107 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My old 35mm SLR is going into retirement
I've being using a compact digital camera for a few years and I love the convenience and instant availability of digital photographs. Although the compact camera took good photographs it lacked the abilities of the traditional 35mm SLR I've been using for over twenty years. After trying to justify buying a digital SLR for sometime the prices finally came down to an...
Published on 26 April 2006 by Nathan Turnbull
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D50
Re previous review !!
Its not made any more but to let you know in case you get hold of one....the autofocus points are fully controllable and also you do not have to switch off and on for auto or manual focus...this is a fantastic all round dslr....great image quality and superb ergonomic body...the best budget dslr on the market by far!!!
Published on 20 Jun 2007 by Mr. G. Reeves
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107 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My old 35mm SLR is going into retirement,
This review is from: Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera Kit Black includes AF-S Zoom Nikon 18-55mm Lens [6MP] (Electronics)I've being using a compact digital camera for a few years and I love the convenience and instant availability of digital photographs. Although the compact camera took good photographs it lacked the abilities of the traditional 35mm SLR I've been using for over twenty years. After trying to justify buying a digital SLR for sometime the prices finally came down to an acceptable level and I opted to buy the Nikon D50, with the 18-55mm lens, mainly due to the reviews.
I have to say the D50 is a great camera; I've already taken hundreds of photographs. The controls are easy to use and the battery life is excellent. My old 35mm SLR cameras are going into retirement. The D50 is a quality well built well-designed camera and the 18-55mm lens is excellent I've also bought the Nikon 28-200mm AF ED G lens and again the quality is excellent.
This camera is good for the beginner and even those like myself that have been using 35mm SLR cameras for years. Don't be put off with the fact the camera is made of plastic and not metal like the traditional 35mm SLR cameras, the build quality is very good and it's easy to hold and well balanced.
Overall I've yet to find fault with the D50. I strongly recommend it.
139 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entry to digital SLR,
This review is from: Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera Kit Black includes AF-S Zoom Nikon 18-55mm Lens [6MP] (Electronics)As someone taking the plunge from digital compact into digital SLR for the first time, this camera strikes a great balance between ease of use and more advanced functions, and at a pretty unbeatable price.
I went round plenty of places (John Lewis, Jessops etc) to get different viewpoints on the packages available (especially Nikon D50 v Canon 350D), and everyone seemed in agreement that the Nikon represented best value for money. The only negative mentioned was that it takes SD rather than Compact Flash, but I haven't found this an issue at all. I've bought 2 1GB cards at which will store over 600 photos in JPEG fine mode (the most memory-intensive format other than RAW).
The battery life is excellent, have taken c.200 photos so far (about half with flash) and still showing full charge. Controls are well laid out and easy to use, and adapt very well to the skill of the photographer: from 'point and shoot', through pre-set modes, to setting ISO/shutter speed etc for the more advanced users. The photos I have taken in 'auto' mode have been great, and the camera allows you to grow with it as you learn more about using an SLR and need more of the available settings.
Transferring and editing them is fine - the software provided does the job but more advanced users would probably want something a bit better (Photoshop etc).
All in all, I did plenty of research and couldn't find anything that I thought would represent a better DSLR package. I haven't been disappointed.
194 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True quality at an amazing price,
This review is from: Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera Kit Black includes AF-S Zoom Nikon 18-55mm Lens [6MP] (Electronics)I have splashed out on compact digital cameras from when they were just coming out to just last year and have been hugely disappointed with the results they produce compared to my old film SLRs. Compared to the 35mm film format, which is at its pinnacle with regards to picture quality, the digital camera is still catching up and this year in particular the pixel count for the compact digital has been climbing-per month!!
So why did I decide to get the D50? I saw the pictures it produced and was amazed!! It was really a decision between the D50 and the D70 really (having had Nikon AF film SLRs already-most lenses are compatible!!). And you know what?For me, a keen but enthusiast-level photographer the D50 hits all the right buttons. Admittedly the D70 comes with a better lens in its kit but the 18-55mm lens included with the D50 isn't to be laughed at.It's compact and lightweight and gives images with more than enough punch.Plus it's approximately £240 cheaper than the D70!!
The layout of the functions couldn't be simpler-there are dedicated buttons for bracketing, ISO settings, WB and play mode to view pictures. There is also the great option of deleting photos with a button rather than trawling through the menu.
The D50 fits comfortably in your hand and is light without feeling cheap. If you can't live without a depth of field preview button, a backlit display ( a bit of a pity but manageable), an LCD display cover (apply a protective sticker like I did) and of course the different lens, go for the D70.
The D50 takes the smaller SD card for memory storage and I recommend amazon's 1 GB 66x bytestar SD card which has proven reliable and takes more than 300 fine 6MP images.
