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Old 09-16-2006, 01:11 AM
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New Nikon D50

I am very anxious. I am going to pick up my Nikon D50 tomorrow. My father-in-law is selling his to me...i just had a few questioins

-how many photos will it take on a 1GB card? or roughly how big are the files.
-should I get an external flash?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:01 AM
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You're going to love this camera.

I have a 128mg card in mine, and get 115 shots at 2256 x 1496. It will shoot larger but never have had the occasion to do this.

External flash is a matter of choice. The built-in does well most of the time. I prefer shooting with available light whenever possible.

The attached is an example of a shot done in a woody area in shadow with available light.

Have fun.

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Old 09-17-2006, 07:20 AM
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The number of pictures depends on how you set picture quaility values for your camera. For 6MP camera such as Nikon D50 you are looking at ~80 pictures in RAW format or ~260 high quality jpegs (at highest resolution). 1GB cards are not that expencive, one option is to buy a few and to replace them... Pavel
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:34 AM
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Hello, Good to hear about your new camera. Have fun with it! As it was mentioned above, its a good idea to have extra memory. It is fairly cheap, and you can get smaller memory if you have to, remember, it is the only film you have to buy.
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:24 AM
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Chris, congratulations on your new D50. You should be really pleased with it.
I.M.O., the on board flash is only suitable for a very short range (a few feet). If you plaan to do a lot of indoor shooting, the SBx00 (can't recall if the matching flash is the 600 or 800) might be a good investment, even though they are pretty expensive compared to the price of the camera. The flash zooms to an angle consistent with the focal length of the lens on the camera. It has very accuate timing and compensation based on the camera exposure and programming settings. It has lots of power and faster recharge times after a flash discharge. Detachable light diffuser / softener. Pivotable flash head which permits you to bounce the light off a wall, ceiling, or white card.
Indoors in low light settings you will see a major difference between images taken with the built in flash and the external on. Youmay want to try both to see if the price delta is worth it.
Regards, Murray
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:48 AM
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cducasse, take a look at this web site. it gives most all the specs you could want for the D50, including minimum and maximum picture size:

and steve, that's a good picture and a remarkable photo, particularly given that you had to reduce the size to fit it here on RP. i had to zoom in to 400% to see any artifacting. quire remarkable.

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