Sunday, February 27, 2011

Need Your Opinion ~ Nikon or Canon?

The time has finally come! This weekend my husband and I talked about it and decided that we'll use our tax return to purchase a quality camera for me. Usually our tax money goes towards bills, so this is really nice. I'm beyond excited and look forward to learning the technical side of photography.

Now I'm left with a little bit of a dilemma, though. I'm so indecisive at times (tell me it's the "artsy" side of me) and am in turmoil over which camera I should buy. I've done quite a bit of research over the last several months and have narrowed it down to the Nikon D90 or the Canon T2i. I'm leaning towards the Canon, but it seems like the closest camera stores in our area favor Nikons. Also, the stores that sell Nikons offer free photography classes, which I think is a real plus.

Do you have any opinions or personal preferences when it comes to a camera? I'd love to have your input. xo

37 comments:

  1. Good morning Vicki,

    I have Nikon D3000 and I am very satisfy, but my brother in low is a happy owner of Canon. I think each of them are good. I wish you much fun with the camera (no matter which one you choose:-)) Have a nice day

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  2. Oh these things are so difficult to advice about since it´s much a matter of habit. I´ve used Canon for at least 10 years and don´t think I´ll ever change since I´m used to it now (and also want to keep my lenses if I buy a newer one).

    Anyway; what I can say is that I´m very happy with my Canon Eos 350D even though it´s getting a bit old - and as I said; it will most likely be a Canon I buy the next time too. :-)

    I didn´t help at all - did I?! :-D

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  3. Hi Vicki, I have the exact same dilemma! So I will keep track of the comments you get on this post...
    Have a great week, love Maaike

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  4. how fantastic vicki! you've done wonderful stuff with your point-and-shoot, so i really look forward to seeing what you can do with your new camera. i've got the same dilemma myself, so i can't help you choose - but i'll be happy to confirm the indecisive thing for you: my landlord used the phrase 'decision refusal' about artists, so you can proudly blame your artsy side!

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  5. Canon! jejeje

    This is the eternal dilemma, but you know that two options are very good!

    (excuse my english, i'm spanish people!)

    saludos isleños ;)

    laisladelusi.blogspot.com

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  6. I got a new Nikon d7000 and love it! I am a Nikon girl...

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  7. I love my Canon. I feel that with a Canon you have the smallest learning curve ig you ever upgrade again to another Canon, does that make sense? Also, I like the canon lens options better than a Nikon. The Canon is also lighter, which is a big plus!

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  8. My husband gave me a Canon EOS T2i for Christmas and I LOVE it! You will be amazed at the difference between the point-and-shoot and your new camera.

    Although the Nikon offered classes sound good too. See I'm no help. Good luck and I can't wait to see what you do with your new camera.

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  9. from what I understand the learning curve is indeed simpler with a canon. i have a nikon and I won't say it's a walk in the park but I do enjoy it. i have this weird stereotype that nikons are more future forward but i think i may be imagining things.

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  10. I'm a Canon girl! Always have been, and I bought the Rebel T2i couldn't be more happy with it! :)

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  11. Both would be good investments---but I started out as a Canon girl----and I will stay that way.

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  12. I have heard that Nikon's have better lenses. Canon's are more user friendly and popular, but it seems like the Nikon's quality is slightly better. At least that's what the Pioneer Women (who swears by Nikon) says. I have heard that Canon is better at capturing color (but with photoshop, it's not a big issue for me.) I personally just got a Nikon D3000, with my tax return too :) I love it so far. It does everything I need and more. It seems like you couldn't go wrong with either choice though.

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  13. I am thinking Nikon. FREE photography classes...need I say more?!? Good luck and enjoy!

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  14. Nikon... what do most photographers use? Need I say more?

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  15. Nikon are great, but their operating system runs off the right hand side of the camera, I think it just gets in the way. Canon are always my pick, and as someone commented above, the lenses options are much better than Nikon. Beautiful glass equals beautiful pictures. I've had a Canon Xti for about 8 years now, and with updated lenses over time, the camera is still working brilliantly. Best of luck with your pick! Cheers! e

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  16. i currently shoot with a pentax and will upgrade this year. i'm going with the nikon 800 when it comes out....

    that probably doesn't help at all does it ?

    but i do love my pentax....it's been a good friend.

