Canon or Nikon DSLR?!

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  1. Minissa

    Minissa TPF Noob!

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    I'm having a hard time to choose between them.
    I want a very good camera but mostly I want the best lenses too.

    So between Canon and Nikon which one should I get?

    I've heard that Canon doesn't have good lenses for macro and Nikon doesn't have good general lenses compare to Canon. I know that we cannot have both world, but still, I'm really confused. :confused:

    I also heard that Canon is perfect for someone, like me, who wants to shoot ; animals, landscapes, architectures, people. Compare to Nikon who is better for studio stuff than outside. True or false I don't really know so that's why I'm asking you. :)

    Please give me good advise and don't only say "Go with X" and that's it. This won't help me at all.

    Thanks! :hug::

    - Oh and by the way, the two DSLR I'm hesitating is Canon EOS 40D and Nikon D90.
     
  2. KvnO

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    Honestly, you'll be happy either way you go. To say one brand is better than another for some types of photography is absurd.

    The best thing to do is to try them out in the store and see which is more comfortable for you.

    When I broke into DSLRs, I chose a price point and found all the cameras that fit into it. Then, I read review after review on the models I'd narrowed it down to until I could choose one.
     
  3. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get whichever feels best in your hands. I'm serious...
     
  4. fred0000

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    everyone has already summed it up, thats what I did, I was lookin at Canons aswell as Nikons like you, I did alot of reading and found that either way i'd be good, and headed to a store to test some out, and I really liekd the way the D90 felt in my hands so i went with it and i've been happy ever since, you dont have to decide overnight, you can go to a store and play with them a few times, like I did, and i'm glad that I dod, or use some freinds cameras if they have something similar
     
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    False.

    Also false.

    To really notice any difference between Nikon and Canon general glass and Nikon vs Canon macro glass, you'd have to be obsessing over lens analysis charts for days and/or be an extremely, extremely high end shooter.

    Both Nikon and Canon make very, very competent lenses.

    Things like this are most often said by people wanting to start nikon vs canon flamewars. The only people I know personally who are 'gung ho Canon' from a 'this is the only way' standpoint are three guys who shoot sports professionally and use the 1dmk3. Then again, it's a sampling of 3.

    KvnO has the best advice. Try them. See what you like. See how they feel.
     
  6. JustAnEngineer

    JustAnEngineer TPF Noob!

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    Both Nikon and Canon are excellent brands with a full range of products.

    We could argue those areas where one brand has a (fleeting) advantage over the other, but either one would serve you well.

    The D90 can auto-focus with lenses that lack internal focus motors (those that use the older AF-D design), so it's quite a bit better than the D40/D40X/D60 in my opinion. That opens up the entire current catalog of Nikkor lenses for you to use.
     
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    Semi-hijack:

    Since getting into this, I have noticed that on the sidelines of sporting events, most photographers have Canon equipment.

    I have Nikon, and am happy with it. Don't see switching in the future. Just making an observation.

    Back on topic:

    one more vote for getting the camera that feels comfortable in your hands and fits your budget.
     
  8. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree very much with Rufus - you (Minissa) have had bad luck in picking up some bad advice about things!
    The only thing Rufus is slightly wrong (and is also about the only major lens difference between canon and nikon) is that canon make a macro lens capable of doing 5 times life size macro shots (typical macro lenses only do lifesize shots). Its one of hte hardest lenses to learn to use and to master its even harder still - it is most certainly not a lens for everyone and I would not recomend it to a beginner for macro photography. Its there though so consider it if you have a burning interest in macro work.

    Further as to canon and sports/wildlife - canon used to totally rule both areas because canon were the best plus their longer focal length lenses are cheaper than nikons (cost only optical quality they are on par) so that helped to get them more sales in this area. Canon also had an edge for wildlife enthusiasts on a cheaper budget as they had the 100-400mm L lens - now that sigma make some similar zoom lenss in nikon fit in the same price range this difference is lessened (nikon do make a fantastic 200-400mm zoom, but its very pricy).
    Interestingly since the last releases of camera bodies many are actaully changing over to nikon gear now!

    Essentially if you go with canon or nikon you will be working with some of the best gear out there and both are capable of working in almost any field of photography and delivering fantastic results. Go to the camera shop and try holding the cameras - how it feels and works for you is key since you have to be using the camera all the time when shooting - so if you find one easier to hold and use that is the one that is better to go for.
     
  9. rufus5150

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    That's why I threw in my 'high end shooter' clause. Your average macro enthusiast is going to bang their heads against the wall with that lens. :)
     
  10. bigtwinky

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    As stated, both are great systems to buy into and learning to use a camera is way more important than the brand that you will purchase.

    They both have great bodies to chose from and great lenses too.

    It’s the age old debate that will never be solved. Some people are loyal to one brand, and that’s fine. If your choice is between Nikon or Canon, then it is a good situation to be in as either one you chose, armed with good knowledge, will give you great results.

    My decision landed with Canon last year and it was based on 3 factors that are all external to each brand.

    - Cost. When I was at the store, I held different cameras, took test shots with different cameras (I didn’t know much, so all the shots seemed ok to me). So one factor was the cost of the current bodies that day…the specials they were having at the time of purchase

    - Current lenses. My mom was getting into photography when she passed way in 2004. In cleaning up some of her belongings, I ended up with her old camera bag, which contained a Canon film camera and a few lenses. As cost was a factor for me, I took the two lenses (a 22-55 and a 55-200) to the store with me and tried them on Canon bodies to ensure that autofocus and all that jazz worked, and it did. So I could spend more money on a body only instead of a body + kit lens

    - I have friends who own Canon and friends who own Nikon. However, one friend in particular has some great Canon gear (70-200 2.8 IS, 50 1.4, 16-35, 24-105), and he is a very generous person and told me he’d let me borrow some of his lenses if need be.

    Now, if my mom had a Nikon and my friend also shot Nikon, I probably would of went with Nikon.
     
  11. Mike_E

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    If you have any friends that shoot, get what they have so you can borrow their gear. ;)








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    There a simple answer - the camera that matches best to your demands and which is most conveniant for you to use. There are big differences in how to use the camera and it can drive you crazy, if you need to visit the menu to change often used things etc. Go to a store, try both worlds and I am sure it is very easy for you to make your choice.
     

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