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Old Nov 26, 2011, 8:22 AM   #1
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Default Nikon D3100 or the Canon 550D?

Hi,
I want to get into photography seriously and I prefer to count myself as an amateur photographer (not a beginner).
I have a budget of 500 - the Nikon costs 400 and the Canon costs 500.
Here are my pros and cons of each:

NIKON D3100:
Pros
Cheaper (so I can buy a good lens with it)
I prefer Nikon to Canon lenses
Feels better in my hands
Lighter than the Canon
Cons
No external mic input
Counted as being an 'entry-level' first DSLR
Has 4 megapixels less than the Canon
Worse image quality to the Canon?

CANON 550D:
Pros
4 more megapixels than the Nikon
Better movie mode
Better image quality?
Has external mic input
Counted as being an 'upper entry-level' DSLR
Cons
Nikon feels more comfortable in my hand
I don't like the kit lens
More expensive
I prefer Nikon to Canon lenses
Heavier than the Nikon

There we go - sorry for the extensive list!
I do macro, potrait, and landscape photography - and LOVE bokeh!!
So which one would you recommend for me?
Thanks!
Katie
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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I prefer Nikon to Canon lenses
Feels better in my hands
Lighter than the Canon
Err, the decision is obvious.

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Old Nov 26, 2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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The Canon 550D is a better camera, but if you prefer the ergonomics of the Nikon, then there isn't much that can be said.

I will add, however, that you can't judge lenses by their nameplates. Every manufacturer makes some gems and some duds. If the basis for your preference is which way to rotate the zoom ring to get a longer focal length, or which way you rotate the lens barrel to lock the lens to the body, then your brand preference is valid. But what matters most is who has the better, more affordable lens or lenses for what you want to shoot. That's important and you haven't mentioned it yet.

From your list of cons for the D3100, I think you should look at the D5100. While it is slightly bigger and heavier, it compares more favorably to the 550D.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 1:25 PM   #4
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Hi Katie- also bear in mind,ALL Canon EF/EF-S lenses fit the 550D body(and any other digital Canon body for that matter..!)- not all Nikon lenses fit the D3100- though there is still an extensive range of lenses for the Nikon.
Any difference in image quality(if indeed there is any) will be minimal,and certainly not significant.
As already mentioned- the D5100 is the more natural rival to the Canon- and aside from other "upgrades" over the D3100,has the articulated screen- which I personally find incredibly useful- and couldn't do without one..!
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Katie, sounds like you would be happier with the Nikon.

Here is compatible lens types:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr...tibility02.htm

The ones without built-in motors would not auto-focus on the D3100 but you can still manually focus them.

All Canon EF and EF-S lenses will autofocus on Canon DSLRs.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 5:58 PM   #6
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Default Does this look like a good DSLR setup?

Hi,
I'm going to buy an upper entry level DSLR setup for Christmas and I wanted to know whether any of you guys think this is a good kit.

Camera
Nikon D5100 + Kit lens - http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-d...-vr-11510.html
Lens
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G - http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-a...-8g-11718.html
Filters
UV for kit lens - http://www.amazon.co.uk/52mm-UV-Filt...pr_product_top
CPL for kit lens - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Circular-POL...pr_product_top
UV for Nikkor lens - http://www.amazon.co.uk/NEEWER-Filte...pr_product_top
CPL for Nikkor lens - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Threaded-58M...pr_product_top
(I need to get different filters because of the different lens filter sizes)

So what do you guys think?
Thanks!
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 6:18 PM   #7
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It's less at Jessops:

D5100 with kit lens for 649.95
http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...0903/show.html

Same for the 50mm (less at Jessops).

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens for 189.95
http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...1294/show.html

Personally, I'd forget the cheap filters unless you really have a need for them, as they can degrade image quality, especially the cheaper ones. UV filters are not going to help image quality, and can increase your chance of ghosting and flare (including washed out looking images from veiling flare with brighter light sources in the frame). For example, note how bad this Tiffen is in a Filter test:

http://www.lenstip.com/113.24-articl...n_72mm_UV.html

Some people like to use them for lens protection. Not me. To each their own.

As for Polarizer filters, buy better ones if you really need 'em.
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Why not get the CPL for the larger lens and a step up ring to allow the CPL to fit on the smaller lens. Only one CPL to get that way! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Ring_Lens.html

You may also want to consider get better quality brand name filters such as Hoya HMC or B + W.
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Since you started a thread earlier today asking for opinions on what camera to buy (this thread), I merged the new thread you just started asking about the Nikon D5100 kit into it.

That way, it's less confusing to members trying to help you decide on a camera kit, since all responses will be in the same thread now.
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It's less at Jessops
Or maybe not. I just realized that digitalrev.com was showing me prices in US Dollars versus Euros. ;-)

In any event, I don't know much about them so I'd research your vendors carefully, as it looks like they're located in Hong Kong, and they're going to add on shipping at checkout.

Also, you may find that Nikon in the UK may not want to service products that were purchased from a Hong Kong vendor instead of an Authorized Dealer in your area. See more about "Grey Market" products this Nikon Europe's page:

https://nikoneurope-es.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5409/~/what-does-%22grey-market%22-product-mean%3F

Here's a quote from that page:

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Nikon European offices cannot provide any technical support or warranty service for Grey Market product, additionally they may not perform any fee-based repair work on Grey Market products. Contact the reseller or importer of your Grey Market products for warranty and service information as well as software updates and downloads.
Chances are, you're not going to save that much buying from Hong Kong anyway after shipping charges are added in; and you may end up having issues with duties and tariffs, increasing cost even more. Then, if you have any issues with it, you may find that Nikon Europe won't service it and you may have to ask your Hong Kong vendor to arrange for service (or send it to Nikon Japan instead).

So, I'd consider buying the kit from an Authorized Nikon Dealer in the U.K
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