Post # 31
I just bought the Nikon d3100 and I love it! The pictures I’m getting are a HUGE step up from my point and shoot. I find it to be very user friendly. I’ve also called Nikon a few times with questions about how to use a feature and they are very helpful on the phone.
I’m just learning how to use the DSLR’s, and I think it’s a great camera!
Post # 32
For all the Canon vs Nikon infighting in the camera world, in actuality, there isn’t a marked difference between the two – just a small pro/con between them now and then.
I shoot with a Canon. I have a Canon EOS60D, and a whole suite of lenses (3 L-series primes, 2 L-series zooms), etc etc. Love it. The only reason I want to upgrade to a 5D Mark ii is so that I have a full-frame sensor (lens lengths get lengthened on non-full frame sensors 1.6x – makes it harder to do super wide angle shots like landscapes). Lower grade cameras also tend to be a lot noisier at high ISOs, which is important if you do a lot of lower light shooting.
I’m pretty serious about my photography – am out shooting constantly, travel to do photography, etc. You wouldn’t need as extensive a kit as I have to get your feet wet – just make sure you buy good lenses! Kit lenses are crap! Buy the camera back and lens separately, and don’t be afraid to buy used from a (very) reputable seller!
Post # 33
thanks for the input! I’ve always found Nikon/Canon users to be quite campy, but many of the models are quite comparable (in terms of capabilities etc) but it’s good to know about entry level compatibility & the difference between cropped sensors 🙂
I’ve been looking at getting a DSLRR for a while and for me it has been a toss up. I’ve been looking at the Nikon D90 (a good friend has one andhas let me play with it– the ergonomcs & weight are OK) as well as the Canon T3i, though I might go a step up with the Canon EOS 50D or 60D. — Still doing research and weighing options 🙂
The best thing to do is actually go to a store and get your hands on the models you’re looking at, because if you don’t like the weight, the button placement, user interface, ergonomics etc, then you aren’t going to like the camera, no matter how ‘good’ it is.
My aunt has both the 5d mark i and mark ii — she says they are a dream to work with — she upgraded from the same camera body you’re shooting with now, oddly enough 🙂
Post # 34
I love my Nikon D5000 – I have small hands and it fits beautifully – I went to a camera store – not a chain or best buy – and they let me test some of the cameras and this one just fit . . .
Honestly the lenses you choose will be as much impact as the base unit – I am saving up for this after the wedding and tax hit etc . . . http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2160/AF-S-VR-Micro-NIKKOR-105mm-f%252F2.8G-IF-ED.html
Post # 34
i just feel like canon is superior when shooting in low light situations. i hate bumping the iso on my camera to anything greater than 1000 because it just looks a grainy mess. maybe i’m too critical but that’s just me.
Post # 35
I am not campy at all, very objective, and if you asked me what the best camera out there for low noise was, I would obviously say the nikon D3. But most people can’t afford it’s price tag 4-5K. My biggest issue with the entry level nikons is the autofocus motor, which severely limits the lenses you can use….and DSLR photography IS all about the lenses. This isn’t opinion, it’s fact, but as I said, this may not matter to you if you are just looknig for a point and shoot replacement and don’t plan on investing in any lenses. With the canon system, you can use professional L series lenses even on the t3i digital rebel.
Honestly, if you do think you are going to be get into photography and shoot in manual modes, I would consider the 60D or 7D, which add the thumb wheel. It just makes things so much faster and easier.
For those on the fence about upgrading to a DSLR, don’t discount the new Fuji X100, it’s sold out everywhere and is the hottest gadget for pro photographers right now. It takes awesome pictures without the hassle of lugging a DSLR.
Post # 36
I wouldn’t be so quick to upgrade to the 5DMII unless you are in business and REALLY need it. You sound like you do a lot of outdoor photography. The 5D does have a full frame sensor and I love mine, but the 60D is a very capable camera. It actually has a better autofocus system, and I believe faster burst speed. The 5D is better for low light. Don’t get hung up on the crop factor. You can get a 10-22 canon lens which on your camera is as wide as the 16-35 on the 5D. If you want to save money, go for the tokina equivilant. Both are much cheaper than spending 2500 on a new body which will be obsolete next yr when the Mark III comes out.
For sports shooting I am still using my old 40D. I love it. It focuses faster than my 5D, and the crop factor gives me added reach. I can put my 70-200 lens on and reach out to 320mm at F2.8! By comparision, if I had to buy a 300mm prime lens for my 5D to get the same reach, it would cost almost 7 grand.
Remember cameras don’t make pictures, people do!
Post # 37
Thanks for posting ladies. Please keep the pictures coming. I am lovin’ just looking at them. They are absolutely gorgeous!
I am just lovin’ your photography! The lightening shot is breathtaking!
Definitely a good one! Though feels too pricey for me. I love the details in your photos!
OMG! Thank you for posting the pics. They look GREAT! It helps a LOTTTT to see them. Keep ’em coming!
That is very important. I didn’t come across this at all during my research. I am so glad
you posted this. This could very well change my mind. I am not turning pro but my FH also loves photography and he has the potential to go nuts over it! (Though still not pro.) So I need to look at it from his perspective as well. I think he would like that auto-focus + multiple lense use in Canons.
I am spending a lot of time on dpreview. I want to buy it within the next week. First weekend of July is Canada Day so I want to be ready to capture some fireworks over Niagara Falls! Yay!!!!!!!!! (Of course I want to buy it sooner than that so I can play around with the features and learn a lot about my camera first!)
T3i is currently on sale at Henry’s. I saw it in their flier!
Post # 38
To second USER, we got a Canon 7D last month after having 20Ds, and boy is that thumb wheel excellent. That, and the low-light performance (although I’m just comparing it to previous Canons, not Nikons). We got it for the HD video feature since DH works in TV, and it’s pretty stunning quality for not being a dedicated (and $20K) HD videocamera.
Post # 39
We just bought a Canon 60D. I’m so freaking excited! We just got the basic lens that comes in the package but will be upgrading to a f2.8 lens shortly for sports photography.
In past I’ve just rented DSLR’s to shot weddings because I felt that the technology was changing so much that I would have an out dated camera. But the camera’s are so great now and a lot cheaper than when I was first looking, so we took the plunge! Excited to get back into shooting weddings!!
Post # 40
i think its a pretty common leap 🙂 I will stick with mine for a bit though bc i cant shell out for the mark ii.
Post # 42
I love the full-frame of my original 5D. I also have a 7D (upgraded from 40D) and the focusing on the 7D is what is making me wait for the 5D mkIII (which will hopefully incorporate it).
Also, if anyone is getting into HD video, Canon is superior. I work with guys who’ve shot for 30+ years, Nikon the whole time, and they’ve invested in Canon to do their video work. Nikon just isn’t there yet.
(and nothing against Nikon — they are a top system and if I had the $$$ I’d have equipment from both manufacturers. There are pros & cons.)
Post # 43
Yes, I understand. I am looking to get into the business. I wasn’t posting advice for myself. I was point out potential downsides to the OP. But thanks for the unsolicited advice.
Post # 44
Is there a difference between Rebel T3 and T3i? I cannot seem to find what the difference is! Same with T2 and T2i, T1 and T1i!? Anyone!?!?
What is the ‘i’ for?