A&P D50 died

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  1. tk951

    tk951 New Member

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    So my D50 got the infamous 'err'. I spoke to Nikon and I need to send it in. From what I have read the cost to repair is around 400.

    Now, it doesn't make sense to spend that much $ to fix an older camera. I am trying to decide between the D80, the D200, or even the D40x.

    I am appealing to the knowledge base here for suggestions. I am not a pro. I take pics of the family, the dogs playing, the occasional car race.

    I do like the pre determined programs that the 50 had and the 40/80 have. I guess the 200 does not.

    Would a non pro see the difference in performance, since the cost is such a large jump?

    thanks for all of the opinions.

    PS I am sticking with Nikon b/c all of my lenses are Nikon.
     
  2. mandarin orange

    mandarin orange OT Supporter

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    why get D40x. it's a downgrade. Get the D80
     
  3. tk951

    tk951 New Member

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    The D40x has more megapixels (it seems to be pretty close to the D80). The newer x version apparently just came out. I thought it was a newer better, version of mine.
     
  4. GlobeGuy

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    Ah, your shutter went out on ya. How many actuations do you have on your D50?
     
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    tk951 New Member

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    If you mean how many pictures I have taken, I am guessing around 4000....that may be a little high....
     
  6. Redliner7

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    You mean 40,000, right? 4000 is a little low for your shutter to die.
     
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    tk951 New Member

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    That was correct...... 4,000 not 40,000.
     
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    4000? that's crazy.


    Anyone know if you can tell how many shutter actuations you've had?
     
  9. NSX

    NSX OT Supporter

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    You got a lemon. :eek3:
    I'm on 6,500 right now on mine.
    :o
     
  10. tenplanescrashing

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    ext. warranty FTW! for $400, i'd just get the d40, even though I don't care for it that much. if I had the money, i'd go straight to the d80. the d200 doesn't sound like something you'd benefit from.

    and the Vari-program modes are pure crap..take the time and learn the camera.
     
  11. GlobeGuy

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    WOW, only 4000, sounds like you did get a lemon. Sorry. :hs:
     
  12. Redliner7

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    Ouch, I have over 30,000 actuations on my D70 -- which is what I think the shutter life is rated for. I'm fearing its life right now...camera's on borrowed time.
     
  13. GlobeGuy

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    I'm sure the official rated actuation for D50 and D70 is 50,000. So you are good for another 20,000, if your camera is an average D70.
     
  14. ftslogger

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    I have over 20K clicks on mine...working great, allthough...I am saving for a D200 or D2007 (or the rumored name of the camera)
     
  15. GlobeGuy

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    Oh? Thanks for the info. :wavey:
     
  16. GlobeGuy

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    To OP, if ERR is a generic camera malfunction your repair bill may be significantly less than $400. I say it's worth sending it in to Nikon to find out what's wrong.
     
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    i have 52k actuations on my d50...i haven't used it in a few months though since getting the 200.
     
  18. ericande

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    no one knows how to check the exact number of actuations? I can guess from the number of times the count on the filename has reset but it's not exact
     
  19. GlobeGuy

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    You can use opanda exif viewer to check the actuation numbers from D50 JPEG.
     
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    troof
     
  21. ericande

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    ok, cool. I had to switch to advanced mode and I saw it in there. 11.6k.

    Thanks
     
  22. ERock

    ERock My Face Is Kittah OT Supporter

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    ERR can be anything.

    Have you tried a different lens on it and checked your contacts?
     
  23. GlobeGuy

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    It may be lens issue. Contact problems are usually reported with "F--". I just had one last weekend. :noes:
     
  24. tk951

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    yup. doesnt work with any lens, without a lens. unable to reset.

    toast
     
  25. anthem404

    anthem404 not my cup of mud

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    megapixels don't matter that much tbh.

    I had around 11k on my d50 before I got the d200, coming up on 7k on the d200. (faster fps ftw)

    if you have the money for the d200, and have enough nikon gear to make it worth it, then get the d200.

    otherwise, I'd say the d80
     

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