New to Photography, Looking @ Nikon D50 Advice Please.

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HI all, iv kinda been looking for a new digital camera for when my student loan comes in (hahaha) and i am looking for something that will last me over my 3 year advertising course. I want something my parents can use on occasion but something that i have allot of features i can learn to use. I have seen the Nikon D50 and i can get a nice bundle for just over the 400 pounds mark. I am a noob in the world of digital SLR's and i was wondering if you reccomended this for me to start with?
 
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Bought one last week and although I am very much a begginer with slr I am learning fast and getting some awesome results.

I think bang for buck the D50 takes some beating as an entry level camera.

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Adam Senior said:
HI all, iv kinda been looking for a new digital camera for when my student loan comes in (hahaha) and i am looking for something that will last me over my 3 year advertising course. I want something my parents can use on occasion but something that i have allot of features i can learn to use. I have seen the Nikon D50 and i can get a nice bundle for just over the 400 pounds mark. I am a noob in the world of digital SLR's and i was wondering if you reccomended this for me to start with?[/QUOTE

Take a look here ;)
 

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When I see these sort of threads, I always hark back to my "usual" reply - buying it as a newbie with a "cheap" kit means two things:

You have to spend LOADS more to get set up initially - memory cards, bags, odd bits and bobs you cant really live without - it all soon mounts up.

You have to pour LOADS of time in to learn to use it - its just nothing like a compact at all in terms of ease of use. Steep learning curve and lots of wasted shots before you will be beating your compact for most things..

Then once you have got there you start to realise the lens you got as part of the kit is rubbish and doesnt go wide enough, zoom enough or focus close enough / fast enough for what you want to do. So you then spend a fortune on lenses + flashes and before you know it, you have spent well over £1000 on your "cheap" camera.

If you are into photography and have the money to burn jump at the chance - if you are hoping its a "buy once and get instant results" thing, please consider something like an S3 IS - you will be so much better off with one :)

EDIT:

"Features" on an SLR are generally the exact opposite of what you want - features on compacts make up for shortfalls on the cameras.

To get an extra feature, eg "Macro mode" you simply buy a macro lens at a cost of ~£300. Night mode? Learn to use the manual mode well and buy a good flash and learn how to use that and you have night mode!

Pictures straight out of the camera generally look "worse" too - you need to post process images to bring out the colours and sharpness that little bit better - with a compact most of that is done via a chip in-camera :)
 
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drz has some good points there
bought a ixus compact a while back from a wholesalers, kept it a week and decided not for me so took it back and got a refund
purchased a d50 with kit 18 - 55mm and a sigma 55 - 200
havent looked back even though the camera is so much bigger its more enjoyable to take pictures, not as much messing through menus and sub menus to get the features you want as all the important stuff can be accessed via the dial and a button
far more control over your shots and imo a much more rewarding experience and confidence factor than standing behind a compact

but as drz has already mentioned much steeper learning curve im still messing around taking shots just for the sake of trying a different iso / f value / shutter speed to see the difference.
 
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DRZ - That's one of the best posts I've ever read regarding camera advice
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