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08/20/2006 05:35:20 PM · #1
I am saving to buy a new camera. I know it is opinion but which of the three brands would you recommend Cannon,Nikon, or Fuji. I am leaning toward the Cannon. I am wanting to buy a new SLR to take photography classes with. I know currently own a fuji 3800.

Thanks Rupypug
08/20/2006 05:39:51 PM · #2
Canon.

I have a Nikon...and IMHO....it feels tinny.

Now I am going to start running now......before the Nikoniers catch me.
08/20/2006 05:42:40 PM · #3
canon, just cus the high quality lenses, and in the long run it ends up being cheaper then nikon. Also if belive nikon isnt making film cameras anymore, so if you plan on doing any film then canon is also the way to go

-Dan
08/20/2006 05:43:33 PM · #4
I think that most of the people here would say get the Canon. Obviously, when you see the amount of ribbons won buy Canon owners, as well as how much stock photography sites buy from Canon owners, then it must have something.
Of course, I am a rebel at heart, so I will always go with the underdog. Just got the Sony alpha, and I can tell you that its strength lies in the capture of light. The images I have been taking with plays of light have been awesome. I never could get such subtleties with the Sony H1 I have been using since last September.
I do need to work on sharp focus however. That has always been an issue for me. I really hate using a tripod for EVERYTHING!!!
08/20/2006 05:47:27 PM · #5
<=== It just feels right! The Canon offerings in the same price range feel like toys.

But, what is right for you depends on you and what you want to do. Any camera with manual controls will serve you well in a photography course, but what about after -- what kind of pictures do you want to take?

When you decide what sort of photography you want to take, and specifically how that brand of photography will tax your equipment -- sports shooting needs a fast camera, night photography needs one that handles long exposures well, etc. This is also help decide on a lens system, although 3rd party lenses fill in any gaps the big brands may leave.

In the end, it's what feels right to you that matters the most. All systems have their quirks, so go to a camera store to hold an snap a few shots with a few of the alternatives. Go with the one that feels right for you.

David
08/20/2006 05:54:16 PM · #6
go for Nikon

...because, just like that. i'll explain to you later.

gotta go! i have to catch judi! (",)

08/20/2006 05:55:10 PM · #7
Originally posted by kundimansabuwan:

go for Nikon

...because, just like that. i'll explain to you later.

gotta go! i have to catch judi! (",)


Hahahaha....I have the D70s....and it is tinny!! BTW...I have too much of a head start for you to catch me!
08/20/2006 06:02:02 PM · #8
Go for what feels good for you etc. I dont think its big quality difference in the Canon's and the Nikon's which are priced the same, other than construction..Canon 350D feels like cheap plastic but takes fine photos. Its alot of available lenses for both Nikon and Canon. Maybe less for Olympus etc, but i think its coming more.. Sigma, Zeiss etc. Its easier to get used equipment for Canon though, since most people obviously use it. I have bought alot second hand and are happy with that.
08/20/2006 06:07:44 PM · #9
Canon, A friend of mine who does mostly film photography recently bought a Nikon D-50, I tried it out and found it to be far harder to navigate through the menu and custom settings, Canon is just more user friendly.
08/20/2006 06:29:03 PM · #10
Originally posted by ladymonarda:

I think that most of the people here would say get the Canon. Obviously, when you see the amount of ribbons won buy Canon owners, as well as how much stock photography sites buy from Canon owners, then it must have something.


That doesn't neccessarily mean that the Canon is better. Canon is a popular brand, lots of people have Canon, so it's natural that it would be well-represented in ribbons. The reason there aren't lots of ribbon winners from Hasselblads is because not many people use 'blads, not that they aren't good cameras! The most important factor in getting a ribbon or selling stock is having a good eye, not a particular camera brand.

There are a few specific purposes where one brand may have an advantage, but for most general photography you can get good results with any decent camera.

08/20/2006 06:30:25 PM · #11
I picked up a canon 30D at the store yesterday and checked it out. Did seem a bit plastic to me for such an expensive camera. But viewing through it even with the cheesey lens they had on it was very clear focus was fast and the picture i snapped looked ok on the monitor. Just didn't feel right in my hands, I own a old Canon AE1-Program film camera and I think that feels better in my hands than the new styles they have. But that is all matter of comfort to specific user. to make a long story short, Get a Nikon!!...
08/20/2006 06:40:52 PM · #12
You won't make a mistake with either Nikon or Canon. Both top brands.

Once you set a price range, go to a great camera store, and hold, compare, and shoot some trial pictures with the models from both brands in your price range. Does one "feel" better? Is one "more intuitive" than the other? Does one's menu system "seem" easier to use than the other? Do the controls of one "look" better laid out than the other?

In the end, the better camera for you is the one that feels better, more intuitive, and easier to use to you.

If you want to be really confused, Google Nikon Canon market share and read a few dozen articles.

Message edited by author 2006-08-20 18:42:11.
08/22/2006 08:13:37 PM · #13
As soon as you've made your mind up just go with it and don't look back. Reasearch, make a decision and from that point on focus on the pictures and not the equipment. Just my 2 cents worth. Another factor that helped be with my decision was the fact that I had friends who already owned a system and I knew if I bought a particular brand I could swap lenses with them to try out new ones rather than having to rely on online reviews. Once you've bought your camera stop looking at threads that argue the merits of one brand over another as you'll always just end up wondering if you made the wrong decision when you read a bad post about the camera you picked even though every camera has its detractors. Enjoy whatever you buy!!!
08/22/2006 08:20:10 PM · #14
Nikon, 'cause it's a better name than "canon".

In other words, you have to go with what you yourself like.
08/22/2006 08:57:24 PM · #15
The people I see that usually uses Fuji are wedding/engagement photographers.
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