Still got my D50. I almost bought a D40 as a second body as Nikon Europe had a £60 cashback offer. I bought an FM2n instead, I figured the D50 is almost perfect and an FM2n will last a lot longer than a D40.
I have Capture 4.4.2 and didn't want to have to upgrade my software for the D40 RAW files.
I'd like a D70s, but used ones are selling for the same as a new D40
i am a new guy with a D50 a D70 and some photo stuff from other brands as well. The Nikon D50 is a very good camera and i allreasy like it specialy bought for light trips and good noise performance levels
I'm here too. I'm up over 7,500 shutter clicks and still going strong (started in Jan '06). By years end I'll be well over 10,000 clicks (we have another Disney trip planned, this time for 7 nights so I know I'll be taking upwards of 3,000. On the 3 night trip last year I took almost 1500).
I don't see myself upgrading my dSLR body for a few more years at least. Maybe in another 2 years when the replacement for the D300 comes out. Though it will probably be longer than that for me. I know I'll be ready for more fps and a few other upgrades that right now I don't really need.
I kinda figured they all converted to either the D40/x or D200?? After pursuing some of the wildlife photos on this site I wonder if it's possible to get results like I'm seeing with the D50 and moderately priced glass? I know it's not ALL equipment but at times I feel that equipment does play some part? I'm tossing around the idea of going to used D200 as the D300/D3 come out. There have been a few times I would have liked the extra FPS the D200 offers.
I saw that same duck here in Minnesota. I however was unable to get the shot. Your daughter snapped a beautiful picture. Seeing this makes me glad that I can report "a new user to the D50 reporting in"
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I agree there used to be more D50 activity, but since the introduction of the D40 and D40x, they have had overwhelming support, being the New Cameras. Personally I feel the D80 should have been added to the D50 forum and the D40 and D40x should have had their own forum. I consider the D80 an enhanced D50, maybe the D80 should have been called the D50x.
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I'm a happy D50 user, up to about 24,000 shutter actuations and very content with my camera. I have to confess I'm looking hard at the D300 as a possible upgrade. That's pretty hypothetical right now, because it's not even available. And, it makes little sense for me anyway. I'm strictly an amateur hobbyist, and I doubt I'd be able to see any difference in my photos whether they were taken by a D50 or a D300. Why should I spend the money to upgrade? But, I'm still considering it...
Some justifications: I do shoot a lot of indoor sports and could use ISO 3200 and better autofocusing. Also, isn't the expected shutter life of a D50 about 50,000 shots? So my camera already has one foot in the grave!
We're all out shooting off our cameras, instead of anything else. Back in April, my D50 caught a most amazing picture that looks to make me some serious money in a contest, so I am stickin with it. Will get my wife one also, only with an 18-200 lens, so her equipment complements mine. Don't really need another camera, this one has yet to do all it can for me. BTW, does the camera itself record how many shots its taken?
I'm still around, sort of. Over the past month my partner has bought a near-mint D50 with 1500 clicks, and I (yesterday) sold my 7k click D50 and got a refurbed D80 with 1500 clicks, for a pretty good price. To me, the D50 is the best value-for-money DSLR yet, and it's still a great value camera at the current prices for slightly used models.
I'll still be popping in here to see if I can help at all, as well as looking for help over at the D80 board.
You'll all be pleased to hear that Nikon haven't fixed the rattle with the D80, nor has the flashing screen problem gone away!
I'm still here, just too busy shooting and processing to post very much. I've had my D50 for just under 2 years and am very close to 15,000 shots. I've sold a few images on the microstock sites and have given away more pictures then I can count. I've been very happy with my D50 largely because of the ability to use older lenses. I have bought an 80-200 2.8 and an 85mm 1.8 that are nice lenses but wouldn't work on the D40. I am considering the move to the D300 and that is mostly because I shoot a lot of sports and need a faster frame rate.
