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Old Jan 8, 2012, 12:01 PM   #11
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As for the used market, a used or refurbished Canon 40D or 50D could give you an affordable taste of what Canon is about. If you like to stick to straight out-of-the-camera results (in lieu of post processing everything), the Canon and Nikon flavors are different. Though which flavor is best will depend on the beholder. I've been very happy with my refurbished 50D, but I rarely shoot action subjects.

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Old Jan 8, 2012, 1:02 PM   #12
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If you like to stick to straight out-of-the-camera results (in lieu of post processing everything), the Canon and Nikon flavors are different. Though which flavor is best will depend on the beholder.
Kelly (or anyone else who knows about it), I don't have much experience comparing pictures taken with a Nikon and a Canon DSLR. Could you elaborate a bit about those different "flavors". I'm guessing it has to do with the (jpg) processing algorithms of each brand regarding color, sharpness, noise reduction, etc., but I would appreciate a little more info about that.
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You are absolutely correct on the processing being a little different. Default color balance and saturation are not exactly the same. Also, while both offer "matrix" style metering (Canon calls this "Evaluative"), the results there can also be a little different. Canon fans like their flavor for these factors better, ditto for the Nikon fans. Of course either camera can be set up using its more advanced controls to achieve nearly identical results (in contrast to the default settings). And post processing with a computer can make the results dead identical. Some folks like nice default results, to some this is a complete non-issue.

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Just an update. I got myself a Canon 60D. I was prefering the Nikon D7000 but it was out of stock most places so when i stumbled upon a 60D on sale, i took it. I think both cameras more than match my needs. I am keeping my old D80 and nikon lenses for comparison purposes. The 60D came bundled with a canon 17-85mm IS lens which seems like an alright carry around lens.

I would like some advice in selecting a telezoom lens for my outdoor action use. I am considering a canon 70-300 f/4-5,6 IS USM and a canon 70-200 f/4 L USM. I realize the latter is a much higher grade lens but its more expensive and lacks IS. I must note that other versions of canon 70-200 L (f/2,8, IS) are out of my price range.

Thanks for all the answers so far!!

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Those are both good choices. For sports/action/wildlife shooting, you need to keep the shutter speed fast for the subject, so IS isn't as important.
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