Nikon or Canon?

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  1. AUZambo

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    Okay, seriously though, I'm not exactly happy with my Sony gear and if the day ever rolls around where I can afford to do so, I'm going to swap to either Canon or Nikon. One of the main reasons I'm not happy with Sony is that I'm extremely limited in ISO selection. It's performance at high ISO is so poor that I hate to even go over 400.

    For those of you with Nikon or Canon, how high can you go on your ISO settings before you start to get uncomfortable? I know other factors contribute to noise (exposure time, brightness of the scene, etc.) but I'm just looking for general numbers. Also, if you could tell me what specific camera you're using that would help!

    Finally, what's the progression for Canon DSLRs? I know Nikon goes D40, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D3 (not sure where D3000 and D5000 fit)...but canon ain't quite so easy to remember. What is canon's main competition to the D300? Is it the 5D? Or is the 5D competing with the D90?

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    War Eagle to ya!

    For your Nikon progressions, the D3000 replaces the discontinued D40 (D3000 also has no focusing motor in camera body), and the D5000 fits in right below the D90, and the D5000 also does not have a focusing motor, nor video like the D90, so it might just be a baby D90(???).

    I prefer the D40 to the D3000, and the D90 to the D5000.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Canon goes:

    10D
    20D
    30D
    40D
    50D
    7D
    5D Mark II
    1D Mark III / IV

    The Nikon D3000 and D5000 fit in between the D80 and D90 in your list above.

    For high ISO, the D90, D300s, D700 and the D3's are Nikon's top performers.

    For Canon the 7D, 5D2, and the new 1D4 are the top performers.

    With the crop sensor bodies (D90, D300, 50D, 7D) you can comfortably hit ISO 3200 with little noise to worry about. Some folks even push things to 6400 on the crop bodies and still get good results depending on the situation. Here's an ISO 6400 shot I took with my old 50D in a hotel room for a forum discussion.

    [​IMG]

    It's totally usable.

    The Nikons tend to do a little better in this department than Canon but I've found the difference isn't all that great. When you hit the full frame bodies like the 5D2 and the D700 your ISO performance improves even more. The D700 really does shine here, but the 5D2 isn't a slouch either.

    Here's a 5D2 ISO 6400 shot that I took once again for a forum discussion a while back.

    [​IMG]

    And here's an ISO 12800 shot I took for a discussion with my 5D2:

    [​IMG]

    The new Nikon D3s and Canon 1D4 promise improved high ISO performance that makes these high ISO shots look less impressive. I look forward to seeing how these new bodies perform.
     
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    Canon has some more consumer level cameras, known as their Rebel series. The Rebel series seems to have two names for the same model (actually, three), depending on where you live. North America has the XTI, XSI naming convention while the European/International market has 350D, 450D. I believe the japanese market has the same cameras with a Kiss naming convention such as Kiss Digital N, Kiss 7,...

    350D / XT
    400D / XTI
    450D / XSI
    1000D / XS
    500D / T1i

    The 1000D is actually a slimmed down, lower specced 450D... also at a lower cost.
     
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    Nikon

    [CCD Sensors (There are more but these are the most common today)]

    D40
    D60
    D3000 (replaced the D40, D40x and D60)
    D80
    D200

    [CMOS Sensors (High ISO)]

    D5000
    D90

    D300
    D300s
    D700

    D3
    D3x
    D3s



    With my D40, D60, D80 and D200 I would be very hesitant to shoot at even 800 ISO. However with the D90 I shoot up to 3200 ISO with better results than 800 ISO of the other bodies I've had.

    The CMOS sensor makes a world of difference.

    The problem is that you won't find one for $400 or less (maybe Canon, but not Nikon).

    Canon's competition for the D300s is the 7D.
    Canon's closest competition for the D90 is the 50D.
     
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    Shouldn't the Sony a700 have the same ISO performance as a Nikon D90?
     
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    I use Nikon, so keep that in mind (as a general rule, remember people will have an instinctive bias toward the brand they use). From what I read online and in print from comparisons made by pros, Nikon is pretty spectacular in high ISO on the crop bodies compared to anything out there, and apparently recently has an edge over Canon on metering and autofocus. Again, I may have just noticed the positives about Nikon more, and someone more attentive to Canon's qualities may feel the opposite.
    Do keep in mind that for bodies you have to really pixel-peep to find image differences between Nikon and Canon on the new models. You would be much better served if you considered the lenses available and the "feel" of the camera and controls, and how those fit with your workflow. That is entirely a matter of taste, and many have chosen one over the other based mainly on this (often underestimated) factor.
     
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    Oh, to answer the original question...

    I shoot with an XSI and i'm hesitant to go over 400 ISO. 800 can be do-able in specific situations.
     
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    Just because Sony makes the sensors for Nikon (Canon makes their own sensors), doesn't mean they will perform the same. Let's assume the sensors are identical (they may not be), there's far more to high ISO performance than sensor design alone. Nikons EXPEED processing engine is light years ahead of anything Sony currently has in terms of high ISO performance. If you have the same sensors, Nikon will still produce better images due to the EXPEED system.
     
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    "Current" models only:

    Canon:

    Rebel XS (1000D)
    Rebel T1i (500D)
    50D
    7D
    5D Mark II
    1D Mark IV
    1Ds Mark III



    Nikon:

    D3000
    D5000
    D90
    D300s
    D700
    D3S
    D3X


    These are still in production. Others, such as the Canon Rebel XSi & 1D Mark III and Nikon D60 & D3 are not (AFAIK), but are still readily available, depending on where you live.

    (I guess the D3 & 1D Mark III have yet to be replaced, but you get the point.)
     
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    True the processor has a lot to do with it especially in high ISO noise reduction but I thought the a700/500 performed much closer to the D90/5000 than the OP is reporting. I wouldn't have thought they'd be stuck around ISO-400.
     
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    I do on occasion go to 800 when I have no other option and follow it up with a slight noise reduction in CS3. The A700 is a HUGE improvement over my old A100 which showed noise even at ISO 400, but I think that considering this is one of Sony's advanced cameras it should be performing considerably better.
     

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