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Nikon D3000 VS Canon EOS Rebel XS VS ???

Which DSLR Camera should I get under $500

  • Canon EOS Rebel XS

    Votes: 9 47.4%
  • Nikon D3000

    Votes: 8 42.1%
  • Something else under $500

    Votes: 2 10.5%

  • Total voters
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  • Poll closed .
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#1
All right guys. I sold my old Nikon p60 to an employee for $60 bucks... Now, I'm hunting for a DSLR camera.

I've been looking at getting the Canon EOS Rebel XS for a few days now. It's below my Price market ($499) and from reviews it states it's top notch even being a year old. But, every time I go and look, I see the Nikon D3000 also.. I've found it for $458 so it's really making me think... I'm wanting to grab before this weekend, so It's a 24h poll..


throw it at me, reasons why, and I'll go threw it.

Thank you all for the posts and To let you know, it's

Canon EOS REBEL XS 70% / Nikon D3000 30%
 
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Im not familiar with the Canon one as we dont have the Rebel name here in oz but from what ive seen the Nikon one is an excellent one for a first time dslr user. As long as your happy enough with no live view then id go for the Nikon. :D

Also im Nikon user myself no biased honest. :p
 

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I'm a nikon user also. From what pics, etc i've seen i prefer the colours and vividness that canon achieves compared to nikon.

Plus with the canon you can use canon's older lenses. On the nikon i believe your stuck to only the newer lenses which have the focus motors built in.
 
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voted for the canon rebel as i own one, personally i'vce had great luck with canon cameras and the support is awsome, i'd go with the cannon.
 

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Heard good things about them both maybe check out this place. Another thing you should check in to is lens prices for them both as there is not much between those camera's really and could save you fair bit when getting more lenses for them.

www.dpreview.com/reviews
 
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The review sites I've been looking at is DPreivew and Steve's-DigitalCam review site.

Yeah, I'm liking the fact on Canon since everything in universal.. But, I've all ways been a Nikon person so I don't really know. I really loved my Nikon P60 but, just wasn't up to what I wanted to do..
 

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I have a Canon 50D and I really love it, and the range of lenses is huge. My favourite site for camera reviews is cameralabs.com, bloke who does the reviews really knows his stuff and they have a great forum if you want real peoples experience with the kit.
 
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in another thread talking about canon products i stated that i owned;

Canon Powershot
Canon Rebel XTi
Canon EOS ELAN 2E (35mm)

I like Nikon too but nothing I have ever puchased from Canon has been a dud. I have a Canon printer too to compliment both my point and shoot and DSLR.

My vote is the Rebel.
 
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I've owned a few Canon printers myself and I like them.. Just grew out of them due to age.. :laugh:
 
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i would go with the cannon as well.

i have the cannon rebel eos t1.

You will need to get different lenses and they have to have image stabilization support, as the camera nativity doesn't have it,.


it is an awesome camera, and i highly recommend it!
 
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For the quality of the Canon, I like it. For the assrapings I have been given on my last few purchases of my T1i, HG20, printers, point and shoot camers for work they sure treat a good customer like shit. Shortly after I bought my HG20 the price dropped $200 and they were willing to do nothing, the T1i has a printer combo available with $500 MIR, and a $200 rebate, and they are giving away a $100 MIR on the camera, and they are willing to do nothign besides off a $20 credit to my next canon purchase. Besides thy drop support fopr their new printers like a prom dress, then the ink price rapings begin.


So as per my conversation after spending a few grand on Canon product this year, fuck them, and the horse they rode in on.


Want to buy my T1i? $700 for it, the battery grip, extra battery, and a 16GB class 4 memory card, software, and everything?
 

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O BTW i'd go NIKON my self if it did not have my Pentax camera still.
 
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I have personally been a Nikon man for the past....well a long time now. I have less than nothing against Canon, Pentax, Oly, etc.

The defining factor that I think you simply can't overlook is this.....how does the camera FEEL in your hand? If it's within your power at all, you MUST get some hand time with each body before you make your decision regardless of feature list. Nearly all cameras in that range (and many above it) will offer the rough same level of quality and feature set. The biggest difference in camera bodies is how they feel in your hand (with lens attatched), up to your eye, and fumbling or surfing through the menu systems.

After you've had at least a little time with both, then you are ready to make a proper decision. Even though you're only spending $500 it's very important that this body be right for you specifically and not just the shiny feature list. :toast:

I still check out every new ("serious/hardcore-ish") camera released and a couple of the entry level models, but so far I've never left Nikon because the camera bodies felt like I'd owned them for 10 years. I remember getting very close to buying a 20D when it came out, but it just didn't quite fit me perfectly so I passed. Same with a few of the Oly's too...

