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Nikon D50 Digital SLR Camera Kit Black includes AF-S Zoom Nikon 18-55mm Lens [6MP]
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- 6.1 megapixel DX CCD image sensor
- Silent Wave Motor incorporated into the lens for silent operations
- Continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second combined with shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 sec and Flash Sync Speed of 1/500 sec
- High-energy rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery EN-EL3 delivers the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge
- 2 inch LCD screen for easy viewing of images
- Easy to understand menu
- 7 Digital Vari-Program Modes that automatically optimize the camera settings to produce great results in any condition
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Features: 6.1 effective megapixel Nikon DX format CCD image sensor Compact, lightweight and easy to use 7 digital Vari-Programs Incredible battery performance with the EN-EL3 rechargeable battery Large, 2 LCD High-performance digital processing 5-area autofocus system 2.5 frames per second (fps) with uninterrupted shooting up to 137 frames 3D Color Matrix Metering II Small picture function i-TTL and Nikon s creative lighting system Responsive performance PictureProject software included NikonCapture software compatible (sold separately)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This camera is still going strong for me after 10 years. Read more
I'm so impressed with this camera, it was such a bargain at £160. It was used but looked brand new to me! Read morePublished on 31 May 2013 by Lucy
This camera is great for the price - don't worry that it is "only" 6MP because it takes far better pictures than any compact or bridge camera that I have used (even those... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by Andy
Although now officially superceded by the D40/D40X Nikon DSLRs, the D50 in many ways is still a better buy if you can find one even against the new D60. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2009 by Chris
I bought my D50 last year, at the end of October. I'd been messing around with various point and shoot cameras and I finally accepted that what I wanted to do was a long way off... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2007 by Cazzandra
Well!,i have owned over 14 digital cameras so far, from all different brands, like: Canon, fuji, Olympus,Panasonic, Sony and now Nikon. Read morePublished on 27 July 2007 by Jeffery B. Vu
With a view to taking my photography further, last year I decided to chuck the compact and jump into the world of the SLR. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2007 by Cambo
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Its not made any more but to let you know in case you get hold of one.... Read more