A&P Swapping D40 for D50

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  1. MSTRBKR

    MSTRBKR New Member

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    How much money can I expect to lose by selling my D40 body on ebay and buying a D50? I'm thinking no more than £20?

    I was looking at the DX lenses today and there was nothing there that looked liked the next logical step in my lens lineup. Basically, no 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4.

    I already have an 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G and a 55-200 f/4-5.6G so that covers most things; but a nice fast lens is what I really want next and my D40 just doesn't cut it, unless I can do without autofocus ofcourse.

    I think in the long run this is a good choice, what do you think?

    I've got my eye on this at the moment. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....m=260219158171&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=016
     
  2. charel

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    throw the toy in the bin, get a canon.
    or a d40X

    the X is for Xtra good.







    d50 :hsugh:
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    I was going to come in here and tell you to keep your d40, and that you can get around not having the motor drive and all that...

    But you really can't...

    Unfortunately, I think the d40 was a pretty bad idea. The lenses you're limited too are just too limited.

    make the swap. If you have the extra $$, aim for a d70 or d80. But the D50 will surely work.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    you're a moran.
     
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    Yeah, I always though I would just be spending more on lenses but now that they literally aren't available I'm stumped.

    I'm just looking at a D70S and looks like I'd be spending around £100 after selling the D40.

    I have considered going Canon with a 400D but selling my lenses and buying new ones is a big risk.


    Edit: So much for the D40 being a beginner SLR. You have to spend more on lenses; how exactly is that beginner in anyway :rofl:
     
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    If you're looking at a Canon, you're wasting your time unless you're going with a 20, 30 or 5d. the 300, 350 and 400d feel just as cheap and flimsy as your d40 does.

    Really, at the end of the day, any Canon or Nikon will get you decent pics. The difference is all in the feel, button/window placement, and ergonomics.

    In that regard, the low/mid end Nikons > the low/mid Canons.

    The only people that will disagree with that are the douche bags who are salty about their purchase.

    If I were you, i'd try to stick to d70 and above, but i'd take a d50 over any Canon short of the 20d.
     
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    I have not used a D40, but the D50 is one of the few cameras I've used and could not stand. Poor auto-exposure, poor AWB... in fact some of the worst I've seen.

    I'm sure the D40 is better in those regards but if you're going to go through the trouble of changing cameras why not make a vertical transition to a better model?

    And here I'd disagree, which is why if you're shopping for a camera you have to try it yourself. I prefer the low/mid Canons over their Nikon counterparts, however neither the Canon or Nikon low/mid end cameras are amazing.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    what, you are.

    You're little smiley face didn't change that.
     
  10. charel

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    i was joking therefore i am a moron?

    flawless logic batman!
     
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    d50 AWB problems were only in the jpg conversions. If you're shooting RAW, it's a non issue.

    auto exposure? For serious? Did you mean to buy a point and shoot?

    But I agree with your general consensus. Aim for the D70+
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    If you were joking, you didn't use enough smileys.

    :p
     
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    I <3 my D50
     
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    Yeah, the control placement on the D50 puts me off slightly; the mode selector being on the left for instance.

    The D70S looks far more suitable in regards of ergonomics and obviously it's a step up from the D40 too.

    I'm just wary of how much I will get for my D40. It haven't used it excessively, its in really good condition. At the moment I'm aiming in the region of £200 and hoping the D70 won't be much over £300.
     
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    I don't own a D50, nor would I ever after that experience. I just need to grab a few shots for something in our department and didn't have a camera of my own on me. If you shoot RAW, of course AWB is a non issue, don't be ridiculous.

    The AE system is worse than what I've seen in many point and shoots however, and overall the images came out fairly consistently inconsistent in terms of exposure.
     
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    fair enough. smiley quota activate: :rolleyes::hsugh::ugh::squint::ugh::noes::rofl:

    on a more serious note, the only way to really get a decent upgrade is to go mid range, e.g. d70/80. jumping ship to canon will be expensive, time consuming and probably pointless if you have invested in glass already.

    offload the d40 before it becomes worth nothing and put some money towards a mid range body.
     
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    hehehe.. now thats more like it!

    and I agree.
     
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    Think that's exactly what I'll do, D70S. Just have to cut back spending in other places like 360 games and alcohol consumption :mamoru:


    Really would like to get some opinions on expected price of my D40 and expected price of the D70S :x:
     
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    Find someone who want to trade straight up? :dunno: I'm sure they are out there.
     
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    I've shot with it, and I got better results than I did with a 300 or 350d.

    But I always shoot raw, and I always shoot on manual exposure.

    Perhaps that explains the difference in our experiences...
     
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    Going for the D70S now.

    But a straight swap for a D50 had crossed my mind.
     
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    resale on a d40, they sell new for about £250? so you'd be lucky at 200.

    eBay/newbie chumps are your new target market.

    I'll leave the ethics to you.
     
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    I think you may make money swapping over to a D70s - I see them here on craigslist from time to time for $450ish. Why not go for the D80?
     
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    I shoot under a mixture of conditions, but always RAW and quite frequently under manual. I tried the D50 various ways, however the internal meter, regardless of how it was used, was inconsistent. I found the 300D and 350D performed those basic functions better.
     
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    Serious?

    Why would anyone do that? :ugh:

    Question now is if I don't straight swap should I sell the D40 first or buy the D70S first?

    Edit: Don't have the money for a D80 and can't justify the price over the D70S for what I will gain.
     
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