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 Post subject: Canon VS. Nikon?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:02 am 

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In your opinion which brand of DSLR camera overall performs better image quality, color, and build? I heard Canon is better, but not too sure. I think I'm going to get a Canon Rebel T1i.

 Post subject: Re: Canon VS. Nikon?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:31 am 

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It doesn't matter. Canon and Nikon are so close that the skill of the photographer and post processor will have a far, Far, FAR greater impact on the final image than the particular brand. So just figure out which one is best suited to your particular needs, budget, method and style.


P.S. For the record, I currently shoot with a Sony RX100, Olympus E-PL5, Panasonic GH1 and GH2, and Canon T4i (650D) and 70D.

 Post subject: Re: Canon VS. Nikon?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:09 am 
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There's no difference between the 2. (or indeed others when comparing similar specs & prices)

The MOST important thing, is to physically go & hold the cameras in a store & see which feels most comfortable to hold & which of the menu's & features are more intuitive for you to navigate.
If you simply purchase on recommendations of `fan-boys`.....or sales staff, it may be uncomfortable/harder to use & lead to you losing interest or enthusiasm.

Don't get hung up on getting the most megapixels either. 16MP are more than enough for the vast majority of folk (even pro's)
Get the best you can afford, BUT, don't forget the lenses! (depending on what your interest is & what subjects you'll be shooting most) look to spend about 30% of your budget on the body initially & the rest on 1 or 2 good lenses. It's the glass in front of the camera, that really matter!

Take your time & don't rush!

Good luck with your decision & .......enjoy. 8)

BTW, it can be a VERY expensive hobby if you get the bug. :wink:

Image btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!
Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW

 Post subject: Re: Canon VS. Nikon?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:56 pm 
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Don't get caught up in the Canon vs Nikon nonsense. When comparing DSLRs of a similar price range and market positioning (e.g. entry-level, enthusiast, professional), there's nothing worth talking about between them in the real world.

As the other guys have said, your own skills and personal preferences will make a far bigger difference than the "on paper" specifications though you should always still consider what's still good enough for the job.

I shoot Canon but I don't recommend Canon ahead of any other brand. All I recommend is trying out all the DSLRs that fit within your budget and meet your requirements then decide which you feel most comfortable with - that's the one you'll probably use the most and improve your skills the most quickly with.

DSLRs: Canon EOS 70D, 30D
Lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

CSCs: Panasonic DMC-GF3
Lenses: Panasonic Lumix G 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

 Post subject: Re: Canon VS. Nikon?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:14 pm 

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Welcome to the forum! :)

With the current consumer-level models, there is, really, very little difference between Canon and Nikon, with neither being "better" than the other. With the professional-level equipment, there are clearly discernible differences, but even then, neither is clearly better overall for all photographers.

Each makes some pro-level lenses for which the other brand has no direct counterpart. Only Nikon makes a 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, for example, which is very well-made, and Canon seems to clearly lead with Tilt-Shift lenses for architecture photography. Each of these lenses will cost about $2000 US, or more, so would, probably, not be a factor for a beginner.

One of my mentors, my wife, shot with Olympus film cameras, and now uses digital Nikons. My other mentor uses Mamiya medium-format film, and digital Canons.

I use both Canon and Nikon camera bodies, and Canon, Nikon, and third-party lenses. With an adapter, I have used Nikon-fit lenses on Canon bodies. (It is not economically feasible to buy the latest cameras made by each maker!) Being proficient with two men systems is a challenge!

Canon 7D/5D/40D/1D2N; Nikon F6, D700, FM3A, & Coolpix A; Canon 40mm 2.8 STM, 135L, 50L, 35L, 50mm 1.8 I, 100mm 2.8L Macro, 10-22mm EF-S, 28-135 EF, 400mm 5.6L; Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AI-S, 50mm 1.4G, 50mm 1.8D, 16mm 2.8D Fisheye, 180mm 2.8D, 100-300mm 5.6 AI-S, 18mm 2.8D, Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 SL II

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