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Sue Carter

member since: 12/26/2003
 

Which Camera to Buy?


Help! I was all set to buy the Rebel D and went to a photo store and was told that the new Nikon D70 was much better. I was a bit unsure how much of what the employee told me was true but basically he said it was faster, clearer, had many more options and the photos could be enlarged much larger. I currently use the Rebel 2000 and have several lenses although none that were too expensive. Was this guy just trying to sell me the camera of the day or was he right?

Thanks!

3/6/2004 6:53:16 PM

 
Wing Wong
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/8/2004
  Hi Sue,

Well, the Nikon D70 will have more resolution and various other improvements which were not present in the Canon Digital Rebel. So the employee wasn't trying to sell you the camera of the day.

The thing is, several new cameras are coming out recently which have better resolution and such.

Since you have Canon lenses, you would be better served getting the Rebel and then selling it and upgrading to the newer Canon digital body. That way, you get to make use of your existing set of lenses.

3/7/2004 12:15:27 AM

 
Esther Mishkowitz

member since: 5/14/2000
  is there a canon camera out there that is comparable to the d70?
thanks

12/14/2004 7:40:59 PM

 
Tom N. King

member since: 11/15/2004
  Yes. If you are looking to stay with the canon EOS lineup, there the EOS 20D for about $1500 or the older EOS 10D for about $1100-$1200.
To switch brand now would mean that you might have to start collecting lens to that brand as well, and more money wasted. When it come to buying an SLR, chose the brand that offer a good combination of cameras and lens.
you can't have nikon today and pentax so on the bext day. Well unless money is no object. But than again the time to learn new system. I for one don't like to sit there and read a new system, i'd rather go shooting.
be safe, be happy, go shooting.
tom

12/14/2004 9:21:05 PM

 
John Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 8/8/2001
  Pop Phot recently rated the nikon D70 as 2004 Camera of the Year. you should check out the December and January issues - in the section on Gear, Pop Photo notes great things about the Canon 20D and several problems with the D70. It's interesting that the camera of the Year Rating was given based on the comments in Gear.

In the January issue, the 20D is reviewed and really given a lot of praise. Again, I don't get the COTY rating.

Since you're using Canon equipment, Canon is probably the better choice. You won't have to get all new lenses.

Remember something, the Rebel D is the lower level digital SLR offered by Canon.. Thus, it's inappropriate to compare it to either the D70 or 20D.

12/15/2004 8:02:41 AM

 
Peter K. Burian
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  A tough choice between a superb + camera (D70), a superb camera (10D) and a really superb ++ camera (20D).

You cannot go wrong with any of these three, but if you own Canon lenses, it does not make sense to buy a Nikon camera.

If your budget allows, the 8 megapixel EOS 20D(versus the 6 megapixel models) is probably the best camera in the consumer level D SLR market.

Cheers! Peter

12/31/2004 11:25:59 AM

 
Nacoma D. Hayden
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/27/2004
  Stick with the Canon. You already have the equiptment and its a waste of money to get a new system. Evenmore "Canon" is the best name in photography. (No I'm not getting paid to make this statement)

1/9/2005 2:39:01 PM

 
Derek Holyhead

member since: 12/26/2003
  Hi Sue,
Buy the Nikon and then send all your Canon lenses to me for use on my digital rebel, just joking. I have the Digital Rebel and have no real complaints with it and unless you need more features than your current Rebel 2000 it should be a good choice for you. I previously used a EOS 600 (630 in the USA) and the only thing I miss is the option to choose the AF mode myself and for this I wish I had chosen the 10D, the 20D wasn't available 12 months ago when I bought my Digital Rebel. As Nacoma said, Canon is the best name in photography, I have been using them since 1973. Stick with Canon and keep your lenses, if not refer to the my first line! Good luck.
Regards,
Del

1/9/2005 4:32:56 PM

 
Andres  Llopart
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/13/2005
  The D70, 10D and Digital Rebel are all great camera bodies. If you are looking for sharper images and better quality you should invest more on lenses rather than the body. Saying that the Digital Rebel comes with a great price that allows you to spend some money in a better lens. Lenses don’t depreciate as much as the cameras bodies, and last much longer. If you have a budget go for the Digital Rebel (bought mine under $700) and get better lens, in the future you can upgrade to better bodies when the prices come down….

1/13/2005 11:55:45 AM

 
Sue Carter

member since: 12/26/2003
  Hi Guys-

Thanks for all of your input. I asked this question the 6th of March last year and lately it is getting a bunch of activity. In May I bought the Digital Rebel. I love it. My lenses work with it (plus all the new lenses I have bought since). It never gives me any trouble and the pic's are great. If I was buying today I would probably step up to one of the newer canon's and probably will eventually but for now this camera does everything I need it to do.

Sue

1/17/2005 1:33:58 PM

 
Grant Davenport

member since: 9/12/2004
 

Sue,

Hi there and thanks for my chance to respond to this question.

I don't know how many times these sort of questions have been asked on this website....

I remember a saying someone in a camera shop said to me once "Canon are nice to touch, and nice to hold, but if it were a Nikon consider it sold"...boom boom lol
No but seriously :
It's like asking "how long is a piece of string" or "how tall's a china man" or "do you like sweet & sour chicken or sweet & sour pork"
It comes down to the individual. It's there personal choice as to what camera they pick up, feel, like to hold and ultimately what they buy. The consumer is the only person who can make this choice.

Yes, the D70 is a great camera at a very good price. It has alot of the better features and functions of the more expensive D100 and you do have the ability to use 99% of the older Nikon lenses that you may already own. Nikon have always been of very good quality and hopefully will continue this tradition of reliabilty and decent prices.
As for "is Canon better than Nikon", that again comes down to the individual. I love my Nikon equipment and wouldn't part with it for the world
however if I was to ever have to replace all my equipment for some strange reason, I would definately consider Canon gear as it too is excellent photographic equip' and some of the functions/features on Canon aren't available on Nikon so it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other.

Best of luck with your choice and remember, forget what camera you use but remember get out there and start shooting.

Grant
anyoccasionphotography

2/3/2005 5:24:11 PM

 
Grant Davenport

member since: 9/12/2004
 
Sue,

Hi there and thanks for my chance to respond to this question.

I don't know how many times these sort of questions have been asked on this website....

I remember a saying someone in a camera shop said to me once "Canon are nice to touch, and nice to hold, but if it were a Nikon consider it sold"...boom boom lol
No but seriously :
It's like asking "how long is a piece of string" or "how tall's a china man" or "do you like sweet & sour chicken or sweet & sour pork"
It comes down to the individual. It's there personal choice as to what camera they pick up, feel, like to hold and ultimately what they buy. The consumer is the only person who can make this choice.

Yes, the D70 is a great camera at a very good price. It has alot of the better features and functions of the more expensive D100 and you do have the ability to use 99% of the older Nikon lenses that you may already own. Nikon have always been of very good quality and hopefully will continue this tradition of reliabilty and decent prices.
As for "is Canon better than Nikon", that again comes down to the individual. I love my Nikon equipment and wouldn't part with it for the world
however if I was to ever have to replace all my equipment for some strange reason, I would definately consider Canon gear as it too is excellent photographic equip' and some of the functions/features on Canon aren't available on Nikon so it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other.

Best of luck with your choice and remember, forget what camera you use but remember get out there and start shooting.

Grant
anyoccasionphotography

2/3/2005 5:25:45 PM

 

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