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02/13/2006 01:10:04 AM · #1
In my completely non-objective opinion the rebel xt is the better camera... Its smaller and is 8mp :-)
02/13/2006 01:04:59 AM · #2
Coming from a perspective of a long time Nikon user, I'd seriously look at the Olympus E-500 before making a final decision. Both the Olympus & Nikon have much better build quality than the XT. The XT definately has the better sensor if high ISO performance is an issue. Personally (and for alot of other users) high ISO performance is not as great an assest as many reviewers make it out to be, but it really depends on your shooting style. Nikon is the clear winner if high flash sync speed is an issue (although the Olympus will sync TTL up to 1/8000 w/ their flashes). The Olympus is the clear winner for macro with mirror lock up and greater DOF at any given magnification due to the sensor size.

My point is check out how a camera fits into your style of photography, and get the one that has the feature set, the ergonomics, and accessories that works best for you.
02/13/2006 12:43:57 AM · #3
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Bryan - being new here you probably don't realize that the Canon or Nikon question has no answer. Most people recommend what they have ...

not necessarily ... I have a D70s and love it, but just this past week I recommended an XT to a close friend of mine, because it will fit better in her small hands. :) Well, that and she has some old Canon EF lenses.
02/12/2006 05:35:33 PM · #4
I don't own either of those, but I've been wondering the same thing. So far I'm still leaning towards the XT simply because I like Canon, I have a Rebel for my film work and I like the higher megapixel count.

I'm hoping I'll be able to swap lenses between my XT and film camera. Even if I can't do this I just like Canon and feel more comfortable with it.

That aside, the photo comparison you linked to looks like they produce similar images, the only thing I saw (and this could be my eyes playing tricks) is that the XT photos seemed to have a slightly richer or deeper color to them.

An example is the one with the house with the terracotta colored walkway. The grass seems a deeper green and the reddish walk seems a smidge richer too. I noticed the same on the trees and grass in the image with the brick building. The Nikon side colors were lighter or brighter and the XT seemed deeper and a bit darker. Its possible that has more to do with the amount of sunlight too though so take it for what you will.
02/12/2006 03:50:54 PM · #5
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Bryan - being new here you probably don't realize that the Canon or Nikon question has no answer. Most people recommend what they have and it really does not have anything to do with which is better for you. I like the fact that most posters to this thread have said go with what feels good to you. The entry levels DSLR's are all pretty good so you can't go wrong with Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Minolta, or Oly.

Play with them all at a shop and go with what fits your hand and whos controls seem intuitive to you. Good Luck!

Thanks for the advice. :)
02/12/2006 03:35:58 PM · #6
Maybe you should have a look at the Konica-Minolta Maxuum D5 (maybe the D7, but this one is not an entry level). I suspect that those two camera are very much underated (maybe the D5 is too small, not sure). The price is higher than the two model that you are condidering, but I'd rather spend more money on good equipment. The XT rebel looks really cheap (see plastic quality). I do not like the D50, although it is bigger than the Rebel XT. It looks quite cheap and the lens 18-55 mm 4.5-5.6 (with the kit) is just awful. In my opinion, the D70 and D70s is a good choice to start with. I like the EOS 20D, but it is still more expensive. You may want to consider those latter choices, partly because new models are going to come out next year. Prices are eventually going down.

Canon and Nikon might be a wiser choice since those two brands have an exhaustive choice of lenses. That is something important to remember as well.
02/12/2006 03:07:35 PM · #7
Bryan - being new here you probably don't realize that the Canon or Nikon question has no answer. Most people recommend what they have and it really does not have anything to do with which is better for you. I like the fact that most posters to this thread have said go with what feels good to you. The entry levels DSLR's are all pretty good so you can't go wrong with Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Minolta, or Oly.

Play with them all at a shop and go with what fits your hand and whos controls seem intuitive to you. Good Luck!
02/12/2006 02:49:39 PM · #8
Both cameras deliver great pictures, so I'd go for the one that feels better. It was D50 for me, and looks like it will be D50 for you as well. :)
02/12/2006 02:47:14 PM · #9
Originally posted by carlos:

Originally posted by A4wheelin:

.../...I like the feel of the D50 better .../... I like the D50's shots the best.

You answered yourself all alone!! ;)

Originally posted by A4wheelin:

Which camera's shots do you like the best?

do you mind, actually? I own a 350D, did I say enough? it shouldn't bother you a bit anyway, it's your camera what we're talking about, not mine!

hope it helps.

The reason I ask is because by no means am I an expert on cameras or photography in general. So what I might think is better may not be the case to the photographic community. Yes, the D50 feels better to me but if the XT gets better results than I'd probably go with that.
02/12/2006 02:02:16 PM · #10
Originally posted by A4wheelin:

.../...I like the feel of the D50 better .../... I like the D50's shots the best.

You answered yourself all alone!! ;)

Originally posted by A4wheelin:

Which camera's shots do you like the best?

do you mind, actually? I own a 350D, did I say enough? it shouldn't bother you a bit anyway, it's your camera what we're talking about, not mine!

hope it helps.
02/12/2006 01:29:37 PM · #11
Originally posted by thegrandwazoo:

Here is another comparison site D50 VS Rebel VS D70s

I still say 599 is a bargin to get into a dSLR

Good article, thanks.
02/12/2006 01:18:01 PM · #12
Here is another comparison site D50 VS Rebel VS D70s

I still say 599 is a bargin to get into a dSLR

Message edited by author 2006-02-12 13:22:45.
02/12/2006 01:17:53 PM · #13
Although the XT has better image quality (IQ) than Nikon (see current Popular Photography), the difference isn't that big and lens you use will also effect this immensely. So I'd recommend you don't worry about slitting hairs and get the D50 if it feels better in your hands.

Nikon makes many slick handling bodies and great lenses. You'll probably upgrade in a while to a higher level like most of us here anyway.

The eye is about 90%, the equipment is about 10% of the equation in my view.
02/12/2006 01:12:37 PM · #14
I'm trying to decide which entry level DSLR I want to get. I like the feel of the D50 better but the Rebel has the higher mp count. Having a hard time deciding. But I found a side by side comparo of shots taken with these cameras and they're respective kit lens. Which camera's shots do you like the best? I take mostly outdoor shots so this is a good comparison for me. I like the D50's shots the best.
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