when in doubt, buy both..
Nikon ergonomics unbeatable, Canon ISO unbeatable (except for nikon's D3)
Sticking to my D200 because of it's ruggedness and solid feel with all the buttons in the right places, though i love 5D's image quality.
hmmn, newbie's input here..
yeah, I believe both brands are great, have a wide range of lenses, accs...etc..etc..
but as what others are saying here you can try both first..to feel it, check the ergonomics,
functionality, features...blah blah blah..however, you can also try other brands..who knows
instead of C & N, you may like Pentax, Olympus or Sony.
This will also depends of what is your main purpose of buying a DSLR - hobby, business..?
..and of course your budget..
The most important thing is.. and as what other ppl said..it's not your C with L, or N with VR, or S with CZ lens but it is whether you have the passion(and u can sustain it) to capture the precious moments & beauty of the world..(naaks).
I use S cos I dun have much budget and currently using Kit lens and a normal tele BUT I can still achieve what I want...well hobby that is..with satisfaction of course ...functionality? not bad with built-in Steadyshot so even my kit lens can tahan, sensor..same as N...blah.blah..(well sorry but I'm not promoting S...)
So it's Saturday and you can burn the whole day to try, try and try...have a nice day!
Cheers...(too long..pai seh...hehe)
"just Do It"............ :d
D300|35mm f/2|85mm f/1.4|18-200 mm VR|17-55mm f/2.8 |70-300 F4-5.6|Tok 11-16 f/2.8|SB800|MB-D10|
don't waste time thinking anymore....get a nikon...and life goes on....
Few years back, I would choose Canon system becos their they have better noise control and longer lens with IS.
Now if you ask me again, its could be Nikon D3 with 600mm VR lens if I could start all over again.
If you have not noticed, its all up to individual as each of us have different requirements and some may not even use ISO 200 and above while some die die must use ISO 640 and above.
Using the same system as your friend may or may not be a good idea. Reason is nowadays, seldom ppl want to lend you their gears esp to newbies. on the other hand, it wil be easier to learn from your friend if you have the same system.
I am a Canon 5D user but do not have brand loyalty (I pay for the camera, not that they pay me to use it!) But I am very impressed with the latest offerings from Nikon. Given a chance (and money of course) to start a new system again, I'll go for the nikon D3 too. Their ISO can be upped by 2 more stops that Canon's best and their noise is kicking canon's ass. Their latest 14-24mm F2.8 is a marvel too. Sorry I am not starting a flaming, I am just expressing my marvel for a great product. (I am a Canon user!!!)
But I'm sure Canon will catch up too (maybe many D3s are being dissected now for Canon's R & D). Dun think the Giant will keep it lying down. It may happen sooner than expected! Hopefully when I am in the market for a replacement camera, Canon has come out with similar offerings.
So if you are choosing the mid end cameras, suggest that you have a feel of the camera and go with your heart.
Canon - "marketing" mentality
Nikon - "engineering" mentality
did i say it right?
if correct, i'm fooking glad i chose Nikon. imo always go for "engineering" company
juz my (D)3cents
D80 | 50 f1.4 | 85 f1.8
omg!!! Sony La
Get the one that you feel comfortable using it
Nikon and Canon both are OK.
Sony, lens and accessories expensive.
Just came back from Japan, realised that 90% of DSLRs I saw during the 7 days trip (used by tourist and Japanese) are Nikons.
Saw a few Nikon D3s too (used by Japanese retirees in a park in Oasaka doing some bird shoot).
Nikanon D3FXMarkIIIDS-1H with 5000mm f/128 & 0.500mm Macro f/0.4 & 0.70-2000mm f/256
Both is personal preference lol. In terms of lens and capability, i feel that both has almost the same line up lol. I do notice more nikons when im just walking around while I see more canons during events mmmm.
Okay i have something to add with respect to brandings, prices and just specifications alone.
The E-410 and 510 offered at the S$1k++ range with promotion going on. Check out the dual kit lenses offer of 14-42mm and 40-150mm.
DSLR seems rather expensive way past the S$1k range.
The A100k offered at around S$1k++ or lower with kit lens 18-70mm. I am not sure about the quality of this kit lens but there are always people to ask around and reviews to digest. The higher end Sony and Carl Zeiss lenses costs more.
Check out the D40 with kit lens 18-55mm at around S$1k or less. Bargain City might be packing this one in with freebies and a second battery.
Now a rivalry to the D40 in terms of price is the 350D with the 18-55mm lens a plus freebies and warranty.
The K100D super should fit the bill. You can go with the kit lens 18-55mm and upgrade with more lenses from Pentax, Sigma and Tamron later on. I am not sure about the price and freebies though but it should also fall in the S$1k++/-- range.
Do some reading on the lenses and bodies reviews and try out at the stores or from your friends who owned any of them before making the decision. Once bought just shoot. Its not about the beginning nor the end. It the process of learning that's fun about taking photos.
It depends on the individual.
Something to note would be Nikon's servicing wld be more ex as Canon
both are alright. could have gone with either brand (chose Canon cos they're the first to come out with a sub$2k lightweight DSLR) and be happy abt the product offerings. can consider Olympus, Sony and Pentax too. In-body stabilsation is something absent from Canon and Nikon bodies.
Last edited by mpenza; 23rd December 2007 at 04:53 PM.
Nikon has being good in optics, but slower in electronics, so Canon pick up the market share. However, if someone plan just to stay at entrance level equipment, I think Canon has better entrance model.
In fact there are so many other good brands, not only this 2, unless you're going for top model in future.
I would say Sony is the new star. Inherited from Minolta, the creator of AF, TTL and many other foundation systems today, and with good resources and now serious in DSLR market. You can consider.
Sony lenses can be relatively expensive, CZ lens is top class, minolta lens is cheaper everywhere, so you can go high or low, still with at least basic quality.
E510 is quite affordable now.