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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcookie View Post
    I'm as newbie as you can get. I only got my camera about 1 week ago. I can't give you professional advice but here was my thought process.

    Many told me because I have very little hands, Nikon might be a better fit. I've seen pictures and feel that pictures from a Canon tends to be nicer on faces ie portraits. The colours are warmer. Whereas, I have seen beautiful landscape pictures which capitavating colours coming out of a Nikon especially the cold colours. Even that, those aren't conclusive. It's usually the user problem.

    But when I had a chance to get my hands on the 60D, I loved the feel of the camera. That doesn't mean it's competitors aren't great. It's very personal. Which is also the reason why most people are advising you to bring your hubby along... Not the most romantic I know but hey, this is a gift of practicality anyway!

    And one more thing, if your husband has got friends or family members who are into photography and if they use a certain brand, that's probably worth considering because he might be able to borrow lenses at some point.
    i think colours is more a result of proper PP workflow rather than brand of course, most newbies shoot JPEG direct and never realise that there's actually a lot more they can do with their pix if they explore RAW.

    as for the whole idea of "borrowing" lenses, i never liked that idea.

    the cheap lenses, i never saw a need to borrow. can just buy. dun like, just sell. of course, if u must borrow, the risks are much lower. pple have a higher threshold for cheap lenses. scratch the lens hood / lens barrel on a tamron superzoom? no problem... small case.

    the expensive ones, i am neither willing to lend freely nor would i dare to borrow if bo tai ji, then its great. but there's just no end if something bad happens.

    imagine knocking a canon L lens, a sony zeiss lens or a high end nikon FX lens against a railing... its just a tiny bump, maybe u scratch the lens hood, or there's a slight scratch on the lens barrel. the owner definitely won't like it. they'll whine a bit, u won't like to hear it, and before u know it...

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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Quote Originally Posted by tsumetiv View Post
    That kind of lend is dangerous, go out shoot together borrow lens try, next thing you know kena poisoned
    hahahaha Then bring your anti-virus along (aka. Wife ver 1.0) loh. That way, you are fully protected from all type of BBB virus.
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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    hahahaha Then bring your anti-virus along (aka. Wife ver 1.0) loh. That way, you are fully protected from all type of BBB virus.
    It's different case if your anti virus is into photography also hahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange View Post
    It's different case if your anti virus is into photography also hahahaha
    Oops... double dosage of BBB virus can be very fatal. No known cure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Oops... double dosage of BBB virus can be very fatal. No known cure...
    I hope not me! haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Oops... double dosage of BBB virus can be very fatal. No known cure...
    die. BBB should be researched in labs, not aids.
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    !!! I did it! Happinness! Using my htc right now, will post when I'm back later tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInPink View Post
    !!! I did it! Happinness! Using my htc right now, will post when I'm back later tonight.
    O.Oa so in the end N or C haha
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    Good for TS. Whatever brand she bought, I am sure her hubby will be very happy.

    Happy shooting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino123 View Post
    Good for TS. Whatever brand she bought, I am sure her hubby will be very happy.

    Happy shooting!
    this is just the beginning....
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyorange View Post
    O.Oa so in the end N or C haha
    no difference. the user makes the difference, not the gear

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    If he like yellow, buy nikon. Like red, buy canon. Like black, buy Sony. Etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboy168 View Post
    If he like yellow, buy nikon. Like red, buy canon. Like black, buy Sony. Etc
    what rubbish. TS has already bought the camera.

    if you've not got any helpful information, don't comment

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboy168 View Post
    If he like yellow, buy nikon. Like red, buy canon. Like black, buy Sony. Etc
    pentax makes them in all 3 colours

    K-r : Products : PENTAX

    but u're late. japan stopped taking orders for custom colours already

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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Sorry, forgot to mention which brand earlier.

    We went with a Nikon D5100 instead.

    Many many thanks for all of your advice - they were really helpful for us both. Indeed, I decided to let my hubby know in advance so he could make an informed choice of his own. Actually, "informed", my foot la. He was equally clueless, probably more so in fact.

    Following your recommendations, we skipped places like Gain City and went to camera specialist shops instead. We visited 2 shops at Funan.

