Nikon D5000 VS Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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  1. BOOSTED

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    Hey,

    New to the forums and I am tired of the regular digital cameras and looking to spend the extra money on an SLR. Out of these two cameras what would you get and why? And what things should I be looking for? Main things I like to shoot would be cars. And example on someones Flickr that I like and somewhat want my shots like would be:
    Flickr: Rockets.'s Photostream

    Thanx!

    Also both kits would be the 18-55 lens unless people suggest other
     
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    I would also look into the new Pentax K-x. It just came out and has been garnering quite a bit of acclaim as being the best entry level on the current market. It's pretty jam packed with feature, is pretty cheap and the noise handling is amazing. I have one right now that I'm testing and it's pretty impressive. I honestly think that it might be the best aps-c for handling high ISO noise. ISO 6400 is really clean, and 12,800 is surprisingly usable. I don't know enough of the features of the three cameras to give you a point by point comparison at the moment, but it's definitely worth your time to check into it. It's a mighty impressive little dslr.
     
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    Thanx I'll do some research on that.
     
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    Do you mind posting some sample pics cant seem to find any on the web.
     
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    It's hard to beat the D5000 when weighing cost against capabilities. Just my 2 cents worth...
     
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    I can get the Canon for $810, Nikon for $850, Pentax for $650.
     
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    Whichever you find cheapest. I would also look at the Nikon D3000; it can be had significantly cheaper refurbished (good as new) with lens and will perform the same as the D5000 - just without video and the swivel screen. But then who cares about that really. . .

    I would caution against the Pentax only if you are interested in the "used market" (which you should be) for future camera upgrades.
     
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    When you buy an SLR camera, you are buying into a system which includes lenses, flashes etc. So give a thought to that as well.

    It's not hard to know that Canon & Nikon are the big players and will have the most options in terms of lenses & accessories. The Pentax system isn't bad though.

    It should be noted that the entry level Nikon DSLR cameras don't have their own focus motors, so while you can still use most Nikon lenses from the last 30+ years, some of them won't AF with these cameras.
     
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    The D5000 has better dynamic range, color depth, Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), ISO performance and overall RAW image quality than the T1i:

    Here is an independent side-by-side comparison. The comparison is only about image quality, not features.

    I will mention the D5000 has color aware Auto Focus and Metering, but the Canon doesn't. Neither camera has an in-the-body focus motor.
     
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    It should also be noted that none of Canon's cameras have their own focus motors.
     
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    K-x has it's own focus motor. I'll try to post up some pics tonight or tomorrow.
     
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    Yes, but ALL of their compatible lenses do...unlike many Nikon lenses.

    The trade off is that Canon switched their lens mount back in 1987, so their SLR lenses made prior to that, are not compatible with new cameras. Nikon didn't switch their mount when introducing Auto Focus, so you can still mount old Nikon lenses to new Nikon cameras....the only issue being that the new entry level DSLR cameras don't have the focus motor like higher level bodies do.
    For most people, this won't be an issue at all....but some might be disappointed if they expected their new camera to fully work with older lenses they might have or want to buy.
     

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