>Perhaps there are no real problems with the D50 --------
I'd go along with this as the reason there are so few queries regarding the D50. I'd love a D80 or D200 for the extra focus points and image size but I can't afford either one and I don't see any point in getting a D40/D40x as they really seem like a step backwards. Like someone else has said, I would have preferred a D50/D80 Forum as the D40 and D50 have very little in common. and also like someone else has said - I'd love a D70 as an extra body but they don't get any cheaper despite their age (and I suspect because a lot of people want them who don't want to be forced into the D40/D40x route that Nikon is pushing them down)
Because there are no new D50's being sold there are no new "my D50 rattles", "can a buy a D50 LCD protector?", "which ebay battery grip should I buy?", or "will a 4GB SD card work in my D50?" queries being posted. Actually the last one still seems to crop up from time to time. People who own D50's know how they work and have answered most of their questions so now they just take photos instead.
Many of the standard questions are still being asked it's just that D50 has been replaced by D40 in the wording.
>Because there are no new D50's being sold there are no new >"my D50 rattles", "can a buy a D50 LCD protector?", "which >ebay battery grip should I buy?", or "will a 4GB SD card >work in my D50?" queries being posted. Actually the last one >still seems to crop up from time to time. >People who own D50's know how they work and have answered >most of their questions so now they just take photos >instead. > >Many of the standard questions are still being asked it's >just that D50 has been replaced by D40 in the wording.
That is very true now that i think about it And that reminds me that i have yet to get an LCD protector or another SD card (always transfer off onto the computer when i get home).
After almost two years I am still shooting with my D50.. it still rattles. What is a LCD protector? Mine has no scratches. I suffer from lens envy but not body envy. The old D50 will take far better photographs than I am capable of as shown by some of the posters in the Photo forums here.
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So glad to see all the D50 users report in. I was starting to think we were all gone. I love the D50. Even though it has been discontinued by Nikon it will still take quality photos for years to come. It's a better camera than I am a photographer!
>So glad to see all the D50 users report in. I was starting >to think we were all gone. I love the D50. Even though it >has been discontinued by Nikon it will still take quality >photos for years to come. It's a better camera than I am a >photographer!
Yeah, what you said! Love mine, have had it not quite 18 months. Don't know why on earth I'd upgrade anytime soon - it suits my (very) nonprofessional needs. Shame Nikon moved away from it, though it's kinda neat using something with a small cult following already. We'll see how long it will last - I'm hearing fewer and fewer talk about their D70 nowadays....
hello i am new here, since august 07, i bought my camera in october 06 and at this time, i had the chance to try a D40 on a fair, but i decided to buy the D50, I am realy satisfied, i dont want to change... the size is optimal for me - D70 to big - D40 to small, the missing lens motor was not a criteria to take it not, and the benefits are not so important. i have no motivation to change, because I am not finished with discovering my camera.
I'm still here. Unfortunately school and work has kept me so busy that aside from photographing a few weddings, I haven't been able to get out and shoot much. Not only that, but I've pretty much learned my D50 inside and out, so not too many questions about that. I'm still more than satisfied by my D50, the quality of images I get from that camera STILL continue to amaze me. Whenever I get to thinking about the now seemingly low 6mp count, I just look at an image done with my 60mm Micro Nikkor, and that takes care of it really quick! I have strongly been considering the D300 though. It would be nice to finally upgrade to a more advanced and robust camera.
D50 24-120mm VR ED Lens 80-200mm f/2.8 2 touch 18-70mm DX ED Lens 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor SB-600 x 2/SU-800/SB-800
good post! i'm noticing that too. i still have my d-50 but it has the tamron 18-250mm on it now. i'm not done with it by a long shot. speaking of which - i won enough on nickel keno here in vegas to get the mighty d-80 w/ 70-300 vr lens! so now i'm hanging out in the -coolpix - d-50 & d-80 areas. i had to feed my nas before casinos got a chance to get $$ back! i really love taking at least 2 cameras with me now when i go out. the biggest mistake i made lately was reading the d-300 review! it's not hard to love more than one nikon! have a great fall shooting! wayne - a sincity snapper
What is the little diagram of an iris (diaphragm) for, on the top of the grip? Is it a label for the (shutter) release? When I saw it for the first time, I thought: "Hey, did they add a DOF Preview?" Wishful thinking I guess....
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It marks the +/- button. When you're in M(anual) mode, press this button & spin the wheel to select aperture. As there's only one dial, you need some way of selecting aperture rather than shutter speed. I'm sure it's in the manual.