    At the first shop on the 2nd floor (er ... not very nice to mention names I guess), we encountered a Canon Nazi, who completely brushed off Sony when I mentioned it. He was so sure and boy, was he dismissive of Sony as a brand. He probably didn't mean to but it made me feel a bit like an idiot for even mentioning the brand. In hindsight maybe they don't carry Sony products there. Anyway so it came down to just Nikon and Canon, and between those two he strongly recommended Canon. He said that the most important thing about Canon, since I said that we are not planning to go serious into photography and know squat about DSLR yada yada, is that it is waaaaaaaaaay more user (read: newbie) friendly than Nikon. Said that Nikon requires some amount of knowledge and xyz ... plus Nikon has no free classes included. He actually didn't say very much but was going for Canon throughout our conversation. PERHAPS that's because his cash price (not sure if GST is included) was SGD990+ for Nikon kit set, vs Canon kit set at SGD1060.

    Thankfully we left for another shop at the 4th floor. EXCELLENT EXCELLENT customer service. Great salesmanship and very professional. He didn't brush off Sony at all which was nice. Since we have decided to drop Sony by then, he gave a very fair assessment of the other two, and got us both the kit sets so we could handle each for ourselves.

    We chose Nikon chiefly because
    1. Hubby says it feels better on his hands as there is a steeper depression on the part where your 3 fingers grip the camera. Makes no diff to me though since I have tiny hands and the canon's slight depression is enough for me.
    2. We were told that CANON has much richer colours (as if auto-enhanced via photo editing software) which is a winning factor who those into landscape and portraits, compared to Nikon which feature a more warm (which I read as "natural) colours. He said that it might appear dull to regular canon users. However, because Nikon is more natural, the fine details comes up better. Hubby figured this is a plus for Nikon since he wants details and if we want richer colours we can always have the option to doing some photo-editing.

    Actually I thought that the Canon set looks a teensy bit better. Then again, both looked rather rubbery to me. Why can't they produce them in at least one more colour??! [ edited: ooooh just read in the earlier post that Pentax has multiple colour options. How cool is that?!]

    His pricing is steeper, but then perhaps that's cos we didn't clarify if the first shop quoted us with or without GST. Nikon for SGD1020 whilst his Canon at SGD1059.

    We ended up paying SGD1100 with a couple more extras. Thank goodness that he took the initiative to share with us about filters and took the trouble to actually demonstrate to us so we could see the difference for ourselves. We bought a polarised (sp?) for day time use so hubby could finally, take decent pictures of his ridiculously expensive goldfish collecton in our fish pond. This made him really really happy. [Seriously, why would anyone spend a ton on goldfish???!!! Not like you can take these things out for a walk or even pat them right? ... aiyo]. We also bought a normal cheapo $6 filter for night time use (since the polarised one is for daytime) and a "body wrap" for the camera.

    We will likely register for Nikon's beginner's class at $20 each.

    And here it goes ... the beginning of an adventure!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    ** speaking of which, hubby thought I was insane when I told him that I might still wrap up the empty box and make him go through the ritual of unwrapping the "present" on christmas day, like what our daughter will be doing. And that I haven't forgotten about him sweeping me off my feet too!
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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Re an earlier post about a 35mm lens that can shoot everyhing, can I ask roughly how much is this magical lens? Just curious. Not planning to buy till he familiarises himself with the kit set first. Perhaps for neat year's christmas gift
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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInPink View Post
    Re an earlier post about a 35mm lens that can shoot everyhing, can I ask roughly how much is this magical lens? Just curious. Not planning to buy till he familiarises himself with the kit set first. Perhaps for neat year's christmas gift
    Congrats on your purchase and start of DSLR journey ~
    Other than your camera manual, do go through the stickied threads which includes guides in this Newbies section.

    Also, you can find the price lists under the price guide section. Some of them are updated, some not. If u really need the exact price, it is best to call them or email(if available) for an e-quote.
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/price...09-2011-a.html

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    LOL. hmm let's see. just in front of an escalator?

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    Default Re: Pls help! Nikon D5100 or Canon 600D as a Christmas gift for my hubby. Specific ne

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInPink View Post
    Re an earlier post about a 35mm lens that can shoot everyhing, can I ask roughly how much is this magical lens? Just curious. Not planning to buy till he familiarises himself with the kit set first. Perhaps for neat year's christmas gift
    35mm lens on a cropped sensor body can shoot nothing but a 52.5mm field of view (crop factor of 1.5x), it's fixed focal length prime lens so less versatile than a zoom. It's always good to know what focal length works best for you/him then talk about magical lens. it may become a 50mm etc... so just go for the course, enjoy shooting first, the adventure just begun

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309

    what rubbish. TS has already bought the camera.

    if you've not got any helpful information, don't comment
    So serious .... Cool down.
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