What Camera Should I Buy? | Canon or Nikon

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The last post created some private messages to me that I wanted to share the answers with here.

So, What Camera Should I Buy? Nikon of course!

All kidding aside, the camera is literally the tool. It comes down to personal preference, budget & of which cult you wish to be a member. The Canon and Nikon (Raw vs. Jpeg, Mac vs. PC) wars will never end. The time and energy wasted on these debates is mind boggling but it happens.

My answer: Buy the Best one you can affordthat is a good fit for you and what type of shooting will you be doing. (portraits, action, landscapes, low light?). The camera should have all the buttons and knobs at your fingertips so you can familiarize yourself with them and make changes on the fly, without going into a menu system. I cannot speak for Canon, but I LOVE that my Nikon buttons all do the same thing no matter what Mode I am shooting in. This enables me to make changes to ISO, Aperture, Shutterspeed, WB, Focus Mode, etc… all without moving the camera from my eye.

I will note that also if you only have a $200 – $300 budget, do not discount some of the older D-SLR models such as the Nikon D70 and Canon 20D. I have seen the D70 kit with a lens in great condition for $225! The lens alone is worth that. Just because the models are older, does not mean that they make crappy pictures. (Remember it is YOU that need to be in charge, not the camera)

Happy Shooting.

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  1. I’ve been analyzing, analyzing, and then analyzing more about a new camera. I now have a simple P & S (Canon A520, about 7,000 images in three years), but have been considering DSLR for a long time. Products change quickly. When I was ready to pull the trigger for a Nikon D40, then the D3000 appeared. Then somebody said “look at the Canon line.” My focus turned to the Canon XSi, but at more money. I think I want a 50-200mm lens, or 70-300mm lens with the camera (wildlife shooting). I also might need an external flash unit for “party” settings (family events). These are unknown requirements.

    I’m technically minded, but sometimes it gets in the way. I’ve laid specs side by side for so long, comparing, analyzing, … but never pull the trigger. I see one of my candidates on sale, but think maybe something better will come next week. At times, I’ve almost put all the DSLR stuff aside, and went for the Canon 1200, or A2200. Maybe it is all I need.

    A day or two with a new one would answer most of my questions. I’ve talked with many people (some of which you know – Beth and John B). Oh, what to do ….?

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      Hi Roger.
      I call this paralysis by analysis. LOL. You can analyze until you are blue in the face. My suggestion go to a friend that has a camera you are interested in or better yet a camera shop. Touch it, use it and get a feel for it. Any one of those cameras you mentioned will do a great job in your hands. There is no such thing as a perfect camera. They all have their advantages and quirks. It is just finding the one that fits you. Get one and start shootin!

  2. Thanks, David. You are exactly right — “paralysis of analysis,” used the phrase many times myself. I don’t restrict myself to camera shopping for the phrase to apply.

    I’ve been reluctant to go to a shop because I want to take time to investigate, and the sales people are there to make a sale, … quickly. But, I’m not sure I would learn much. No matter what one I might choose, I learn to use it, live with it, and not complain.

    Also, I’m concerned that I will not come to a skill level to make use of these fine pieces of equipment. At a time in my past, I did much with B & W, darkroom, manual exposure (used light meter before every shot – yes, I did understand your post today about exposure, stops, ISO, etc). But, I’m concerned I would not get enough extended value from one of these cameras, over against something that is much simpler. I’m very surprised at how much better I can shoot with my simple P&S, after I learned A, EC, ISO changes, etc. I may not do much better, unless I have some real training on how to be effective with a DSLR. I have seen some great shots with a simple P&S, and seen some pretty lousy shots with a good DSLR — one knew how to use their camera, the other did not.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    P.S. I am not sure why we have never crossed paths at the Chapel — everybody says “Surely, you know David.” Sorry, I don’t. But, I will keep an eye open.

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