I knew there was a "workaround" for setting the aperture in Manual Mode, but didn't make the connection with the label. Not ONE on-line review mentions this little label. They go into detail for every other marking on the camera, but not this one.
There is no true beauty that hath not some strangeness to its proportion. - unknown
I'm still perfectly happy with my D50, which I purchased nearly two years ago. It's capable of very good quality images and I see no need to upgrade just to get some extra resolution - 6 MP is perfectly adequate most of the time. There are a few things that I miss in the D50, like a DOF preview, a viewfinder with gridlines, custom WB trims and a flash commander mode, but I can live with these limitations. That said, I'm drooling over the new D300, but upgrading and expanding my lens 'collection' has a higher priority for me.
Me and my D50 are celebrating our 1 year anniversary together. I think I'll take it out on the town. Very pleased and no plans for a divorce to move onto a younger more attractive model. She gives me what I need and I know all the right buttons to push to make her perform. Seriously, have shot about 6 weddings with the D50 and the SB-600 and I and clients are most pleased.
>Me and my D50 are celebrating our 1 year anniversary >together. I think I'll take it out on the town. >Very pleased and no plans for a divorce to move onto a >younger more attractive model. >She gives me what I need and I know all the right buttons to >push to make her perform. >Seriously, have shot about 6 weddings with the D50 and the >SB-600 and I and clients are most pleased.
I feel the same way about my D50, I have about 11,000 shots through it. But as far as my wife is concerned, I want to move on to a younger more attractive model.
I'm new to this forum but I am always outside using my D50..... I don't have time to write about it all the time. I DO love my D50.... I think that almost all of the other camera's are to big for my super tiny hands.
Still have mey D50 but, it is more my work camera now. I use my D80 more now. It is a great back-up. Im planning on getting a D300 next year so, I think I will give my D50 to one of the schools for their paper. That way it goes to good use.
Well...here's one. I have owned a D-50 for over a year now. And aside from wanting more megapixels for cropping purposes I can't think of a camera I could enjoy more. It fits my hand like a glove and is one of the most user friendly cameras I have ever used. Combined with quality lenses it is a superb camera. I think many people get caught up in the prestige of a high end ...high priced camera and lose sight of what photography is all about...taking pictures...making beautiful images...and the D-50 does a very nice job of it.
I have considered buying a D40 but after handling one, I bought the D590. Furthermore. my N90 lenses worked qwell with it: an added bonus. Like many othewrs, I am still wondering why we are with the D40's. Maybe, as a suggestion, we should have a forum for us only !!! REgarding posting pictures soon.
Keep the good words coming and enjoy your D50.
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>I have considered buying a D40 but after handling one, I >bought the D590. Furthermore. my N90 lenses worked qwell >with it: an added bonus. Like many othewrs, I am still >wondering why we are with the D40's. Maybe, as a suggestion, >we should have a forum for us only !!! >REgarding posting pictures soon. > >Keep the good words coming and enjoy your D50. ------------
The D50 has a lot in common with the D70/D70s and a bit in common with the D80. It has nothing in common with the D40 other than it was originally the entry level Nikon dslr. I would gladly have a forum seperate from the D40 away from issues that do not concern D50 owners, such as auto focus lens compatibility.
Many of the questions coming in about the D40 are basic ones that pretty well all D50 owners had answers to a long time ago. Very few people will be buying a D50 in future, simply because they are not available new anymore. For those that do buy secondhand etc there are the Nikonians Forum archives. It's not a snub to D40 owners, We've all been there with your questions, thats just the trouble - The D50 isn't knew and most of what's in this Forum now doesn't concern D50 owners.
My D50 is still healthy, and I'm in no need of a new camera so I'm thinking about getting a macro lens instead of upgrading the body. It still makes great pictures and so there's no point on upgrading it. I still use my EM, yes it's old (older than me), but it works fine and makes great pictures as it always has.
I'm also sticking with the D50 for now. My brother-in-law bought a D40x, and it produces really, really nice photos. But I like the ability to use non-AF-S autofocus lenses on my D50. Also, I think the manual control is better.
