Nikon F50 / N50

Author: Sherm H, professional PhotographerDate: Sun, Dec 14, '03 at 07:48 GMT+01:00
ProOften takes spectacular pictures.
ContraThe Nikon lense that came with it was probably made with old 2 litre soda pop bottles. I have always swore by Nikon but my brother who is not a professional was putting my photos to shame with a Pentax that was a little cheaper in price. I have been embarassed that almost all of his photos were excellent when mine were not very sharp (with Nikon lenses). I prefer any old Nikon lenses over this Maylasian crap.
I must admit with my Sigma 70 to 300 mm lense in the macro mode I have taken some of the most clear detailed pictures of insects and flowers from about 3ft away.
ThoughtsIn general I would get a Pentax as a starter camera. The auto focus is uselessly inaccurate, batteries are expensive, no remote, unpredictable results, heavy, bulky, lousy flash, comes with a cheap lense, and a good pocket point and shoot would put it to shame with and exception of the Sigma 70 to 300mm lense that would complement any camera. My Nikon FM10 blows it out of the water. Manual is better.
 
Author: Angel, normal AmateurDate: Tue, Nov 5, '02 at 19:09 GMT+01:00
ProHas everything for taking great pictures.
Precise exposure-meter (3D matrix, center-weighted).
ContraDOF-preview would be nice to have. The automatic adjustment functions for aperture and zoom-head position cannot be used with a SB-28 (also with the SB 24..27) - which is sometimes annoying.
ThoughtsThe F50/N50 is a good camera for amateurs that opens the door for using todays great Nikkor lenses. Actually it does'nt matter that the "good old" Nikkor lenses are not really supported, but wich amateur has thousands of these?

The use of the six buttons on it is a question of personal taste.

Anyway, a sharp lens is more important than the greatest camera body with an unsharp lens.
Nevertheless, today I would recommend to get a Fxx (where xx >= 65) with a Nikkor lens.
 
Author: housewithnodoor, advanced AmateurDate: Thu, Oct 17, '02 at 10:09 GMT+01:00
ProCheap, functional, very easy to use, takes all my existing Nikon lenses. It's a 'take anywhere' kind of a camera.
ContraBuilt in flash is a bit weak, but useful at times. If I need flash, I normally use the camera with an SB28 speedlight. No manual cable release socket (Like many AF Nikons) but you can always use the self timer to eliminate shake.
ThoughtsI already have an F5 and an F90X and wanted a cheap AF body to use on B/W only. I use it on the advanced program or manual setting and it does more or less anything I want. It isn't in the same class as the F5 or F90X, for build, metering or AF speed but then what can you expect for a little over Ł100.
 
Author: JaimeDate: not recorded
ProThe best camera for amateur photograph. No doubt.extremely resistant on heavy duty: treks in Mali, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, etc. with dust, humidity, etc. and still in good
Contrano DOF
ThoughtsIt is the most ergonomic camera youŽll find in the market, you can change any setting without taking your eye from the viewer.If you are starting in photography, this IS the camera!!!
 
Author: patti@lakemac.netDate: not recorded
Progood camera for outdoor shots
Contraneed a flash to go with it; the pop up flash just doesn't do it
ThoughtsI have an N50 Nikon and I'm having trouble getting a flash that is dedicated to it. What flash is to be used with this camera. It came with a 38-200 lens on it.
 
Author: surinder bainsDate: not recorded
Progood quality, fine metering, sturdy bomb proof build
Contrahandling is poor,especially portraits(on it`s side) no remote shutter release,no switchable metering,and flash communication is lacking
ThoughtsIf any one can enlighten me i`m having trouble with flash photography with this camera, when i use ttl it usually over exposes flesh tones this is probably because it uses matrix metering all the time? i have tried nikon sb27,and dedicated metz 45cl4. can u help please
 
Author: CodrutDate: not recorded
ProGreat quality/price ratio. Very good matrix metering in general to complex light situations (95% of the cases). Good metal built body, lasting camera.
ContraMajor disadvantages: spot metering, centerweight-metering in Auto Programmes Medium disadvantages: no red-eye remover, buit-in flash (no 3D matrix, no 28mm), no remote operation posibility, only 1 focus point Minor disadvantages: only 1 fps, no rear-sync, no slow-sync
ThoughtsI ask owners of this model to contact me at b14cod@hotmail.com to exchange some opinions about it or photography in general.
 
