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Old April 30th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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To members with DSLR, one quick question

Is $300 - 350 a good price to pay for a used Nikon D50 body only? Thanks.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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yes..also depends on how much shutter clicks its had and ever dropped, maintenance etc. u know its discontinued by nikon.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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Discontinued by Nikon? I don't think I concur with that. So there are no more in-store maintenance that can be done by Nikon on the camera?
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Discontinued by Nikon? I don't think I concur with that. So there are no more in-store maintenance that can be done by Nikon on the camera?
no im sorry.. i meant they dont make them any more ... they still service them.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 12:04 PM   #5
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I knew that and I think of it as more of a plus than a drawback. Its a plus because it will be cheaper than the newer models and it a great starter DSLR because of the interchangeability of the lens.

Like most DSLR owners says, good photos depends on the lens and the shooter. There's also the post-processing part.

Chiefy, do you own a DSLR? If you do, what is it?
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Shutter actuations are a bunch of crap if you ask me. You can have a brand new camera that has the shutter go bad, or one with 200,000 clicks and still is fine. If it's a big deal to you, look with one below 15k then. If not, anything less than 50k would work fine.
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I knew that and I think of it as more of a plus than a drawback. Its a plus because it will be cheaper than the newer models and it a great starter DSLR because of the interchangeability of the lens.

Like most DSLR owners says, good photos depends on the lens and the shooter. There's also the post-processing part.

Chiefy, do you own a DSLR? If you do, what is it?
i own a D50 myself. my 1st dslr and i love it.. looking into the d80.. i've had it for 2 1/2 yrs now.. ur very correct it is the lense and the shooter.. the lenses are more than the camera...

Whumbachumba ur right also brand new camera can have 100 flicks and break or 200,000 and still keep going..
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A D50 is a great place to start, I've had mine for nearly three years
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:02 PM   #9
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So I guess the consensus is that the price is as good as it gets right? How can I go about having the camera looked upon by a professional to make sure that everything works fine?
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You can send it off to Nikon to have them service and inspect it...
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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #11
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Do they charge a flat rate to check it out? I am looking to purchase a second hand Nikon D50 which is said to be in "great working condition." I am looking for a check-up basically.

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Old April 30th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #12
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Called Nikon and I found out that it will cost anywhere between $80 - 130 for a check and clean service.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 04:00 PM   #13
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so now the price of the camera went to about 400 to 500 so maybe for that you can just add a few more $$$ and get a brand new body of a new model. search and u will find
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Old April 30th, 2008, 04:29 PM   #14
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I'd rather have a lightly used D50 than a new D40
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Old April 30th, 2008, 04:33 PM   #15
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I am actually looking at getting a mint D50 body only and then I will try to source a lens that is better than the lens that came with the camera if I were to buy the kit. I am looking to spend no more than $500 for the body and a "decent" lens. Its my first DSLR so I'm not in a hurry to get into higher models. I think the path that I'm going to follow is a pretty good path as an introduction to DSLR photography.

By the way, the D80 runs for $800, the D60 for $750 and those are for body only according to Nikon website. Of course they can be sourced for less, maybe a hunder or hundred fifty less.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #16
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The 18-55 kit lens is a great starting point, don't be so quick to discount it.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #17
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I've taken a ton of great photos with my 18-55. I actually just bought another one, an 18-55VR from a D60 kit for a steal, for walk around night time photography. Want to see how it'll do, or for when I just want to go light and won't need anything fast. They're great little lenses.

Oh and yeah the D50 is a great starting camera. If I had to do it all over again I'd have gotten the D50 when I was starting out rather than spending $400 more on the D80, and putting the difference into the "lens fund" instead.
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The 18-55 kit lens is a great starting point, don't be so quick to discount it.
I actually am not. If I will be able to source a D60 with the kit lens for #350 or less, I'd be all over it.



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I've taken a ton of great photos with my 18-55. I actually just bought another one, an 18-55VR from a D60 kit for a steal, for walk around night time photography. Want to see how it'll do, or for when I just want to go light and won't need anything fast. They're great little lenses.

Oh and yeah the D50 is a great starting camera. If I had to do it all over again I'd have gotten the D50 when I was starting out rather than spending $400 more on the D80, and putting the difference into the "lens fund" instead.
I definitely agree with the "lens fund." The way I see it, camera bodies will always be upgraded with "minor" differences with photographic results with a quality that will be based largely to the lens attached to it and the skill of the photographer.

Lens > Body if you ask me. Same thing goes with the price....
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The 18-55 kit lens is a great starting point, don't be so quick to discount it.

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Old May 7th, 2008, 08:40 AM   #20
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did you get the camera
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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:59 AM   #21
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Naah... I think I'll just wait until after graduation and summer school when the money starts coming in.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #22
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Part of me wishes I got a used D50, but the screen, and lightness (D40 + SB-400 + 18-55mm VR is lighter in my hands than her D50 with her primary 30mm f/1.4 lens) of the D40 won me over. That and I wanted an unused camera. If I could turn back time, the sensible part of me says it would take the D50 so I could share lenses with her.

BUT... I really really really don't like using her camera anymore for some reason. The screen really bugs me, and so does the weight. At fist, when I was looking into getting a camera, I always wondered why people made a big deal about the weight. I was thinking "what's an extra pound or two?". Now I know. On the other hand, I'd gladly wreck my neck (I always wear the neck strap because I'm afraid of dropping it) for the quality of Kevin X's D300... or a D3 for that matter.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 08:10 PM   #23
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Anyone selling their D50? This time I'm serious about getting one since I already bought a laptop.
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