I tend to agree with d7t3. It is a system thing and not just the body.
And do you intend to buy or your lenses and accessories new? If not, personally I think there are more 2nd hand Nikon stuff on the market than Canon. This will allow you to play with the stuff and not lose too much $$$.
Also you can also use the manual focus Nikon lens albeit with some restrictions.
I have had the chance to use both F80 and EOS 30, and my personal preference is F80 for the following reasons:
0. Distinctly superior metering system
1. Silky smooth shutter
2. Grid Lines on Demand
3. Has the option of data back ( F80S;the only one in this price range)
4. Didn't face any compatibility with third party lenses (EOS 30 had lot of issues with Sigma lenses)
5. Controls are very intutive
Personally I think EOS 30 is a more featurous camera but F80 is a better camera overall.
Eye control?? Oh... within the EOS viewfinder got these 7 focus points. U just need to look through one of these focus points, squeeze the shutter half-way and the camera will focus liao! Damn solid!!!
oh really! tt's a interesting feature..i heard there's another Canon body tt has the similar feature but more focusing points...but if given the choices i would see which one has a cheaper body as well as lens..i feel both bodies have their strong and weak points..
but....i still feel tt F80 would be a wiser choice...hahaha...bias here....anyway how much would it for F80 kit...or body...
I was considering 3 cameras and the F80 and EOS 30 were in it. Though EOS 30 has more features than F80, I would still go for the F80 from the solid performance I have seen(metering system is very good), has all the features I need and proven reliability(from my friend). Either way I think you can't go wrong. But either could not accept my manual focus lens so I had no choice but to settle for another third camera in my list.