Outstanding points for the D50- Almost immediate point and shootability once switched on; lightweight but robust; simple menu; accessible buttons; amazing battery life; excellent picture quality; great set of preset modes ie portrait,child,landscape,night and sport; amazing range of continuous shoot mode and rapid card-writing time.
Whilst the built-in flash is more than adequate for everyday shots, I do recommend the Sigma or Nikon external flashes especially for indoor shots with 'bounced' light-the results are amazing.
And last but not least, being a D-SLR, you can really invest in some quality lenses in future. You really can't go wrong with the D50!!--Oh and amazon's price was the cheapest all round last month when Nikon.co.uk had its £50 cashback offer!
Tip- I think the black kit looks much more professional...
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs time to unlock it's potential - but lost of potential!,
So I suppose I should explain why I've given it 5 stars...
Well in the months following my purchase I've mostly got to grips with the key controls that make the difference between a simple point-and-shoot snap, and a photo that shows the right depth of field, exposure, contrast, etc.
Shooting in manual mode gets easier with practice and the lack of an aperture ring on the kit lens is no longer an issue for me (the plastic lens, dispite being the whipping boy on many discussion forums, is a really impressive piece of kit: very sharp, fast focussing, and very light-weight - something that many people forget until they take a heavy lens on a long hike).
So to summarise, after nearly 12 months of owning a D50 I have no regrets, but I would offer the following tips:
1. If you're not keen on photography and just want a good camera to take sharp photos on the D50 will probably be wasted on you.
2. If your SLR skills are rusty (or are based on older, manual focus, SLRs) don't expect to find the first few weeks/months easy!
3. Don't believe what everyone tells says about the 18-55 kit lens. Most people who slate it's performance on internet forums are the sort of people who spend hours mulling over photos of test-cards to see which lens is the sharpest or distorts the least at a fixed distance and aperture (all very well if you only intend to photograph test cards).
4. Condiser buying a book along with the camera if you've not used an SLR for a while as the manual is very technical rather than practical (a few weeks after getting the D50 I bought "Understanding Exposure" which I found invaluable in understanding how to get the most out of "manual" mode).
111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From wonderful to amazing,
Previously I've owned a very heavy Nikon F301, which is a 25-year old 35mm. It still works perfectly to this day and I've taken some amazing photos with it. Naturally, I followed the brand and it hasn't let me down.
The D50 is a perfect jump into the digital world from film SLRs and from compact digitals. I owned a Sony CyberShot, which while took amazing photos, lacked the power of an SLR.
It does not have certain features that the big brother D70 has, but these are very specialist areas. Issues are taking photos at a maximum of 2.5fps, which is about the same speed as a film camera can load the film, so you're not any worse off. Also, some people have mentioned that there is no backlight on the top LCD screen - but remember, all the important features you need you can set on the LCD screen on the back and you can see most of them in the viewfinder.
So it lacks one or two features and it only takes 6.1 megapixel images - but that aside, it's just over £400. You can not get this quality of photos from anything else for that price.
The D50 is made from plastics, which make it very light compared to some competitors and to it's older film cousins. But don't think Nikon are skipping out on quality, things like the ring for the tripod to attach onto are metal, as is the hotshoe and the ring around the lens. Where quality is needed, metal is used; where it is not required, plastics are used to reduce the weight. As mentioned, this camera sits upright on a table without falling over - unlike older film SLRs! The main reason for this is probably the lens, as it weighs under half of some older versions for the same reasons.
I could go on all day, so to sum up: yes, it lacks one or two features that you need to check if you're a professional but for its amazing price, you can do a lot worse than buy the D50.
164 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dSLR....,
Having decided to go for the Nikon D50 I have to say I am thus far not disappointed at all. It is a bit bigger than it looks in the images on both the Amazon and Nikon web sites and it is in fact a little bigger than the equivalent Pentax model the *ist DL. That said it fits very nicely into the hand and it's size and weight means it handles easily. I got mine with the 18-55 kit lense, not from Amazon as it happens but from Warehouse Express. Both retailers offer competitive pricing but Warehouse Express clinched the deal with a buy now pay in 9 months finance package (there goes any chance of this review being posted on Amazon!!!!)
Very easy to use using a wide range of pre-set options/modes and of course being an SLR full manual control is available. It takes stunning pictures. After having it a day or two I realised the benefit of another lense and splashed out on the fully compatible Nikkor 55-200 telephoto.
Downloading images is a cinch (Dell Dimension PC with XP home service pack 2). I did load the supplied Nikon software but promptly removed it due to it being a bit 'clunky'. There are just too many free image management packages out there to justify putting up with one supplied with the camera you just happen to have bought.
I think my only gripe is that this camera did not come supplied with a SD card. Not uncommon these days for digicams to come with small capacity cards, not coming with one at all, particularly at this price range is just taking the micky.....
