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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:11 am 
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I compared the features of different cameras and chose the Canon Powershot SX-10 IS.
Then I went for Canon DSLRs, too as I could use a flashgun on my Powershot as well and my elder brother had a Canon DSLR, so we could use at least some lenses together.
(OK, my other elder brother has a Nikon but not so many lenses and he's living ~30km from here so I couldn't just use some lenses for a moment)

I also like the lens line up.

In the end I'd be happy with about every system.

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I have my father's old collection of Nikon AI-S primes, and I wanted a system that even today would support using them. I also preferred the ergonomics of the Nikons, which for me is a big thing.
If I had preferred the ergonomics of the Canon and didn't have any Nikon primes however, I probably would've chose Canon's system. I'm envious of the articulated LCD on the 60D, and Canon's plethora of telephoto lenses (they have 4 different 70-200s!) looks very tempting. I also love how their pro lineup is their "L" lineup, you'd get satisfaction of saying "I have an L lens!" when you invest $1500 on a piece of glass. :lol:

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I preferred the way the Canon 550D felt in my hand over the Nikon D5000 and I found the former's menu more navigable.

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The A350 just felt better than the 450D did and I knew a successor to the D80 was just around the corner, yet I didn't want to wait for a camera.

I love the innovative side of Sony, too :).

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:05 am 
At that time,much better offer than the Canon (feature wise & price wise)...the Canon prices in my country are extremly high.
Also,I was always dissapointed with Canon's low built quality in their budget range,cameras & lenses alike.


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My first draw towards DSLR's started when I had outlived my compact and was properly annoyed over how slow and fiddly it was to change settings.
My brother at the time had a D60 which I could play with, which I immediately set to manual and started fooling around. And I was really enjoying the freedom and the quality that came out.
Then by some chance there was a D90 at home which was also able to test, it was even a bigger pleasure. The first camera however was going to be a lot cheaper so I started reading about the low end DSLR's. And given that I did not like the Nikon UI the choice ended up on a 450D kit. Canon has been the choice since, and there hasn't come out a camera in my class which is so much better that it would justify selling all the lenses I have.
That being said, it often bothers me that I don't like Nikon, because of their old prime lens line up, their cheap high quality primes and lower MP count.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:44 pm 
I chose my Nikon D7000 body because it has a great sensor. It has a nice feel/grip in my hands, Nikon D90 felt absolutely perfect in my hands, D7000 was slightly different not as good a feel/grip as the D90 but difference was not very big. I Tried holding a couple of canons too but it did not feel good at all. It was my first DLSR so lenses was not a problem had to buy them anyway.

Also in my Opinion Nikon has a bigger sensor then equivalent canon models and better high ISO performance, better color depth and better dynamic range. So thats basicly why I chose my Nikon.


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EvanK wrote:
you'd get satisfaction of saying "I have an L lens!" when you invest $1500 on a piece of glass. :lol:

One of the cheapest L lenses is quite a bit cheaper; the EF 70-200mm F4L USM. One of the lenses with the best optics, too. And yes, it is a white lens :D

My brother has the D90 and it's a really good camera but I don't like the position of the shutter release button.

But as I said "In the end I'd be happy with about every system." I just chose Canon in the beginning and having some quite professional lenses now I wouldn't change.

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I chose to go for a canon dslr for three main reasons. The first is that the camera felt the best in my hands and I liked the button layout. The second reason is that the 550d was getting good reviews in terms of image quality so I was assured it would be able to take good photos. The final reason is that a good friend of mine has a canon dslr so I knew he would be able to help me out a bit and that we could swap lenses.

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the EF 70-200mm F4L USM


I envy all the 70-200s that Canon users have access to, especially the one you mentioned. Only $800? The cheapest Nikon 70-200 is the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, for $2400!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:08 pm 
Why jealous? they use a Canon.... :lol:

Don't forget about the nikkor 70-300mm lens. Maybe not as much light but half the price of the canon and a very very good lens.
Also don't forget about the nikkor AF-D 80-200mm F2.8 ED. Maybe its a little bit more expensive but thats because it has 1 more stop of light then the canon.


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I picked up two rival cameras at my price point.

One was cheap, really plasticy, and the buttons didn't seem to make much sense.

The other was a Nikon


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:27 pm 
Which rival was that? I didn't like the location of the buttons on a Canon myself, did not make sense to me. But thats probably a personal preference because lots of canons are still sold.


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Haha, yes, I do love my Nikons. Better IQ for the most part (video isn't as good, but I'm not a video buff), and I love the layout, it just makes more sense. I'd still love to see a 70-200 f/4 VR though, if Nikon doesn't release one soon I'll probably just pick up a 70-300.

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Quite simple, really; I needed to up-grade to a DSLR quickly, when "picture" was added to my job title at work. My wife had bought a Canon XTi with an assortment of modest lenses and a 580EX flash from a co-worker who was in financial distress. (XTi = 400D)

Within a few months, I up-graded again, to a 40D, and two months after that, handled a 7D, which felt more ergonomic, by far, than either the XTi or 40D. Between the 40D and 7D purchases, an assigment that demanded a faster lens, preferably with Image Stabilization, resulted in my purchase of a 100mm 2.8L Macro with IS. The L lens and 7D, together, firmly planted me in the Canon camp, and I now have two more L lenses and a second 7D body.

This does not mean, however, that brand loyalty keeps me from other systems. I find that the Nikon D700 and D3 series fit my hands really well, so if and when I go full-frame digital, Nikon is a contender. Moreover, I loved the feel of my Nikkor AI-s 50mm 1.2 lens that I used with a adapter on my Canons, and started lookng for smaller camera bodies that could also use the Nikkor, considering Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX bodies. My search landed on a nicely compact camera, very pleasing to my hands, built like a tank, FULL-frame, 26 megapixel-equivalent, that required no adapter, a Nikon FM3A. Yes, film, and yes, manual focus. I am finding this to be FUN. My job greatly prefers I submit digital images, via their proprietary upload system, but I am no lover of computers, so it makes sense for at least some of my hobby shooting to be with film, especially as a professional-level photo lab is in nearby Houston.

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