D50 is probably on it's way out. If you had to replace your D50 now, would you buy it again? I once think it was "perfect" for my needs, and just waiting for the right time. The time is here (within 2 months) now.
I've been looking at a DSLR, and when comparing the features and mp, D50 looks like a choice with less value. Features like dust reduction, shake reduction, and more mp.
Camera considering Sony A100 or Olympus E500.
Yes, there is the D80, but I need to stay in the $600 range.
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In a heart beat. Do some research and you will find the dust off feature less than effective.
I do not need more pixels, and in some cases don't want them.
VR lenses are much more effective (and usable) than VR on the sensor.
My only real gripes with the D50 are...
1.) no MLU
2.) no flash commander mode
3.) no direct buttons for meter/autofocus modes (got to go through the rather poorly arranged menus to change those).
But I can live with these until something better comes along. BTW... I tried three different D80's and found I liked the look of the D50's picts better (and work exclusively with RAW). I have no problems continuing to use it until there is a D60, D90, D300, or whatever the next generation will bring us.
I would absolutly buy another D50. 6.1MP is more than enough on a dSLR. I've croped an image to about 75% of original size then had it enlarged to 11x14 and it looks stunning. The D50 has one of THE best high ISO performances of ALL dSLR's. The D80 is tempting with the 2.5" LCD, 2 command dials and a few other things, but it has the same sensor size but with 4 more MP's crammed in, thus making it not as good in the upper ISO (its still a great camera though).
My ultimate camera would be the D80 with a 6.1MP sensor for ultimate high ISO performance, 2.5", extra command dial, easier access of meter changing and a few other small things (maybe call it a D60? I would upgrade to that if it had these features. The D70s is already here you say, but its sensor is different and dosen't have the same high ISO performance as the D50, plus its still a 2" lcd, and I like the SD cards, though maybe being able to use 4GB cards would be usefull on some occassions). I have yet to use or found the need to use any post processing noise reduction on my pic's (just about 5,000 thus far, of course not all at ISO 800 & 1600).
Unfortunately I have heard several rumors that Sony is no longer manufacturing the 6.1MP chip used in the D50 so I doubt you will see anymore 6 MP Nikons intro'd. Hopefully better technology will result in later generation 10+ MP sensors having less hot pixels and lower amp noise. For now the D80 just isn't it. Don't know if the D200 is any better - but from what I have 'read' - it's not.
Well see what the next gens are like. Until then the D50 is the ticket for me.
Most assuredily, and unequivacally I would buy another D50. The D50 is the best digital SLR that Nikon has manufactured to date...for the money. I have also had mine for anout 15 months and have not looked at (desired) another camera since. I will keep this camera as long as it lasts. When it "bites the dust," based on the present Nikon line, the D80 would be the camera to buy...again for the money. Just my two cents worth...
If I was buying today I'd stretch my dollar for a D80, mainly for the viewfinder and second for the mirror delay feature. I could really care less about the megapixels. I think the D50 will go down as one of the great values in Nikon DSLR history.
Regarding other brands, I was advised (by a Pentax shooter) when I bought my DSLR to stick with Nikon or Canon due to the extensive lens collections and great 3rd party support. I have a friend at work who shoots Olympus and he just expressed his frustration the other day searching for an L-bracket for his E-330, and he commented on my friend's wisdom on steering me to Nikon. He's in the process of a switch to Canon.
That's not saying don't buy those other brands, but be aware that when you buy a DSLR body, you're more buying into a system than you are buying a camera. Just make sure the system is what you want, moreso than the camera itself.
No question, yes I'd buy a D50 again. D40 is a step down in a lot of important ways. As far as the D80? I don't have the bucks to drop a grand on a body. If I did, well, I'd be over in the D80 forum right now.
Most definitely I'd buy the D50 again. When I got mine three months ago, my budget limited me to the D40 or D50. The D40 was out because I already owned some non AF-S lenses. Would I buy a D200 if I could afford it? Yes, but on a limited budget I would put any extra money toward more and better lenses instead.
The D50 has everything I NEED in a DSLR if not everything I WANT. What would make it better? 1. Availability of ISO 50 or ISO 100 so I could get slower shutter speeds when I want them. 2. One button access to bracket exposures (like my N75), rather than a menu item. 3. One button to switch between matrix/center-weighted/spot metering instead of using the menu. 4. The ability to group frequently used menu items on top and hide little used menu choices. (I think I read somewhere that the D40 has something like this. 5. Lower prices on VR lenses (not a camera body issue).
I have only had mine about 5 weeks but I could see me buying this again if I had the choice. When I was looking initially I did not even have Nikon on my radar. I was looking at the Canon XT and the Olympus Evolt 500. I was directed to Nikon by the sales person. When he took the time to explain the D40 vs the D50 (both in my price range), there was not choice to make but the D50. I am thrilled with the camera and can see myself using this for a long time. So the answer is YES, I would buy the D50 again.
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I love this camera. It outstrips my capabilities by a mile at the moment and when (if ever) I come to change, I will be looking to leap past the D80, and on to the D200. For the moment, I am happy to save up for better glass, which of course I can keep using. As KIWI said, I will always keep this body on standby.
As some others have already posted - you are buying into a system and the D50 is a great place to start. Until I can move up the range, I would definately buy another one if something bad happened to mine.
I'm delighted with my D50, and am glad that I got in when I did, at about £400 for the D50 kit. That's now the D40 kit price, with the D40x coming in (initially) 50% more than that at £600. The D80 body is £530. So, there's nothing in the D50 price range that can use the lens collection that I've (oops... NAS) built up. Even now, I think there will be a D50 replacement this year. More AF points than the D40(x) and an inbuilt AF motor.
Absolutely... very happy with my choice... had it for a year now... is it missing some features? sure, but nothing I have really missed. I will run it until it dies, and then replace with wahtever is the equivalent of the D80 or maybe D200 at that time... working on exapnding my glass collection until that time.
No, I'd get the D80. The D50 may have the edge in high ISO noise but the D80 is better in just about every respect. The D40x is quite tempting as a small body but since I have some old AF-D lenses, the appeal drops considerably.
A Richmond, B.C. Nikonian - FM2n, F100, D300, D800
For me yes, I have both the D50 and D80 and they make a great team. As far as the Sony it is said to have average picture quality plus it is an old system based on Minolta, if Sony decides its done with the SLR systems you are stuck, Pentax is great and a longtime SLR maker but they have limited lens selection in the high speed range. Olympus is the most interesting, they have great glass and cool features there pro model is dated but a new one is due out. But their sensor is even smaller than the Nikons and has a very restricted lens linup, you can not take those wonderful old Olympus lens and use them at all. All said and done I would buy a D50 again made my transition into digital easy, my second choice would be the Pentax K-10D but in the end Nikons feel the best to me, canon and Sony being the least favorite.
PS the D50 was so good that it never had a recall or teething problems.