I can't imagine it not working. I see no reason why it wouldn't. The D50 is new and a variant of the D70 family. I would almost bet the farm it will work.
I think the R1C1 is going to be a winner and LONG overdue. I can't wait to order one set. I particularly like the idea of being able to add on additional lights as needed. Very cool. From the pictures, the engineering looks clever.
I really think it is just an oversight at most. The current 600 & 800 work great on the D50. We will have to wait and see but if Nikon did that, they would just be hurting themselves as well because that would cut off potential sales to any D50 users.
My intepretation of the press release was that D70/D100/D200 could use commander mode to trigger the individual flashes as could a sb800 in master mode but that other iTTl cameras e.g. D50 would need either a SB800 or su800 and since the SB800 works as a master on the D50 would imply that the SU800 would also do the job.
>In my SB 800 manual the D70 is not listed as compatable. >Nikon is often not up to date with there information.
The SB-800 was announced in July, 2003 where as the D70 was announced in December, 2003; so, it makes sense that the documentation wouldn't mention it since it didn't exist yet when the documentation was initially released (and, I don't think Nikon, as a general rule, goes back and updates documentation as new products are announced). The D70 manual does mention that it supports the SB-800 (which existed at the time the D70 was announced)
But, in this case, we're talking about an existing product being left out of any documentation (both the product announcement and the technical specifications). Perhaps I'm just being overly suspicious; but, if I owned a D50, I wouldn't rush out to buy one of the new flash systems until I saw some official statements from Nikon. It may very well work; but, it might not be officially supported by Nikon should you run into any problems.
"The new Speedlight equipment from Nikon provides a variety of wireless multiple flash and close-up flash operations. The Wireless Speedlight Commander SU-800 controls the flash output levels of the SB-800, SB-600 or new SB-R200 remote Speedlight units when mounted on current Nikon digital SLR cameras that are compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System."
I agree. I don't want to rush in and purchase one until I know for sure. As mentioned in previous posts, I would also assume that since the D50 can use an SB-800 as a commander, the SU-800 should work, too.
It is odd that the D50 was left out of all of the announcements. Especially since they have their "traveling tour" promotion going to promote the D50 as the next step up from the P&S group. If it is compatible, the ommission wasn't a very smart move on their part.
I know alot of people who never do any "due diligence" before they purchase something. All they will see is that the announcement doesn't include the D50, so obviously you can't use it with the R1C1 kit.