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Canon EOS 550D / Nikon D90


himmy 4
12 Nov 2010 12:33PM
i am going to buy my first DSLR.? I have shortlisted Nikon D90 and Canon EOS 550 D. Considering that both of them cost nearly the same, which one should i buy..?

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Toonman 7 1.4k 2 England
12 Nov 2010 12:43PM
They are both very good cameras. The D90 is a bit older but a very capable perfomer and has a (in my opinion) better build quality. The Canon is a new, has more megapixels and like the Nikon has a vast choice of lenses to pick from. Difficult choice....I wish I had it!
thewilliam 6 4.7k
12 Nov 2010 1:22PM
If you buy Canon, you'll need to use Canon lenses!

Nikon has kept the same lens mount for the past 51 years, so we can use nearly all our oldest lenses on the newest higher-end bodies, such as the D90. The D90 is good enough to keep - without the nagging feeling that you need to up-grade it.

On a more practical level, you'd be wise to choose whichever feels nicer to use. Then you'll be happy to keep your kit for a lot longer without wishing that you should have chiosen the other make.
I went for the Nikon D90 because I had other Nikon cameras before that. It's purely a personal choice: the way it feels in my hand/handles ...etc... The controls/layout on the screen are familiar as I used other Nikons so it was easier to use/learn.

For the lenses I only have one Nikon zoom, the other lenses are Sigma as I cannot afford other Nikon lenses.

I must say I'm pretty happy with my kit.
JNC
DmacD 3 25
5 Mar 2011 10:28PM
I went for the Canon 550d in Sept last year...I am not disappointed. You do not have to use Canon lenses...most of mine are now Sigma EX range...good glass and even the Nikon guys will have to admit that!!

To be honest - if you have a good friend who has a DSLR - get the same as them, then you can swap/borrow lenses equipment etc and save big money...and try before you buy. let us know what you get Smile
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 10:42PM

Quote:If you buy Canon, you'll need to use Canon lenses!

Is there a problem with Canon lenses?
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 11:31PM
I think William is referring to the point that Canon switched lens mounts 20 years ago, while Nikon go back 50 years, but they have revised the specs of the camera to lens interface in the past 5 to 6 years so not all Nikon bodies can control all the lenses In adition remember those older than 20 year Nikon lenses will not auto focus, so you can argue that lenses are a bigger issue on Nikon than Canon. Is it a big issue? Well with Nikon bodies choose them with care if you want to use old lenses. If you intend to buy new lenses then its no issue at all.

Also remember you can use Sigma & Tamron lenses as alternatives to the camera manufacturer ones.

Strikes me as a small issue, unless you have a supply of over 20 year old lenses.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2011 11:37PM

Quote:If you buy Canon, you'll need to use Canon lenses!
I frequently use Zeiss Contax on my Canon, and EL Nikkor, and occasionally others.


Quote:Nikon has kept the same lens mount for the past 51 years, so we can use nearly all our oldest lenses
More than 10 years ago, this was one reason I didn't buy Nikon. Sorting out the confusing muddle of which lenses worked properly on which bodies was just too much. If anyone feels brave enough, there's a table here http://www.bythom.com/lensacronyms.htm

Basically, if its Canon EF it fits Canon EF, and I think Canon made the right choice when they dumped the FD mount.
6 Mar 2011 2:51PM

Quote:If you buy Canon, you'll need to use Canon lenses!

Nikon has kept the same lens mount for the past 51 years, so we can use nearly all our oldest lenses on the newest higher-end bodies, such as the D90. The D90 is good enough to keep - without the nagging feeling that you need to up-grade it.

On a more practical level, you'd be wise to choose whichever feels nicer to use. Then you'll be happy to keep your kit for a lot longer without wishing that you should have chiosen the other make.


While the mount has remained more or less unchanged there are compatability issues with some models and all the older lens are obviously manual focus and will only work in certain modes, so this is slightly misleading.

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