After reading through this forum, i'm in two minds about investing into a Nikon D50...I've found (what i think to be a great) offer on the apple site, which is the D50 kit (with Nikkor 18-55mm zoom lens), a _free_ 1GB SD memory card plus apple have sent me an online voucher for a further £21 off, so all the above will cost just £408.
Now, i am total beginner to digital SLR and camera's in this price range. I am also hoping to set off on my RTW travels late october/maybe november this yr. So what are your thoughts about me investing in this? Is it a great offer in actuality? Or do I give it a couple of months, to see if other offers will surface within the same price range? The catch is, this offer expires the 30th of july...3days. And as it's a huge investment for me, i'm hesistant, so would appreciate the advice of someone who's much more informed than me.
oh lord, i'm sorry if the above will constitute advertising!? It's a genuine query..i hope it's permitted.
£408 is $758. According to dpreview, the current average street price for the D50 plus 18-55 kitlens (which I recommend you stay away from, and instead get the $200 more expensive 18-70 for a lot more quality) is $574. Even with 10% taxes, and a 1GB SD card (costing about $30-$50), that still doesn't come above $680, fully $80 cheaper than this offer.
Of course, everything here in Europe is more expensive, and the dollar currently is very weak, but even so this doesn't seem like that great a deal to me. Googling for 'uk camera store', I see several selling the D50 with kitlens for just under £400.
If you have some time tomorrow or Saturday, I'd suggest visiting some real world stores - ideally the bigger photography-store chains (rather than general electronics stores, although visit those as well to compare) - and asking if they can provide a nice package deal for the D50 body only with 18-70 and maybe a UV filter plus card. (Although it's on these latter two that they make the bulk of their profits, so be careful of too much upselling.)
Prices on this cameras will only go down - especially now that Nikon is just in the process of introducing the new D80 - so I think you can safely get an equal or better price than this one given that you have 2-3 months to look for it.
(If another European photographer has a differing opinion though, pay heed to that. I've actually bought all my camera equipment on the road in other countries, so am not really aware of how expensive things are here in Europe.)
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 2:34 PM by Sander ]
wow, many thanks Sander - that link is pretty useful & i've certainly got incentive to research more further afield over the next couple of days.
The pull for me was infact the freebie of a £50 Kingston memory card, this combined with free p&p, and a £21 online discount voucher seemed an attractive deal compared to other sites i'd looked at. And given it's such a steep upgrade for me price wise, i'm happy i haven't rushed into anything.
I'm inclined to hope that prices will drop again soon too, with the D80 on it's way, ....but i'm still tempted as i'd like to get that kind of heavy purchase complete long before i splash out on RTW tickets. (And I remember waiting ages for the price of ipod mini's to drop with the introduction of the nano, instead they were discontinued and i ended up paying 45% more on ebay!! so i dont want to be so foolish again)
Lens-wise, i've been told that the D50 kit-inclusive one isn't THAT great by someone else also, but given i'm a novice to SLR's i haven't given it much consideration.
cheers for your help
£50 for 1GB of memory is extremely heavily overpriced. (Remember what I said about where camera stores make their profit?)
I pay less than €100 (£68) for 2GB compact flash (SanDisk Ultra (a reasonably high-speed version)), and looking at that same store, 1GB of Kingston SD goes for €33 (£22.5), and even Kingston Ultimate (the most expensive brand and version available) doesn't cost more than €43 (£29).
Now, that's at one of the cheapest stores in the Netherlands, but even 10-20% above those prices (which should be average) doesn't get you anywhere near £50.
You can rest assured that Nikon won't discontinue the D50 anytime soon. (Rather, the one thing that should concern you is the camera not being in stock because it sells so well, but looking through those UK camera store sites, that didn't seem to be a problem.)
It would be a good idea to buy one several weeks before setting out, so you can practice with it and get the hang of it, but even so I'd say there's no rush yet.
well, the kingston 1GB card retails for £49.95 on the apple site to be specific, hehe!...it seems i have been overly excited and blinded by the FREE!!! bit i think..
really appreciate your input into this, great help Sir.
we've just invested in a D50 with an upgraded tamron lens 70-300mm lens on the advice of a friend who is a photographer. We only bought it yesterday but so far I'm impressed, although its got lots of features not had chance to mess with yet.
Have also a look at E-bay!
I'd recommend against buying any DSLR on eBay or at any place other than an authorized camera store. If you ever need it repaired - especially in the warranty period, but even outside it - there's an awfully big chance you'll find out you bought a grey market camera and that they'll refuse to repair it.
(And whatever you do (not really relevant in this case, but as a general warning), don't ever buy a camera on eBay from anyone based in Brooklyn, NY!)
Cheers again for all your help..
I didn't go in for the D50 offer, i'll bide my time and go for something i'm sure of. It's all so confusing, i want to invest but i read so many contrary reviews that i stand back a bit overwhelmed.
I've checked out ebay, but as a general rule i try to not buy things that cost big bucks off there anyway...tainted by a bad costly experience from Japan ;p