Going to look at D50

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rekud, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. rekud macrumors newbie

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    My daughter is going to be taking a photography class her senior year. I have a D5000 with 3 lenses already so I figured if I could find a cheap enough used Nikon, she could use the lenses as well. If she didn't like it I would have a 2nd body regardless. I was trying to find a good body at a reasonable price. Checking out the usual used dealers online (adorama) and others. I was getting ready to spend around $325 for a good body.

    Then this comes along.

    I am going to look at a used Nikon D50 with a 1.8 50mm, and want to know what to look for. The old saying too good to be true may apply here, she is selling whole package for $165.

    I do get to look at it in person, can shoot any shots i want.


    Any thoughts.
     
  2. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    Amazon has em for around 350$. I would snag that up, make sure it is in working order, squeeze some shots off, watch it connect and download the images and look at them. If you don't see anything odd then I would get it. It's a lowball price, but they may just want to get rid of it fast for bills or whatever. I'd get it.
     
  3. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    If it's in good shape, it's a steal. The nifty-fifty alone is worth at least $100. The D50 has a built-in AF motor, so it can use all the older Nikkor AF lenses, and will almost run forever on a single charge with a good battery, even with moderate flash use. It has pretty decent low noise characteristics with arguably slightly better IQ than it's older sibling, the D70, both are 6mp, which should do just fine for any photo class. You can also make surprisingly large prints from it using Blow-up or Genuine Fractals software, or by getting big prints made from a good printing outfit.

    I still have mine, and it's been a great camera.

    Here are four quick samples I could dig up with this combo: D50 and 50f/1.8
    They were shot a little over a year ago shortly after I got the nifty-fifty, but the camera was three years old already... they're pretty dependable.

    1/800, f/9.0, ISO200
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    1/640, f/5.0, ISO200
    [​IMG]

    1/80, f/1.8, ISO800
    [​IMG]

    1/250, f/1.8, ISO200
    [​IMG]
     
  4. rekud thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for Quick Responses

    I am going to look at it here within the hour.

    PDX - Great shots.

    You are right about the 50/1.8, that was actually the next lens i was going to buy for myself.

    I will let you know what comes out of it.

    Chris
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    You can take a photo and look at the EXIF in your notebook, to check out how many actuations the camera has. This is a nice feature from Nikon DSLRs.
     
  6. rekud thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bought it

    Outer condition overall - very good, 1 minor chip

    Settings/Controls - as of now all seem to work without issue

    50m lens - great in AF mode, M mode the ring seems kind of sluggish to move? Not very smooth, but will focus.

    Test shots - excellent, need to work with some more, just some quick shots but like what i see.

    Came with a Vivitar Auto/Bounce 40d dedicated flash. I tried it, it works, just never worked with an external flash like that, blew the pictures out? Will need to work on that.

    1GB Scandisk HD Ultra ii - no pics on it, either reformatted or new?

    Said they needed the money to pay a bill that is due on Monday.

    No books on anything, but enough information can be found on the internet.

    I gotta believe this whole set up is at least $350

    Couple of quick test shots:
     

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  7. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    yes it is... congrats man, you got very lucky.. just like me when i picked up a D70s for peanuts because the guy got a present from his wife (a d5000) and wanted to "just get rid of it".

    sometimes one gets lucky... enjoy it :) That 50mm is a great lens :D
     
  8. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    GOOD DEAL


    Like everyone else and I said before, people get desperate. Thats a decent find though and the fact that it is in overall good shape... wow. It wasn't priced so low that you would have to be suspicious about it, it was just lowballed. Way lowballed. Any lower.. yah.

    In any case.. my next body is going to be the Canon 50D. Anyone know where to get the lowest deal on it? I was looking at Amazon and there are several reasonable priced used ones.
     

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