Nikon D90 or Canon Rebel T2i for a Rookie

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  1. little squirt

    little squirt TPF Noob!

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    I really want to upgrade from my regular point and shoot cameras to a REAL camera.

    Im very new to photography and have been searching around here for quite a while so I decided to open this thread becuase I still can't answer my own question.

    What do you think of these choices for a rookie, newb person looking to expand their skills?

    Are these cameras too much for entry level person gettin into DSLR? I will basically be using this for hobby & weekend photos, nothing professional, just want to learn and be able to get some shots that people stop and say, WOW thats a nice picture.

    Thank you all for your time and any replys! Keep the awesome pictures coming, this is a great forum!

    Charlie
     
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    Both are very good choices. :)

    Personally I prefer Canon slightly... But Nikon makes great stuff as well. :)

    Keep in mind that buying an SLR/dSLR is more of a system then just a camera. The lenses/accessories from one aren't made to work with the other without adapters and stuff...
     
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    I struggled with this very decision just a couple of months back. Finally ended up with a T2i. It's a bit lighter and I find it seems to "fit" in my hand better. It also seems to be about the same for low light image quality, which was important to me. One concern I had was ease of use, since I kept hearing that the Canon menu isn't as straightforward as the Nikon, but I can't imagine how the T2i could be easier to use. With all that said, though, I think both are great cameras for the money.

    If I were planning to shoot mostly in auto and just looking for a camera to take great pics I would have seriously considered one of the micro 4/3rds system cameras from Panasonic or Olympus.
     
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    He must be talking about using Canon lens in Nikon's DSLR. Personally, I preferred the T2i and that is why I bought it instead of the D90. Been working well for me so far!
     
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    I think he's saying you can't just take a
    Nikon lens, and put it on a Canon, and vice versa.
     
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    You actually can mix nikon and cameras. Depending on the lens the nikkor lens will work on a canon, or vise versa, I forget.
     
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    I thought Nikkor would work on Canon but Canon lenes won't on Nikon. Lol Im all confused now.
     
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    That is correct, they are mistaken.
     
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    well after reading that whole article, I'm thinking that these cameras might be just beyond my use. What other options are out there for entry level SLR/DSLR cameras that you all have used?
     
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    Here the whole time I was debating between
    Nikon and Canon, bacause everyone told me
    that the lenses would not interchange.

    Now I find this!

    Using Nikon lenses on Canon cameras © 2005 KenRockwell.com
     
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    I use 2 old manual aperture Nikkor/Nikon lenses on my T2i via a photodiox $20 adapter. Manually focusing is difficult on a Rebel viewfinder since there is no split prism, but with practice you can get some keepers.

    I have both a 200mm f/4 and 135mm f/2.8 Nikkor/Nikon lenses that I love to play with.


    I wouldn't make my decision based on that OP.

    For me, the nicest thing about the D90 is the creative lighting system. You can fire multiple SB-600 flashes with the infrared system built into the camera. Canon T2i can't do that.. not without a $200 add-on.

    The video is really nice on the T2i - but unless you're really interested in that I'd get the Nikon. This is a long-standing debate though and it's been shot to death already..
     

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