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Old Aug 2, 2010, 7:57 AM   #1
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Default Which one to pick? Nikon D90 / Cannon 550D

Hello all,

My problem is simple... I just cannot pick one..
Let me just sum up the things I'm planning to do with it.

Primary use would be "pet photography".
Partially my own pet (tri colour border collie) and for some animal shelter work. (working on a site to promote stray dogs/cats).

So basicly, overactive jumpy annimals in sometimes dark places..
Sometimes I'll record a movie or 2 aswell, possibly longer then 10 minutes (thats where I did read that the D90 overheats at 5mins recording on 720p)


Both have there pro's and con's but I still cannot chose.

Any advice you could give me?

As for lenses.. I'd probably go for a Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM or something simular.
Or I could possibly go for something else combined with a 50mm 1.4.. any idea's about this?


Anyway, thanks in advance for the help ;-)



edit: sigh @ typo in the title :<

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Old Aug 2, 2010, 8:39 AM   #2
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Slightly biased but you could do a lot worse than to 550d it does 1080 video plus for stills it is just great as i said biased i have one.
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Alright, cheers for the imput!

if I'm not mistaken the 550D only has 1 wheel on it for shutter / exposure.
Is it easy/fast enough to navigate in between them.

Didn't have time to go and check them both out. So I'll just ask it here first!
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Old Aug 2, 2010, 9:27 AM   #4
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The 550D has a higher resolution image sensor, but since the primary use for your photos will be for a website, that will be wasted, and could be a pain. The 550D does better video, but it requires a lot of effort to do well. And again, if the video would primarily be for websites, the higher resolution could be wasted.

Other than that, there's not much reason to pick one over the other. Have you tried them on for size? If you can't comfortably hold the camera, if you can't find the controls and commands when you need them, you'll miss shots and be dissatisfied with the camera.
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The only real way to see if a camera feels right is to do the touchy feely thing and when you are spending that amount of money it pays to take your time and get it right. what feels right to me may not for you.
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Am planning to visit the shop pretty soon. Just want to get an idea what others think about it.

And for a website, I will host them near full quality. It's basicly for promoting those poor dogs/cats the best way possible. It'll eat up some bandwidth but that doesn't really matter.

But cheers for the comments!
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You really can not go wrong with either. Now if you do plan to print and crop in on shots. The higher resolution will give you better results when cropped
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Alright, think I'll be going for the eos 550D, my girlfriend has a cannon so I could use her lenses!

Just gotta figure out which lens to pick now
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That does help out, if you guys can shear lenses. Good luck with the 550D
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The 18-55 that comes with the 550D is a good choice, it's not expensive, and if it doesn't do everything you want, your experience with it whill help you choose what else you need.

Good luck with it.
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