It did everything for me. I learned to "see" without having to worry about the other functions of a manual camera. I credit this camera with giving me the freedom I needed to begin photography easily. Everything else just came naturally.
I remember trying to use my dad's old cannon and getting really frustrated because the metering, focusing, shutter speed, and f-stop got in the way becauce I did not have the patience to learn them. That N50 let me see success, the rest fell into place after that.
I still use it to capture the fleeting moments of my son. He's two and there is no way I could meter focus and do everything else I need to do manually and still catch those hyper two yearold discoveries.