The Nikon D50 is the best camera I have owned yet. This camera has 50mm lens for car photos Starting with a discarded Brownie, I have owned a number of cameras over the years.
The Nikon D50 originally was priced at about $580.00 for the body only. Packaged with a nice 18-55mm DX Zoom Nikkor lens it was listed at $699.00. I did not wait for the prices to come down. I had to have this camera.
Prices for the Nikon D50 now list closer to $300.00 on the internet. These are pretty good prices but they may come without an opportunity to buy insurance.
The body of the Nikon D50 digital camera looks like a regular 35mm camera body. The number of knobs, buttons and switches gives away that there is much more to this camera. It is designed to take a range of lenses, both automatic and manual. I haven’t yet tried the manual lenses on my camera but I have used my electronic lenses in manual mode.
The camera’s auto-focus capabilities work with the electronic lens which comes in handy in most situations. When auto-focusing is a bad idea the camera has a nice little switch on the front just to the left of the lens. This switch allows the photographer to switch into the manual mode I referred to before.
I am not that good at reading manuals, at least not until I have reached a level of frustration with ruined pictures. I like to take all kinds of pictures. Right out of the box I was doing great on taking people pictures, though the flash bothered some folks. I was getting good pictures with nary a shadow. Then one day I discovered that there is a little button on the left front that can be depressed and with a little twist of the knob on the top right you can turn the flash on or off. It is just a dandy. Now I don’t blind anyone unless that was the plan.
As one of those folks that loves gadgets and gizmos on my car, the same can be said of my cameras. This camera has so many settings that I find out something new each time I go out to shoot things. Since I go out shooting nearly every day; I get to learn something new pretty often.
When I finally stumble really badly trying to find a feature, I visit the site of Ken Rockwell. Unlike us amateurs, he is a professional who shares his knowledge of this particular camera. I can usually find out enough to continue to dig myself in a little deeper.
I often take long hikes of five miles or more. This is when the relatively light weight of the box comes in handy. After a few miles even a light weight box and lens can get to feeling a bit heavy.
The camera is reasonably rugged, but it is a good idea to buy the insurance when you purchase it, assuming you buy it from a retailer. A friend of mine bought the same body and almost immediately it took a tumble. The insurance kicked right in.
Pictures I have taken with the camera can be seen on many of the articles I write. At this point I have used the camera to take landscapes, portraits, action scenes, birds, foliage, buildings, wood grains; insect close ups and church meetings.
The best things about this camera is its relatively light weight, the ability to use a range of lens (I use Macro, Telephoto and the standard 18-55mm), the relative cost in relation to other professional quality cameras, the huge number of features (though these can be disconcerting at times) and the generally rugged build.
The negatives for this camera would fall in the potential complexity the photographer might experience (This is not a simple camera) and the vast array of features which might not be needed. These are relatively minor issues of developing user skills.
If you enjoy playing with the box and all the gizmos, this is a camera that you will love. In addition to the gadgets, with 6.1 mega pixels it produces outstanding pictures with very vivid colors. I have to reduce most of mine by eighty percent just to ship them to the web.
The camera comes with an SD card which is sort of small for someone who will be taking a lot of pictures. I replaced mine with a gigabyte card and two back up cards. Each card gives one about six hundred full size pictures.
If you just want to shoot easy snapshots for 4×6 prints, this is too much camera. There are a lot of good alternatives that are less expensive and less complex.