Brand new to digital. Just bought a Nikon D50 and primes, 35 and 50. Old Leica film guy. Never liked zooms. Feet work just fine. Amazing to me how complicated exposure can be now when it used to be just film speed, shutter speed and the size of the "whole" that lets in the light.
The manual is awful. Any suggestions on D50 manual settings - why do I need to set the aperture at the smalletst opening to get the bugger to work at all? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any site with easier to understand lingo than the manual?
Hope I can find a reply on this site if sent. This is no day at the beach either.
All current Nikon AF bodies, film and digital, control the aperture via the body. (Some bodies like the F100, F5, will allow the control of the aperture via the aperture ring, but these are the exception to the rule.) To that end, the aperture ring must be set to the minimum aperture (there is a locking ring to prevent the ring from moving) in order for the camera to determine what aperture is being set.
Also, the D50, like current most current AF bodies can only meter with AF lenses or AI-P lenses (Manual Focus lenses that include a chip); some AI, AI-S manual focus lenses can be chipped by a third part, Nikon does not do this).
Obviously, correct exposure for a given scene is dependent upon the 1) the light and 2) intent of the photographer.
Thom Hogan's eBooks are highly regarded, unfortunately, a D50 eBook has not been released yet, though one is anticipated.
In the mean time, I invite you to post your questions.
I agree the manual is a mess. Very poorly organized and explained. There is a commercial publication available on Barnes & Noble's tech book listing, called simply, "D-50." Has anyone looked through the book and found it useful? Also, while I do miss the relative simplicity of film cameras -- aperture and shutter settings, especially -- I could never give up the convenience and security of instant review.
I find the manual sadly lacking as well and not up to Nikon's usual standard as very little explanation is given of the actual effect of the various settings being talked about. Maybe a Magic Lantern Guide might be published on this camera soon, hopefully written in English and not translated from German. I found the lock in of the apeture ring a little unerving at first but came to appreciate it when shooting in S mode with a zoom lense. I was quite intrigued how f stops like 7.1 and 10 displayed in the viewer.
Just back to photography after many years absence - I used to do just B&W and home procesing.
Bought a D50 as now having kids etc wasn't sure of the time I could give to my hobby - must say I am delighted with my return to photgraphy and with the D50.
Haven't found any trouble with the manual etc - I just apply the old "rules and tricks" I used to, and so far it's working out OK. Things may be different for me as I am quite digital aware as I run a software development division for my company so using a computer like interface is second nature for me. I can see people who are not active computer users maybe having some trouble and then I'd agree that something beyond the manual is needed.
Homemade B@W photos whole life - me also. So working with D50 is not too difficult, especially as I had previously F50 and still keeping F80. If one is used to film-Nikon then it doesn't seem too difficult to get used working digital. I don't have problems with computer also. Enjoy your camera.
Hi all I am looking into purchasing a D50 later this month/early next month (my birthday present and all). Getting very excited about it!!
My question/concern based off of AMV247's response is lens compatibilty. I had a N60 with two lenses (Quantaray 28-80mm, and Sigma 100-300mm). I am only now really learning things, but I did like the handle of the N60 (even if I mostly used it as a point and shoot with nice zooms so I am comfortable going with an D50 I think.
Only... one of the prime reasons, beyond liking Nikon, for choosing the D50 was that I already have lenses and can reduce my initial output (I am sure I will get more like a macro lens etc soon though But since my lenses were bought in Fall 1999... they probably aren't AF I am guessing. I dont know if there is a way to tell, their boxes are in storage buried under all my other stuff across the pond. And will their quality be mortal if I can/do use them as I do know (now!) that lenses are where you should splurge.
I had been told they would be compatible by another Nikonian but now I am wondering. And since I live in France (but will buy the camera in the States) testing it out is a bit hard going...
Anyone have 2 cents to chime in with??? Cheers, Kayla
Hi, By now you must have received several replies on your quary. I am using my f/1.4 Nikkon 50mm, the oldie, and Nikon 35-70 AF f/3.3 with my new D 50, (Obvioously with some limitations).
The most important thing is with the non CPU lenses, the metering of the camera will not work. The manual exposour setting is there and instant verification of the exposed image is also there with the LCD panel. One more thing, the image files will not have the details of the focal length and efective aperture figures associated with when those get trasferred to your desktop or laptop through Nikon PP software (Comes bundled.
As a matter of fact, the details of compatibilities and limitations of other seriese lenses with D 50 are given in details in the product manual of D 50 and I would suggest you to go through it.
SAo, don't worry- Buy D 50 and enjoy using your old lenses- Deba
First post of trial membership. Looking for my first SLR "real" digital camera (decades of Nikons from F to F3 and N90) and am trying to convince myself that I would be justified in spending $1600 (plus lens) for a D200. The complaint about the inadequate manual made this seem to be a logical place to post this inquiry:
I was looking around that forum and found the D200 Digitutor, an excellent Nikon training video. My daughter just started using her D50 and I would love to have her have the exposure (no pun intneded) to a D50 Digitutor. Does anyone know if there is such an animal?
Just wanted to say hi and that I've got my new D50 and nothing but foul weather outside, so I can't go play! But hopefully soon I will be able to get outside and start finding things more interesting to take pictures of than the inside of my apartment!
I like the D50 manual that came with the camera. It's also online with search capability.
It appears that lots of forum users like to spend money on equipment and books. Send to me the money you would spend on equipment and I'll tell you how to do what you want to do with the equipment you already probably own. Some examples:
Want an expensive telephoto lens? Walk closer Want an expensive wide angle lens? Back off Want a DSLR with stabilization control? Put your current camera on a tripod
I give you this advice at no charge as some examples of my wisdom. Anything more costs $$$$$$
____________________________ The learning for which you pay will be remembered longer.
Just saying hello here too, as I have a D50. I started with a Minolta x300 many years ago, and more recently my last digital camera was a HP850, finally took the DSLR step last Christmas. Managed to get over 13,000 images so far, but there were a lot of test shots in there.