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The best buy in older/value Nikon DSLR's
on October 26, 2010
You won't find this camera new anymore, so why this review?
Well, the D50 is an excellent way to jump into DSLR photography without breaking the bank. This camera is well-built and even with "only" 6 megapixels, it'll still blow away most modern point-and-shoot cameras.
The key feature that the D50 has that NONE of the entry-level Nikons (ie <$1000) have had since is the "drive screw". What is it? Basically, it's a feature that allows this camera to autofocus lenses that don't have a focus motor built into the lens itself. On Nikon lenses, this is AF vs. AF-S. The AF lenses need the screw drive to work, whereas the AF-s lenses have the motor built in. One key lens is the Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF lens. It's a superb value lens that can be had under $100. Having the drive screw also opens up lens options from Sigma, Tamron, and other 3rd-parties and these lenses are often much cheaper as well.
Therefore, if you're hesitant about buying a DSLR because of the price, or you're not sure of which brand you want to commit to, try out a used D50, get a couple of these cheaper lenses, and you'll have a great kit for probably less than you'd spend on one of the newer entry-level DSLR's.
Where you will find this camera lacking compared to other more modern replacements is in continuous shooting speed, no SDHC capability, and poorer high-ISO (>800) performance. However, my advice is to learn how to use a DSLR and hone your technique with something inexpensive but still versatile, then you can determine which of those attributes are actually important when considering your next purchase.
Finding a good deal on a used D50 is a no-brainer!