Author: Joon S umDate: not recorded
ProBuilt qulity for amature camera. Convinient simple basic control. Still it has 90 % requirement feature for my photography. Best looking Nikon camera. simple easy operation(I can do every control for picture taking without taking my eye from the viewfinder by using one finger to push Four button. I can not do that with My F-100 neither FM3A.) No intimidation subject especially amatuer model. Perfect combo with my 35~70/2.8 and 50/1.8 sold later. Nice everyday camera.
ContraFor amature camera not many. No 3D matrix built-in flash. No cheap remote control. Even My 50$ point&shoot camera wireless remote contol. No Mirror lock. thIs is making me pissed off. This stupidity from Nikon are showing everywhere even on my so-called professional camera F100 and FM3A. The Mirror lock is not high cost requiring to install. Even my father's 30 years old camera has one. So there sould be no excuse for not having it either for pro camrera or amature camera. No provision for alternating 3AA rechargerble battery. I spend 250$ for this camera last 6 years ago. and I also spent more than 500$ for the battery.
ThoughtsI have been accumulated two other body and FM3A and F100 and lens 24/2.8 35~70/2.8 85mm/2.8 PC, 105mm/2.8 Micro lens 85~400/4.5~5.6 VR. Still this camera and 35~70/2.8 AFD combo has been used most.
 
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ThoughtsWhat can I say about the F50? A superp little camera. Took it all round Australia in 1998 and it never let me down - taking only slides. It became the B&W body when an F90 was picked up in Sydney and still did the business. I finally sold it and have had a succession of second bodies to go with the F90X. Finally I got another F50 a few weeks ago and fell in lov with it all over again. The controls are NOT difficult to use - in fact I have owned an F60 and it is easier to adjust the settings on the F50 whilst looking through the viewfinder than it is to do the same on the F60. Love the shape and the "hold" of the F50 and I think the black bodied version looks excellent. I certainly will not be trading this body in for anything else.
F50 - excellent camera.
 
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ThoughtsI recently received an F50 as a gift. I agree that the controls are clumsy, but I like the build of it--very solid compared to other brands in its class. I have a 20-year-old minolta with half a dozen lenses that I still use for creative photography and events I'm very occasionally asked to shoot pics for. I wanted a new camera mainly for travel and snapshots of family. For this, I was hoping for a good built-in flash. I thought the flash would share the 3D matrix info with the light meter, but I've found that close subjects (those I focus on) are washed out more than I would expect. Does the flash not factor in focus distance, or am I just expecting it to work too well? I suppose I can switch to manual, center-weighted metering, but that defeats the purpose for which I wanted the camera. I just want simple and consistent from this one.
 
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ThoughtsA great light tight box that let you mount Nikon AF lenses.
A very accurate matrix metering.
Easy to use.
You can out grow it very soon.
 
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
Pro- Extremely precise 6-segments exposure metering, also using built-in-flash or the speedlite SB-26. Normally, I use P, Ps or A, but also "Sunset" or "Night" exposure programs helped me to take a lot of very good pictures.
- Fast and precise auto focus, even under low-light conditions;
- Excellent viewfinder which provides a clear, bright, high-contrast view, data indication ( black on yellow ) is perfect;
- durable and reliable body construction;
- High quality of the lens: I use a Nikkor AF 35-80 D and a Tamron 80-210;
Contra- braketing is impossible, as well as transmission of the camera settings to external speedlites (I' m also missing these features on the F60). To get a correct distance indication on the display of the speedlite, you have to set up the flash manually: film sensitivity, aperture and focal distance are to put in on the flash. Fortunately, TTL flash control works perfectly even without these settings!
- Operation by bottoms is not very comfortable, the F60 is better to handle (dials insead of bottoms);
- auto focus does not work with AF-S lens
ThoughtsAnyway,I made a lot of good experiences shooting with the F50 under variuos conditions. After 4 years on the market, this body is discontinued. My favorite Nikon camera: the new F80!
 
