I'm strongly considering purchasing a D50 as my first DSLR. One of the differences between the D50 and D70 is that the D50 lacks the white balance fine-tuning available on the D70. 1. Is this a problem for any D50 owners, or do the D50's white balance settings and white balance bracketing give you the control you need?
Background: I've used a variety of Nikons over the last 25 years (EM, N60, N75 and (cringe) my daughter's Coolpix 3200. Have had a ball learning the basics of digital with the Coolpix, but its lack of manual controls and so-so white balance have me very frustrated.
Thanks for any help you can give!
"Every picture tells a story, don't it?" -Stewart/Wood
I do wish that I can fine tune the white balance. However, after I began shooting raw, I found that tweaking the white balance in post-processing makes up for that. Of course, if you can set the white balance optimally straight from the camera, that would make things a lot easier. Just my 2 cents.
On a few occasions i have missed the WB fine tuning but after moving to RAW it's no longer an issue. Besides usually auto WB or one of the presets does well enough and you can set the WB manually if necessary.
I don't have either the D50 or the D70 so your mileage may vary, as the saying goes.
I locked in on your phrase but its lack of manual controls , to that end, I want to ask how much manual control are you looking for? How advanced a camera do you want/need. Remember, even the most advanced DSLR will provide P,S, A and M modes. The big issue will be knowing how much control you want. I place the D50 as a digital N65/N75 and the D70/D70s more like an N80 in terms of performance.
The CP3200, as I recall is VERY limited with manual overrides. The D50 does have some, but may be difficult to access quickly.
I'd recommend handling both the D50 and the D70s if you can. From there, you can decide which you'd like better.
See if you can try this at your store with the D50 and the D70. With each camera, take one flash picture with Auto WB and another flash picture with Flash WB. See if you can tell any difference between each camera's different WB results. I've done this and would be interested in what you see. I have a D70 and think that the WB fine tuning is pretty darn subtle. I usually do OK with either Flash or Cloudy. If I was going to the trouble of fine tuning, I'd probably try a PRE instead.
I had read a lot of review about the D50, and also I was afraid that the D50 didn't have WB finetuning like the D70. But anyway I decided to buy it. I Have my D50 for more that a moth and soo happy with it, and I also discovered the funcion PRE in the WB, is not that the "WB finetuning " what is the diference with the WB finetuning of the D70, I would like to know.