(Closed) Calling all photographers!!! (Or hopefuls) – I need advice!

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Helper bee

I think what would be best is to first check out all brands, not just the canon-nikon ones!  Pentax, Sony, Olympus also have excellent cameras, at this range bracket (XTi, D80, etc) and on.  Read up on online reviews, sites like dpreview.com offer industry leading reviews on all things cameras. 

Then go check them out in a store and hand hold them.  Hand holding them makes the decision so much easier, because we get the physical feel of the ergonomics of the camera.

And, look into used.  While camera bodies are great and all, if you are looking to go semi-pro or pro, glass is where it is at. 

 

With those two cameras, both are great for their price point and you can do some pretty wicked things with them.

 

HTH

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Well as with other refurbished models, from the manufacturer they do quality work to them to make sure they are in working order.  Keep in mind, just because they are “refurbished” does not really mean that they were damaged, they could be, but they could also be just returned items.  I think you will have to read through the descriptions of the said items, what was done to them.  B n H also offers used models too, fyi. 

Well the XTi was a model from a couple years ago, they are at XSi ( I think… ) for this year’s model for that camera range. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Well don’t let the Megapixel be the thing that will be decider.  They are nice, but sometimes too much megapixels can kill the potential of a camera.  :

You can also check out more pro grade bodies that are used!  Canon 20-30-40Ds, Nikon D200, D300.  Although it might take some searching, you might find one of those at a more comparable price.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Both are pretty decent entry level cameras. I used to own a Rebel and loved it!
 
I think the bigger quesiton is, once you jump in, it’s hard to switch brands since the lens are not interchangable. Just like the PC vs Mac battle, there’s an ongoing debate about Nikon and Canon.

Personally I think both are great and you can’t go wrong with either one.

Here’s a side by side comparison that may help you decide:
http://photo.net/equipment/35mm/canon-v-nikon

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

nikon! I love my Nikon DSLR!

Post # 14
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Worker bee

http://www.KEH.com for used bodies and lenses.

 

I’d say go Canon or Nikon. If you want to get serious, those are the two that will be around and making quality stuff. When you get into a brand, you go for the lenses, so don’t skimp on the body just to save money, because when you want to go Nikon or Canon glass, you’ll hate yourself for having that Pentax you want to unload.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Also please note that the Canon v Nikon debate link that was given to you was based on Film.

 

Nikon has taken over the high end SLR market FOR NOW, with their newest release. This changes constantly, and Canon dominated field photography for a while before.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

Honestly, all the major brands offer almost compareable results.  While, Aleksi is right in that Canon and Nikon offer a huuuuuuuuuuuge selection of glass, you really cannot go wrong with either one.  I love Canon’s primes… 35mm L and the 135mm is lust envy, while Nikon offers a rediculously awesome 14-24 f2.8 ultra wide angle lens…(among many awesome lenses for sure.)

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