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Old Jun 23, 2010, 7:08 PM   #1
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Default Canon T1i or Nikon D5000 purchase? (<--newbie question here)

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I'm getting ready to buy my 1st SLR camera for a college class. I've got it narrowed down to 2 choices:
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Nikon D5000
Anyone have an opinion between these two they would like to share?

Thanks!

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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:19 AM   #2
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Hi all -


I'm getting ready to buy my 1st SLR camera for a college class. I've got it narrowed down to 2 choices:
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Nikon D5000
Anyone have an opinion between these two they would like to share?

Thanks!
These are both very good cameras. I have the T1i and I like it a lot.
I have also used the D5000 and it produces images of similar
quality.

See the other recent thread for some relevant comments:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wh...canon-t2i.html
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:39 AM   #3
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Those are both very good cameras. Though there are reasons to pick on over the other, you haven't given us anything that would indicate that one might be a better choice for you.

What do you want to shoot?
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:40 AM   #4
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Hi all -
How rude of me! I forgot to say Welcome to the forum.

In addition to my earlier comments, I would suggest that
you look closely at the reviews on Steve's Digicams and
on other sites. Pay particular attention to the conclusions
and sample images.

You will find a huge collection of images on the camera
comparison page on flickr. Bear in mind that a lot of the
images on flickr have seen heavy post-processing.

I had a hard job choosing between the T1i and the D5000.
I went for the Canon in the end, mainly because of the better
selection of new and used lenses. I also had a slight bias
towards Canon because two of my brothers shoot Canon
DSLRs. Another deciding factor at the time was a reliability
issue with early D5000s.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Service-And-...-Advisory.page

This issue should not arise with new stock.
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I'm getting ready to buy my 1st SLR camera for a college class. I've got it narrowed down to 2 choices:
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Nikon D5000
Anyone have an opinion between these two they would like to share?

Thanks!
Both are EXCELLENT camera bodies ... I owned T1i (here it is called 500D) for over a year and I've also used (my boss's) D5000 on several occassions ... I like them both.

But when it comes to lens upgrade path then choose T1i because Nikon D5000 dos not have focus motor built into the camera body, so only AF-S (Silent Wave Focusing Motor) lenses will Autofocus on it ... check this Nikon website about lens compatability with D5000 http://imaging.nikon.com/products/im...patibility.htm.

Whereas Canon T1i goes, you will have a huge range of Canon lenses both EF & EF-S lenses that are compatible with T1i.

But if you do not plan on adding any lens other then the kit lens that comes with the camera, (which I think is unlikey), IMHO the Nikon 17-55 VR kit lens is better then the Canon 17-55 IS kit lens.

But if you plan to upgrade to a better lens to replace ur kit lens' equivalent focal length then Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS is the very best and Nikon does not have an equivalent (image stabilized) lens to match it.

So it boils down to what is important to you ... lens upgrade path? or is the kit lens sufficient for your needs?
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Thanks all for your responses!

I'm not exactly sure what "I'm going to shoot". I'm a total virgin when it comes to digital photography so I thought the college class would help educate me (along with getting my degree).

I'm going to make one last trip to the store and feel these side-by-side. I'm leaning towards the Canon, but it may just come down to which one "feels" better for me.

Happy shooting!
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dgates-

You are really on the right track. How a camera feels in hand and how your hand span the controls is really important. That may be the telling point for you.

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Sarah pointed me in the direction of the Pentax KX, of which I ended up getting the Kit for about $680 which comes with 18-55 + 55 -300mm lenses. Granted not the fastest lenses, but I have (with minimal SLR experience), already produced some nice (to my eyes) images.

The vendor I purchased this from also had a free camera bag, cleaning kit, with a mini-tripod that actually can support the camera.

I am very pleased with the purchase and as a "new" SLR user, I am very pleased.

Thanks Sarah, and good luck in your search.
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Thanks Mackloon-

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If you are going to shoot action, the t1i would be my pick. But is not to action. Then either will do a nice job.

something else to consider, the canon will use all canon eos design lenses, EF and EF-s series and all 3rd party lenses for eos. The d5000 will not use all nikon and 3rd party lenses with auto focus. It requires lenses with built in motors. So you need to get AF-s and AF-i lenses. So some of the less expensive lenses will not auto focus with d5000.

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Thanks all for your responses!

I'm not exactly sure what "I'm going to shoot". I'm a total virgin when it comes to digital photography so I thought the college class would help educate me (along with getting my degree).

I'm going to make one last trip to the store and feel these side-by-side. I'm leaning towards the Canon, but it may just come down to which one "feels" better for me.

Happy shooting!
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