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The Nikon d50: Still an excellent choice even after all these years!

The appeal of the Nikon d50 can be summed up by two phrases that make the heart leap when juxtaposed: “DSLR” and “Less than two hundred and fifty dollars”. Don't get me wrong, point-and-shoot cameras are great. Cheap, simple, portable and rugged, their ability to allow even the worst photographer to take a fine photo that looks half decent has made them ubiquitous items in the modern world. But despite all their advantages, they're always going to to play second fiddle to the DSLR cameras like the d50, which allow for interchangeable lenses and much larger sensors than point-and-shoot cameras, which all adds up in the end to better quality photos.

Unfortunately, as with everything, with great quality comes great expense, and even the cheapest new DSLR camera clocking in at a wallet punishing price of above six hundred dollars, which sends most of those interested in upgrading their hardware back to the comforting world of point-and-shoot in floods of tears. Which is a shame! There is a third way however. An older DSLR camera like the Nikon d50 still has enough of a punch to compete with the DSRL big boys. With a 6.1 Megapixel resolution, 2 inch back LCD screen and classic Nikon “F” Mount the Nikon is still an impressive piece of kit, and best of all, over time it's price has dropped through the floor. When then Nikon d50 made it's debut in 2005 as Nikon's first entry-level DSLR, it traded at nine hundred US dollars new. Now you can find examples on the market priced at less than a quarter of that!

Unfortunately, the main problem with the Nikon d50 is not the price, but actually finding it! Nikon discontinued the camera in November 2006, so your best chance of picking one up will be at smaller independent retailers. If that fails, one pops up every couple of days on eBay. Bid low, and you never know, you might end up joining the DSLR club for less than the price of a point and shoot!

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