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Digital SLR options

Well people,

I’m calling out for help !!
Currently I’m a proud owner of a small digital photocamera the Nikon CoolPix 4300 and a very good analog SLR photocamera the Nikon F80.

Nikon CoolPix 4300 Nikon F80

I use the compact digital one for all “home and hobby” usage ( You know, like in house events, outdoor gatherings with friends or family and other small things ) and have the analog SLR if I want to take semi pro stuff… ( Mostly black and white close ups of our little daughter Femke πŸ˜‰ )

But technology doesn’t stop, so I would like to trade the analog SLR for a newer digital version !! And here we have the main reason for this post, I would love to hear your comment and try to help make my descision…

What are the options :

* Only Nikon : if possible I only want to buy a new body and use the lenses from my F80
* I’m only an amateur in photography, so not an all to fancy new one

Currently I’m opting for the Nikon D50, but I don’t know this is a good choice ?

Nikon D50

I found several reviews, but I lack the needed experience to really tell the difference, so could you guys help out ?
My main issues now is that the D50 laks a remote cord to take pictures, like the D70s has with the use of the MC-DC1 !

Nikon D70s

The review sites are :

* http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond50
* http://www.letsgodigital.org/nl/camera/review/44/page_6.html
* http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/d50-review/index.shtml
* http://www.dcviews.com/reviews/Nikon-D50/Nikon-D50-review.htm

So go ahead and filll those comments πŸ˜‰

Depechie

8 Comments

  1. Hmm ok, but the D200 is a little bit to expensive I guess !!
    Not in my budget range πŸ˜‰

  2. Having never used Nikon equipment (huge caveat), I’ll opine that I think it’s a great choice. As always, you get what you pay for, but what you can get these days with entry-level digital SLRs is quite nice. What you lose is generally features you would only need in very specific, ‘pro’ cases. For example, I’m upgrading my Canon Rebel to a 30D in the near future, but that’s because the Rebel doesn’t have the auto-focus and frame rate capabilities I need for taking cycling photographs. Overall, I tend to find the lens to be a much more important factor with digital SLRs. The reviews of the Nikon tend to indicate that it’s not the camera you’d want to use if you are printing big prints, but the use cases you describe seem to indicate that it will do fine — just make sure you have good lenses (i.e. a good 50mm for the close-up portraits). I’ve like the color that I’ve seen come out of the D70 from photos I’ve viewed online and the reviews for the D50 seem to put it mostly in the D70 camp for quality (minus softness issues).

    I think you’ll enjoy the transition to digital. There’s no longer a $$$ cost for pressing that shutter button, so you can go out for a weekend, take 500 photos, and not worry if 90% of them are crap because they’ll be good lessons for the next time you go out.

    One final bit of advice, if you find that you buy the D50 and you’re feeling limited, you can generally resell it on craigslist or ebay for a decent price and then buy the next model up for not too much difference in cost.

  3. The main difference (and this is from 2 guys I know in real life, one owns a D50 and the other a D70) is the difference in noise levels produced by the sensor of the camera.

    It seems the D50 produces less noise than the D70 at identical ISO levels.

    If you take a close look at the photographic tests over at Dpreview.com you can actually see quite a difference in the noise levels.

    (Actually the comparison is between a D50 an a D70, but I’m pretty sure the D70s has the same sensor.)

    So, I would go for the D50 (and maybe use the spare change for a new lens or something).

    Good luck & let us know what you’ve decided.

  4. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY (06.07.2005) D-finitive (D70s vs D50) stays the following:

    Conclusions
    The results of this comparison are quite surprising – and pleasant too. The cheaper camera shows better marks over a wide range of features. Regarding the whole design strategy, both cameras follow a very straight concept to gain highest resolution marks on one hand and very precise tone reproduction on the other hand. This concept meets the needs of action photographers. However, the high artefact rating is to the disadvantage of fine detail reproduction or photographing textured objects.
    The D70s shows some improvement compared to its predecessor, but the changes take place in details. Regarding noise, dynamic range and sharpening, the D50 gains very good to excellent marks and provides higher flexibility and performance. Here it is worth looking at the camera’s custom functions and selecting your individual preference. Then, this camera is a surprisingly
    powerful tool for a such a low price,
    BJP

  5. Great Shura !!
    No more worries… I’m going for the D50.

    ( now only on thing left : to find extra money πŸ˜‰ )

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