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Old Mar 28, 2008, 6:26 PM   #1
alfabeta2
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Hi all,

I am trying to narrow down my choices:
nikon 40x, 60 or 80
Canon 400, 450

(After my discussion, I have summarised my questions below)

The Cameras:
From what I have read the Canon 400 is a better buy than Nikon 40 and 60. This is mainly due to the nine point focus system.

I prefer the D80 out of the Nikon Range.

But economics sends me towards the 400 (or possibly the 450)

The lenses

Economics sends me towards the Canon 400 twin kit lens (18-55 + 75 -300), but everyone seems to bag these kits. What is wrong with these lenses???
Is there a 50mm lens for the NIKONs similar to the classic CANON 50mm. (I have heard that these are good for closes up portraiture/baby photos)

Future Mid range Lenses purchases
I was impressed with the Nikon 80 with the af-s 70-300mm f 4.5-5.6G VR IF ED lens (priced at AU$800)

Is there a comparable mid range Canon lens?

I have read the Nikons have better mid range lenses than the Canons, what are other peoples opinions?

I have found this lens, Canon EF 70 - 300mm f4.0 L IS USM lens which seems to be a considerable increase in price. (i could only find the 24-105mm lens @ AU$1500). (I was told that EF denotes premium lenses for Canon)

Summary:

In summary m questions are:
What do people think of the NIKON 40x and 60?
What is wrong with the CANON kit lenses?
Is there a comparable 35mm NIKON 50mm lens available inexpensive?
What identifies the CANON mid range lenses ?
Why are the NIKON mid range lenses superior to the CANON mid range lenses?
Any advice is appreciated.

Regards
Alf
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