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I had a Nikon 35mm that I received from my granddad and used this for many years, I finally bit the bullet and decided to upgrade to a SLR. I had a look around but decided on this one as all my previous lenses would fit this so I would not have to buy anymore.
Out of the box it seemed nice and compact, easily understandable and sturdy. After playing around with it for a few months I came to the conclusion it was a great piece of kit worthy of the Nikon name, it does everything anyone would like to do (well maybe not the professionals) and make you feel like you are creating professional pictures.
It has many features from pre-programmed to completely manual for the person happy to play with all the settings. It is very easy to use as the dial on the top is very simple to read and understand, the screen for viewing your photos is a nice size that you can be happy to see the final image. The software for viewing and changing settings is nice and simple to use and navigate, which I always feel is necessary.
The resolution of the camera is a 6.1Megapixel which is a very decent quality.
The Nikon D50 was the first camera my husband and I bought apart from the small throaway ones. On reflection it is probably a little complicated for a first camera and we would need to spend a lot more time playing with it to get the full benefit of its features. That said, I enjoy using it and the automatic function is accurate and simple. The macro function I found to be a little disappointing so we bought a specialist macro lense which would give us more features and scope. Taking a basic picture is easy and the functions are clear to use. It includes all the usual features of a digital camera so had a movement, macro, landscape and night time mode. The camera is certainly durable and ours has been bashed around a little by us and our litte boy. It has never broken and is still in great condition after around 4 years of use. Recommended if you have alot of time to get used to it and read the manual!
The Nikon D50, though a few years old now, is a fantastic entry level Digital SLR. I made the change from 35mm to Digital with this camera and absolutly love it. The body is a good size - its not too small, the buttons, scrolling pad etc are all accessible and don't feel crammed in - and it's not too big, certainly more potable than bigger SLR's such as the Nikon D3. On the downside, because this model is a few years old now the screen size (2 inch) is smaller than newer models and it lacks features such as live view.
Buttons and dials controlling automatic features and full manual options are sensibly placed and really do feel intuitive once you get the hang of the camera. Image quality is superb - clean sharp images, with outstanding color reproduction. Battery life from the provided Nikon rechargeable is also superb. An all round fantastic DSLR for the first timer. I would certainly recomend
Nikon have always been renowned for the quality of their cameras, in a compact form or in a larger SLR form. This camera falls into the latter category, as an SLR camera. It spent a long time, about two years, as the flagship model for Nikon, before being replaced by the Nikon D40. Still it offers a now cheaper alternative to the D40, and offers a similar picture for much less.
The D50 features a 6.1 megapixel sensor embedded, this may not compare to many of the compact cameras seen in the market today, but a far better picture still occurs, because of the quality of the sensor simply being much better. The lens that comes with the camera is an 18-55mm, a good range for a starter SLR camera, which you will find this camera definitely is. The lens itself is of a very good quality with a large arpeture, so a clear image will often be displayed by the camera. The lens supplied is also motorised, so this gives users the option for autofocus, which is exactly what starter SLR users want from a camera.
The camera also features a variety of more advanced features, for example sport and portrait, some of these modes require the user to manually focus the lens. I have so far enjoyed starting off with the camera in autofocus, and am now moving on into these more advanced modes, it is a great starter camera.
The flash on this particular model is pretty standard, a smallish light that pops up from the main body of the camera whenever it is needed. The camera cleverly detects when the flash is needed or not for a lens to absorb enough light for a good picture. It sometimes flashes when not needed though, this can become annoying, but can always be turned off.
The camera, as you would expect, is a chunky thing. But unlike many SLR cameras, it is actually quite light, which makes it reasonably easy to carry without too much fuss, the lens detaches easily so it is relatively quick to assemble and de-assemble from being packed away.
One huge advantage that this camera has is that it features the same lens slot as the more modern D40, this means that any new lenses that are introduced will still work on the D50, so in many ways it is not as old as some may make it out to be.
This particular camera uses standard SD memory cards, but also has the ability to allow for SDHC memory cards, allowing an impressive 32GB of memory to be used in the camera at any one time if the user really desires, which would offer a crazy 8000 photos at the highest quality, very helpful for someone going away for a while without any form of computer to upload their photos to who wants to take many pictures.
There is not much else that can be said about this camera, it is fantastic for those who which to enter the world of SLR photography. It is an excellent first SLR camera that I would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking about the purchase of an SLR, it also includes a 5 year warranty and 90 day return policy in the box, so you can't go wrong. Prices start from around £250 for the basic model, but if you require a better lens than the price will be around the £350 mark, an astounding camera.
The Nikon D50 was my first DSLR camera, like many others. Unfortunately I've been forced to sell it, but I still miss the thing!
It takes seriously professional and beautiful shots for the relatively small amount of money you need to spend to buy the default kit. I highly suggest grabbing other lenses to go with it, either Sigma lenses or Nikon themselves.
