Post # 1
I’m super excited to finally buy a DSLR. I’m thinking of getting one of these two bundles from Costco.
Which would you suggest for a first DSLR, Nikon – or Canon? I’ve taken a photography class but it’ll be the first DSLR that I actually own.
Post # 3
@MissPine: I have the nikon D3200 (from costco too) and I love it. It was very easy to learn how to use.
Post # 4
I’ve always like Canon best for anything. I voted for Canon.
Post # 5
I have a Canon t31. I’ve used Nikons and really just prefer the Canon body and interface. You should try to test both out and see what you prefer.
Post # 6
@MissPine: We just got our first DSLR and went with the canon rebel t3. I love it. Granted I have nothing to compare it to, but it’s super easy to use, very intuitive and takes great pictures even in auto. I’m taking a photography class now to learn how to shoot in manual and even though I’m just starting out, I’m still finding it easy to use.
Post # 8
I read up on both and ended up deciding on a mirrorless compact.
BUT, I HAD decided on the Nikon. One, it gets slightly better ratings and reviews, two it has the wifi adapter which I thought was awesome. I did order it and held it in my hand and the size was fantastic for a DSLR.
However, I’ve heard that for a beginning a Canon is easier to learn. Probably really doesn’t matter as long as you are ok with putting in the effort. Which, you kind of have to do to learn a DSLR anyway!
Post # 9
Have you looked at the Sony NEX’s? I know its not a true DSLR, but I love it!!! I’m on Manual all the time and find it so easy to use a light weight, and then I can put it on automatic and give it to my husband and he can use it to!
Just wanted to throw it out there.
Post # 10
I have the Cannon T4i.. But I use Nikon for work and my boss prefers Nikon over Cannon saying it produces a Blueish hue on portraits… Neither is better honestly, its just a preference. If you can afford to pay a little more and get the t4 I would suggest that. Between the 2 mentiond I say Nikon.
Post # 11
We have the Nikon D3200 and LOVE it. Super easy to use. Plus we like that many of the lenses are backwards/forwards compatible, so you can get them off eBay or wherever.
Post # 12
@MissPine: I have a non-DSLR Sony DSC-HX200V and it’s fantastic (plus I got it on sale!). But if I had the $$ I would definitely get a Nikon. My Mom has a Nikon DSLR and it takes the most beautiful, crisp, clear pictures I have ever seen.
Post # 13
I have a Canon 30D and I love it. But just FYI- your photos really depend on a lot more on the lens than the actual camera body. Kit lenses (the ones that come in bundles) are generally pretty cheap and lower quality, so once you learn how to use the camera, definitely invest in some good lenses.
Both Nikon and Canon have comparable features and you would be safe with either.
Post # 14
It’s a matter of personal preference, but I would choose the one that your friends use most, because they can give you tips and you can share lenses. I held both and prefer Canon.
Post # 15
@MissPine: There is really very little difference between the two, esp at entry level. They are both good makes.
What I’d recommend is that you go to a shop and handle them both, I was dead set on a nikon until I tried it in the shop and realised I found it difficult to handle. Nothing wrong with the camera, it just felt awkward in my hands.
Post # 16
I have a Canon 7D and love it. I think they are very intuitive and easy to use. I would avoid buying the bundle though. I would buy the body and then select a good walkaround lens to purchase. If you are just using it for fun, the included longer lens probably isn’t that useful for you. And the shorter lens is going for $85 on Amazon right now.
Also, that camera bag totally sucks. I got it free with mine, and I just use it to store extra lenses at home. Its useless to carry around. Its awkwardly shaped and doesn’t have any good straps. And personally, I would want to buy my own SD card because some brands are better than others.