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Old Jul 25, 2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default My first DSLR: Canon T2i or Nikon d5000? Plus question on lenses

This is my first post to this forum. Nice to meet all of you. I have many, many questions and I hope that someone will have the time to answer as much of what I ask as possible.

First some Background

Never owned a SLR or DSLR. I currently own a Canon G6 Powershot point-and-shoot camera. Being that I am not a serious photographer one would think that such a simple camera would suit my needs.

However, I do run my own website and forum and as PRESS I go out to conventions every year where I take photographs for the website.

What made me decide an DSLR was right for me was because I was with three friends that had DSLR cameras. We were at Comic-Con this year and herded into large auditoriums where we had to take pictures from the back of the room. These guys were snapping on telephoto lenses and getting really tight close-ups of the speakers on stage while with my point-and-shoot I couldn't even get in nearly as close.

....and then there is picture quality. Seems to be a significant difference in picture quality from a DSLR (even with kit lenses) compared to a point-and-shoot.

After much research on entry DSLR cameras I am down to two choices: The Canon Rebel T2i or the Nikon d5000. The Nikon seems to be the better deal. However, I own a Canon Speedlight that I use on my G6 and I would rather not have to buy a new speedlight for the Nikon.

Can't really tell which of the two cameras is better. The Nikon is highly rated and comes close to the more expensive D90. The Canon has more megapixels but I hear more megapixels bring out flaws in the lenses that come with the kit.

I decided to purchase KITS from either Best Buy or One Call. The reason I chose these outlets is financing. I can finance purchases made from these sites.

So, I have questions about the following two cameras....


Nikon d5000

Looking at the Nikon d5000 kits at Best Buy.

There seems to be two body/lens kits at a rather significant price difference.

The first kit, the lower priced one is here:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+D5...5000&lp=2&cp=1

It features camera and extra 55-200mm Vibration reduction zoom lens for $950


The second kit is much pricier:


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+D5...5000&lp=1&cp=1

It features camera and extra 70-300mm AF-S VR Telephoto lens for $1270

Would you recommend the pricier kit?


Canon Rebel T2i

Canon doesn't have as an elaborate kit as the Nikon.

Their kit is located here:

Canon - EOS Rebel T2i 18.0-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera - Black - Rebel T2i Kit

I would need a telephoto lens as well. I would suppose that this is the one that I should opt to purchase:

Canon - 55-250mm f/4-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Select Canon Cameras - 2044B002

What do you think of this Canon Package?


Realize, this is my first DSLR. I want to take impressive photos but I'm not looking to buy the most expensive lenses out there, that is, unless you guys feel these lenses would not suit me well at all.

Look forward to your advice. Thank you in advance.
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Old Jul 25, 2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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Okay let me make this easier. I have narrowed
it down to these two cameras and packages....


If I go with the Canon Rebel T21

This camera and lens:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...ract_desc=null

Plus this telephoto lens:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon%20...&ref=39&loc=01

Total cost: $1550


If I go with the Nikon d5000:

The camera and lens:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...5000&cp=1&lp=2

Plus the telephoto lens:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+...=1173578368318

Total Cost: $1350

The Nikon seems to be a way better deal but I will have you guys check out those specs. In fact, the price difference is negligible as I would have to buy a speed light for the Nikon. I already own a light for the Canon.

Just need a good camera to take great everyday photos and a really good zoom lens to get in close.
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Old Jul 25, 2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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If you want to save a bit on a canon product, take a look at the T1i, it has pretty much the same abilities as the T2i, just not as good HD video ability.

http://www.adorama.com/ICADRT1IK2.html

Bestbuy price on the lens it 50 dollars over price. It is about 250 everywhere else if brought separately.

To get the most out of the dslr, you will need to shot in one of the manual modes. Av and use the largest aperture of the kit lens of 3.5 on the short lens and 4 on the long lens. You might also want to shoot at 1600iso if the lighting if a bit low.
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Shot,

Unfortunately I will have to pay $50 more as Best Buy offers financing. Adorama does not.

So, looking at my second post does that camera and lens combo look okay?
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The reduced size of images on websites means that the image quality in the full size original, isn't visible. If the ultimate destination for most, if not all of your photos, will be your website, then a good superzoom camera like the Panasonic FZ35 might do as well, and save you some money and keep you from carrying around bigger heavier cameras with bigger heavier lenses. From what you say, I think the only real limitation you're experiencing with your G6 (an otherwise excellent camera) is it's limited zoom range, so a superzoom P&S might work better for you than a dSLR.
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To be honest you are paying top dollars for both. The D5000 kit is a sub 1000 kit

I would look at the t1i over the t2i kit and add the lens. It is a better action shooting camera then the d5000.
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This is what I would get from Best buy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+EO...0T1i&lp=5&cp=1
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If you want a better action lens then this, the lens is 100 more then the other retailer, but the body is on par with the online guys.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...0t1i&cp=1&lp=2

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Canon+-+...nses&cp=1&lp=6
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Gents,

Thanks for all your assistance.

I decided to go with the Nikon purely because I
am being told that the lenses are better for that
brand.

Here is what I decided upon:


Nikon d5000 w/18-55
http://www.onecall.com/product/Nikon...-SLR/_/R-97343

70-300 telephoto
http://www.onecall.com/product/Nikon...Lens/_/R-34019


Now, unless any of you have good argument that
I should lean towards a Canon T1 or T2, this will
be the choice I make.
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I decided to go with the Nikon purely because I
am being told that the lenses are better for that
brand.
Not so. See:

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Tested)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (Tested)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS

... versus ...

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor (Tested)

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor (Tested)
Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

If that's going to be your main criterion, and as criteria go, that's a very good one, the Canon would be a better choice.
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