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D50 - Continuous Shooting Mode

Anthony Sequeira , Oct 03, 2006; 10:44 p.m.

Hello all!

I just purchased the D50 and I am sure am thrilled so far!

One thing I am stumped on, however. For continuous shooting - I have only been able to get it to do this with the Mode Dial set to Sports.

I was assumming that I could take advantage of continuous shooting mode with the camera set to any mode.

Please forgive my ignorance.....one guess on my part is that perhaps I need a better flash attachment for this mode to work when set to AUTO mode and the camera detects I need a flash.

The documentation provided on continuous shooting mode was thin to say the least.....

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help!


Jerry Litynski , Oct 03, 2006; 11:48 p.m.

You have to live with the D50. If you want something like a D200 feature-wise, the D50 is not going to make you happy.

The SB-800 speedlight is probably you next best investment.

Chris Combs , Oct 04, 2006; 01:28 a.m.

D50 lets you set continuous mode drive; the above is mistaken. read the manual provided with it if you can't find the button. It looks like little windows.

Chris Combs , Oct 04, 2006; 01:28 a.m.

it works with P/A/S/M. don't ever use the other scene modes; they're useless.

Hugo Vincent , Oct 04, 2006; 01:38 a.m.

The continuous mode button is to the left of the viewfinder. Hold it down and rotate the command dial to change the camera to continuous mode. I can't remember if the auto-scene modes will let you use it (except sports mode obviously), but it works in P/A/S modes. When I first tried to use it I was quite dissapointed by the speed (seemed like about 1 FPS), but then I discovered that if you change round the AF mode (e.g. to continuous AF) or switch to manual focus, you can easily get the specified maximum continous rate. On JPEG fine, you seem to be able to shoot dozens of pictures continuously before the buffer fills up (with a fast SD card anyway).

Hope this helps.

David Eicher , Oct 04, 2006; 01:37 p.m.


Please forgive my ignorance.....one guess on my part is that perhaps I need a better flash attachment for this mode to work when set to AUTO mode and the camera detects I need a flash.

There in lies the problem. The continuous shooting will work in the modes mentioned above, but everyone seemed to miss you were trying to fire your flash. If it needs to recycle to full charge, it will not fire until ready to do so. Try it without the flash and you will be good to go.

Anthony Sequeira , Oct 04, 2006; 02:05 p.m.

Wow - this forum is awesome! Thanks to everyone (escpecially David) - for the help!

I just took the unit outside - set it to Auto - Continusous Shooting Mode - and it was firing very rapidly.

So now - in order to shoot in Auto Mode/Continuous - in an environment where I actually need the flash - I would need to upgrade to a better external flash attachemnt, correct?

I presume that is why these products are called Speedlights??

Can anyone tell I am an amateur?

Thanks again everyone!

David Eicher , Oct 04, 2006; 07:54 p.m.

Anthony for it to work with the flash you will need alot of power and very close proximity to your subject, so it can recyle quick enough. What are you trying to photograph that you need such a quick recycle time?

Anthony Sequeira , Oct 04, 2006; 09:31 p.m.

Oh nothing in particular - I was just wondering if shooting continuously with my built-in flash was even possible. Just in case it ever comes up that I want to do it.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Tom Luongo , Oct 05, 2006; 02:50 a.m.

Your next best investment is probably getting a basic 50mm f/1.8 lens for a bit more than $100.

Shooting with the wider apertures can cut the flash recycle time dramatically. And there are lots of other benefits to using the 50mm.

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