Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Nikon dSLR

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 11, 2011, 12:53 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 25
Default Upgrade path from a Nikon D50 to ?

I currently have a D50 which is my first DSLR. Feel that I'm probably at the stage where I would like to upgrade the body so that I can keep using my lenses. As funds are limited i wondered what the merits of upgrading to the D80(as they can be bought at reasonable prices second hand) are over staying with my current camera ? Also has any ody been down this path and have any experiences/views to share

Regards
dotibwai is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 11, 2011, 1:14 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

see if there is any used d90 is good condition.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 11, 2011, 1:23 PM   #3
Super Moderator
 
Mark1616's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 7,397
Default

What are you looking to gain by upgrading to ensure the new body has the features..... or another way, what does the D50 not do? It's OK if you just fancy a new camera, I have too many for my own good
__________________
Any problems with a post or thread please use the report button at the bottom left of the post and the team will help sort it out.

Have fun everyone!


See what I'm up to visit my Plymouth Wedding Photography
site or go to my blog.
Mark1616 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16, 2011, 6:10 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
tizeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 382
Default

I went from a D40 to a D90 and haven't looked back.
tizeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 16, 2011, 10:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Hawgwild's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posts: 3,525
Default

Sounds like you have lenses which require an in-body focus motor. That would limit you to a D80,90,200 or 300, off the top of my head. As far as advantages, more mp for enlargements/cropping. I had the D50 for two and a half years from April 2006, and went to a Sony for in body stabilization. The extra 4 mp have really come in handy for cropping. Like Shoturtle says see what a good lightly used D90 will run. Alternatively, use the D50 until it dies, then upgrade, if it still does everything you want it to.
__________________
Always use tasteful words - you may have to eat them.
You cannot find knowledge by rearranging your ignorance.

My Flickr
-Robert-


Hawgwild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2011, 10:08 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 2,974
Default

I have been down this path but instead I started with the D200 (2). Due to the noise levels for low light shots even with 2.8 and 1.8 glass I wanted to get something better. The D80 is pretty much a D200 with less features thus I did not consider it. I went with a D40 and the 1/500th sync speed was the main reason for my buying it. I got a D5000 due to its articulating screen. Then the D90 which I find to be the best featured camera for the price.
I don't crop much due to my two rules. Set the camera right. Frame it correctly, not loosely. Takes time and patience and learning your camera inside and out. I am not a raw shooter as there is a feature called Picture Control that you can tweak to your liking based on situation and personal preferences.

Last edited by vIZnquest; Feb 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM.
vIZnquest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 25, 2011, 1:44 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 25
Default

Does that mean then that the D50 will be no good for low light photography as to all intents and purposes it is a lower spec camera than the D80/D200. From what you are saying my best bet would be to save a bit more and see if I can find a second hand D90. Apparently this has better low light and noise handling capabilities than either of the other cameras mentioned in this post.

Thanks
dotibwai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 26, 2011, 10:08 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

yup, if you want to shoot low light without a flash. A d90 would be a much better option.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 27, 2011, 6:52 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
rjseeney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Taylor Mill, Kentucky
Posts: 2,398
Default

My first DSLR was a d50 and I quickly upgraded to the D80 after about a year. The extra control, speed and ability to control off camera Nikon flashes were the primary reason for my upgrade. There was a slight bump in IQ as well. In reality though of all my Nikon cameras the D80 was my least favorite. I am currently using a D300 and D5k and if you don't have lens limitations (that is you have AF-S lenses), the D5k is much better than the D80. Also as was mentioned, the D90 is really a great value too if you want the extra capability.
rjseeney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 2, 2011, 11:18 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
big_potato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 487
Default

If you want to keep the mobility or D50 (compact & light weight),

But just want to upgrade the mega-pixel, and movie-capture capability

go for D3100 / D5000


If you can afford (both in price & weight) for more functionalities and operational efficiency

go for D7000


I dont mean to be offensive to their owners

But D90 seems to be a little bit outdated.


May seem to be ridiculous to you guys

But my upgrade path is D50 / D5000 / D7000

While I am still keeping all of them

Last edited by big_potato; Mar 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM.
big_potato is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 5:39 PM.