nikon d50 vs. d70

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  1. JonMikal

    JonMikal TPF Noob!

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    if you're on the fence, read this. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d50.htm#summary

    i shot a d70 for 2 years and after reading many reviews, especially this one, i purchased a d50 for comparison. with the exception of a few features, the d50 IS a d70. look specifically for the differences, most will never miss/use the added features of the d70. IMO, my work has not suffered from the switch.

    just some food for thought if you're struggling with the price difference.
     
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    exactly why i went with the d50 :) nothing i would miss, plus its smaller and according to dpreview has slightly better high iso shooting :mrgreen:
     
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    Well I am waiting for my tax return to get a camera. Was going for the d70 until I saw this and read the article and started thinking the d50 might be for me except the biggy was d50 has no dof preview button! Ugggggggggg... I use this all the time on my f100 and is definitly a must have.
     
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    there ya go, but i've never found it useful. figure i know enough about f/ that i don't need it.
     
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    Yeah.. for normal pics no dof preview is fine since it is fairly easy to know but I do too much macro stuff and have yet to really figure out a system for what will be in focus and what won't be so I use dof a ton for close ups.
     
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    Thanks for the info Jon, I've been thinking about the d70, now I 'm gonna look more into the d50! : )
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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    yay more d50 freinds, join the club :mrgreen:
     
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    To me the only drawback to the D50 is it's use of SD flash cards instead of Compact flash cards. The CF cards are "standard" for most DSLR's. If I were to buy a D50/D70, I would lean to the D70 for compatibility reasons with my other DSLR's. If you are moving up from a P&S, the SD cards might be an advantage for you as your old camera would most likely have also used them.
     
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    something to consider. :thumbup:
     
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    thanks Jon for your opinion here... you know that I'm saving cash for a dslr and I am thinking about canon 350d... but the price is still to high for me... I was also thinking about d50 but I read a few very negative opinions... but on the other hand d50 is I think the cheapest dslr on the market... I'll think about it :p
     
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    I really cannot understand why people keep thinking that the only choice in a digital slr is between Canon and Nikon. People keep forgetting the Olympus E300/Evolt. They dropped the price recently so you can get a DSLR easily as good as a Canon or Nikon for a lot less.
    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/olympus/e300-review/index.shtml
    If you read the review, my answer to some of his negative points are:
    My E300 has Firewire - way faster than USB.
    I have had no sharpness issues with my E300 - but the firmware has been updated.

    I'm happy with mine and it's well worth a look.
     

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