The camera feels lightweight (I suggest at least holding one before purchasing!) and you don't feel like you'll drop it all the time like some DSLRs. The shutter sound is extremely gratifying :)
The inbuilt features and settings should be enough for everyone up to semi-pro. I personally shot in RAW images, but you have the option for high or medium quality JPEG too.
The only issue I found was after a year of usage it felt slightly "worn" in its internal processing, I feeling I have a hard time justifying / explaining.
So ignore that, and snap up a bargain!
The D50 is one of the best DSLR cameras around. It is great value for it's money and you can buy many changable lenses for it. It has long battery life and the battery doesn't take hours to fully charge.
If you want to buy a DSLR camera, i would recommend that you buy this one, as it's one of the best. Another good point about this particular camera is that it isn't very heavy.
It has many different fuctions on it, which are all very useful. The user manual that you get with the camera tells you all about, how the camera works and what effects you can get with it. This manual is also very simple so that anyone can understand it even if you've never used a camera before.
I would recommend that you buy this camera, over the Nikon D40 and the D40x as they have a plastic shell around them, where as all of the other Nikon cameras do not have this meaning that they are more sturdy and safe.
The Nikon D50 was my first venture into the world of Digital SLR and what a brilliant little camera it is. And for the price - it easily rivals it's Canon contemporaries.
I bought it along with the standard 18-55mm kit lens and at first just used it as a point and shoot to get the feel for it and I have to say - I was very impressed. From later experiences I have found that some DSLRs preset features are somewhat hit and miss but the Nikon D50's presets (landscape, portrait etc) were spot on and very accurate, thus making it perfect for a relative DSLR user.
The controls, LCD display and view finder are all very user friendly and instinctive making it very easy to pick up and understand.
In terms of the manual controls, you have a very similar setup to what you would find on a standard 35mm camera: Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Priority making it very easy for film converts to understand.
At 6.2MP this camera will print up to a small poster size (10x15") with ease and is perfect for snapshot prints (6x4").
I have captured many a picture on this camera which I have then gone on to print with excellent results.
The only disadvantage I can find is a very trivial one concerning the auto sharpening option - it sometimes didn't prove overly effective but with a steady hand and patience this can be easily overcome.
I have owned the Nikon D50 for about 2 years now and am really pleased with it.
I bought it for a round £500, which included a carry bag and SD card, which was a good deal at the time.
The quality of the pictures it takes are absolutely top notch, and it is only when you buy a DSLR that you realise just how far superior they are to "normal" digital cameras. I am not an expert photographer buy any means and have never really explored any of the custom settings as I have been completely happy with the auto settings the camera comes with, which are very easy to access and use. The pictures always come out bright, vibrant with no skill on my part!
I have also found that the battery life is absolutely excellent! The camera seems to be able to take a few hundred pictures before it needs a charge. For instance, it took well over 200 pictures on a 2 week holiday and still claimed to have a full battery! Impressive.
Nikon D50, I purchased my Nikon D50 in April 2005 and have never looked back, yeah I know their are so many other cameras on the market, but the newer ones like the D60 and D40 dont have the top screen for viewing the appature etc, ok a light on the lcd screen would be nice but you cant have it all. At the time my Nikon D50 was £449.99 with he Nikon AF 18 - 55mm Lense. this lense is still available on the web and costs around £125 + VAT and Shipping, I use the Nikon Battery grip with my camera for long exposure days but the supplied battery lasts for ages, the camera itself requires a SD Card - Non supplied or any internal memory, this is a professional camera and not a childs camera, it shoots in RAW and I can get a A3 Print easily. The camera is simple to operate and was built to last, available in silver or black, if you ever see one for sale grab it you will never look back.
The Nikon D50 is my first Proper DLSR camera. Having Upgraded from a Konica Monica Z1 I was hoping that the money I was investing would be worth it.
Very shortly after getting the camera delivered, I was outside taking pictures and getting used to the camera. At first all I did was have it in 'Auto' mode so nothing challenging. I then moved on to the custom modes, and all I can say is WOW!
Te camera comes (usually) with a 15-50mm lens, and you can purchase a 30-300mm lens for about £100-£300.
The quality of the images is second to none, and the depth of color fantastic.
The camera has been replaced with the D40, but I would recommend trying to get this one as its definatly a great camera.
The only negative side, from my point of veiw is that you do get lots of dust spots (on the mirror inside the camera). These can be removed in photo apps.
