d50 v. d70s
I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times... I'd appreciate any personal opinions on the d50 v. d70. I currently own a CP5400 and N8008s (film) and am looking to move up to a dSLR. I'm familiar with the technical differences (thanks to Dave's Review) and am looking for personal opinions. The d50 seems wonderful, especially at such a reasonable price, but I'm concerned about the lack of DOF preview and viewfinder grid as well as the slower (1/4000) shutter speed. Any help will be greatly appreciated...

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Jennifer, I chose the D70s over the D50 because of the added features and performance, and because D50 NEFs (raw files) weren't much cleaner than D50 NEFs. However, if you want to shoot JPEGs, have lower high-ISO noise (in JPEGs only) and do minimal post-processing, get the D50. As for the features missing on the D50 you mention, how often did you use DOF preview and 1/8000 on your 8008s? I have an 8008 (F-801 here in Canada), and can't recall once using 1/8000. I used DOF preview a lot though, and the on-demand grid lines the D70s has are very useful for keeping horizons level. I also plan on using the D70s' wireless flash commander mode once I buy another flash unit. Maxx..

Comment #1

Jennifer, Oops, I meant to say "I chose the D70s over the D50 because of the added features and performance, and because D50 NEFs (raw files) weren't much cleaner than *D70s* NEFs." BTW, you can download a D50 tone curve to a D70s to get similar looking JPEGs at lower ISO's, but you can't match the D50's high ISO JPEGs with the D70s without some NR post-processing. Maxx..

Comment #2

Maxx, why you comparing N8008 film amera to a DSLR??? D70s has some extra features; but for most people, the D50 is the best deal, and it succeeds in fulfiilng it's test market requirements. No mirror lock up and non illuminating LCD top panel are inexcusable3 IMHO, but that is the road Nikon took to keep the price down? Just go take some friggin photos and dont sweat all this! ciao..

Comment #3

NikonDude, Relax. I compared the D70s to the 8008 because Jennifer mentioned she has one, and she may miss the DOF preview and 1/8000 max shutter speed if she used them. My point was I never used 1/8000 so that wasn't a deciding factor for me, but I did use DOF preview a lot (mind you, the viewfinder was much larger and brighter on the 8008 versus the D70s/D50). My last film SLR was the F80, which is closer to the D70s than the D50 (both have DOF preview, 2 command dials, on-demand viewfinder grid, metering button and illuminated LCD panel). These are important features I would have missed, had I bought the D50. BTW, the D70/D70s doesn't have MLU either.

Nikon usually reserves MLU to the pro bodies. I see the new D200 has it. Maxx..

Comment #4

Hi Maxx.

I am glad you were not offended by my posting, at least you didnt appear to. On the chance you did, I am sorry. I did not see jennifer's post, for some odd reason? It is clear to me now though. Thanks, and I appreciate your knowledge and input. I have learned a few things from some of your posts. D70 does not have MLU?? Maybe only for sensor cleaning? Hmmmm.

Keep on shooting!.


Comment #5

Dude, No offense taken. Yep, the D70s (and D50) only have MLU for sensor cleaning purposes. I don't understand why they didn't link a fixed timer to it and let you take an exposure after the timer expired. It would have cost them "nothing" (just firmware), but I guess there would be one less reason to "upgrade" to the next model up. Maxx..

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