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    canon or nikon
    i was looking at Nikon's my dad is a Photographer and he has had Nikon since b4 i was born and i like Nikon but i recently been looking a Canon. i was thinking for a first D-SLR as a D60 or a EOS Rebel XSi

    what do all of you think?

    Mind you i am in school for graphic design..

    thanks for all the insight in advance...
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    The best all around Canon is the 40D, They are very reasonable right now.
    A good site to read reviews is.
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    One advantage of the 40D is, it can take 6.5 fps. the auto focus rate is very fast. The biggest thing to quality pics is the glass you put on the camera (don't skimp).
    This shot was take with my 40d and a 17-40L lens last weekend.

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    The answer is: either!

    I'm a Nikon guy now, but either camera will do you well. My Canon is a point and shoot but my DSLR is a Nikon D40. They are both great cameras and DSLR wise either body will produce excellent results. What you are buying into are a host of lenses and accessories really.

    My wife chose Olympus. Go figure. Choose your equipment and then go take great pictures.

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    The downside with entry level Nikon is that they don't AF with all the Nikon lenses.

    Other than that, they're about the same until you get up to the $2000+ range.

    And buying used is better. An almost new 40D can be had for about $600 right now. That's cheap.
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    I use an XSi, but my vote would be go with the new Nikon D90.

    As far as Nikon vs Canon, thats like comparing babtist and christians, you're typically going to get strong biased opinions in both directions. There are good and bad to both, but at least you've narrowed it down to a smart selection.

    Decide what you want to spend first of all then decide on a total budget you would feel comfortable eventually spending on a camera. It might be more beneficial for you to spend a hair less on the camera and purchase a nicer lens.

    The nikon D40/60 cameras are nice, I really like D80's and haven't seen a D90 in person yet but the specs are good.

    I use an Xsi, I'd probably spend the extra on it compared to an XS. Any of the "D" cameras are good ..

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    I would say to to a store where they have both camera companys, and get a feel how they both feel in your hands, how they look to you, how each does the basic of tasks.

    The debate between Nikon and Canon will get you Fan boys from both sides. Best way to tell is to go and try them both. Get what YOU like, and what is in your budget.

    All Camera's well generally take the same picture, lenses make a world of difference, like stated above, a cheaper camera might be the way to go, but get a nice lens.

    Personally, I have a D50, and a D300 (new purchase) every lens I bought with the D50, works flawlessly on the D300... and I love them both. I use both for mine & my wifes Photography buisness.

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    Anyway, either... I use Nikons because I have a lot of Nikkor glass.. but beyond that I absolutely dislike Canons 'ergonomics' and prefer Nikons. See if you can actually use both sometime and go from there.
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    thanx everyone you are all insightful i will go to the store and feel them both out... i work at Best Buy...lol
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    Also, since your dad shoots Nikon, you could potentially have access to his lenses, right?

    But yeah, check out the feel, ergonomics, etc'. They are all great systems, and you really can't go wrong with either.

    You might get a Nikon today, then want a Canon in 2 years... Or vice versa... Same thing with other camera brands.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AConfire View Post
    Also, since your dad shoots Nikon, you could potentially have access to his lenses, right?.
    hahaha... HAHAHA me use his lenses.. i talked to my dad about that once that was a fast topic change... like "dad could i use your lenses if i got a Nikon", he saying "NO!" then asking how was i doing in my classes...lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    hahaha... HAHAHA me use his lenses.. i talked to my dad about that once that was a fast topic change... like "dad could i use your lenses if i got a Nikon", he saying "NO!" then asking how was i doing in my classes...lol...
    Then offer to rent them from him. That's what other photographers do. You think everyone you see with one of those big-honking lenses on TV actually owns them? Jeebus those things cost $10,000+.

    Oh, and just assure him that you'll be using a condom, er, filter for safe snaps with no lens damage.

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    again hahaha he wants me to earn everything i get in my life.. therefore that wont happen. it is ok though, i will build my lenses up in due time.. but that is a good idea thanx for the gesture. he says if i earn it i have more responsibility/ownership over it, ever since i was little i was taught the value of a buck..

    which is why i want a Mac..
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    Then I would argue this: You're earning it based on your effort to make great photography. Something you would be assisted with by having access to great lenses.

    Your dad sounds like my generation, influenced by my previous generation. For reference I am 41. But when it comes to photography, you should be able to build on the previous generation. Anyway, good luck with your quest.

    It is a quest, after all.

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    thx for all the advice.. by the way i am 26 if you were wondering.. my dad is 58
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    I'll go on the record and say a Canon 40D

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