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Old Oct 23, 2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Nikon D5000 vs. Canon T1i

I'm a railfan (train photographer) and am buying my first DSLR. I have narrowed it down to the D5000 and the T1i, but I can't seem to pick one over the other. Most of the time my shots are taken in bright daylight, with fast moving subjects (the trains). Another thing that is important to me is night performance, because I love to take extended exposures. I need to narrow my two choices down based on:

1. Night Performance
2. Reliability/Quality/Durability
3. Quality of the 18-55mm Kit Lens, since I'll be using it for a few months until I can afford a better standard and/or telephoto lens.

Any opinions would be REALLY appreciated, thanks!!

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Old Oct 24, 2009, 2:06 AM   #2
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The Nikon D5000 has a mediocre AF system for moving subjects, and it doesn't have an internal AF motor, so large aperture medium telephoto lenses that you might use at night won't autofocus. This may or may not matter, since you might be using smaller apertures anyway to increase the depth of field, so focus accuracy won't be important, and you won't need the large aperture telephotos.

Also, the 18-55 kit lenses are both good, but Canon's is better.
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