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Old Feb 8, 2006, 9:21 AM   #1
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After an amazing long research period in which cameras have come and gone I have still found I really want a DSLR to fulfill my photographic and editing desires. Finally they are in my price range. I was going to go with a prosumer camera but my wife wants slim I wand SLR so I am going to buy both. The D50 appeals with price and features, but several people have said I should look for a lightly used D70. I know most the feature differences but wonder how much would I really use them? Most my film SLR experience is old and I did not do very much beyond the basics, then life got in the way and I had point and shoot for the longest time. On return to the digital world I would like to get back to learning and pushing my enjoyment of the art of photography hence the DSLR choice. Will I soon regret not having the extra features like DOF preview and bracket button. What opinions have the Nikon users got on this issue?
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Old Feb 8, 2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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Image quality wise, the D50 will do as good as in most cases, and actually better than the d70 in some cases, namely high ISO performance. The lighted LCD, 2nd command dial and more ISO flexibility are they key features the D70 is missing. More than likely, you won't miss them. At your level of expertise, you'll do better by getting good glass to hang off the d50 with the money that you save. In any case, I would be leary of buying any used DSLR without being able to test it out. You also won't find a significant savings by buying a used body..I say spend the extra few bucks and get new. On the other side, I have no issues buying used lenses....KEH has a great selection and grades their merch very conservatively.
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Old Feb 8, 2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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I agree. Go with the D50 spend the money on a good lens. The D50 is a great camera for the money.

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 9:04 PM   #5
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The D70s can now be had for $1000 with the kit lens from beach.com This is a $120 drop from early January. For that price I'll probably get the D70s over the D50.
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It was very easy when I deside to buy my D50 against the older D70s. I plan to use it with Nikkor 80-400VR for birds and MicroNikkor60mm for macro.

I think D50 will produce better pictures than D70s because of it lower noise at high ISO. See graph.

I had the D50 for about 6 months and shoot more than 6000 pictures with it. I did considered to buy the D200 but could not justify the purchase. I think D50 is better for me than D200. It is lighter, all the features in the D200 do not help me take sharper pictures. The lens do. I like the bright big screen of the D200 but it has nothing to do with picture quality. You use the bright big screen after the picture was taken!

I think D50 is the best buy.
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Old Feb 10, 2006, 9:41 AM   #7
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Thanks guys this is great feedback. So I am not likley to miss the DoF Preview etc. I did notice that the image quality has been enhanced and output is really what is important. I must admit I was a little concerened about the prospect of buying used, durty sensors etc.
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rjseeney what glass would recommend I go for? I don't know if it is better to start with a good overall lense or to get a good wide angle and telephoto. I know there are some poor lenses out there but with out draing my bank account what is a good option for this camera?
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While I would like to have the D70 mainly for the DOF preview, I bought the D50 body and the D70 18-70 kit lens. I also went ahead and purchased the 70-300 G lens.

So far, I'm very happy with this combo. While I'd like to add more glass (wouldn't we all?) I think it will be quite some time before I my capabilities outgrow the camera's.
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rjseeney what glass would recommend I go for? I don't know if it is better to start with a good overall lense or to get a good wide angle and telephoto. I know there are some poor lenses out there but with out draing my bank account what is a good option for this camera?
The easiest answer is to get the best you can afford. What kind of shooting are you looking to do?? Do you need both wide angle and tele?? The best most cost effective option would be to get the two kit lenses..they are not top of the line, but they do offer alot of value for the price. If your looking for a one lens solution, the new 18-200 vr is a great lens..however it is pricey (about $700) and currently hard to find. The 50mm f/1.8 is great in low light, super sharp, and dirt cheap...everyone should own one.
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