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HIS Canon vs. HER Nikon ??!
My husband and I have finally narrowed it down to two models (God only knows how with the choice out there!) - thanks mainly to this site!.

Nikon D80 and the Canon EOS400D.

My husband and I are new to the digital world. And I mean NEW. Hubby's a Canon fan and loves his Canon A1 with all it's lenses and bits. I've been a Nikon fan for AGES but have long resigned to just being snap-happy Mom with my Nikon Zoom600AF for the "every occassion"..

Now it's time to upgrade big time. Now I've personally got a bit more "free time" I want to get back into the hobby too. We thought we'd share the costs (and the camera) and get an all-in-one model: something for the "enthusiast" (me) as well as the "semi professional" (him). I take portraits and action pics of the kids and adore taking animal and pet shots too. I'm also an avid scrapbooker so clarity and colour are a major issue. Hubby takes more arty-zany-creative shots, lots of scenic stuff etc...



I just have three issues really that need to be coped with - unsteady hands, shortsightedness, and fast moving or fidgity subjects - which worry me most. My Nikons have provided me with an adjustable view-finder (I know that's the wrong term, but I can't think what it's really called) so I don't have to wear my glasses whilst taking shots. That has really been invaluable. I also prefer viewfinders to these LCD screens because of sunlight/glare issues..

I'm getting abit off topic here....

My husband says (and here we have not done any research yet..) that his A1 Sigma lenses should fit onto any Canon body and that's why we should get the Canon - I scoff at this cos his camera is way over 18 years old (I think) - surely the technology has changed?!!!! Please say "yes"!.

Well whatever - we're at a deadlock. I want the Nikon. He wants the Canon. Can we have your vote, taking some of the above issues into account? Two camera's are NOT an option!.

With many thanks!Lottie H...

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Lottie35 wrote:.

Nikon D80 and the Canon EOS400DMy husband says (and here we have not done any research yet..) thathis A1 Sigma lenses should fit onto any Canon body and that's why weshould get the Canon - I scoff at this cos his camera is way over 18years old (I think) - surely the technology has changed?!!!! Pleasesay "yes"!.

Yes, the A-1 was introduced in 1978, so it's approaching 30 years old. Get new lenses..

Well whatever - we're at a deadlock. I want the Nikon. He wants theCanon. Can we have your vote, taking some of the above issues intoaccount? Two camera's are NOT an option!.

Yes, I'd pick the D80 too because I find the 400D too small..

Nikon and Canon people should not be married to each other. How did you let this happen? .

If you want the marriage to succeed, you need to meet in the middle...start over...get a Pentax K10D system. Or the new Sony A700 (might be too expensive?). Or tempt him with a new Nikon D300 (even the Canon fanbois are drooling over that one)..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #1

First, re>his A1 Sigma lenses should fit onto any Canon body < he is wrong..

The A1 was a manual focus camera with the FD mount, and Canon digital cameras are autodfocus, with the EF mount. So his old lenses are junk, antiques for a shelf, or, on very special days, witrth a few bucks on tradein when a dealer is running a promotion..

Second, there's no difference that matters between Canon and Nikon, as you move step by step up the price ladder, once you decide you don't care about two limitations on the D40 / D40x (limited autofocus points, need for certain motorized lenses).

A 12 x 18 print that's the largest non-panorama from my local Costco would be just as good from a Canon or a Nikon, assuming comparable lenses. Tell your hjusband Sigma is still making lenses, and some of them, usually with EX in the name, are really, really good..

Coins have two sides so that people can decide between Canon and Nikon..

BAK..

Comment #2

As the other responders have pointed out, your husband is incorrect, FD mount lenses will not work on Canon EOS cameras. That is assuming that you are correct in stating his camera is an A1 from thirty some years ago..

You should really look at camera systems as a whole, rather than just one model from each manufacturer. Look at what lenses are available in the focal lengths and apertures you are likely to use. I would also look at the upgrade cameras in each system. Charles (chuxter) claims Canon users are drooling over the Nikon D300, but I see little evidence of that; the Nikon D3, on the other hand, is a different matter..

I would put the 400D ahead of the D80, but you may wish to consider the Canon 40D and Nikon D300 also..

I see that you have a similar post on a Nikon forum, but not one on a Canon forum, could it be that you are looking to get the answer you want and may be a little biased?.

Brian A...

Comment #3

Both cameras are great, and they are about equal in IQ, so it is reasonable that the decision be based on lenses and how the cameras "feel" when used. I recommend that the two of you study lenses and decide what lens or lenses you would buy to go along with whichever camera you select. Then go to a camera store and spend an hour or two handling the two cameras you are interested in, discussing their pros and cons, ease of handling, and so on. Another option is to rent one of each camera so that both of you can spend a weekend taking photos with them. Afterwards, buy the Canon!  .

Jerryhttp://jchoate.zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

The D80 is superior in features and performance to the Canon 400. Nikon has better consumer level lenses (eg, the popular 18-200 VR), which is important..

If you go to the Canon website they have a "Which camera is right for me?" feature. If you give a profile indicating any serious interest in photography the website tells you to get the EOS 40, and if Canon doesn't think the 400 is appropriate for serious photography who would?..

Comment #5

Lottie35 wrote:.

Two camera's are NOT an option!.

