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350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:41 am

Hi All,

It's time to upgrade to a DSLR, I've been looking on http://www.dpreview.com/ for months now trying to decide where to start.
I have come down to the Canon 350D and Nikon D50, it looks like the D50 may be the better choice on paper but it seems to me the 350D is more popular?

I have only just started looking at the intricacies of lenses by reading a few posts here.

I'd just like some pros and cons from a few of you, as I plan to take pics of aircraft inside and out plus some air to air so figure it's possible the 350D and certain lenses may be more suitable for aircraft photography rather than the D50 or it may be the other way around.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards Simon
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:54 am

Not to jump on the whole "Canon vs Nikon" bandwagon, but the reason I went with Canon was the glass. Most folks on here (except the diehard NIKON guys) will tell you that Canon glass is better, and there are a lot more different lenses available (perhaps a Nikon shooter can confirm this??).

I too studied the Nikon (D100 back then), and I wound up buying a Canon 300D. Now I've since upgraded to the 20D, and I will always be a Canon guy.

I'm not bashing Nikon, but for me - Canon was the way to go. I've had no regrets.  bigthumbsup 

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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 4:00 am

Canon L lenses are in general less expensive. Top Nikkor's are usually putting more preassure on your wallet.

There are hundreds of thousands of Canon vs Nikon postings over the internet, in the end it comes down to you.

A good way to start finding out which one suits you better might be visiting a local store and trying out both bodies. All about feeling them you know.

cheers,
Florian ( Canon guy, too... )
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:40 am

The old saying was that Canon makes the best bodies, Nikon makes the best lenses, the other manufacturers make the best compromises. Others say that for pros, Canon is better in terms of action photography (like planes?), and Nikon is better for nature.

Unless you're planning to become a pro (in which case the D50 nor the 350D will be sufficient), the brand is irrelevant if you don't own lenses already. That's my opinion. As Florian says, try both and see what you like most.

Oh, and just to balance these Canonians here, I'm using Nikon D70 (also have a Sony and an old Canon point&shoot) and I haven't regretted any of my photography choices so far.
 
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:58 am

Practical Photography magazine reviewed both cameras head to head and the Canon came out as the winner. Easier to use and slightly better picture quality.  Wink

See here

The colour tones on the Nikon are a bit warmer but personally I would go for the Canon.
 
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 6:02 am

Both are great cameras from complete amateur to serious hobby photographers. Go with what 'feels' best and put all types of lenses on it. For the 350D put a Canon 100-400L on it just to see. Many people don't like how small the camera is compared to that specific lens. Either way you will be happy you upgraded to a DSLR. I am a Canon 300D user and still love my camera, and I am sure Nikon is good too, but for me Canon will probably be my future camera for a very long time. Good luck, happy buying.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 5:49 pm

Can only concur with most of the above posters. The thing with the 350D is that it's very small. This is a plus when you like to travel light, but some people find that it's too small for their hands. It may be the case for you that your pinky finger will be floating in limbo on the 350D, so yes, do grab 'm, put some (bigger) lenses on and see which one feels best.

As long as you're still getting into the DSLR groove, you'll be fine by either collection of economic lenses. You've also got Sigma, Tamro, Tokina that make good lenses for both Nikon and Canon. So don't worry about your future lens options.

Once you buy one (and you're obviously committed to buy one), just have fun with it and forget the other brand. You don't want to end up making continuous pixel-peeping comparisons and wondering if you made the right choice. Both are good, but as the saying goes, the grass is (almost) always greener on the other side of the fence.

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RE: 350D Or D50

Sat Dec 31, 2005 7:57 pm

Thanks all, this has been exactly what I wanted to hear, what size memory cards do you use? Any more points greatly appreciated, cheers.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:37 am

Quoting CCA (Reply 7):
Thanks all, this has been exactly what I wanted to hear, what size memory cards do you use?

Try 1G.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:30 am

I use several 512 MBers. They are cheaper and if one fails you haven't lost everything. Also if you need to keep photos separated, say one card for each day of a vacation, its a very easy way to do it.

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RE: 350D Or D50

Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:11 am

Whatever you choose, Canon or Nikon, I bet that you'll not regret your decision. Both are first class products, so go to the dealer, ask to handle both, try them, and make such decision based on which one feel better for you.

