Hi ladies! DH and I are finally going to take the big plunge and get our own DSLR. Using my office's is not always convenient, and it's an older model, so I'm quite limited on settings.
We've done a ton of research, and it seems that the more research I do, the more confused I get. DH is wanting me to get a Nikon - mostly because he likes that when you download your pics, your camera is, in essence, an additional hard drive, whereas Canon requires you to download their software first. I, however, was leaning toward a Canon because it seems to be the more popular camera with many more reviews online from users. Both cameras seem to be loved by their users, but I get the impression that Canons are more popular - especially the entry level models.
So, what do you ladies have? Why do you like it?
What's the deal with MPs? It seems that a big difference betwee, say, the Nikon D3000 and the D5000 is the MPs. Do they make a difference to me if I'm not planning on getting prints any larger than, say, 16 x 20?
My goal is to learn enough so that we don't have to go to Portrait Innovations every year and holiday to get pics taken of the kids and of our little family. I'd like to perhaps help our our family and friends with this too - but that's waaaay far off. I'm not looking to go into business, but looking for a new skill that gives me something to fall back on, or something to develop into more if I find I absolutely love it.
Thanks for any direction you all might have!
My "babies" are Abigail (6/06) and Caleb (1/08 )
I don't have the time right now to answer more of your questions, but as far as the downloading and needing to have Canon software on your computer, you don't have to. I just take the memory card out and put it in my computer. I have NEVER actually hooked my camera up to my computer. I just find it easier to take the memory card out and do it that way. So don't let that sway you away from the Canon. I have the T1i and I LOVE it. Now only if I had more time to play with it and learn how to properly use it!!!
YEAH for a new camera!
I don't have a lot of time to reply either, but I wouldn't call Canon more popular than the Nikon. That being said, I own a Nikon, and I love it. If you are getting a true entry level camera, I'd opt for the Canon, because Nikon's entry levels are limited as far as what kind of lenses you can use. I'd also be sure to hold both cameras and see which fits most comfortably in your hands. If money is no option, I'd go with a mid-level camera, as ISO noise is really a factor in both the Canon and the Nikon. Good luck in your decision.
I think there's nothing better than going into the store and trying out the cameras in your hand. Who is going to be using the camera, mostly you or DH? If you, then you're the one who has to be comfortable with it.
I'm not sure what you're saying about Nikon being an additional hard drive. I have a Nikon and take out the SM card and put it directly into my computer, download, and take the card and reformat it each time I put it back in the camera, which does delete all of the pictures from it.
I love my Nikon, but when I save enough to switch to full-frame, am making the switch to Canon. When I bought my entry level Nikon and went into the store, my mind-set of Nikon overpowered what really felt right. And now of course I'm regretting that. It has been a fabulous camera though.
Kristen & Donnie, 2005
Jackson Thomas, 10.08, & Colby Jameson, 5.11
Kristen Privett Photography
I believe that the reason that entry level canon's are more popular is because of the AF issue with some of the Nikon lenses. I do not use the Canon software to get pics off the camera.
Eeek, don't make me flop again Steph!
I don't know what it is really, it's really just feeling more than anything. I'm a lefty, and for some reason my Nikon has always felt off and clumsy in my hands. Of course, I'm not sure that Canon would help that any more, but I do remember liking how it felt. I just didn't really listen to myself and that feeling. I'll be working with a portrait photographer in our town for the next couple months who has a Markii, so I'm hoping to try it out a little just to make sure. I'm not too dead-set in my decision, and should definitely go to a store and try out the D700 too. I'm not planning to do the switch until Fall/Winter. I just feel at a standstill though as to what to do about lenses. I at least have come to know that it's the photographer, not the camera that makes a picture, so I'm trying to learn everything with what I have right now. I would love to get a set together with just my D60 and 35mm!
Editing to add, that I don't have any other lenses for Nikon. Had I bought the D70, I would have been able to buy lenses to also use on a D700, but of course I didn't know that when buying my first DSLR. Such a bummer. That's another reason I'm okay with switching, kwim? I'm super curious as to any other thoughts/suggestions Steph! Or anyone!
Last edited by kris10gal; 03-04-2010 at 04:58 PM.
That's funny because I'm a lefty and I was clumsy with Canon! I will forever be a Nikon girl, I love my Nikkor lenses The MPs are essentially negligible (it's funny how much stores use them as a selling point). I could enlarge photos from my old D70 larger than 16X20 well and it was a 6.7MP camera...
I have the canon 40D and I love it. I have never had to download any software. I hook the camera up to my computer and it just uploads.
I have a mac but it works with both iPhoto and Bridge
apart from that, canon is awesome
TTC 14.5 years
10 BFP's, 10 Angel babies
Wanted always forgotten never
Add me on facebook
Thanks for all the advice so far, girls! It seems that both DH and I are officially obsessed at this point. It seems like it's all we talk about at the moment! The camera is definitely for me, but DH will most assuredly use it some too.
I think I've narrowed my choices down to three: Nikon D90, Nikon D300, and the Canon 50D. What do you all think? Are they somewhat comparable? Do any of you have any firsthand experience with any of these?
First chance I get, I'm going to run out and put some of these in my hand. I'm getting so excited!
My "babies" are Abigail (6/06) and Caleb (1/08 )