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For the quality of the Canon, I like it. For the assrapings I have been given on my last few purchases of my T1i, HG20, printers, point and shoot camers for work they sure treat a good customer like shit. Shortly after I bought my HG20 the price dropped $200 and they were willing to do nothing, the T1i has a printer combo available with $500 MIR, and a $200 rebate, and they are giving away a $100 MIR on the camera, and they are willing to do nothign besides off a $20 credit to my next canon purchase. Besides thy drop support fopr their new printers like a prom dress, then the ink price rapings begin.


So as per my conversation after spending a few grand on Canon product this year, fuck them, and the horse they rode in on.


Want to buy my T1i? $700 for it, the battery grip, extra battery, and a 16GB class 4 memory card, software, and everything?

Thanks Steevo, but around Christmas I wish I could throw around that amount.. got $500 limit. :cry:


As for everyone else, thank you as well.. Looking threw a few more things.. Won't be till around 7am tomorrow I'll hit the "pay" button on anything..
 
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Buy the Canon to try something new. :)
 
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Very close race.. Wow.. still a little over 12 left to go..

Thanks don for the words.

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have you looked at Consumer reports? PM me as I have a membership over there and they have a camera comparison.
 
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lol.. I'm just now looking into the "best sellers" and now reports.. I'll pm you in a few mk, thanks..

As of best sellers it's Nikon D3000 1st in PCW, Amazon... so far that's all I've touched..

I know I can get the Nikon D3000 and kit for $499 where it's about $540 for the same kit via Canon EOS Rebel XS
 
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Either one will serve you well. Nikon has a tad better quality lenses, but Canon are more common both camera wise and equipment wise.

Seeing you are between a Nikon or Canon, here is the most important tip: How does it feel in your hand. If you are serious about moving up, just hold the models above it to see what you might like. I personally do not like the scroll wheel on the back of Nikon, because I feel I loose grip on it with my right hand to move it.

Now, next, don't fret over the body. Trust me, when I looked around, I looked at bodies 5 minutes for every hour for lenses I looked. ( I ended up keeping the 18-55 IS, and bought a 60mm Macro)

I am shooting with a T1i myself now. I went with it because that HD video is nice to have. (I used it enough with my point and shoot days to let go of).

Here are my links for reviews:
dpreview.com (body and a few lens reviews)
photozone.de (for lens overviews)
photo.net (more advanced user linger here)

If you can spare more, I would go look at the XSi over the T1i. There screen, features may be minimal, but much more worth the buy. There are a lot of deals with Canon now to get a 55-250 IS telephoto with you buy. Trust me, grab one with the deals.

Remember, your body is nothing without good glass. Look there much more than you would anywhere else. (Lucky, Canon stepped up their kit lens with the newer IS models.) And Feel, Feel, Feel , Feel above anything else.

http://flickr.com/arlichte - here's my flickr if you are bored.
 
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Thanks for that Atnevon.

I talked with a few people last night, and due to some mixed reviews on Consumer reports, I went and did a full 180 on it all.. I just hit the button on a Olympus E-520. Only camera where I could find reviews being fully the same, and Consumer Reviews telling me almost the same thing as the reviews... I know, I'm biting the bullet big on this, but I fell that I want one that I'll like, and what I read, and the pictures I seen, It's what I really want.. Don't get me wrong, the other two that we've talked about are great cameras.. But, everything wasn't making me "feel right" when I got it.. The whole big thing was the interchangeable Lens.. The camera can use any lens.. Just gotta get the adapter to make it work.. That's a plus to me since I'm just starting out.

This review probably put me on top on wanting to get a Olympus camera http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_olympus_e520_6.php

Now, I am greatful for everyone's words for my first dslr.. It's not going to be my last. Not by a long shot!
 
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You can check out reviews for the cameras and many others here.
 
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I'm a D90 owner. It is outstanding. A 3000 is really shorting yourself. The limitations, esp. with lenses, only makes sense for people "pretending" to do DSLR.

I know it "hurts" but pony up the money for the D90. You could get a secondhand one for your budget. Or go the cheaper canon.
 

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Hi Cold Storm!

Thank you for letting me know about this thread, but unfortunately (or not!) i am on the same bandwagon as you ;) I am currently looking for my first DSLR and don't really know what to get, so i'll keep an eye on this thread which i'm sure will point me in the right direction or at least throw some light at the subject for me ;)

Kudos to you, thanks again!
 
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#24
Well Namco, We'll keep this baby open for you! :rockout:

I got overnight shipping for the Olympus so I can spend the weekend playing around with it. Then Sunday we have the Annual Boat festival so I'll be making sure i take pictures. See what the baby can do.

Thank you all for the words and we now got Namco to get a camera for.


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Cold Storm, one thing to take into account. Yes, you can use an adapter to use lenses with different fittings, but you won't be able to use the electrical features such as auto-focus...