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07/25/2016 12:15:20 PM · #1
Recently my step father has passed away, and with that the family has elected me to inherit his photography equipment, well half of it anyway. I've already become established with canon (five different lenses), and a t3i, and the rebel 1000d. My father has a Nikon 7000d, obviously the better camera, but as things would go I know nothing about a nikon, not that it would be incredibly hard to get used to (would it?), I mean i've been shooting with a dslr for more than a decade, I cant imagine it would be that hard to find all the buttons, but I've only ever used canon.
OK, so my pop wouldn't mind getting rid of his equipment so long as I was upgrading, he did the same all the time. However, I'm not sure if I should sell all my canon equipment for a really nice Nikon set up, or sell the Nikon set up to afford like maybe one of those really nice L-series lenses. I really like the canon ef 24-105 L-series lens, but it has a maximum aperature of f/4, which kind of goes against me wanting a 2.8. anyway advice guys....pleasse.
07/25/2016 12:27:10 PM · #2
Sorry, my first line should have been to say sorry for your loss...my bad.

If you fixed me a really nice dinner wouldn't it be ridiculous if I said "Wow, you must have a really expensive set of pots and pans back there"?

In my opinion, the important aspects of photography, in order from most to least important are this:

1. Skill
2. Light
3. Glass
4. Camera Body

I say, if you are comfortable with Canon and know the system well, stick with it. Have nice glass and maybe at some point upgrade to a full frame Canon if you feel the need.

Message edited by author 2016-07-25 12:29:12.
07/25/2016 12:31:44 PM · #3
Originally posted by smardaz:

Sorry, my first line should have been to say sorry for your loss...my bad.

Yes, a sad way to acquire new gear ... not sure it will help but this article discusses some of the pros and cons of each system and may help you decide.

//www.picturecorrect.com/tips/nikon-vs-canon-which-should-you-choose/
07/25/2016 12:45:11 PM · #4
Thank you for your sympathies. My step-dad was a totally kick butt guy. I mean think of the best man that you know, and then sit him at the same table, he was a very graceful, very good guy. He knows the drill with photography, and is no doubt smiling down on me as I try to find the best option. Though we a had are go rounds between canon and nikon. LOL.
07/25/2016 01:59:31 PM · #5
How wonderful that you had such a great person in your life. It makes the loss that much harder.

With regard to your equipment, I'd take some time and think about it. There really isn't any need for you to make a decision right now, is there? Play around with it. I doubt you'll have much problem learning the ropes of any other system. I've been Nikon all along and won a Canon 70D. It's a bit different obviously, but not so much that I couldn't figure it out.

Once you've had experience with both, you can decide which system is best for you.
07/25/2016 09:35:55 PM · #6
What Johanna said...I am a primarily a Nikon shooter cause it's what works for me, but give me 10 minutes alone with a Canon and I'm good to go. Same likenesses and diffs as, say, Mac and PC. Slightly different terminology in the menus, and accessing them is a little different, but if you are fluid in one the other won't be hard to pick up.

Just be warned: I find that guys seem to prefer Canon for its heavier build and physically bigger body. So you may feel that Nikon is much lighter in weight and as it it has so much less bulk to it, difficult to get your hands in a comfortable shooting hold. Anyway I have shot with both brands, and the differences are so nominal that it is only when you commit to one or the other that things can get costly.

Sorry for the ramble but hope this helps!
07/26/2016 11:58:25 PM · #7
Tanguera would you like to trade. I really don't know how the trade values stack up, but I have a Nikon 7000D, and its in great shape, it might be a decent backup for you, and will come with the two lenses posted in my profile for Nikon, they probably aren't worth a whole lot. The only reason I ask, is because I have five lenses with my canon right now that I have become quite fond of, and I also know the canon set up much better. Your camera, or the one you won is probably worth way more, it sounds like it anyway. I know if I remember right the smaller the number with canon, the better the camera. Anyway, if not its cool. I've really been eye balling one of these L-series lenses for my t3i, any suggestions, anybody? I know my camera is a bit sheisty, but I make an honest living, and its all I could afford. It gives me the manual settings that I need, so I'm pretty happy.
07/27/2016 12:05:38 AM · #8
Oh hey thanks Suzanne for the heads up. I'm jotting that down in my mind about the canon, and the weight, however in my case, or in this particular case the nikon 7000 is way heavier than the canon t3i. Of course the t3i is a relatively cheap dslr, and its frame seems light and fragile. As far as weight goes in this particular situation, I really enjoy the extra weight of this Nikon. Seems more durable, and more form fitting. Of course I know the buttons on my canon blindfolded, and could probably completely change my technique in a shot with about 5 seconds of time. That is really beneficial in the field.
07/27/2016 12:39:02 PM · #9
Originally posted by sacredspirit:

I've really been eye balling one of these L-series lenses for my t3i, any suggestions, anybody? I know my camera is a bit sheisty, but I make an honest living, and its all I could afford. It gives me the manual settings that I need, so I'm pretty happy.


an L lens is a waste of your time on a t3i. weather sealing is of no use, edge sharpness is of no use, the focal lengths are a bit odd on a crop body. unless you are looking for a specific fast prime L and even then there are better options available now for crop bodies.

look into the "excellent on a crop body" Tamron 28-75/2.8 instead.
07/27/2016 01:19:12 PM · #10
Very sorry for your loss -- but that does bring up a question: which did he like better? :)

Anyway, I wanted Nikon because it would have fit my hands better, but I couldn't afford it. I went canon and don't regret it.

One thing to think about: cameras come and go, but lenses seem to be forever. The only lenses that I've lost are because I've dropped them. And even then, it took years for them to die. I bought my portrait lens years and years and years ago, definitely before DSLRs, and it's still an incredible lens. So I'd go with the best lenses and work up to the camera. Even though there are cameras far superior to other cameras, you can still get incredible pictures from almost anything these days. Some cameras just make it a lot easier.

Nikon vs canon, I highly doubt that it makes any difference. They're both very good, and they'll both be around for awhile.
07/28/2016 10:13:39 AM · #11
Originally posted by sacredspirit:

...I really don't know how the trade values stack up, but I have a Nikon 7000D, and its in great shape, it might be a decent backup for you, and will come with the two lenses posted in my profile for Nikon, they probably aren't worth a whole lot. ...

If it helps, I sold my used Canon 70D body (no lenses) for $500 this week - to a private party the day after I put it up for sale.

Oh, and you would *LOVE* the 70D - it'd be a HUGE step up from the T3i

Online prices on the 7000D body are roughly $474 (may be new), so the lens(es) would tell the tale of comparative values.


Message edited by author 2016-07-28 10:17:37.
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