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Re: Digital SLRs - what do you think? (samulsoon_0503)

The D50 is an excellent entry-level camera, and even moreso if you already own Nikon glass. Be aware though that depedning on the speicific lenses you have (and their age), the D50 may not deliver full metering capabilities (for older Nikon AIS lenses, for example). If you don't know what this means, you might want to do a bit of reading - I would suggest the Nikon reviews and forums on http://www.dpreview.com, if you haven't already. (Note that this metering issue also exists with the D70; the D200 is more compatible with older Nikon lenses and solves some of these issues - and is also way more than double the price of D50).

If you are a "casual" shooter and intend to remain such and don't really think you'll focus on taking your photography skills to a higher level in the next year or 2, the D50 will suit you well, it really is a great camera. The D70 does have some slightly more advanced capabilities, but you may never benefit from them (see the model comparisons at http://www.dpreview.com).

The Canon Digital Rebel is also an excellent camera in the same price range. It's a bit smaller and lighter than the D50, and to many people feels like the build quality is not quite as good as Nikons. Of course this would mean abandoning your Nikon lenses, so probably not your first choice.

As mentioned here, remember the 1.5x factor on the digtal SLRs...your wide lenses won't be as wide on a D50, so you might want to budget for a new lens with the D50. The kit 18-50 is pretty decent for the money; the new 18-200VR is even better - an excellent all-around lens, in fact - but costs as much as the D50 itself.

Whichever you choose, get out there and take lots of pictures!
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