71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid camera, beautiful pics,
The camera has a number of automatic modes which produce very nicely lit pictures straight out of the box. In addition to the usual "mountains" and "flowers" there are presets for portraits, kids portraits (kids have different skin tones to adults), fast action (i.e.sports) and also one for night shots. A feature I particularly like is the burst mode which can take 2.5 pictures a second and keeps going for at least 50 frames without slowing down. When you click the shutter it makes a noise like a proper film camera -complete with the motor that moves the film (which you can turn off). Although the camera performs well using the presets, it allows manual mode operation and full control over all manner of things such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO film speed as well as some others that don't fully understand yet. I bought this camera as something I can use in automatic mode whilst I learn how to use it manually. I am very happy with the camera and the results I have obtained so far. In the highest quality mode, A3 prints look spectacular. You will need to buy an SD card before you can use it. The battery charges from full empty in 2 hours and its good for at least 250 pictures (with and without flash).
I am not hugely experienced with photography but I love this camera, it looks great and I've taken some great pictures with it. Its a bargain for the money.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D50,
I soon learnt to use the camera and the photos are really great and the advantage is that you can see them practically straight away on your PC. You also stop paying for films and you can throw poor pictures away without feeling you are chucking your money out of the window.
The lens 18-55mm is fine. I mainly use the camera on "aperture mode" as I like to control the depth of field. At time I have used the other modes and the results are each time very good.
The camera is light, fits well in the hand and is easy to use. A great buy.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you think you need an SLR, this is the one,
(1) You probably do need a DSLR. If you have a whole horde of Nikon lenses lying around and arent looking to empty your wallet on the D70, I would definitely recommend the D50.
(2) You can be split into two camps. The first group are those who are tired of the poor shutter response, inadequate zoom range and lack of easy manual control. You try to take photos of wildlife which the Auto function radically over or under exposes. Congratulations, you need a DSLR. The second group feel that they would look cooler with a big black object round their neck while taking repetetive snapshots of family and friends. You dont need an SLR and have far too much money. For the photos you take, compacts are lighter, smaller and the Auto function is just fine.
(3) Flash only works effectively from 3-5m, so your Sewer home wont be done the justice it deserves.
Now thats over and done with, onto the camera. Build quality is excellent, giving a 'meaty feel' to the whole structure without producing hand cramps. As with all Nikon SLRs, button and wheel placement is handy and buttons have a nice 'squidge' to them. The screen may seem small to fans of prosumer compacts, but it is only necessary for a confirmation of exposure. All the real viewing should be done on the computer. The screen has a nice solid protector which doesnt scratch easily, and all the menu functions are easily accessed and adjusted. You'll probably be wanting to set the menu out of 'basic' mode quite early though, which allows metering control in manual. Auto functions are excellent for on-the-fly shots and all produce fantastically vibrant colours, so much so that its hard to find anything to edit post-shoot.
Its probably worth noting that although the description says 6MP, that doesn't mean its equivalent to a 6MP compact. In anything above mid-level light intensity, you wont get any noticeable noise (iffy pixels) even when blown up above full size. This is simply never going to happen with a compact.
All in all I am extremely happy with the D50.
NOTE: The included lens provides a reasonable zoom ratio, but I would suggest getting something bigger.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Entry Level DSLR - rubbish lens,
The beauty of the D50 is it is so easy to use. There aren't lots of daunting buttons and the picture quality is superb. OK so the Pixel count may only be 6MP compared to the Canon 350D or even the new D80. But don't let that put you off. One camera shop guy advised me not to get hung up on pixel count but focus on good lenses. DSLRs get replaced with something much better in a remarkably short period of time. Decent lenses well looked after will last a lifetime. I took his advice and I am seriously glad I did.
I chose the D50 over the D70s because it meant I could then afford to buy the 18-200 DX VR lens. This was a hundred times better in every respect than the standard 18-55 that comes with the camera. I found the standard lens often didn't focus well and could be very soft at times. I gather the Canon equivalent is probably worse.
In summary, I am still very happy with the D50 even though I am begining to understand it's limitations all of which are minor. I have no inclination to upgrade to a D80 at this time as frankly I would rather spend the cash on more top notch lenses - the D50 already does everything I want. Buy this one over the D80 or the 350/400D and then splash out on a decent lens. Whatever body you buy will be out of date within 2 years anyway, but the decent lenses you'll keep for years.
I read a rumour a few days ago the D50 was to be replaced with a dumbed down version to be known as the D40. If you want a cracking camera and access to the awesome Nikkor 18-200 DX VRII (Canon have nothing that comes close to this) , get the D50 now before it is dwngraded!
Finally a word on pixel count. A week ago I took a picture I was really proud of. I blew it up to 30x 20 inches using Photoshop Elements Bicubic sharpener and am going to hang it on my wall. If you look close up you can see pixelation but no one will ever notice thisbon the wall as the bigger the picture the further away you need to stand to view it overall. Don't sweat the 6mp - it's fine!
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