View Full Version : Nikon D40 vs Nikon D50
02-20-2007, 12:55 AM
Please help me in choosing between Nikon D40 / Nikon D50.
I am more concerned about the absence of auto focus motor in D40 will this have a adverse effect
Thanks in advance
02-20-2007, 05:49 AM
try This Link (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare_post.asp?method=sidebyside&cameras=nikon_d40%2Cnikon_d50&show=all)
The D40 doesn't look bad. It doesn't have a low enough ISO for my taste (only goes down to 200 - that's pretty noisy). It does however have a 3200 option available which would be good for things like music gigs and nightclubs if you're that way inclined.
I don't really like SD cards myself - I wouldn't go back to them. I find them too easy to break. It's compact flash all the way for me from now on - they're pretty indestructible.
The only other difference is the focusing. You have to use a certain type of lens, but I don't know much about Nikon lens' to be honest. You'd be best going to a camera shop and trying them out side by side before purchasing.
02-20-2007, 07:29 AM
Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs :)
The D40 lacks a focus motor in the body so you are stuck with AF-S lenses...however the D50 will take AF-S and AF-D. D50 is also limited to ISO 200...but is not noisey...I have the D200 and I rarely shoot at ISO 100...there is usually never enough light for that low ISO...unless you are using a tripod and shooting a static subject. Dont let the ISO 200 concern you...its very clean. The D40 is also very small...like a compact DSLR...smaller than the D50...but not by much...if you have big hands you may opt for the larger body. The D40 is also all menu driven which meens if you want to change some settings its back down away from your face...which could lead to missed photos...the D50 has buttons and dials...this allows changing some key settings without removing the camera from shooting position.
Having said all this...If I had to choose I think I would get a D50...maybe even a used one.
If you would like more info, please feel free to PM me...I will be glad to assist you in a purchase.
03-02-2007, 07:40 PM
Good info D200
03-02-2007, 08:10 PM
I have the D50 and really, really enjoy this camera.
The color is awesome.
D200 pretty much summed it up, but
if you haven't been here yet, here is a link for dpreview
On the left side bar, click on "Buying Guide" and do the side-by-side comparison if you want to see the actual specs for each model.
Good luck and be sure to keep us posted.
03-13-2007, 02:01 AM
Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions
From one of the shops here I got a feel of both D50 & D40 I liked D40 and bought it.
I am happy with the performance, shall post some snaps soon.
03-13-2007, 04:16 PM
Looking forward to seeing them Mithun :) Congrats on the purchase. :clap:
03-24-2007, 12:41 PM
I have been shooting the D50 for about a year and a half a I love it. It has ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600 so I'm not sure what D200 meant by that note. The D40 seems to have something called 1600 boost HI1 that gives an ISO 3200 equivellent but I would guess that to be pretty noisy to use much.
I've never had an issue with any of my SD cards.
My deciding factors would be does the D40 have a "b" bulb setting, full manual exposure mode? Depth-of-field preview? DPREVIEW seems to skip by that in the one review I am reading right now. Will the D40 give you a camera the way that YOU take pictures?? I shoot almost entirely in Apriority mode because I learned on a fully manual film camera and I think in terms of aperture/shutter speed tradeoff and depth of field with just about every shot I take. I hate menu or icon auto-modes.
one pain for the D50 is it does have Ap priority and Shutter priority modes, but only one wheel dial so you have to have 11 fingers, or three thumbs sometimes. I think the D200 and above solve that better.
Nikon seems to take features, and spreads them across their lines, all 200$-600$ apart because they can.
03-24-2007, 12:45 PM
oops reading too fast, you bought one Fantastic. No go take pitcures. lots of them and enjoy the heck out of it.
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