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03/15/2008 04:38:47 AM · #1
Howdy folks! I'm relatively new to this caper and are looking for ideas on what digital slr camera to purchase. I'm into landscapes, portraits and macro for now and have looked into either a Nikon D60 or the Canon EOS 400D. If you have any thoughts or ideas on what to purchase it would be much appreciated! Even if its another camera! Keep up the great shots and happy snapping! Regards Jason
03/15/2008 04:53:17 AM · #2
Jason, if both of these would be great cameras, but if you wanted to get a Canon then the new one is the 450D - not the 400D (this would be the equivalent to the Nikon D60).

You really need to go and try them in a shop - see how they feel in your hands, see what seems to fit right for you. Ultimately it is us that takes the picture, rather than the camera, so buying one brand or another wont make us take better or worse pictures, but getting a camera that feels comfy in your hand and doesn't intimidate you will probably go a long way to helping you start getting those pictures you want :- )
03/15/2008 08:42:35 AM · #3
I agree, I love my 400D and only wish I would have held off for the 450D, but the 400D is awesome!
03/15/2008 09:19:09 AM · #4
So you do not have an SLR at this time? So you have no money spent on lenses, right? I would suggest a little homework on lenses and prices of lenses both new and used. I was an avid Canon shooter for many years. Then I got out of photography in the early 90's. When I jumped back, into digital, a couple of years ago I went NIKON. One big reason...lenses. You can buy many used Nikon lenses on ebay for a song that are useable on the new Nikon camera's. Virtually any Nikon lens made after about 1976 will work. Many are manual focus, but many times you will be manually focusing anyway. ( there are a few exceptions when auto focus can't be beat ) But you said you are interested in landscapes, and in landscapes, macro and portraits, I always use manual focus. For action: sports, birds etc. I use auto focus.
For flash photography accessories I thnik the two companies run neck and neck into a dead heat.
For all other accessories like tripods and things the camera isn't important, the tripod itself is.
That brings us back to the camera. If you know nothing about photography you will be easliy swayed by store salesman as to what they think is good and I'll tell you it might be the company they get the biggest profit from. So do some homework on that subject. If you are real serious you won't be happy for long with either of the camera's you are looking at, but hey, you have to start somewhere. The one thing you need to think about is all tose accessories like lenses and flash. Once you spend the bucks on that stuff you are hooked into that brand ( Nikon or Canon) Very few people can afford to keep switching back and forth.
So step one: search the internet for things like " nikon d60 reviews" etc. and see what is said. But beware all reviews are not equal. Get to a real camera store and hold it, feel it in your hands, hold it to your eye, pop off a few shots. Then try it with your Canon choice and see what feels good. After that start looking at the controls and see they are in comfortable positions. Then go home and think about it. Do more research. By then it could be time to make a purchase. You will find avid Nikon users and Canon users and for different reasons.

I started back up with a NIKON d70s and it's great and it has me back in the groove , but last month I upgraded to the D300 and it's awesome. Has all the features I was looking for and has the ruggedness of my trusty old Canon T90 and a professional feel.

A good site to look into is Nikonians.com lot's of knowledgeable people willing to help and tons of forums to read through to help with about any question you might have, if not, send in the question and you will get an answer and it's free. I'm sure the Canon users have a similar site and maybe someone reading this can direct you to it.

Which ever way you go, good luck and have fun.

Ward

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