasn't level.
-Viewfinder is small.
-Slight over exposure in bright situations.
-shot counter only goes to 9999 wish it had 5 digits
This is my first Digital SLR . I've had point and shot cameras over the years for vacations, but that was about it . On Christmas 2005, I received a Nikon D50 . Boy was I shocked ! The next,day I immediately went to compare the D50 and the Canon XT at the store before I even opened up my D50 box at home . I decided on the D50 because it was easier to use/better ergonomics and it had a higher quality feel . Well, it's over 2 years later and this beauty of a camera has taken over 65,000 shots and it's showing no signs of slowing down ! Photography is an enjoyable hobby for me . Wether it's the zoo, the beach, the park, or anywhere else, the D50 performs WONDERFULLY ! Next year I am going to purchase the D90 with my tax return .
I give this camera a 5 out of 5. I've read other reviewers give the D50 a lower score. Remember, this was the entry level camera in 2005, not 2008! I still think it's a wonderful camera 3 years later, even compared to the D40, D40x, or the D60. The D50 has an internal auto focus motor where as some other cameras don't have this. Currently, I have some prime lenses that otherwise, would be very difficult to use if that autofocus motor wasn't there.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $800.00
Purchased At: Wolf/Ritz Camera
Similar Products Used: Canon Rebel XT
Nikon Coolpix 775
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Canon Power Shot SD 300
other point and shoots...
Type of photography: Outdoor
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