I'd like to upgrade eventually to the D300, mostly because I spend a lot of my photo time in the mountains, and the D50 is susceptible to fritzing on rain and snow. In July, I got it wet on a rainy trip into the Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washington -- wound up with a $200 bill for refurbishing.
The other reason to stick with the D50 is the saying from Lance Armstrong: "It's not about the bike." The important thing is to work it, work it, work it. When I look at all the fantastic photos from D50's on Nikonians and flickr, I realize that I'm not tapping its potential yet. So rock on ...
I have had mine for close to 7 months. I got it used. I like the fact that more lens can be fully used on it than can be used on the 40/40x. I am slowly building my quantity on lens, and do swap them for use on my F80.
I too like the larger size of the 50 vs the 40(x). For me, it is easier to hold this camera steady.
Hey, proud D50 user here. I'm new to the D50 as I've always used regular digital cameras so it is my first DSLR. I've played with the D40/D40x and it's ok but everything is digital on the back LCD and if that goes out, you'r hosed. Anyway. I like the feel of the D50 and the fact that when I decide to go up to either the D200 or D2X one day, I can take virtually everything on my D50 with that unit. But, let me ask you this. From a photography standpoint, I shoot a lot of skies and landscapes right now, should I shoot everything in RAW format and then use the Nikon software to export it as a jpeg? Does the quality of picture seem to be better that way? That is what i've been doing and I am happy with that. Let me know. Thanks.
Still here with the D-50. 2 years this December. Reviewed the D-40 and see no reason to switch. I am looking at the D-40 for my son in law for a good starter. I'll give him a lens or two so I can justify upgrading my glass.
I've had my D50 since July 2006 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. And it has helped me establish a photography business. I'll be upgrading to the D300 next year but will always have fond memories for this great little camera. It will be used as a backup.
I keep seeing people write about how many shutter clicks they have on their camera. Is there an accessible counter in a hidden menu somewhere or do you all not reset your image file numbering? If I had to guess I am up to 18,000 actuations by now. Possibly 20K+
I picked up a used D50 about three months ago. I've got the D200/grip, and a lot of pro glass, but I wanted something lightweight and compact that could be easily carried around. The D50 fit the bill perfectly - even allowing me to use some great non-AF-S lenses such as my 35 f/2 (which is why I chose it over the D40). It produces wonderful photos right from the camera. I added the 18-70, 55-200VR, and an SB-400 to round out my fun kit. Everything fits nicely into a LowePro MicroTrekker 100 backpack. The D50 is truly a gem, and has revitalized my (formerly) waning interest in photography by allowing me to carry a camera with me every time I leave home.
I also thought about selling both the D200 and D50 to fund the purchase of the D300, but I've realized that my talent and ability are holding me back much more than my equipment. I'll happily keep what I have.
I've had my D50 for almost 2 years and I love it! I'm having a problem getting good shots of our high school's night-time football games - day games, I get super shots on the auto-action setting. Any suggestions out there? We have our first playoff game tonight!
Your profile says you have the 70-200 f2.8 lens. Use that lens, and aperture priority, setting the aperture at f2.8. Set the ISO to 1600. That's what I do, and I get really good results.
Stadium lighting varies a lot, and some are more poorly lit than others, but I don't think you can do better with a D50 than that.
One thing I will sometimes do is meter across the whole field before the game, in aperture priority, to see what shutter speed I can get, and if it doesn't vary much, switch to manual mode using as fast a shutter speed as it looks like I can manage (still at ISO 1600 and f2.8). That takes away any variation you might get in shutter speed from light sources off the field that you don't want to take account of. But that sometimes doesn't work because the lighting can vary a lot from one part of the field to another, so a bit of judgment is required.
The surest way to do the best you can with your equipment is ISO 1600, f2.8, and aperture priority.
Well only had mine for around 4 months and gotta say loving it, yeh the lack of ISO 100, DOF preiview and exposure compensation annoy me slightly but as my first ever SLR I love it. If I do upgrade the D300 looks like its the one for me, but I think I should maybe take some better pics first to justify it.