This is a personal review of the nikon D50 and not a technical one. for a technical review of the D50 visit the nikon website. i have had my D50 for coming up on a year now and prior to buying this unit i went out and had a good look at other manufacturers equivelants. My main reasons for going with the D50 was it was going to be my introduction to the digital SLR world and i didnt want to spend a small fortune on a camera that i would not use to its full ability. having played around with the cannon and sony equivelant the main differance for me was the feel of the camera, the cannon when held left my little finger floating around underneith with nothing to grip. and the sony i felt like i would break if i held to tightly. as this was going to be a camera i would be using as often as possible i wanted somthing that felt good to handle. lets face it you dont buy a pair of shoes that dont fit just cos they look good. As for specification differance between the other cameras and the D50 there is very little in it. sure its only 6.1 MP but unless your are planning on printing images on A2 paper and larger your never going to notice the differance. the standard 18-55 lense that comes with the camera is a great lense for portrait shots etc, in fact its the only lense that i take with me to weddings etc due to is versitality. one of the first things i did once i had the camera was to subscribe to a good quality digital photography magazine, these magazines help you to get the most out of your camera and explore the differant modes available to you. as with most camera of D50 equivelant it has many automatic modes for given situations like portraits, low lighting shots, action shots etc. but to really get the most out of this camera you have to go to one of 4 available modes: shutter priority, aperature priority, program mode and full manual. make no mistake about it i had to spend quite a bit of time reading about what settings do what and how they effect your final picture but spend a bit of time and you wont be disappointed. the configuration of the buttons on the camera body allows for easy controll and the more you get used to there location the less you will have to trawl through menus to change settings as most can be done while holding one button and turning jog wheel the change setting.
As said before i have had my D50 for around 1 year now and have only a couple of small niggles with the camera, these being if you buy an optional battery grip the camera doesnt have the required conectors for battery grip buttons to work like on the D70 range and above. all you will get is increased battery life. the onboard flash as with a lot of onboard camera flashes isnt great for taking pics over distance in the dark and anyone caught in the pictures taken will tend to overexpose. You can play around with camera setting to sort this but i ended up buying a SB400 speed light so i could tilt the flash to the roof as its quicker and saves you missing great photo opertunities.
nikon sofware that comes with the camera is somewhat limited in its ability to adjust photos but a £50 quid spent on photshop elements 5.0 and youll never have to worry about adjusting pics to get there best.
The nikon d50.
This is my first dslr camera, but it does not fail to please. The picture quality is very high, build qaulity is great, and the kit lens is a real compliment to the body.
I love how Nikon have managed to combine so much, into such a good-sized, yet mega-value camera. I mean, for around £350, this camera is yours.
I am happy too with the durablity of this camera. I have taken pictures next to dusty car-racing tracks, then needed to change to a telephoto lens. I have done this several times, yet dust build-up on the interior mirror and backs of lense is non-exsistant. Being a very clumsy individual, I've dropped this camera, and knocked it all over the place, yet it still bounes back, and hasnt a scratch on its case.
Not only that, but the camera feels balanced, and comfortable when held, with a good ergonomic design. I found it easy to work with after only 5 minutes of familiriasation.
Photoshoppers will ove this cameras raw capabilities, as it opens up a whole new 'level' in your photography. RAW allows removal of bluriness, improve dark areas and more!!
Battery life is very good. I can store this camera for 3 months on end, with a fully charged battery, and switch it on, knowing there will have been litte decrease in the battery level. In general use, I find the camaera also lasts very well.
This camera suits all, its cheap, it has the features of more advanced cameras. You can equip it with cheap lenses, or professional ones, due to the standard Nikon fitting, and I believe the 6.1 mp sensor wont let anyone down, professional to amatuer.
A great camera.
I've had the D50 for a few months now and have been totally satisfied with it. Like many users, I was mostly using the basic features but after taking the time to read the user guide, I'm now venturing into more complex picture taking in manual mode.
This is probably the best choice if you're looking at the, if you are interested in Photography, this is definitely a good product to start with but remember, you need to make time to really use it to its full potential.
A quick search for Photography websites will also help you get used to the important wording and you'll be an expert in no time.
An indispensable accessory for this camera is a tripod.
Nice features to use:
- Continuous shooting at 2.5 frame per second, great for live action.
- Multiple file formats Nikon NEF (RAW format) - JPEG is obviously available in different quality levels
- Different review modes for viewing pictures (either one single picture, or album like where you see sevral photographs at once)
- User menus are very easy to access and set up.
Hope that helps :)
This camera is excellent value for money. 6MP is plenty for up to a small sized poster. The screen is larger than its competitor Canon 350D and menus easier layed out in my opinion, excellent explanation function for tools.
Unlike Canon cameras no post processing is carried out in the camera giving the photographer more control.
However the 350D has faster shooting in sports mode.
Camera is great for beginners/serious amateurs, definitly wont be disappointed.
I was given a NIKON D50 digital SLR camera for chrismas and i can honestly say that i love it.
It cost around £350.00 and came with standard lens 18 - 55mm. I have since bought another lens which is 55 - 200 and cost me £100.00 which is great for zooming in.
Its so easy to use and whatever i seem to point it at turns into an amazing picture. I have used it mainly on the auto setting and this gives great results. I have also started to learn how to use the different functions using the manual settings and this is proving to be very rewarding too.
I would reccomend the D50 for anyone who enjoys taking photographs, likes good results but also wants to learn more technical skills.
A great SLR camera to learn with.