I have been looking around at some of the other Nikon web forums, there is quite a bit of talk about the D50 model being unavailable at most shops and the talk is it has now been discontinued? What do we know about this here at Nikonians?
So what if it is discontinued now? It will be sooner or later. I don't believe that there is any evidence of a time bomb in existing cameras that will cause them to stop working when a new model is released so I'm just going to continue to take photos and be happy with what I have.
K1W1 could have said it better. I got mine! Thats what matters. But I do not think that they would disco something this popular without big buzz about the new replacement coming down the road. Remember all the hype about the D50 months before we even got to see one?
I agree completely with the other responses. I doubt it will be discontinued soon, and even if it does it makes no difference to me. My discontinued N6006, FM2, N90 and other nikon bodies work fine after being discontinued and can still be repaired with parts that are readily available.
>I have been looking around at some of the other Nikon web >forums, there is quite a bit of talk about the D50 model >being unavailable at most shops and the talk is it has now >been discontinued? What do we know about this here at >Nikonians?
Considering how long Nikon keeps its SLR products on the market, it's highly unlikely that the D50 will be discontinued for another 1-2 years.
Look at the D70: it's been on the market since January 2004, with only a very minor update along the way (the D70s). The D100 was sold from February 2002 until about January of 2006.
I agree considering I use my Nikon EM that was discontinued 20 plus years ago. The problem is that DSLR's are changing faster than most of us like our film bodies were state of the art for several years now it may only be several months but that doesn't change the outstanding performance of the D50 one bit. Jim
>Considering how long Nikon keeps its SLR products on the >market, it's highly unlikely that the D50 will be >discontinued for another 1-2 years. > >Look at the D70: it's been on the market since January 2004, >with only a very minor update along the way (the D70s). The >D100 was sold from February 2002 until about January of >2006.
My original reply was somewhat tongue in cheek in that I will see no need to rush out and buy the replacement when it arrives. If I did that sort of thing I'd be forever buying new cars, new computers, new TV's, new clothes. In fact I would be so busy shopping I would never be able to take photographs. I actually think that both the D50 and D70 are likely to be replaced very soon (like Photokina perhaps). Cameras at this end of the range are no longer driven by the old camera lifecycle. They are now very much consumer electronic products. With Sony, Panasonic and Samsung all releasing DSLR's in the next couple of months Nikon and Canon will HAVE to release new models just simply to be seen to be competing. The other three are going to attract large numbers of new DSLR buyers who are not photography enthusiasts they will buy on features (you know important things like LCD screen size, the number of buttons, how many idiot modes there are and whether it's the "latest model"). To not compete for these sales now will kill Nikon and Canon eventually. Yes, there will be D50 and D70 replacements soon but we may well have the last of the real camera enthusiast entry level cameras already in our collective possesion.
If it has been discontinued along with the D70S Nikon needs to come out with a replacement fast, or if they simply aren't producing them because they are too busy making more expensive bodies, they need to turn that around. Most people, including myslelf, simply can't afford or just refuse to pay the price for a D200, no matter how good it is. And then some people just want a less expensive DSLR for everyday photos, and have no need for extra lenses. The only D50's or D70's available these days from the reliable stores seem to be in the packages. It used to never be that way.
I don't know what you mean by unavailable at most shops. A quick pricegrabber search shows 13 stores with kits in stock and 5 with body-only in stock. It looks like all the big box stores have it. Amazon has it. Comp-USA has it. Best-Buy has it.
The D50 isn't a high margin camera and you may not find many in small camera stores.
A sales rep at Michael's (Melbourne) told me last week that Nikon was phasing out the D50. I was surprised as it has not been out that long, and dismissed it until I came across this discussion. Maybe they are planning a D50s or some other slight variation to the model.
In my opinion the D50 is such an effective entry into DSLR photography that it is hooking many on to Nikon. Once they buy their second or third lens, their next body will be Nikon. I myself started out wanting to purchase a Canon 350D until I realised it's kit lens was junk, the D50 kit was superior in overall quality and price.
I'm now addicted to photography and will be purchasing my first >$1000 lens in a couple of weeks.
I'm told pushers give you your first hit for free, just to get you hooked. So surely Nikon isn't going to give up on the D50's market niche. While not free, it is still the most affordable and best value DSLR.