A&P Help picking a DSLR

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  1. Drewski

    Drewski New Member

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    I'm getting back into photography after taking a couple of years off (which just happened to coincide with the blur that was university). I've always been a fan of Nikon (used to use my dad's old EM), so I've been looking at the D40, 50, 70 & 80's for my first foray in DSLR photography.

    Looking over the spec sheets, they seem similar enough my newbishness won't find the differences a problem. The main difference I saw was the CF vs SD memory cards. For the most part I plan on shooting architecture & landscape, but since I'm into motorcycles, I do expect to be taking some rapid fire bike shots. Will write speed of the different kind of memory cards affect how many pictures I can take consecutively?

    These are the ads I'm looking at right now:
    D70, 18-55 & 70-300 lens, 2 batt, 1GB card, bag - $850 (sold)
    D70, 18-55 , 2 batt, 512MB card, bag, remote & tripod - $600
    D70, 18-70 , 512MB card, bag, remote & tripod - $750 (sold?)
    D50, 35-80, 2 batt, extra screen protector, 512MB SD,s econd eye cup - $725
    D50, 28-70, 2GB card, SB28 - $800


    Which one would guys guys/gals suggest?


    Thanks :)
     
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  2. julia!

    julia! New Member

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    I have the d50 and really like it, plus I think that price you have there is really good. Plus youre used to nikons so thats a plus.
     
  3. Drewski

    Drewski New Member

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    which one? haha
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    D50, 18-70 Lens - $615
     
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    Drewski New Member

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    shit...ignore that one...the ad was placed from italy and I'd prefer to only deal locally :hs:
     
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    i just dealt with a similar situation, and ended up getting the D50.

    The D80 is a little bit too high in price for me (once i factor in all the accessories I wanted, it is easily over $1000 with a lens, mem card, and a few other things).

    I eliminated the D40 quickly as well, for two reasons: #1, it didnt fit my hand nearly as well as the D50 or D70s. and #2, it doesnt have a built in autofocus motor, so you cant use a ton of good Nikon lenses (including thirifty fifties).

    So that left me with the D70s and the D50. The only big advantage I could see to the D70s was that it has two "adjustment wheels", so apparently you can change settings quicker/more easily. However, I tried the D50 and D70s in the store, and I didnt have any problem whatsoever with changing through the settings I wanted. Not to mention, the D50 was cheaper in price, and it seems like everyone who has a D50 loves it.

    I ended up getting the D50 w/ the 18-55 kit lens, for like $550ish (from B&H with their "psnov" deal, but I think its like $570 now). Then I got a 2gb Sandisk Extreme III SD card for like $65, a 50mm f/1.8 for $110, a Tamrac Expedition 3 backpack, a Bogen/Manfrotto 725B tripod for $110, HR-2 and HR-33 lens hoods for the stock lens + 50mm lens, a Hoya CPF, and a pack of screen protectors. My total cost for all of this was just under $1000. seemed like the best option for me.
     
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    Drewski New Member

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    well, the guy selling the "D50, 2 batt, extra screen protector, 512MB SD,s econd eye cup - $600"

    said he'd throw in a nikon nikkor 35-80 for $125, for a grand total of $725.

    seems like everybody is recommending the D50, so it seems like this is the deal I should jump on?
     
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    heebdawg: where did you get a Extreme III 2GB for 65$?
     
  9. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    D70, 18-70 , 512MB card, bag, remote & tripod - $750
     
  10. joy division

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    Step it up to the d2xs, you'll be much happier.
     
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    exactly, the d50 is blah compared to the d70
     
  12. NSX

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    The sensor on the D50 is better than the D70/D70s.
     
  13. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    :rolleyes:
     
  14. Drewski

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    don't the use the same DX sensor?
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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  16. Drewski

    Drewski New Member

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    you don't think the 70-300 lens in this ad is worht the $100 extra?

    D70, 18-55 & 70-300 lens, 2 batt, 1GB card, bag - $850
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    No, that lens sucks balls, Mine has made a good paperweight since day one.
     
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    yonson OT sux... OT Supporter

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    D2Xs, 70 - 200 2.8 VR, 17 - 55 2.8 :mamoru:
     
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    fuji s5

    or whatever the new 1dmarkIII is.
     
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    im hangin out for the eos-3d, it has a cool name :cool:
     
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    D70, 18-70 , 512MB card, bag, remote & tripod - $750

    I have the D70s with the 18-70, 70-300, and 50 1.8 and I love it. I've played around with the D50, and my brother owns the D80 with the 18-135. So far, I've liked mine over those. It just feels better and the 18-70 destroys the 18-55.

    Just becareful where you buy it from. Those "bundle" deals turn out to be scams (a lot of them). Theres a website that has people review online photo dealers, I'm sure someone on here has it. They saved me from buying from some unknown place.

    Also, the memory card that you posted doesn't specify how fast it writes so your camera may be able to write 3FPS but if you have a turtle-speed memory card it wont mean shit. As far as the bag and the tripod, I would buy something that fits my needs more than something that's thrown in with the package. You'll prob. end up upgrading anyway.
     
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    thougts on 35-80 vs 18-70 lens?

    I can bargain down a guy for a D50 (with warranty remaining) with the 35-80 nikon lens, 2 batt, extra screen protector, 512MB hi-speed SD,second eye cup down to about $700 for the whole package.
     
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    The 35-80 is a slower lens, and the 18-70 is one of those rare high bang-for-the-buck lenses that you'll find. I'd stick with the 18-70.
     
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    damnit...email was returned by craigslist. guessing it sold :(

    list updated
     
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    can I use lenses from my Nikon EM from the early 80's on one of these DSLR's?
     

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