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Old 06-01-11, 12:40 AM
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Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Which do you prefer and why?

Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras?
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I said Canon because I've used their cameras for over a decade and have a decent lens collection. At this point it's really up to your personal preference. Canon used to have an edge over Nikon with their CMOS sensors but it's reached the point where the differences are moot. (They are differences but I don't think they make one better than the other)
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

i can't say which, but canon is what my friend uses. he's a professional photog/videographer.

uses a 5D, 7D and 60D.

You also look into lenses. that's where the money pit will go into.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

either or, olympus makes good cameras as well. Whatever suits you the best for the price. Photographer makes the camera not the camera.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Originally Posted by statcat View Post
Photographer makes the camera not the camera.
Old 06-01-11, 12:17 PM
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

pentax or olympus.
I'm the kind of guy that like my photos to look a bit different than the C/N crowd.

I'm an Olympus shooter myself.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

How many Canon DSLR owners are you friends with?
How many Nikon DSLR owners are you friends with?

If one number is larger than the other, you've got your answer.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I own a Nikon DSLR so I prefer those, but honestly unless you own lenses from either brand already you would be fine with either brand. They both offer essentially the same things.

I'd recommend just going out and trying out the camera bodies to see which you prefer and feel more comfortable with, such as the ergonomics and the button/menu layout.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I agree with ZakVTA. I went with Canon because my brother had one and it enables us to share lenses. I'd have been fine w/ a Nikon, as well. Very happy with the Canon, though.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I had a Nikon N60 35mm, but went to a Canon Rebel T2i. Been very happy with it. I seem to use the various setting a lot more than I did with my Nikon. And as just stated above, maybe just go with what feels right to you. Both brands offer nearly identical options in the same price ranges. I went with Canon because of the feel and weight. And it's kindof cool recording stuff in HD video from time to time with it.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

My wife just went thru this for her business and went from a Rebel xsi to a Nikon D700.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Of all the ford/chevy debates out there, this one is the best example of "they're both the same". I prefer Canon, but that's because I've been using Canon SLRs since the AE1. Pretty much all of my camera buddies use Canon, so trading lenses is a great side benefit.

Be sure to get at least one high quality lens. Kit lenses are usually low quality with plastic elements. But don't feel you need to spend ten thousand for a nice assortment of glass. There are several online lens rental places that will send you a $2500 lens for a long weekend for under $100.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I prefer Canon myself... but that's because I've used Canon for years. I've used a borrowed Nikon as well, and while I liked it, I will definitely go with Canon.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Canon, because that's what I have. Therefore it is the best.

But seriously, what RoyalTea said. Sage advice.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Originally Posted by mmconhea View Post
pentax or olympus.
I'm the kind of guy that like my photos to look a bit different than the C/N crowd.

I'm an Olympus shooter myself.
< Also uses Olympus.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I agree with ZakVTA. Both companies offer quality gear. See which one feels better in your hands. Play with the buttons. Some people will have problems with certain layouts. Also which features do are deal-breakers.

Between the two, I voted Canon.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

I voted (and have) a Canon. I think the easiest way to decide, is...Are you going to be buying a basic body/kit lens and be mostly done, or are you going to want to invest (over time) in higher quality lenses?

If I was just gonna get a body and fairly basic lens (or two), I might go with Nikon since they make nicer bodies on their more basic cameras.

If you want to start off small, then build up a nice lens collection, I would go Canon. I bought a Canon XT (350D) in 2006 (still have it) and then spent a small fortune on lenses. I am ready to upgrade the body at this point since I now have a great set of lenses to go with it.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

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Kit lenses are usually low quality with plastic elements.
Really? I thought the elements were all glass and the lens body was made of plastic.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

On a related note, what are your opinions of the Canon T3? I was wanting a DSLR and had been looking at this camera, seems good for a beginner. I'll pick up another lens or two but will basically use it as a point and shoot.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

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Really? I thought the elements were all glass and the lens body was made of plastic.
My original digital rebel had a terrible lens, and I saw an entry level nikon lens last summer that was an insult to the word lens. Maybe some of the newer ones are better. I haven't looked closely at kit lenses in a while.

But in any event, none of them come close to the quality of the other possibilities that are available.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Both are excellent. I have a Canon and like it, but Nikon is just as good. Buy whatever feels good in your hands and has an interface that's intuitive to you. Or, as others have said above, buy whatever will give you access to more lenses through friends. Kit lenses are much better than they used to be, but they're still far from the best available glass.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

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Really? I thought the elements were all glass and the lens body was made of plastic.
Depends on the quality of the glass. Lens MTF ratings and such are a good indicator (but not exclusive) of a quality lens.

Kit lenses can be rather nice, but you have to look at just what lens is being offered in the "kit".

Also, I've found that bundling packages or kits aren't saving you that much anymore. What to look for...is the rebates. Nikon just recently had several awesome rebates on lenses. Canon does as well. You just have to ask around the popular forums on when to expect them.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

Originally Posted by Jason View Post
My original digital rebel had a terrible lens, and I saw an entry level nikon lens last summer that was an insult to the word lens. Maybe some of the newer ones are better. I haven't looked closely at kit lenses in a while.

But in any event, none of them come close to the quality of the other possibilities that are available.
No doubt, but I bet it was a crappy lens with crappy glass elements.
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Re: Thinking of buying a DSLR...Nikon or Canon?

When I was buying my dslr, I tried a canon and a nikon. Nikon felt very cheaply made. Like it would break very easily.

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