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Old Jun 22, 2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Nikon D40, D40x or D50?

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For about 2 months I have been researching on what DSLR to buy. I narrowed it down to the d40, d40x or d50. Apparently the d50 is the brother to the d80. The d80 is midrange and the d50 is entry level. So now I am really thinking about the d50 because it looks nice and is the exact same as the d40 I think just with a smaller LCD. It has the little LCD to show the Aperture/Shutter Speeds and the d40 doesn't. I'd also prefer having a bigger camera not for looks but just for comfort. My friend has a d60 and a d300 and I really like holding the d300.

Anyway I'd just like to ask you guys which do you think I should get?
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 1:14 AM   #2
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Default I also forgot to mention.

I also forgot to mention, I know that the d50 is not in the same family as the d40/d40x/d60 It is in the family of the d70/d70s but I have a friend of mine willing to sell his d50 body for $150 which I think is a crazy good deal. I also need to know what would be the best multi-purpose lens? DX 18-55mm VR?

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Old Jun 22, 2010, 7:20 AM   #3
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Buying a used dSLR is a gamble. You don't know how much use and abuse it's received, and you don't know how much useful life it's got left. The D50 was manufactured from early '05 to late '06, so the one you're looking at is at least 4 years old. That's a long time for a dSLR. And the big thing about buying a used dLSR is that you need to buy other stuff for it, and if it fails, you're stuck with all that other stuff. So you should make sure that you'll want to use all that other stuff on your next camera. You're not just buying a camera; you're committing to a photographic system. Are you sure you want to do that?

While the D50 was a fine camera for its day, I'd say that, in some respects, the D40x would be a better choice (not the least of which is that the D40x is newer.)

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Well the d50 that I'm looking at has had 1 owner and 6000 actuations.

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If you know something of the D-50's camera history, that could change things. I recently purchased a used D-40 without qualms, as I knew of the camera's history in detail.

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Well 6000 actuations isn't that much I have been reading that some people have d50's with 27500 actuations. I'm not sure about the history of this specific d50. It looks mint and the owner says he babied the heck out of it.
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I've done 6,000 actuations in one day! 8,000+ actually.

You're sure about that number. That's not just the sequence number on the files, right?
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Yeah because he only used it for a little while because he got a new body I think a d90 just a few months after.
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Therefore it might be worth a gamble.

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Yes thank you. I was just thinking, for my first real SLR a d50 would be nice. I have a fuji s1500 but thats a P&S with dslr features.
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