Oh, it will be an option after the two of you try sharing one for awhile .

My wife and I both have Canon's. We tried sharing filters. We both have our own complete set of filters and even redundancy on some of our lenses. Eventually you'll have two of everything ..

Comment #6

I would suggest that you read Ken Rockwells very informative site:.

Http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech.htm#cameras.

And his comments. For the Price of a D80, you could get two D40 bodies, or for a little more a D80 and a D40 body...

Comment #7

The truth is that Nikon is always better in everything, but a tad more expensive. Go to a store and pick up a Nikon and pick up a Canon in your hands and you will see the difference..

The comparison is like Rolls Royce (Nikon) and Fiat(Canon). They will both take you to your destination, but what it counts is how you feel about it. It's passion and technology(Nikon) versus marketing megapixels (Canon).P.S. I prefer the Rolls Royce, Nikon and Coke..

Good luck!.

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Comment #8

Thanks for all the answers - I wansn't expecting so many and I'm really grateful or you all. Basically, reading between the lines, the two models are pretty much alike, meaning do the same thing, right? And I think too a coin should really make the decision! (gulp!).

I liked all your comments about HIS lenses  Actually I confess to giggling in glee!.

Right then. I'll do a brief check out on all the modles mentioned above but it took us so long to short list I'm afraid to discover more really!.

Yes, I did post on the Nikon thread too hoping to win some more info in my favour, but they were all pretty unbiased replies..

Off to the shops it is then. I don't think stores are favorable to renting in Germany, so we'll just have to annoy the assistants (which is very easy in a big city) by "browsing" for a couple of hours instead..

I am sure to pop up again in these threads asking all your advise. I'm really happy I found this site. Thanks to all for your comments...

Comment #9

Lottie,.

His A1 lenses are manual focus (Canon FD mount) ... likely not very good (Sigma makes some very nice 3rd party lenses theses days, but had a lousy reputation years ago), but it doesn't matter anyway..

The D80 is a much, much nicer camera than any of the dRebel series. (The 30D and new 40D are, in turn, nicer still, but you get what you pay for). The D80 is really a great camera at a great price ... and has a nice pentaprism viewfinder..

Besides, you're the wife..

Get the D80 .

(p.s. I'm not a biased Nikon user; I'm a Minolta/Sony user and my digicam is Canon)..

- DennisGallery at http://kingofthebeasts.smugmug.com..

Comment #10

I am Canon user, but I must recommend D80. better choice.Why does he do it?..

Comment #11

Lottie35 wrote:.

Yes, I did post on the Nikon thread too hoping to win some more infoin my favour, but they were all pretty unbiased replies..

You should also post on the Canon SLR Forum! I think you will find they are not as unbiased. That should tell you a lot about the difference in the owners. I get along much better with Nikon people...they are more mature and confident..

Hmmm...that should wake up the Canon fanbois... .

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #12

Dejan Malikovski wrote:.

The truth is that Nikon is always better in everything, but a tadmore expensive. Go to a store and pick up a Nikon and pick up a Canonin your hands and you will see the difference..

I agree about the 400D, but the 30D is closer to the D80? They both feel nice, IMO..

The comparison is like Rolls Royce (Nikon) and Fiat(Canon)..

Aw, that's not even close to a good analogy. A better one is Audi (Canon) vs BMW (Nikon)..

They willboth take you to your destination, but what it counts is how you feelabout it. It's passion and technology(Nikon) versus marketingmegapixels (Canon).P.S. I prefer the Rolls Royce, Nikon and Coke..

Hmmm... I prefer Porsche, Nikon, and R.C. Cola. So what?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #13

Don't argue.Porsche is nice, BMW is nice, but I can't have any of them - I like my old fiat..

I want to say that it is not so important which camera has the best parametters and hard performance. If you cannot handle it because you have too big hands, if you hate camera controls, you don't undertand it, You shouldn't take it only because of the fact that it is Porsche. You could crash on the first crossroad Why does he do it?..

Comment #14

Afterall, they make this:.

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Comment #15

I'll follow along with a thought someone else introduced:.

You can get his *and* hers if you stop the megapixel madness. A pair of solid, used 6MP bodies will cost you 1/2 what that shiny new job goes for. They will however:.

- Take pictures which in the end will probably be better because you'll have the money left for some *quality* lenses..

- Not scare you half to death everytime one drop of rain falls from the sky the way that $1200 shiny new one will- Not force you to share (as much. There is still the matter of lenses).

- Not run up the cost of storage cards, hard drives, the PC needed, etc. with pixels that you'll need very, very infrequently. Really, how many prints bigger than 8x10 have you had made from a picture you took in the last 10 years?.

As for Canon v Nikon....get whatever is available in good condition from a reputable dealer. Considering what you're upgrading from - I guarantee that you'll never see the diference between the brands in your shots...

Comment #16

You can get his *and* hers if you stop the megapixel madness. A pairof solid, used 6MP bodies will cost you 1/2 what that shiny new jobgoes for. They will however:.

Who needs used? The D40 body is exactly 1/2 the price of a D80 body ..

Comment #17

Yep, I have to second that. Buy the D40 and what you win on the price, invest in the 18-200 VR. Upgrade of a body can be done later. Much later, coz you will not feel the need to upgrade anytime soon...

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