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Looking for a DSLR

Discussion in 'Photography' started by sammy87, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Jul 2, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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    sammy87

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    Hi I am new to photography and I am looking to get a camera. I am looking at Nikon D5000 or the Canon T1i Rebel. Just wondering what some of you guys thought of each. Im just looking to take some nice photos a little bit of video. What do you recommend?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jul 2, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    I've got a D5000 and seriously considered the Rebel equivalent. The biggest difference is the articulating viewer of the Nikon. You can find tons of advice and some much comes down to Canon people v. Nikon people. these are like Ford/Chevy, PC/Mac, or Dem/Rep groups. Opinions become very, well, opinionated. truth be told if you are new to photography it really doesn't matter as they are both excellent cameras.

    I personally would have went with the Canon because I am one of those Canon folks. I have had Canon SLR's for over 30 years. But my wife wanted the Nikon because of the movable viewfinder. And she's the boss. One major dissadvantage of the Nikon is when using it to film movies. It locks the focus. This really sucks. There is no autofocus while filming video. If you were planning on using the camera for video a lot, I believe the Canon does not have that disadvantage.

    If none of these criteria mean anything to you, flip a coin, or better yet, go with whoever has the best deal.:)
     
  3. Jul 2, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    You'll be happy with either. Lens are the key - you'll be collecting lens and changing bodies over time as the technology progresses. You'll find fanboy's of both, but no need to overthink it. I have gone Canon, but again, you'll be happy with either.
     
  4. Jul 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    Canon, that is what I'm going with. I'm starting with the XSi as I already have a canon HD camcorder. My best friend is a photographer for a living, and this is how he simply breaks it down for beginners. Pay 20% for body. 40% on lens, and 40% on education. I would have to agree with this
     
  5. Jul 2, 2010 at 8:07 AM
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    How much are you looking to spend? I was going to recommend an XSi as well since it's cheaper, but saw you mentioned wanting to shoot some video too. If you do go with a Canon I'd say go with a T2i rather than the T1i. For it's price point, it has relatively similar performance to a 7D.

    And what he said...you'll definitely be investing in various lenses. So once you pick a body it's a good chance you'll be sticking with that brand.
     
  6. Jul 2, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    I've found them both around $700 which is all I want to spend now. Originaly I considered going down a model to something like the 300D but that does not have the live view on the LCD screen, or Video. i figured once I learn the camera for a while I would invest in a new lens down the road. I'm leaning towards the Canon.

     
  7. Jul 2, 2010 at 8:48 AM
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    This exactly. Pick up both and play with their layouts. If you find that price points are the same then go with what you find easier to use.

    Comparing these two specifically only by their specs: Canon has a slower FPS but is 100g lighter, larger viewfinder and has 1080p video resolution. Nikon has (subjectively) better ISO clarity and flash support but only 720p video resolution.

    The Canon has 3 more megapixels over the Nikon but don't worry about that unless you're printing larger than 18 x 20 photos. My 8mp camera gives me clear 8x10's.

    In the end it's all up to what you want to do with it and what fits your needs best. Conversely, go with what all your friends have so you can borrow their lenses :)
     
  8. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:29 AM
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  9. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:52 AM
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    Yeah I've gone to BB and played around with them a bit. I think I'm leaning towards the Canon right now. I found these packages and figured well with a lil extra $$$ I can get an extra lens, bag, mem card. I just didn't know if the Lens's were junk or not. I've read reviews and they all seem pretty good.
     
  13. Jul 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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    The lenses on both brands are good. They won't get you the same pictures as the $1.5k lenses, but they definitely won't let you down. Those two lens kits will really come in handy so you can shoot anything from portraits to birds. I personally think they're both good deals.
     
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    I looked at Pentax and they seemed great for the $. But everyone I talk to says Nikon or Canon. Im sure it's just as good but I subconsciously decided to go with those 2 brands.

    I was just wondering if the Lens was worth the package or not.
     
  16. Jul 15, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    I suggest bhphotovideo.com
    No tax and free shipping (most of the time)
    I just got the Canon EOS XS for $499. Its a great camera and 10 megapixels is plenty for an amateur photography.
     
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    Most people mentioning only Canon & Nikon have never owned a Pentax, people pretty much repeat what they hear without generating an opinion of their own. IMO the the three of them are very very good. I had Canon but never a Nikon or Pentax, I had play around with a friend of mine Nikon camera and without a doubt they are really good cameras also the father of a friend of mine is a photographer and uses pentax equipment, also the father of another friend of mine had recently purchased a Canon DLSR, so I was able to compare (with cameras in hand) and honestly my conclusion was that I could not go wrong with any of the three. I went with Pentax in the end because I could get more for the $ (most features and two lenses). I had also tested a Sony Alpha, but honestly they are to expensive for what you get. Honestly I think you'll be happy with any of them, so my opinion is to find the best deal you can in any of the three brands. (what you get VS $)
     
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    You could have got a Canon XSI for $455 from adorama, that's what I just bought
     
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    I think I have more research to do.
     
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    Mine came with the kit 18-55mm IS lens
     
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