Nikon D50 Command Dial

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  1. DiamondSCattleCo

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    I finally recieved my D50 in the mail today and snapped a few automatic mode shots just for grins. Then I switched to Aperature mode, and tried to use the command dial to make some changes, however the command dial appeared to be non-functional. Did I get a dud command dial, or is there some kind of setting lock or something that I'm not seeing? Did a quick scour of both the D50 Guide by Thom and the manual, but couldn't find anything.

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    Rod
     
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    What lens are you using?
     
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    Nikkor 28-80mm f3.3-f5.6 G AF

    The command dial doesn't appear to work for any functions though, including setting the white balance, scrolling through pictures, setting drive mode, etc etc.

    Rod
     
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    I should mention the dial appears to have nice firm clicks, so I can't help but think I'm missing something really stupid...
     
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    Did you buy the camera New? or used?

    may have to go into the menu and see if it was reassigned WHAT it is supposed to do.
     
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    Sounds like you got a dud. Where did you get the camera from?
     
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    Bought used off of eBay (possible mistake) although the description described the camera as functioning perfectly, and all imperfections were detailed out, so I was reasonably comfortable with the purchase.

    I can't seem to find a place where you can reassign buttons. I checked the Nikon D50 Guide, Nikon manual and went all through the menus to no avail. Any hints?

    Thanks for the help guys.

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    only reference I can find for the command dial for the D50 is on Page 3.

    Try doing a camera reset described on page 120.
     
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    Inform the seller of the situation. If he/she wont take back an obviously defective product - file a PayPal dispute. It's certainly a possibility, but I'd be surprised if a D50's command dial took a bump en-route and that completely f'd up the electronics on the inside.
     
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    <chuckle> I messaged the seller that the command dial is non-functional, and the response I got was "whats the command dial". lol.

    So I messaged them back explaining what it was and why I needed it to work. I got an estimate from Nikon Canada that it would take $200 to fix the "normal" command dial mess up, and left the seller with the option to refund me 200 bucks or give me a full refund and I'd send it back.

    And then I called up Don's Photo in Saskatoon (excellent, excellent place to do business) and had them set aside a D60 with 18-55 kit lens for $549 Cdn. To heck with going cheap again.

    Rod
     
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    I'd rather have a D50 over a D60. You just have to know how to read eBay. But then if I didn't have that patience, I'd want to just pay premium as well.
     
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    I've been eBaying for quite a few years, and never had any issues. Like you say, you watch the language and this seller detailed off the visible imperfections. I was quite comfortable making the purchase, however its now obvious the seller wasn't very conversant with Nikon digital cameras.

    I've been waiting for a D50/D60 or D70 to show up for around a month, so I didn't pay a whole big bunch of money for the unit. Definitely less than what other D50 with lenses were selling for, primarily, I suspect, because of the G lenses which don't seem to get much respect. But by the time I add another couple hundred bucks to the cost of the unit, I'll be right up to the cost of a new D60, so there isn't much point.

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