So you think you know how to use your Nikon D50? Like many of us, you may have a DSLR or compact system camera but tend to use only a handful of your its features.
In our ongoing review of some of the more popular current and ‘out of date’ Nikon cameras, we want to help you better harness the creative potential of your camera.
Call them camera tips, or call it a user’s guide to your favourite Nikon camera. The advice below comes from experts who have used the Nikon D50 and know this DSLR inside and out.
If you have your own Nikon D50 tips you’d like to share, post them in the comments below. What we want to build is an ever-growing user’s guide for the Nikon D50 that comes not from a press release or a lab test, but from the photographers who shoot with this DSLR (read more DSLR tips or read about another Nikon DSLR).
We want to inspire you to twist the mode dial and move beyond your favourite settings and functions and get more out of your Nikon D50 starting today!
Nikon D50 tip no. 1
The D50 has a ‘two-tier’ Custom Settings Menu. To display all possible items, use the CSM Menu item in the Setup Menu.
Nikon D50 tip no. 2
The D50 has a single command dial; this makes Manual mode a bit cumbersome, but Shutter-priority and Aperture-priority are as easy to use as on any other Nikon DSLR.
Nikon D50 tip no. 3
Close up mode focuses on the centre focus point. If you want to show your subject off-centre, start with it central, half-press the shutter-release button to focus, then keep it held down as you reframe.
Nikon D50 tip no. 4
The D50 was Nikon’s first DSLR to use SD memory cards. It does not support SDHC/SDXC cards, so you’re limited to 2Gb capacity, but that’s still over 250 RAW files – or 500 JPEGs, even at the highest settings.
Nikon D50 tip no. 5
A wide aperture (e.g. f/5.6) helps to throw backgrounds out of focus; Portrait mode (and Sports mode) will do this, but use Aperture Priority for full control.