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Old May 20, 2005, 8:07 AM   #1
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What are the major differences between the D50 and D70s? For someone whp will be shooting mostly indoor people pics with the Nikon SB-600 which would be best? Also is the kit lens good enough for inddor people pics (detail, skin tones, color accuracy) or would recommend something else?
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Old May 20, 2005, 8:31 AM   #2
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What are the major differences between the D50 and D70s?
There are a number of differences, but here are a few:

* A new Auto Autofocus mode which automatically switches between single and continuous AF depending on the subject.

*A lower resolution metering sensor (but it's a newer generation so it may work just as well). We'll need to wait for reviews to find out (and this model is not shipping here yet).

* Secure Digital versus CompactFlash Media for storage

* SlowerFastest Shutter speed (1/4000 second versus 1/8000 for the D70). But, who needs 1/8000 anyway?

* Alarger metering circle for Spot Metering

* Slightly larger LCD display (the D50 uses a 2" display, whereas the D70 used a 1.8" display)

* Slightly slower continuous shooting (2.5 frames per second)

* No support for Wireless Flash

* It's a little smaller and lighter

* The "as shot" White Balance Information in .NEF files for this new model appears to be encrypted, based on user reports of correspondence with Nikon Distributors. Hopefully, Nikon will change it's mind before it starts shipping to dealers (but I wouldn't count on it).

This is a controversial issue, and it appears that the D50 represents thethird new model Nikon has started encrypting information from (the new D2Hs and D2x models were thefirst).

As a result of this enryption, Adobe has decidednot to support the "as shot" White Balance from .nef (RAW) files fromthe new Nikon D2xmodel in their Adobe Camera RAW products from concerns over violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act by decrypting this information.

Instead, if you use Adobe Camera RAW, you'll be stuck with Adobe's Auto White Balance Algorithms (or you'll need to set white balance yourself after the fact later when shooting RAW).

Some other vendors of third party software have already broken the encryption in the D2x files. So, they will probably break the encryption in the D50's NEF files, too. But, based on Adobe's actions so far with the D2x, I would not expect the "as shot" White Balance to be supported using PSCS or PSCS2with Adobe Camera RAW with D50 .nef files, unless Nikon gives them permission.

You can see a forumthread about this issue (encryption)here:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...amp;forum_id=2

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For someone whp will be shooting mostly indoor people pics with the Nikon SB-600 which would be best?
[/quote]If you're sure that's the only flash you'll use, it may be fine. But, if you want to use wireless flash ability (for example, an SB800 triggered by the on camera flash), then you may want to consider the D70 (or new D70s) instead.

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Also is the kit lens good enough for inddor people pics (detail, skin tones, color accuracy) or would recommend something else?
It depends on which kit lens you're referring to. The 18-70mm kit lens is a good lens from most accounts. Although, you may want to consider a brighter lens for better boken with portraiture (the 50mm f/1.8 is an inexpensive lens many use for this purpose). A brighter lens could also come in handy for when you don't want to use a flash.

The new 18-55mm kit lens isn't shipping yet (AFAIK). So, you'll probably need to wait until the camera and lenses ship to start seeing any reports of quality from this one. But, the kits including the 18-70mm lens should be the same lens as in the D70 kit.

For lens selection tips, make sure to visit the Nikon Lenses Forum if you decide to buy one of these models.

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Old May 25, 2005, 4:57 PM   #3
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The 18-70 kit lens is no AFS lens, but for the money it's surprisingly good. It compares well (in image quality terms) to the Nikon 28-105 lens for instance. Well worth paying the few Euros or Dollars more and getting it in the kit.
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The 18-70 kit lens is no AFS lens, but for the money it's surprisingly good.
Actually, the 18-70 is an AF-S lens (as is the new 18-55):

http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php...productNr=2149




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