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wgs


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wgs Registered since 01st Nov 2005
Thu 03-Nov-05 11:49 AM

I have had my D50 for a few months, and I am loving it. The quality of the pictures I am taking is amazing. This is my fisrt dSLR, and I am generally happy with my decision. I am having 2 issues with the camera so far...

1) No grid lines. I didn't think I would need them, but most of my landscape shots are tilted. I can usually correct this with software, but I would much prefer to get it right in the camera. Will there be an upgrade available for the focus screen? If the screen from the d70 was placed in the d50, would the lines be able to be controlled?

2) Double flash... Is there a way to eliminate the double flash? Each time I take a picture of my cat and ocassionally when I take a picture of a person, the first firing of the flash makes the subject blink. It seems that even at 1/500 I do not capture open eyes.

Thanks,
Bill

edmun

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#1. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 0

edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003
Thu 03-Nov-05 12:09 PM

#1 you probably can not get a grid screen - If you can it will not be a Nikon one.

D70 grids are electronic not a etched on the screen so unless the D50 has the connections. No

Beattie makes after market screens for cameras but if they do make a D50 screen. I think it will be cheaper to sell the D50 and get a D70. There may be a bunch of them used when the D200 is available. The Beattie screens used to be about a $50 plus installation.

Call Nikon at 1-800 645 6689 for a better answer.

#2 yes but then you no longer have iTTL flash -- Set the flash to manual and you will have to work with guide numbers for exposure - The preflashes are only a problem with some people, most do not blink and it may be that they see your finger get ready to push the button. I have this happen on cameras that do not have a preflash also.

#3 buy a SB 800 and use it A mode (or any of the older SB's), AA or M mode.(it will calculate distance for you.

ledmun

wgs


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#2. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 1

wgs Registered since 01st Nov 2005
Thu 03-Nov-05 12:43 PM

Thanks for the quick response. I will try the manual flash mode and see how that works for me. As for selling the camera, I am not sure that I am ready to do that. Some of the reviews that I have read seem to indicate that the noise at high ISO is less evident on the d50 than on the d70/d70s. Since I don't have the budget for really fast glass, I unfortunately am forced to rely on the low noise... Maybe a d200 for me next year...
-Bill

edmun

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#3. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 2

edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003
Thu 03-Nov-05 01:03 PM

What are you shooting where you need the fast glass.

I suspect that the D70 and D70s are really very close to the D50. Often the reviewers are off. Is one of them KR.

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sillyconguru

UK
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#4. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 0

sillyconguru Registered since 31st Oct 2005
Thu 03-Nov-05 03:38 PM

1) The grid lines are in a LCD overlay, not actually on the screen.

2) Can't you set the AE-L/AF-L button to act as FV-lock? If you can; this would pre-flash as you press the button (locking exposure), the flash will then only fire once when you take the picture.

James23p

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#5. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 4

James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004
Thu 03-Nov-05 07:54 PM

Are you using the camera's onboard flash?

This is right in the line of sight and will cause this occasionaly.

If possible get an SB600 or SB800 and then you can bounce your flash this will prevent the preflash right in the eyes. Also the SB800 comes with a diffuser this helps soften the light. The SB600 does not have a diffuser from nikon but there are after markets.

One last thing can the really bright light be the auto focus assist lamp. I used to turn mine off on my N80 and if you get one of the speedlights they use infrared AF assist no bright light.

Side note the D70s will have the same problem and set up they are very close. Plus you are right all the reviews state the D50 has lower noise and better out of the camera pictures and a slighty faster AF due to new algorythems and sensor spread. But the D70 gives more control, two wheels and slighty better build. Give some take some. Both are great camera's period.

If you have time post your question in the Speedlight forum many D70 owners can help to.

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#6. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 5

wgs Registered since 01st Nov 2005
Fri 04-Nov-05 05:33 PM

I definitely will be adding the SB-800 to the short list of things to buy. I went to the shop I bought my camera from to see about a trade up. They offered me $500 for the d50 with kit lens and were selling the d70s with the 18-70dx for $1199. I just could not justify spending an additional $700 for the upgrade. Maybe I'll look around for a d70 instead.

nipprdog

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#7. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 0

nipprdog Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Sun 06-Nov-05 12:34 PM

>1) No grid lines. I didn't think I would need them, but
>most of my landscape shots are tilted.
>
>
>Thanks,
>Bill

maybe try one of those bubble levels that fit on the hotshoe?

wgs


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#8. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 7

wgs Registered since 01st Nov 2005
Sun 06-Nov-05 04:21 PM

I have thought about getting one of those for tripod shots, but they aren't much help for hand held shots.

mkbee1

West Valley, US
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#9. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 8

mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012
Tue 27-Nov-12 03:46 AM | edited Tue 27-Nov-12 03:50 AM by mkbee1

My daughter-in-law has the fastest blink reflex on the planet! For the D50, go into your menu, then go to FV LOCK.(Pencil,then #14) Activate FV LOCK, then when you are ready to take the photo, press the AE-L AF-L button on the right side of the viewfinder. The flash will fire, and exposure will be read. Then, if you don't change distances, every flash picture you take will be correctly exposed. Change distances, press the FV button again, then shoot away. This even works with my SB 600 mounted.

Good luck!
Carl

James23p

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#10. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 9

James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004
Tue 27-Nov-12 04:10 AM

Good answer Carl but this thread is over 7 years old I'm not sure the orignal poster will see it. But I do appreciate the excellent responce.

Thanks Jim

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mkbee1

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#11. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 10

mkbee1 Registered since 26th Nov 2012
Wed 28-Nov-12 12:03 AM

Woops! I have to start reading the dates of posts! Apologies!
Carl

James23p

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#12. "RE: A few D50 questions" | In response to Reply # 11

James23p Moderator Awarded for his wide variety of skills, a true generalist both in film and digital photography Nikonian since 25th Apr 2004
Wed 28-Nov-12 12:52 AM

No problem still great info I just didn't want you wondering why the op didn't respond.

Again thanks Jim

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