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11-28-2005 06:34 PM  12 years agoPost 1
TurboRacer

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I know nothing, and want to get my girl a good DSLR. It'll be her first. She's had film ones in the past, but has wanted a digital one.

Is the Nikon D50 a decent one? I don't have much to spend. I found it on buydig with a kit lens for like $625 shipped.

Good deal?

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11-28-2005 09:13 PM  12 years agoPost 2
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Not sure but....

I am an avid photographer and use a Minolta 5D which works very well. If you haven't already.. check out "dpreview.com" it's a great site has all kinds of info...reviews forums.... is spend a lot of time there as well as i do here.

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11-28-2005 09:30 PM  12 years agoPost 3
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Have you checked with My Simon dot com
I picked up the wife a Nikon Cool pix 5400 for $220, not a SLR but a good price. You better hurry up...

Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine

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11-28-2005 09:30 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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there are a few knowledgable dSLR people on here, many hang out in the AP forum and sound like they know what they are talking about . Just remeber with a dSLR the 'kit lens' is usally not that great and to factor in a LOT larger budget for lenses then just the initial purchase. As for nikon vs canon vs others choose based on applicablilty of the glass they offer more then the body (it doens't become obsoleit as fast)

Oh, and take anything you read on DPreview for SLR stuff with a grain of salt -- although they are great for P&S stuff fredmirinda.com is THE place for dSLR info.


PS: I shoot with a canon 20D.

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11-28-2005 09:40 PM  12 years agoPost 5
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spitfire

How do you like you 20d??

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11-28-2005 09:53 PM  12 years agoPost 6
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A happy D70 user. The kit lens clinched it for me over the equivalent Canon (350D) as well as the feel of it which I personally prefered. But that's entirely subjective.

What sistem has your girl been shotting? If she has some lenses and they're still compatible, that could be a deciding factor.

The D50 is a great camera. If she wants to get more into manual and more creative control, the D70 will offer her that over the D50. Well, at least in theory

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11-28-2005 10:09 PM  12 years agoPost 7
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She has nothing. All SLR experience has been on 35mm's borrowed from her photography classes in school.

She's been dying for one, but couldn't come up with the price tag for them. I thought it would be a cool suprise.

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11-28-2005 10:10 PM  12 years agoPost 8
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loving it, i just put the bg-e2 on it and now its a full size camera (haven't had any of the issues with the BG either).

Prints are great (which reminds me I have a 11x14 ish one I should drop off to get printed sometime), and the sensor resolving power has to be seen (I have one picture where you can see transperant fishing line from 50 feet away!), the lowlight performace is stellar (shots at iso 3200 look like a reasonable P&S @ 400 -- noisy but with a bit of work usable) ISO 100-200 is buttery smooth. AF misses are very irregular and the motor drive is 'almost' fast enough for me. Oh and 1200 shots on a battery using predictive autofocus and continuous shooting. (that should double now with the grip) Only downside is there aren't many cheap super-tele's in the canon lineup (or I doubt anyones).


PS: nikons I beleive can use all their older MF glass on their DSLR's so if you have some good old nikkors it might make sense to stick with a D50/D70/D200

PPS: what will she be using it for mainly? sports? parties? portraits? landscapes? For work or for fun (I assume fun)? just playing around? helicopter FF's? that can infleuance which camera to go with.

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11-28-2005 10:28 PM  12 years agoPost 9
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She'd be using it for all around stuff.. Portraits, scenery, artistic stuff.. Just hobby..

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11-28-2005 11:07 PM  12 years agoPost 10
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I have a Canon 20D and love it. The standard processing on the camera is decent, but to get the best quality, you'll want to shoot in RAW format and then edit with Photoshop. I had also looked at the Nikon D70 at the time and was impressed with the quality of the Nikon, but preferred the Canon L lenses so I went with Canon.

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11-28-2005 11:10 PM  12 years agoPost 11
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She'll probably really love it, what your giving up are items more for more extreme use (high ISO, higher FPS, more durable card format -- so don't run over the card with a car and you should be fine, metal body, PC port -- for syncing to studio strobes, etc.)


Now you get the fun of lens shopping

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11-29-2005 12:05 AM  12 years agoPost 12
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Have shot over 7000 pictures with my D70S since I got it in July. Awesome camera and have not had one problem. The D50 is a good camera as well although the lens that comes with it is not the greatest.

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11-29-2005 11:22 AM  12 years agoPost 13
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I picked up a D70 just before the D70s came out (they were flogging them off cheap).

It's a cracking camera and Nikon are good to their customers, they released a firmware update with made the 70 pretty much the same as the S.

I think most of the DSLRS are fairly comparable it's just they way they feel in your hands and how much money you are willing to spend.

Just a note for other D70 owners there has been a recall on the batteries (only certain batches) check the nikon site out and see if you are affected.

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11-29-2005 02:27 PM  12 years agoPost 14
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I've also been quite pleased with Nikon Customer support in the UK. Whenever I pop into their service centre they'll happily clean the sensor for free (even tho warrantee is long gone) and give me a cuppa or something.

As someone else said, DP review is quite good for keeping up with news and firmware updates, but the fora can be very trollish, especially the "Nikon vs canon FULL FRAME!!!" type stuff that seems to keep them amused for months at a time.

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11-29-2005 02:54 PM  12 years agoPost 15
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Another happy Canon 20D owner here. Check my gallery and homepage for 20d photos with exif data.

The best thing about Nikon and Canon is that they have the most complete "System." You can't go wrong with either.

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11-29-2005 04:19 PM  12 years agoPost 16
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Yeah nikon has been good to me too; I used to use a nikon P&S; after _an inceident_ on a mountaintop it was damaged (luckly the backup wasn't 'cause I wasn't going to walk up there again!!), they fixed it up quickly and quite cheaply.

On a lighter note the 20d seems to have an affinity to take raptor pictures:

heli88:

Mine too bad I don't have PS here or I would crop it the same :


I think I like yours better what lens are you using -- judging by exif on your site i'de say 300 f4L IS USM, correct?

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11-29-2005 06:03 PM  12 years agoPost 17
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Thanks for all the help guys.

I decided on the D50. Rudy - I already found a few of those places, resellerratings is an awesome site. I use them when buying computer parts. I ended up ordering one from BuyDig. I've heard lots of good from them, and they were the cheapest.

Thanks again

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11-30-2005 07:11 AM  12 years agoPost 18
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Spitfire, what is it they say...Great minds think alike?

Yes it's the 300 F4 L IS.

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11-30-2005 01:13 PM  12 years agoPost 19
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*Drools at the glass*

Still saving for the 70-200 f/2.8

Just got the Tamron 90Di macro and it really is my favouritest lens ever ever. It's a stonker. If you ever want to do macro, I can recommend it over the Canon and Nikon 105's, as it has (pretty much) the same sharpness but a much more pleasing, creamy out of focus. At least in my opinion.

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11-30-2005 03:09 PM  12 years agoPost 20
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I have the 70-200 2.8 its an awsome peice of glass and its a very versitile zoom, works great with a 1.4x II TC giving you a 280 f4 too

next on the wish list after a speedlite is one of the (cheaper) super-tele primes. Maybe a 300 f4 though if they have IS on the 400 5.6 by the time I can afford one maybe that.


These things are as or maybe more addicting then helis -- but at least they don't crash!

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