Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/01/11

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Subject: [Leica] DSLR choice
From: mcyclwritr at (
Date: Wed Jan 11 14:15:00 2006


I have no experience with the D50, but I do have some familiarity with 
shooting digital at higher ISOs. Unless you or your daughter have an 
investment in another manufacturer's interchangeable SLR lenses, Canon is 
seems to be the consensus choice of reviewers for higher-ISO digital 
shooting. Why? The Canon high-ISO mojo is mo' better to begin with. 

Plus, you can make it even better. Though I don't know if it's the case with 
the Rebel XT, the 20D or the 5D, possibly both, have a user-selectable 
Custom Function that, in effect, lets the photographer say, "Yes, most 
exhalted digital wizard camera body, you please employ a little extra 
processing time and make image as noiseless as possible. Humbly, I wait."

Or something like that.

Anyway, why not go to a Canon-Nikon camera store and do a high-ISO A-B test? 
Even throw Minolta and Pentax into the mix and make it an A-B-C-D test. 
Then, take the card home and evaluate the images until your eyes go wonky.

-Chris Lawson

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
> My daughter is shopping for a first-time DSLR in the low-end of the price 
> range. 
> Her previous experience is with film cameras -- she has a BA in 
> Photography.  
> The Nikon D-50 seems attractive for the price.  Does anyone here have 
> experience 
> with it.  I'm especially interested in performance at ISO 800-1600 
> (specifically, noise levels).

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