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Nikon D50 lcd problem

Sir! greetings! i know your the only master of cameras here at fixya, kudos to you!

I saw an ad a while back re: defective nikon D50. the cam works fine, when the camera is connected to a pc the captured images look great! all functions are working i guess but there's one a big drawback.

the monitor (main LCD) has no display at all. no backlight, no shadows from the image. i really couldn't tell if there's a faint image at all when under some window light. i was able to get a service manual of the D50. the disassembly instructions look easy.

my question is: is there a possiblity that the ribbon wire that connects the lcd to the main board just became loose? or the connector lock just became uneven and eventually opened and lost contact of the ribbon wire.? or the worse scenario, corrosion. on the other hand the wires that connect to the buttons beside the monitor is also the same ribbon wire of the monitor - these buttons do work..

the guy is selling the cam at around $180! i'm a bit hessitant to get it for its price!

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I'm sure that the auction/sale has ended for this, but I'll go ahead and answer it. Yes, it could be a simple loose/broken cable. But when it comes to cameras, is that a good thing? Something had to jar that cable. Nikon builds are strong, possibly the strongest. The guy who owns that camera was probably very rough with it, and therefore MUCH more could possibly be wrong it (fractures, scratches, etc.)

I bought my d50 used, but the guy I bought it from was smart enough to take SEVERAL pictures, including that of the glass, the mirror, display, everything. I had the option of buying a d50 for $150, and all it had wrong with it was a crack going along the outside of the analog lcd and down part of the camera. Problem was, how hard did he drop it? He might have even knocked the internals around!

Save yourself headaches, and most probably expensive future investments, and be sure what you're buying is in mint condition (body scratches and general wear on rubber grips, etc. aside). Most people who own SLRs (with exceptions to some professionals) cradle their cameras like it's their baby.

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