Best of 2005: Nikon D50

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Ok, so the Canon EOS 350D has its fans and the Nikon D70 is obviously a more advanced camera, but for causal snapper looking to take the next big step in digital photography the Nikon D50 is unbeatable. A dream to use it takes brilliant automated pictures, yet invites the user to experiment with manual and creative settings. It isn’t too pricey either.

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  • I respectfully disagree with your statement that “for causal snapper looking to take the next big step in digital photography the Nikon D50 is unbeatable.”

    That designation goes to the Konica-Minolta 5D. Like the Nikon D50, it’s an “entry level” digital SLR (both of which are a significant jump from consumer digicams), takes excellent pictures, and has both creative settings (for the beginner) and full manual control (for the more advanced photographer.)

    What sets the KM 5D apart is that it includes Anti-Shake (AS) technology in the body of the camera (the only DSLR other than it’s big brother, the 7D, to have this feature.) This is particularly good for the beginner, but also a great feature for the advanced user. Built in AS makes *every* lens a stabilized lens (saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars on lenses since you don’t need the very expensive stabilized lenses.) This allows for much better pictures without the use of a tripod in many situations, better low-light capabilities, and the ability to stop down 2 full stops without a tripod.

    I looked extensively at both the Nikon and the KM, and finally settled on the KM. I’ve never once regretted my choice, and have been able to get shots that others missed because they didn’t have a tripod or their lens wasn’t well suited to indoor shots without a flash.

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