I am beginning to have problems with my D50 not powering up correctly. At times, I can turn it on and view pictures through the LCD monitor, but it won't take a picture. This is an intermittent problem as it will suddenly begin working again (like the next day AFTER a wedding)! This has happened several times and has caused me to miss some pretty important pictures. It has never been dropped or abused, and has had a fully charged battery when this occurs. I don't know what to do. It is working at the moment and I am reluctant to ship away a functioning camera for repair. It's like taking your car to the shop for a repair because you hear a rattle under your hood, but as soon as the mechanic listens for the rattle it's gone!! Please advise on what I should do. Thanks in advance.
I have the same problem, caused by a small amount of water getting in the command dial slot. If I leave the camera switched on I can push the battery in and out firmly a few times and it comes good. I suspect a dirty film from the water in the contacts. I am trying to get a repair manual to have a go at getting at the contacts to give ithem clean.
I have tried pouring a little methlated spirit in the command dial opening - with the battery out and holding it at an angle to prevent the meth going right through the camera. This hasn't changed the condition.
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While trying to fix a corroded switch on my D50 I managed to break the lcd so If you have a dead d50 I am looking to buy one for parts. Please if you are interested contact me at [email protected]
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NatD, The D50 and indeed most SLR digital cameras [ I have a D40 ] does not allow you to take pictures using the LCD display ... this is by design, you are meant to use the viewfinder and the image you see through it is straight through the lens via a mirror block [ called a reflex pentamirror or prism ]. When the mirror is down such that you can see the image in the viewfinder it is obscuring the sensor [ the bit that takes the picture ] and when you take a shot the mirror lifts and the picture is recorded. Its this reason that DSLR's dont use the LCD to shoot, however there are a few now available that do let you do this, such as olympus, new panasonic one and higher end Nikon and Canon cameras. Hope this explains it without getting too detailed!
I suspect that you're looking for a "live view", like in the point & shoot cameras. Most DSLRs (like the Nikon D50) don't have live view. In other words, in order to see the picture you must take it first.
Hi, the only thing I can see in the manual is on page 52 (below). You can scroll through the information provided using the up & down arrow keys on the multi-selector button.
Scrolling though to the basic file info should give a clearer view. Perhaps if you select this option the next time you view it will default to it? I don't have the camera to try!
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I have a D50 as well but never experienced this problem. One thing to check as you already mentioned are the metal connections between the lens and the camera body. Make sure they're clean and shiny. Another thing to try would be switching between AF and MF modes on the lens itself.
I'm not sure what exactly your question is but this sounds normal. My D50 does the exact same thing. It displays the number of frames left on the LCD on top of the body when a card is in, and an 'E' when it is not, even when the camera is powered off. The only way to comepetely turn this LCD off is to remove the battery from the camera.