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Morteza Safataj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/5/2006

Canon5D Or Nikon D200

Hi Buddy
One of my friend wants buy a D SLR, we have selected 2 camera 5D and D200, but we aren't sure which one is better, 'cos D200 is 1000$ cheaper than 5D, and 5D is full frame and so on.
We want it for studio photography.
plZzzzz give me the door.^^, thanx

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11/25/2006 1:31:15 AM

Bob Fately   Morteza, having other outside people "tell" you which is the better camera between these two is not the way to go - both are excellent machines, but their differences in ergonomics will sway you one way or the other.

Let me explain. This is the kind of question that starts a flame war, with the religious zealots on either side claiming their brand is the better one. On a technical level, "full frame" is not all it's cracked up to be - yes, having shallower DOF is a plus (as well as the ability to use W/A lenses at their full "wide-angle-ness") but then there's the chromatic abberation issues that many Canon FF owners complain about on pro lists. On the other side, yes, the quality of the (pro level) lenses is often considered marginally higher, but that presumes you're going to buy $1000+ lenses.

No, the real differences have to do with the way the cameras feel in your hands (balance, how naturally your fingers cover the main controls), how the viewfiinder appears in your eyes (brightness, ease of focus and reading the internal displays) and the like. These fall under the topic of ergonomics - the fitting of man to machine.

If you get gear that doesn't feel quite natural in YOUR hands, then the experience of using it will be less than it would if you got the stuff that fit better.

By way of disclosure, I'm a Nikon guy, but used to manage a large camera store and had access to everything before I made my choice. To my hands, and eyes, the Nikons (since 20+ years ago) have been easier to use. Again, this has nothing to do with image quality and everything to use with the comfort factor of using the tool. Either system can be used to create excellent work - but you need to decide which you like better when you're using it.

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11/25/2006 6:15:28 AM

Morteza Safataj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/5/2006
  Thanks Bob
First of all I need a studio camera, the important thing is the size of print that 5D

36.24 and D200 is about 34.22,
I myself feel relax shooting by Nikon's.
Thanks again.

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11/25/2006 11:05:53 AM

Bob Fately   Morteza, the difference in pixel count between theses two cameras is not all that great, particularly since digital original images (as opposed to scans of slides or negatives) can be upsized quite a bit in post processing - no doubt you will get outstanding quality poster size prints from either camera 9assuming you have good technique, a great lens, etc.).

There is a difference in terms of depth of field - that is, the 1.5 "crop factor" of the Nikon implies a smaller imaging area, which in turn means that you will get more DOF at a given situation. In other words, say you are taking a portrait and want the person's head to take up most of the frame. With the Canon full-frame, you might use an 85MM lens and stand about 6-8 feet back. On the Nikon, you'd need to use a 50MM (well, 55MM, but you get the idea) lens to get the same image size of the full head. A 50MM lens at f2.8, say, has more DOF than an 85MM at f2.8.

Now, is this critical? Doubtful - and of course you could get the 85MM f1.4 (or 50MM f1.4 or even 1.2) lens to compensate. But it is something of which you should be aware.

That said, the fact that you are more comfortable with the Nikon feel should be the major deciding factor - if it feels better in your hands, you will use it more and with more skill. Good luck!

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11/25/2006 10:04:34 PM

Morteza Safataj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/5/2006
  Hi Bob
ThanksSSSssssSSs very much, I've never thought about the differences in DOF, now I've undrestood about the nice differences in DOF, Maybe I'd had some Q, but I need a bit to think about the rules that u said.
Thanks again.

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11/26/2006 12:48:49 AM

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