by Rob Williams on October 2, 2006 in Digital Cameras
If you are looking to get into the D-SLR world but find it too expensive, then you may not know the value that awaits you. We are taking a look at the Nikon D50 6.1 megapixel camera, and given the pricerange, it packs a serious punch.
This first image, though simple, proves also to be one of my favorites. This was by far one of the easiest shots to take, due to the fact it’s close to being right outside my window. Unlike the last few pictures, this one required the 55-200mm lens at 70mm 1/160s f/9.0. For this shot, the camera excelled at both the clarity and color… it proved very accurate. At full resolution though, there is a substantial amount of noise in the clouds.
With Winter coming along quick, these are likely to be the last flowers seen until spring. This is a vibrant shot that turned out great. The flower is slightly blurry in some spots, which could have been combated had I brought along a tripod. But overall, the center flower is well focused and has great color. Oh flowers, how I will miss thee. Shot used the 18-55m lens at 42mm 1/400s f/8.0.
On a recent trip to the park, I found three opportunity to snap some insects and animals. First up is a spider just hanging around. For this shot, I used the 18-55mm lens at 55mm. This is not a macro lens, but it handled this scene quite well. I recommend taking a look at this shot at full resolution because the camera did a fantastic job of keeping the spider clear. You can even see his lunch!
The background was a lake, for those interested. This was shot at 1/125s f/5.6.
Shortly after passing the spider, it was time to give the 55-200mm lens another go. This horse, was a good distance away from me, and I could not get any closer to him due to a fence being in the way. I actually had to stand atop a kids slide in a small park to capture a shot without the fence getting in the way. The shot was taken at 175mm… almost the max zoom capability of the lens. Shutter speed was 1/640s with an aperture of f/5.6.
This picture is overly bright in a few spots, but it’s no surprise as it was a -very- bright day. At full view, the environment is not the crispest thing going, but the horse being the main focus is superb. In all honesty, I think he was posing because he knew I was near ;-)
Next up is where a tripod would have come in real handy. This was a very spontaneous photo, because I wanted to capture the duck before he swam too far away. So I crouched, used auto mode to focus in and snapped the picture. The fact that I didn’t use a tripod is evident, but it still turned out quite nice regardless. You can even see his feet underwater.
Not much can be said about this picture that isn’t obvious. It turned out great given the circumstances. This was also shot with the 55-200mm lens at 175mm 1/500s f/5.6.
Lastly, we have another spontaneous photo. One night while walking down a usual road, there was a lot of lighting going on, including this sign with the arrow. It’s no surprise that a low shutter speed was used… 2.5s to be exact. Overall the picture turned out pretty sweet, but there is a lot of noise. Lots. This picture is obviously not showing off the capabilities of the camera, but is a fun picture nonetheless.
I hope you enjoyed all the subject matter chosen for the picture quality tests… I had a little too much fun capturing them. Now that this it out of the way, let’s move onto some post processing and seeing where we can take these photos.