>Well only had mine for around 4 months and gotta say loving >it, yeh the lack of ISO 100, DOF preiview and exposure >compensation annoy me slightly but as my first ever SLR I >love it. *snip*
(The D50 has exposure compensation, right by the shutter release.)
I have been very happy with my D50 for some time, but I must admit there are things that annoy the hell out of me.
DoF preview is usually mentioned - that I don't miss, I rarely use it.
I miss the second dial that is to be found on all other recent cameras except the D40/X. That is such an important part that I am still baffled why they chose to leave it out.
I miss a button that lets me change the metering without having to go into the menu. I know this is an "amateur" model, but a lot of people have a use for that once they start learning.
ISO 100 would be nice, but with the noise characteristics of the D50, I can easily live without it.
I miss that I can't use my AI/AIS lenses, but to ask this of a D50 would just be unfair.
I think the main reason I don't use mine too much these days is that I have bought better (professional) film cameras, and they just spoil you. When you have gotten used to the 100% viewfinder, features and speed of an F5, it is hard to back to a camera that won't even let you change metering on the body.
I know that I'm not being completely fair, after all the D50 is an amazing compromise between price and quality and I wouldn't have had the opportunity to learn as fast as I have without it, I am merely stating the reasons for upgrading to the bigger models (D200 comes to mind).
Well, I think I'm done ranting.
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>Try to remember that the "shutter life" of a camera >is only an estimate. Sometimes a shutter will only last half >as long as expected, and sometimes a shutter will just last >and last. > >That being said, I believe it's either 25k or 35k.
Thank you for your reply!
I have used Continuous mode a lot will that influence the shutter life?
I believe it is ~25K. I found this site while searching for this topic. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 15K clicks since September of 2005. I'm thinking I will probably go with a d300 when the ol' d50 dies but who knows when that will be, Nikon might have introduced the d500 by then...
>I believe it is ~25K. I found this site while searching for >this topic. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 15K >clicks since September of 2005. I'm thinking I will probably >go with a d300 when the ol' d50 dies but who knows when that >will be, Nikon might have introduced the d500 by then... > >http://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/nikon_d50.htm > >
That data base was just about the only thing I was able to find when I did some Google searching. I had read 25,000 somewhere and thought before I started to worry I should ask around and see what other people had to say. It's not like I'm expecting my shutter to die, I just think knowledge is power.
I would love to move up to a D300 but it's not in my future budget, thinking the D90 will be a better fit for my needs.
I've been using my D50 for about 2.5 years now. I don't think I will upgrade until I can afford a D300 or D700. The D80's extras don't seem to justify how much more I would spend after selling my D50 and then buying a D80. The D40 and D60 haven't really interest me.
Very happy with my D50, for now I'm more interested in acquiring better glass and some other bits and pieces. The D90 is tempting me, but I think I'll make a bigger leap and go for the D300 and keep the D50 as something smaller to carry around for more casual shooting. I've never had a problem with the D50 except learning to use the thing in the first place! It was my first SLR of any kind, and I found it very easy to learn the basics.
I am still using my D50, I got mine as a gift after dropping a million hints back in 06, I have approx 9000 clicks to date and still growing. I do get discouraged when some of the bigger cameras get large images. I just upgraded glass, the 18-200 vr and glad I did instead of upgrading the camera. I will upgrade in the future but only when the D300 is in my price range, until then I have to remind them equipement doesnt make the photographer.
Nice photo, ertuncaysmile! I have a D50 and a D300, and for 90% of the photos I take, the D50 will take just as good a picture as the D300, so don't feel the D50 is limiting. I have several 20"x30" photos hanging on my walls, some taken with each camera, and you can't look at them and tell which photos came from which camera. The D50 really is almost as good as the D300, and it has the advantage of being smaller and lighter.
I'm amazed at how good a 6mp image can look blown up to 20"x30", and if you're not printing that big, you really don't need the additional megapixels. (Nice if you want to crop, maybe, but just be careful to frame the picture like you want it in the first place.) I like the higher ISO ability of the D300 for lower-light situations, and the faster frame rate for sports, and the dedicated controls are nice too. But if you just want to take nice photos, the D50 is a great camera, and I still use mine even though I also have a D300. Enjoy!