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Initial post: 26 Sep 2012 19:17:29 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Having used a D50 for many years and associated lenses, the pics are so good I have been reluctant to change. Looking at a D3200 as a replacement, is this a good idea? Will my lenses from my D50 fit, my 28-200 is a great lens.

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 19:43:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 22:53:13 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Yes, in both cases. The D50 is a DX (cropped sensor) DSLR, as is the D3200, so all your existing lenses will work fine.
Is it worth it? Yeah, probably. The D50 was a popular camera, but it's ancient in DSLR terms. You'll probably notice the most improvement with high ISO shots in low light. Bright, sunny days probably won't look a lot different.
That, and the fact that you'll be able to zoom in and crop with considerably less quality loss than on your D50.

The only caveat to that would be if you're using old style (AF or AF-D) Nikon lenses, as the D3200 has no ability to autofocus with those. It will only autofocus on AF-S lenses (which have the internal motor). You can still use the old ones, and they work fine, except that you'll have to manually focus them by twiddling the collar and looking for the green focus-confirmation dot in the 'finder.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 03:15:23 BDT
K. Jones says:
Neither the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-G or the bigger and heavier D version will autofocus on the 3200 as it does not have a built in autofocus motor.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 18:44:34 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Thanks for that, dont mind about the autofocus as have never had it, always had to focus in myself. Thats very helpful thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 18:45:28 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Thank you, the small viewfinder on the D50 is the only thing I hate about it. The photos are really good.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 22:50:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 22:56:05 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Oops! My bad. I was thinking you had the 55-200. Didn't read the post properly :-) Thanks, K Jones!

The viewfinder on the D3200 is nothing to write home about either though. But then that's common to all the crop-sensor "DX" format cameras really. Try before you buy, as always.
The D3200 has apparently just been awarded "Best enthusiast DSLR" at the Gear Of The Year awards, so people seem happy enough with it. Mate of mine bought one and he loves it too.

http://blog.graysofwestminster.co.uk/2012/09/28/grays-of-westminster-is-highly-commended-at-gear-of-the-year-awards-2012/

Must admit though that the huge viewfinder is one of the main reasons I still use my film Nikons in preference to my D90.

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 03:12:25 BDT
K. Jones says:
Although not as good as a full frame camera the D90's viewfinder is significantly larger than the D50 and D3200 and it's brighter due to it being pentaprism as compared to the D3200 pentamirror. On the other hand the 3200 has a better sensor than the D90. Regarding autofocus Swipermusic, why haven't you had it with the D50? Do you just prefer to manually focus?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 13:49:22 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Yes sorry should have said prefer manual focus. I do have it. Its only the great pics it takes holding me back from changing.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 13:50:53 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Thanks for your help still pondering!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 16:03:09 BDT
K. Jones says:
I still use my D50, it has the advantage of flash sync at all speeds when not using i-ttl which I find very handy, plus it's good for infra red. I did recently upgrade to a D90 which you may consider. It's main advantage to me is the much nicer viewfinder, LCD and ergonomics and better image quality compared to the D50. A disadvantage is that batteries seem to last much longer in the D50. I did consider the D3200 and the D5100 but glad I decided on a used D90 for a good price. If you are happy with the pics from the D50 then stick with it. It maybe old but is still a good camera.

Posted on 30 Sep 2012 11:14:14 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Dear God! Is a 3200 or D50 viewfinder even smaller than my D90? make sure you don't ever look through a 35mm F90X or F100 then. You won't ever want to go back!

K Jones is right. You can never stay up to date with digital cameras because they move on so fast. I have the D90 too, and I must admit that I can think of absolutely no reason to change it. The pictures it produces do me fine, plus I can use the old AF-D lenses for my film Nikons AND have them autofocus, which is a major plus in my book.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 09:39:32 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Yes am beginning to think the same, may look at a D90 thanks a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 09:40:31 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Yes am leaning towards the D90 as this lens (28-200) is invaluable and the D90 has a bigger screen.

Posted on 1 Oct 2012 09:54:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Oct 2012 09:56:06 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Grays have a very lightly used D90 with warranty here for 419.00:

http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/products/secondhand.php?cat1=4&pg=1

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 10:37:23 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Thanks will take a look.

Posted on 1 Oct 2012 13:16:49 BDT
K. Jones says:
Grays provide the best service and warranty but parkcameras.com have a used one for 359 and london camera exchange have some for 380, mpbphotographic from 309 up, ffordes 369 with 6 months warranty.

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 10:15:11 BDT
I also have a D50 and am considering an upgrade - would be very interested to know what you decide! I got frustrated recently by not having Live View - I know I would rarely use it, but every now and then there are times when I wish I had it - e.g. when for whatever reason I can't quite get my eye to the view finder!

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 11:55:41 BDT
K. Jones says:
E.K. Bostock: There are delays when using live view, both in focusing and shutter lag, which is fine if you aren't taking action shots. The screen also blanks out for longer than the viewfinder would when taking images, especially when using motor drive mode.

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 15:29:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2012 15:37:34 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
Speaking from experience of my own D90... I'm not sure that Live View would be much of an improvement in this case, because you can't flip the screen down. To use LV on the D90's fixed screen you need to be looking square at it, and if you've got room enough to do that then you should be using the optical VF like a real man. ;-)

A LV screen is a very useful gadget when you can fold it down and hold the camera above your head (And the heads of crowds) at events.

Speaking again for myself, I can honestly say that in several years of D90 ownership I have never personally used Live View. Not once. I've never yet found a situation where it would be preferable to using the OVF.

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 17:16:04 BDT
df says:
I'm thinking about getting a d3100 and I don't know if its worth it or should I just go for a bridge

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 19:10:10 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
That's the age-old question, isn't it?

Depends on whether you think you might want to buy more lenses to widen its capabilities. Also, what you shoot. If it's fast-moving then a DSLR will catch it better than a bridge camera.
If you shoot scenery, in decent daylight and if people hold still while you snap them, then there's probably not much to choose between them. Anything outside that remit and the DSLR is the tool for the job.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2012 13:40:34 BDT
Swipermusic says:
Well have done it and bought a D90 body from fleabay! Am thrilled with it so far. Didnt come with a manual so am searching for one if anyone knows anyone!
Have downloaded one online but its a pain scrolling through it. Loving the live view and the big screen, havent had chance to play a lot yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2012 15:48:34 BDT
K. Jones says:
Good luck with the D90, there's a user guide on ebay but it's approx 15 inc postage.

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 18:05:06 BDT
G. E. Hearn says:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d90/users-guide/index.htm

There's not a lot of difference between the D90 and the D50 as far as using it goes. You'll soon get the hang of it. Must admit I love my D90. Well done!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 09:34:27 BDT
Is the optical viewfinder the same as the D50 or is it pokier?
Enjoy your D90 btw.
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