Good luck, good 2006!

[I have a D350 and a D70, and both are simply GREAT].
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RE: 350D Or D50

Wed Jan 04, 2006 11:19 am

I was decided between the D50 and the 350D and what really sold me was going to a store and holding both. I had done tons of research, read every review and from what I could gather was that they were both great great cameras and one couldnt go wrong with either. So, what sold me was holding the cameras Don't just pick them up, hold them, grip them, try to imagine how they would feel after you shoot with them all day. In the end the D50 just felt more comfortable in my hands- the 350 D was a tad to small in the grip and my hand felt a little cramped. I've shot perhaps over 2000 shots with my D50 (2 weddings and a graduation) and it just fits in my hand perfectly.

Good glass exists for both.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:47 pm

My only contribution here as a very happy Nikonian would be to suggest you consider the D70 rather than the D50. It is more expensive, but I think it offers better features than the D50. I was considering the D50 as a second body/backup, but having handled one in the shop, I decided to fork out the extra dosh for another D70.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:04 pm

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 4):
Practical Photography magazine reviewed both cameras head to head and the Canon came out as the winner. Easier to use and slightly better picture quality.

I'm not surprised. That mag gets massive amounts of Canon advertising money and very little from Nikon.

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 10):
Whatever you choose, Canon or Nikon, I bet that you'll not regret your decision. Both are first class products, so go to the dealer, ask to handle both, try them, and make such decision based on which one feel better for you.

Best advise you can get.

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 12):
My only contribution here as a very happy Nikonian would be to suggest you consider the D70 rather than the D50.

Yup, same here. D50 looks and feels too small flimsy (and it's larger and sturdier than the 350d) to me (but then I'm used to my F100).
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RE: 350D Or D50

Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:35 am

Thanks all just got back from Hong Kong and handled both cameras, I'm going to go for the D50 as others have said the 350D is a little small for my hands the D50 just felt "right" just can't wait to get it now.

Thanks for all the help, much appreciated, hope to have the evidence on airliners soon.
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RE: 350D Or D50

Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:07 am

How would the Olympus E-500 compare to the cameras mantioned in this thread?
 
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RE: 350D Or D50

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:20 am

Quoting AndrewUber (Reply 1):
Not to jump on the whole "Canon vs Nikon" bandwagon, but the reason I went with Canon was the glass. Most folks on here (except the diehard NIKON guys) will tell you that Canon glass is better, and there are a lot more different lenses available (perhaps a Nikon shooter can confirm this??).

Nikon ED glass is just as good if not better than Canon L so it does come down to personal choice. There seems to be more Canon consumer lens models but when it comes down to it you really only need 2 or 3 good lenses for most average (I stress average) shooting which both lines have equal counterparts. Personally, the 2 most important lenses in my bag are the 28-70/f2.8 and 70-200/f2.8. Canon has excellent quality of both as well as Nikon (and 3rd party) so I don't feel availability (or lack thereof) of quality glass is a deciding factor.

Quoting INNflight (Reply 2):
Canon L lenses are in general less expensive. Top Nikkor's are usually putting more preassure on your wallet

Some lenses are some are not but they're close enough where price of good glass shouldn't be a big factor in choosing a body.

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS -$1659.95 (after $50 rebate, $1699.95 before)
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR - $1479.95 (after $150 rebate, $1629.95 before)

Canon 300 f/2.8 - $3849.95
Nikon 300 f/2.8 - $4499.95

Canon 24-70/f2.8 - $1104.95 (after rebate, $1149.95 before)
Nikon 28-70/f2.8 - $1334.05 (after rebate, $1434.95 before)

So, comes down to what YOU want. As mentioned above, take both for a test drive if you can and go with your gut feeling. Either way, you'll be purchasing a fine entry-level DSLR that should provide quality images from years to come. And don't let the "entry-level" fool you, there's nothing stopping you from spitting out pro-level quality from either of these models.

Mike
 
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RE: 350D Or D50

Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:26 am

Quoting CCA (Reply 7):
Thanks all, this has been exactly what I wanted to hear, what size memory cards do you use? Any more points greatly appreciated, cheers.

Don't forget extra batteries...

Mike

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