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mikemarita
10 Dec 2010 - 4:17 PM

What should I consider when choosing between the Canon 7D, the Nikon D300s and the Nikon 7000? Should manufacturers lenses play an important part in that decision?

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GordonScott
10 Dec 2010 - 4:31 PM

Go for the camera you prefer IMO the lens quality from either manufacturer is top quality and there will be little difference between comparable lenses

John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2010 - 4:49 PM

Different people will prefer different cameras for different reasons. Best advice is to work out what is important to you and make your own choice. If you can't decide then flip a coin - it wont matter much which you choose if you genuinely have no personal preference.

NeilS
NeilS e2 Member 7828 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 - 4:54 PM

Things to consider :-

What is my current lens line up

What do I shoot now and am likely to shoot in the future

How much do I ultimately want to spend

How do the cameras feel in your hands, and are the ergonomics ok

Then you need to look at the various lenses both manufacturers have, new,old second hand ones

Then look at what the third party manufactures lens are available

Then look at any other accessories you might need which are manufacturer specific


I suspect your choice will be a combination of all of the above, but may also be driven by a specific requirement

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
10 Dec 2010 - 4:56 PM

I think you should go into a shop, try both cameras, see which one you like the feel of best, then buy the Canon. Wink

Geoffphoto
10 Dec 2010 - 4:57 PM


Quote: I think you should go into a shop, try both cameras, see which one you like the feel of best, then buy the Canon.


Then wait for it to break down and wish that you had brought a Nikon !!!!

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
10 Dec 2010 - 4:59 PM


Quote: Then wait for it to break down and wish that you had brought a Nikon !!!!

Here we go Smile

colin beeley
colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2010 - 5:11 PM

nicon ! my arse !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all they do is play catch up Wink (worms)

scottishphototours

NeilS makes a good point - ergonomics.

The Nikons are physically slightly smaller and so may suit a smaller hand better. Also, the ability to do things in the menu systems is far easier on a Nikon than any Canon has ever been - a major selling point imho!!

Regarding lenses, at a pro level there is nothing to choose between the systems - both are outstanding. The Canon system has a better selection of f4 lenses - something Nikon has never had, although the better high iso performance of todays modern cameras has somewhat negated that slight advantage of the Canons.

The Nikon CLS (creative lighting system - ie, flashguns) are FAR better than the Canons too, so thats another area of consideration.

Whatever you do, don't flip a coin. Do your homework instead.

cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2010 - 5:25 PM

Get both a Nikon & Canon, That way you'll have the best of both worlds, Without the stress of having to choose.......Grin

Works for me and my Canon girl other half......Wink

Today though a lot of smart money is going down the " Pentax " road, For very good reasons too.....Smile

Last Modified By cameracat at 10 Dec 2010 - 5:26 PM
keith selmes
10 Dec 2010 - 5:37 PM

Get both a Nikon & Canon

works for me Smile

chris.maddock
11 Dec 2010 - 8:50 AM


Quote: Get both a Nikon & Canon

works for me Smile

LOL.
Me too, my Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 is superb on my Canon 5D.

User_Removed
11 Dec 2010 - 11:23 AM

The advice to "go into a shop and try both" is not entirely stupid but it can be a bit misleading.

In reality, any new SLR will feel a bit strange until you get used to it. Even switching between models from the same manufacturer can feel strange for a while.

I have never heard of anyone who bought a Nikon or a Canon saying that they could not get used to it after a few hundred exposures.

The problem with going near a shop is that the salesman will be under pressure to put you under pressure to choose the brand and model that currently has the biggest trade discount or dealer promotion going.

Between Nikon and Canon, it really is a question of flipping a coin and then sticking with your decision. In a couple of years your lenses and accessories will be worth many times what the body is worth, so you don't want to be switching brands then. That's probably the most powerful reason for restricting your choice to the "big two".

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315548 forum posts England
11 Dec 2010 - 2:29 PM


Quote: The advice to "go into a shop and try both" is not entirely stupid but it can be a bit misleading.

It was a joke. Duh.

Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
11 Dec 2010 - 4:20 PM

Buy the same make as a friend that has a lot of lenses (if you have one) Frankly having used both makes There really isn't much to choose between them, I have large hands so I prefer the Canon 7d but my wife finds it too heavy and prefers a smaller lighter body.

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