Nikon D40(x) vs. Canon EOS 350D

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  1. evanGR

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    Title says it all.
    Which one should I go for?

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    oooo, you've opened up a can of worms. Be nice everybody, he knows not what he does.

    In all seriousness I'd go to a retail or camera store and look at both. Hold both. Take pictures of both. Then I'd go from there. They are both very capable cameras. I've heard from some Nikon users that you might as well go for the D50 instead of the D40 because of the D40's lack of in-body autofocus I believe. Whatever the reason it won't be able to use certain autofocus lenses. As you can tell by my siggy, I use Canon. That doesn't mean I'm married to Canon by any means, it just happens to be what I chose at the time. Hopefully my response doesn't lead you one way or another...go check them out yourself and find which one you're comfortable with. Some people hate the layout of the Nikon, some hate the layout of the Canon.
     
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    Coke or Pepsi? Ford or Chevy? Red or Blue? :er:

    I'll second what Nic said.
     
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    I think the D50 would be a better buy...

    But between the two, I say the Canon, not because I like Canon (I am not biased one way or the other), but because the D40 lacks a aufofocus drive.

    Also, the D40X is overpriced and not any better than the D40 anyway...
     
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    It's impossible to make a recommendation based open zero user input about what their needs are. :p

    As for the D40, I'd suggest reviewing this thread and then you can decide for yourself whether you'd be okay with a D40 or not. I'd much rather buy a used or refurbished D50 or D70s than a D40x, but I do think the regular D40 (6MP) is a great little camera and have one for myself, along with a D80. I bought the D40 after the D80.

    If you said you were shooting sports or a lot of action shots, I'd lean towards Canon. For photojournalist type stuff, Nikon. It all depends on what your needs are.
     
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    A can of almonds. :D
     
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    I agree 100% with everything said in this post.
     
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    how is the D40x overpriced, have you checked www.beachcamera.com? it's pretty reasonable considering what you're getting (a stripped out d80). . .
     
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    I wish Nikon would just hurry up and discontinue the D40 line so we don't have to see these threads anymore :D

    Of the two, I would go with the 350D. If you had said Nikon D50 or D80, it might be a different story. But the D40 (and the D40x) lacks an AF motor in the body. This severely limits your choice of glass.

    If you must go Nikon, buy a used D50 or a D80.
     
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    a hundred bucks more?

    Not for a stripped down D80, but for a riced out D40.

    The only real difference is more resolution...and it adds noise.
     
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    TWO cans of almonds?
     
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    Very interesting. I have never really heard this. Would you care to elaborate on this and explain your reasoning? I'm not flaming you, but merely asking out of curiosity as I am going to be taking the plunge soon. I like to have a multitude of peoples opinions on things.
     

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