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Thoughts Nearly three years ago, May 31 1997, I purchased my first camera, a Nikon F50. I have to say that I've had lot of pleasure with it. Together with my new F100, I still use him for fast films. Autofocus: fast and accurate; most times meets the requirements perfectly; the one point focus is not very well suited for a footballmatch; for that you need at least three point focus, which you can handle fastly; the Canon EOS 500n is equipped with more point focus, but I don't know anything about its handling; for Nikon you must choose at least the F80, but I suppose it's possible to change the focus point fastly, because it has the same handling as that of the F100. Camera body: solid; not heavy, and also not too light; good and stabile to handle; in this the Nikon F50 seems me better than the Canon EOS 500n, which is a very light SLR-camera. Build-in flash: frugarly equipped: no red eye reduction, a big disadvantage; the Canon EOS 500n has this; thank goodness the F60 is equipped with it; the flash synchronisation time is pretty fast in this class: 1/125 sec; the Canon EOS 500n delivers her a meagre 1/90 sec. Standard objective: AF Nikkor 35-80 4-5.6 D; good optical quality for the price: sharp, little distortion; light weight; making macro photos is possible with it. The simple-advanced button is superfluous. When I had just buyed the camera, the button was for one half day on simple, and after that for always on advanced, without looking anymore at it. In the advanced mode the handling isn't more complicated. I hardly use the special exposure programs (sport, night, etc.), so I can spare them. The silhouet program is the only nice one to me. Conclusion: a good and solid camera, which is a bit frugarly equipped; Canon delivers more equipment for the same money; but in no way I would choose a Canon or something else; Nikon has the best reputation for optical lens performance, and that's the most important thing; the camera bodies of Nikon are very solid; if I would want more equipment, I would rather choose a more expensive Nikon; I think the new F80 is a very good choise, if you don't want to spend a big amount of money.
 
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ThoughtsNikon F50/N50 = Perfection. What an EXCELLENT body, I could not be more pleased with my purchase over 3 years ago. I have been using this camera heavily with both its standard 35-80mm f4-5.6 lens as well as with a 60-300mm zoom. The F50 has an outstanding Auto focusing system built in with easy and quick switch to manual. The weight of the camera is quite light and allows you to add a heavier zoom lens on and you still do not notice the weight for many hours of use. So far, I have not needed ANY repairs or had to use the warranty of the camera, its that Perfect. Only minor complaint is the battery consumption rate of 1 battery per 15 rolls of 24exp film (some shots with built in flash used). I guess if I didn't use this camera SO much, I wouldn't have to keep buying batteries for it. When you use it that much, THAT to ME, is the BEST TEST of any camera! NIKON F50/N50 - 6 out of 5 stars!
 
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ThoughtsI have been using the F50D (date) for half a year now. I hate the use of the four buttons to make any change of settings. I'm using an old F601AF now.
 
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ThoughtsWhen you are looking for a cheap used Nikon SLR, and you can accept a few missing features (= no spot metering system (really bad!), no bracketing, slow motorspeed), this is a good camera! It has a good viewfinder, with good infos and a reliable metering system. If you have a little more money, then buy a F70 NOT a F60, which is more or less the same than a F50.
 
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ThoughtsIf you want more than just point and shoot, buy F70. Reasons: F50/F60 are not compatible with non-AF lenses. In F50 bracketing is impossible, I have tried to learn without taking my eye from viewfinder, no success yet.
 
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ThoughtsComparing to the price, F50 is too expensive toy. Although it has manual mode, it's crazy to handle it - setting of aperture and time with 4 buttons is really uncomfortable. The same in A or S modes. In the most cases the moment is lost until you set the camera. The Ps modes are not bad, but comparing to the price, it would be better to buy some good rangefinder camera with good zoom and variable exposure programs. Somebody can argue that in SLR a number of different lenses can be used; but if you look at prices of AF/AF-D lenses (which only are worth to buy for F50), you'd better go with F70 or F90X (if your budget is big enough), or buy some rangefinder camera (I'm not expert in this field, but I think there are better manufacturers than Nikon in rangefinder cameras).
Although camera is for sure durable (more than Canons for example), I'm not satisfied with its features. I'm going to get rid of it.