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I have seen various spec sheets of the D50 which seem to be at odds as to whether a depth-of-field preview button is provided. Is ther a definitive answer?..

Comment #1

The DOF on the D50 is missing.....but for me it really doesnt matter. On the other hand Dave E., when are you gonna post some sample images??? Im eager to know how it performs in the image quality department....I've alredy ckecked out thoroughly the samples posted on a japanesse site, and it seems the D50 is less noisy than the D70 (Which is GREAT!!!)....Ive heard the D50 comes with a new Sony sensor, so I believe this new generation sensor works better on dark zones and reduce noise significativily at least at Iso 200 and 400. Regards,..

Comment #2

I am surprised that the slowest ISO rating is 200. Even with noise reduction improved, this seems a bit high for the slowest rating. On my Coolpix 4500 ISO 200 gives too much noise for my liking, so Nikon would need to improve noise reduction a lot...

Comment #3

You can NOT compare the noise at Iso 200 on your coolpix 4500 vs the noise @ Iso200 on the D50, since the sensor size on the latter is huge in comparison with your coolpix....that means, the larger sensor the larger photosite to capture more light and avoid noise....DSRL are almost free noise even at Iso 400......the Iso 100 on a compact camera (like yours) is similar to the Iso 800 on a DSRL....except the new Fuji F10 whose Iso 400 is very very nice (check out the samples posted on Dcresource.com and Dpreview.com) Regards,..

Comment #4

Payne: Dave writes: __ Payne The DOF on the D50 is missing.....but for me it really doesnt matter. On the other hand Dave E., when are you gonna post some sample images??? Im eager to know how it performs in the image quality department....I've alredy ckecked out thoroughly the samples posted on a japanesse site, and it seems the D50 is less noisy than the D70 (Which is GREAT!!!)....Ive heard the D50 comes with a new Sony sensor, so I believe this new generation sensor works better on dark zones and reduce noise significativily at least at Iso 200 and 400. We'll get sample pics up as soon as Nikon gets us a production sample. I asked today, but they didn't have an ETA for me yet. Dave __ Hope this helps. Forum Admin..

Comment #5

Thanks Dave, I suppose you are not allowed to post samples from a pre-production model, but there're a couple of sites wich some sample images already up: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/review/2005/05/19/1562.html http://www.photocameramag.com/news/NikonD50.html Also I suggest checking this link out: http://www.photocameramag.com/reviews/konicaminolta_7D/index9.html It proves the new Sony sensor is considerably less noisy than the one used on the D70 or D70s.....which it's quite a bit nice....even the D50 is less noisy than the 350D or XT....GREAT!!! Regards,..

Comment #6

Nikon D50 very disappointing. The picture is not sharp at all. no detail. chromatic aberration observed. Many P&S cameras can do better. check Nikon D50 image here: http://www.digitalreview.ca/D50test/Tulips_large.jpg..

Comment #7

"Sharp" Do you know what are you talking about??? Have you seen any picture coming from a Canon DSRL??? Do you know what are the differences between a P&S and DSRL??? I guess you know nothing my friend....just a simple TROLL.... The D50 is an awesome camera, check the following sample images: http://www.digitalreview.ca/cams/NikonD50_samples.shtml All of them are sharp and the noise level is extremely low.....even at Iso 1600.... http://www.photocameramag.com/reviews/konicaminolta_7D/index9.html On the link above you are gonna see how the new Sony sensor performs an excellent job, much better than the XT through out the whole Iso range. Dont pay attention to TROLLS who only come here to say BS. Best regards,..

Comment #8

Payne: P&Ss usually are not camparable to DSLRs in low light shootings. But, it is not the case, in the sample photo I mentioned above: http://www.digitalreview.ca/D50test/Tulips_large.jpg This one was taken at Exposure 1/60 sec and f/13 Focal Length 18mm 200 ISO Sensitivity, around noon during the day, which is well in the normal shooting range of most P&Ss. With Focal Length 18 mm and F-stop 13, form factor 1.5x (Nikon D70), you can calculate the depth of field. For example, if the shooting distance is 2 meter, the depth of field would be from near distance 0.809 meter to infinity, which means all objects within the range of [0.809 m, inf] should be "sharp". As you can see in the Tulips photo, in a normal daytime shooting condition, D50 failed miserably. Many P&S can in fact do a better job, IMHO.

Also, my observation has been confirmed by other professionals: "Sample pictures you can see here, were taken at the D50 launch using two new lenses that debut together with D50: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. In terms of quality we can say that pictures are less sharp. The objects outlines are less precise compared to D70 pictures. This could be caused by lenses quality instead, since the camera itself has the same D70 sensor and an updated." from: http://www.photocameramag.com/news/NikonD50.html cheers!..

Comment #9

Sharp: 1. You can not compare P&S with a DSRL in order to measure DOF, simply beacuse P&S cameras are not able to get decent "shallow DOF" even at f2.8.......on a P&S you get the same "deeper DOF" at f2.8 or f8.0.... 2. It's incredible how you can judge a camera by only one image "ABSURD" ..... did you see the other samples posted on the same website??? all of them are so sharp....Im sorry my friend but you are biased for one reason or other...maybe you are another dissapointed Canon user.....I suggest going to Canon forums and criticize the soft images of the XT, 20D or even 1Ds Mark II.... 3.

If you go further than f13.0 on Canon cheap lens (even the 17-85 IS) you are gonna get softer images than those taking with the 18-70mm - Im pretty sure on it.....the "sweet point" of the 18-70 probably will be from f8.0 up to f10.0 ///// Enough said,..

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