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Forum topic by Padre posted 02-03-2010 03:18 AM 1356 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2010 03:18 AM

My one and only digital camera bit the big one last week. I have permission from SWMBO to purchase a Digital SLR. I’ve been reading review after review and have narrowed it down to two: the Canon T1i or the Nikon D5000.

Does anyone have any experience with either of these cameras? Thanks.

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 03:21 AM

Good Luck in your searching.

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 03:30 AM

It really depends on what you are planning to do with the camera, but in comparing the two listed against each other the Canon has a better track record for reliability. The canon lines are user friendly for those stepping into the first DSLR, the auto shoot settings are well thought out and for the average point and shoot person you wont need to adjust much, but the option is there to play with the settings for better results. As DaveR indicated the lens’s should be the same make, specifically the Canon, they have issues with other manufacturer lenses.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 03:31 AM

Hey Padre,

Both Nikon and Cannon are top shelf brands. I use a Nikon D80 and an S7C and I love both of them. You can check-out the “DPREVIEW” site for lots of info on these and other cameras. Lots of luckm they are both good brands.


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#4 posted 02-03-2010 03:35 AM

I have a Canon XTi myself and am happy with it. It’s my second Canon SLR. Canon has a larger collection of lenses if you plan on adding to the kit lens. If you do buy lenses remember to spend money on the lens because the camera body will be outdated in a few years, but the lenses will not. Check reviews on Amazon, but there are almost too many to go through!

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 03:43 AM

I’m into photography, and I know there are a lot of debates between what is better, Canon or Nikon?

Personally, I would say that it depends on how much you think you’re going to get into the hobby. For only casual use, either one will work. If you think you’ll be spending $1,000s on lenses, flash, etc, then you need to choose carefully. What you invest in now may get you stuck in that system.

FWIW, here is a break down of some pros and cons:

Canon – Overall, but not always, the professional level lenses are cheaper than Nikon. Canon also has a line of f/4 professional level lenses. These lenses are lighter weight than the f/2.8 pro lenses, yet still have the professional level build and image quality. As far as I know, all Canon SLRs come with software called DPP (Digital Photo Pro) that allows you to manipulate the raw image files.

Nikon – Better metering and better flash system. IMO, this is a big plus if you are using an external flash. The pro lenses are significantly more expensive (most of the time), and there are no lighter weight options, unlike Canon. Most of the Nikons I’ve seen (which are the lower end ones) did not come with any raw image manipulation software, so you’d have to buy it as an extra (it’s like $100). Nikon is also said to be easier to handle and use, but I use Canon, so I don’t know.

As you can see, most of the pros and cons only come to light if you want to get into the high end gear.

If you know that you’ll never get into photography much, then you should try handling both at a store and choosing the one that handles better. Both cameras are very capable.

IMO, I don’t think there’s much difference between the Nikon D5000’s 12 mp vs Canon T1i’s 15 mp. They are pretty close in resolution.

The Canon T1i does have better video capability, since it can record in 1080 resolution vs Nikon’s 720. I also heard the Canon’s video capture is better at recording movement across the screen. Nikon video capture had a lag between the top and bottom of the screen. You can probably do a google search to find an example.

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 03:45 AM

I am leaning towards the Canon because of the higher resolution, it’s lighter and it has a better software package. I’m torn though. The D5000 gets great reviews too.


I have a bit of time still since my tax return won’t be here until mid-month. :)

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 04:17 AM

When caught between two equivalent choices, I prefer the age old solution of flipping a coin ;D

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 04:42 AM

Padre, both brands are top notch. usually the deciding factor with SLRs is what lenses you have. assuming you dont have any lenses yet- it’s still an even choice.

I personally have a Canon 10D, my brother has a Canon XTi, and my mom has a Canon XTi, one of my closest friends has a Nikon D70. we all went to an event and took pictures. I collected all pictures, and imported them to my computer for archiving, and selecting prints. from all the pictures, the Nikon shots were the only ones that NEEDED color correction as they were overly saturated with reds. all the canons were spot on on the white balance and saturation. this could have been that my friends camera wasn’t setup correct, although he’s also an avid photographer so I doubt thats the case. still all photos eventually were great, but it was a funny observation.

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 05:30 AM


As most have said here, you can’t go wrong with either. If video is important to you, the Canon will probably be better. But check out DPReviews and Steve’s Digicams (not my site) for some reviews. I have the previous version of the Canon – the XSi. Just know that these Canon EOS models are not “full body” cameras such that they have something like a 1.6X multiplier as a crop factor when you get a lens. That would mean a 55 mm lens will look like an 85 mm lens on a fully body camera or something of the sort. It may depend on the lens though. Not sure about the Nikon. But if it’s in the same price range I would bet you’ll get the same.

As for which ones to get, it’s a matter of personal preference. Canons are generally known for superior color reproduction and always seem to trump the Nikons and all others in that respect. But really, unless you’re a professional, I don’t think it will matter much to you. The equivalent Nikons and Canons have generally the same features since they always try to keep up with/out feature each other. It will come down to a personal preference for you. We bought the XSi because the Canon was a littler smaller and easier for my wife to hold. My hands aren’t super large either, but both seemed fine to me. Since my wife would be using it a ton to take pics of our kids, it was an easier decision. Plus, it had spec’d out at more frames per second so we could take more continuous shots (which come in handy when you’re shooting pics of your kids jumping around). That being said, every time we go out, we’re always noticing people with Nikon cameras and my wife always asks me why. I can’t answer that, but I will tell you that I notice a ton of people with Canons also. I just don’t see much of any of the others – Olympus or Sony.

I would recommend going to a store and checking them out to see how you’d feel having them. Either one would be an excellent choice. And if you’re moving up from a point and shoot, you will be extremely pleased no matter what. Good luck in your search!

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