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  17. Have you held them in your hands already? Sometimes it helps just to feel which one fits better in one's hands. I have a Canon as I could use my lenses I had from my film camera which was also a Canon ;-)

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  18. Hey Vicki!
    I've had the privilege of owning and using both Canon and NIkons. After three years of having a Canon Rebel XT, I finally upgraded (at least, in my opinion) to a Nikon D90 and absolutely LOVE IT. I have no complaints whatsoever about it; it's actually more than what I expected! I would definitely recommend the D90 :)

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  19. Wow, you are using a point and shoot and creating all of this beauty? Amazing! If you have a Canaon now, then a T2i would be easier to learn. I've read the real pros use Nikon but that's if you have the very expensive models. I've also read cameras are going to be changing (for the better) very rapidly and that you should expect to want a newer camera body in 5-7 years! I think the lenses are what will make the difference in the end. I'm a Canon girl (G10) but I'm about to buy a T2i!
    Good luck :o)

    Dianne

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  20. Wow, thanks so much everyone! Alot to think about here. Atleast I've narrowed it down to two. ;)

    I'll let you know which one I purchase (soon!) Have a great new week!

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  21. I almost bought the T2i, I read lots of amazing things about it, but I defer to those who actually own the camera. I finally bought a Leica D5 because I know my laziness too well and I have been very happy with it. Can't wait to see what you end up with! Happy Monday Vicki!

    xo Mary Jo

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  22. Canon glass is said to be better than Nikon however I think Nikon do a better job with ISO noise.
    I am a Canon girl and will probably always shoot Canon for digital.

    I wouldn't make any purchase like this based on extra freebies from camera stores.

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  23. Canon is known for its superior lenses so Im not sure why people are saying Nikon glass is better. But as Rosie said, the best thing you can do is hold them in your hands, have a play and see what feels right.

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  24. Love love love my canon. Have the eost1i. The photos are crisp, clean, and i do have the extra lens. But it is light weight. And oh man i have had so many compliments on my pictures.

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  25. I am a Canon girl also, I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE my Canon EOS T2i. The photos are stunning and also, the video is gorgeous.

    I went to a bunch of camera stores before I chose the T2i though and picked up a bunch of them, pressed the buttons and had a fiddle with them. I was quite the camera perve infact. I decided I loved how the Canon felt, and I also love the range of lenses available.

    Quite simply though, I guess it all comes down to personal preference.

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  26. I think Nikon is better, but it's up to you. If you've started photographing with a canon then it might be easier to continue with a canon 'cause you're used to it. :)) and my friends owns a nikon d90, and it's very good:)

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  27. Nikon, Nikon, Nikon! Which is lighter weight?

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  28. I think either of them are great candidates. They are both very well made.

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  29. I am looking into getting a new camera...I asked for camera advice today on my blog too! I know absolutely nothing about cameras. I wish you the best of luck with narrowing your choice down.
    Have a beautiful week!
    Heather

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  30. yes yes. Nikon ! better quality :) you know, it's a very good cam for years and lenses aren't so expensive. that's my choice !

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  31. I have a Nikon D40 that I love! have a 18-200 lens and will have a f 1.8 soon, that's ll you need!

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  32. I use Canon eos500D but sometimes i'd like to play with my bofriend's Nikon D300 and in my opinion,canon produces a softer result while Nikon got a cleaner and sharper texture.But after all,yes Photoshop will do the rest of your colour choices anyway.

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  33. I have the Nikon D90 and love it! All my digital camera have been Nikons and I'll probbaly stay with them. Most people buy one brand and stick to it just because they are confident that it works. Nikon and Cannon both make quality cameras. Really it's all about what you want in the camera, and if they both are about the same, go with the best deal or included extras. And I have to say that free photography classes would definitely be a plus.

    One feature that I love about my D90 is the vibration reduction switch that eliminates some of the shake from your hand. I'm not sure if the Cannon has this, but I did some with and without photos, and it really makes a difference.

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  34. Wow, thanks for your help everyone! I ended up ordering the Canon T2i. Several of my photographer friends own Canons and I figured it would be fun to share lenses when we get together this Summer. There were other factors, too, of course. ;) Thanks again!

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  36. I'm a canon girl, so I'd say canon but it sounds like you've desiced to go with it.
    I'm sure either would be awesome, though.

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Thanks so much for your comments. Your thoughts, opinions, and ideas are important to me!

~ Vicki