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havensal
04-18-2008, 06:48
I think we used to have a thread like this here, but I don't see it anymore. :dunno:

Anyways, I am looking to dive into the DSLR world. I prefer to look before I leap. :cool:

What are you using?
Why did you choose that particular model?
What's you no BS assessment?
Pro's, Con's, things you would like it to do (or not) that it doesn't (or does)?

MrsKitty
04-18-2008, 18:14
I went with Canon. It came down to liking the size and the weight of the XT over
Nikon's offerings when I was shopping. You won't go wrong with either system though.
If you already have lenses you like, you really need to consider that when comparing.

Canon Rebel XT

Lenses:

Canon:
18-55 kit lens
85 1.8 USM
50 1.8 II
70-200 4L IS USM

Sigma:
24-60 2.8
50 2.8 macro

Lensbaby and macro kit

Hoya IR filter

I also have a FD to EOS adapter so I can use my FD glass, primarily the 50 1.4.

The only thing I would like to change about the XT is to be able to see the ISO when looking through the viewfinder.

Oh, and I wish I had gotten into this sooner. :supergrin:

wbw2
04-18-2008, 18:39
I bought the rebel xti, because of the price point at 10megs.

plus, I already have a few 35mm canon lenses from my eos rebel.

I have big hands, so I got the canon battery pack because it fills the hand nicely and I love the controls so you can shoot vertically.

the rebel xti has more features than I can name, but I really like the "raw" image files it takes, you can change almost any exposure aspect you want(from your computer) after the pic is taken, then save as mpeg, jpeg, etc...

I have been able to make a few pics 10x better by editing things like AV+/-, ISO, etc.

DeadMansLife
04-18-2008, 20:08
I chose Canon over Nikon for no real reason. I like the features of both of both but had to make a choice.

I chose the Rebel XT mostly for economical reasons and stumbled in to a real gem. At only 8 meg, it still has many of the features and control of the pro DSLRs without being over-bearing with options and settings. IMHO, it is, by far, the BEST entry-level DSLR. Match it with good glass that meets your needs. Learn how to use the XT and glass and even a real pro would have to look hard to find fault with 11x14 prints.

My kit, at this time is:

Rebel XT 350D
EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
SanDisk Extreme III 4.0gb CF card
RC-1 remote trigger
Canon Tripod.

Very near future:
Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC
Canon 580EX II Speedlite TTL Shoe Mount Flash

Someday:

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
And 2 weeks with the EF 1200mm lens misskitty recently bought from BH Photo :tongueout:

Of course this is all protected by a G-31 and Speer GoldDots:cool:

nipperwolf
04-19-2008, 19:45
It came down to liking the size and the weight of the XT over Nikon's offerings when I was shopping.

Wuss.

:whistling:

:outtahere:

:wavey:

:supergrin:

Try lugging this around the soccer fields for a few hours on a monopod.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/nippr/web/DSCN3011w.jpg

J/K, Budette. I would have added another smiley face, or two, but I'm not allowed.

MrsKitty
04-19-2008, 20:08
Oh, how I would love to lug that around for a while. Birds, here I come! :supergrin:

<-- wuss with a messed up shoulder and rotator cuff :sad:

djf
04-20-2008, 01:29
D80 with some lenses

18-55mm F3.5-5.6
18-200mm F3.5-5.6
17-55mm F2.8
50mm F1.4

Hokie
04-20-2008, 10:31
1D Mark II

100-400 f4.5-5.6 L
24-70 f2.8 L
85 f1.2 L

Ranger Grant
04-20-2008, 18:37
wbw2,

I just left the Canon web site, where I was trying to find out if the 2 lens I have for my Canon Rebel (origional model) would be compatible with either the XSi, or XTi. It would appear that they are. I have an EF 35-80mm 1:4-5.6, and an EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6. If you can confirm that they in fact are compatible, I'd greatly appreciate it.:supergrin:

Any good, bad, or other comments would be of help too.:embarassed:

Thanks, Ranger Grant

nipperwolf
04-20-2008, 18:55
Oh, how I would love to lug that around for a while. Birds, here I come! :supergrin:

<-- wuss with a messed up shoulder and rotator cuff :sad:

But seriously, I shouldn't poke fun. Lugging that around is NOT fun. I have a small bruise on my left shoulder to prove it. I've added a piece of foam to my my vest to help with the problem. But it's still WIP (work in progress)

Jdog
04-20-2008, 19:07
pentax dslr cause it was way cheaper and my old lenses fit it

Hokie
04-20-2008, 19:45
wbw2,

I just left the Canon web site, where I was trying to find out if the 2 lens I have for my Canon Rebel (origional model) would be compatible with either the XSi, or XTi. It would appear that they are. I have an EF 35-80mm 1:4-5.6, and an EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6. If you can confirm that they in fact are compatible, I'd greatly appreciate it.:supergrin:

Any good, bad, or other comments would be of help too.:embarassed:

Thanks, Ranger Grant

Any EF lens can be used on any body with the EF mount (the XSi and XTi are EF mounts). The EF-S mount can only be used on some bodies (1.6 sensors) since they protrude into the body more the smaller 1.6 sensor mirror will miss but the mirror from a larger sensor would hit the lens.

Halliday
04-20-2008, 21:45
All Canon:
(What I currently own)

Cameras:
5D (full frame and LOVE it!)
20D
10D
A2 (film)

Lenses:
16-35 2.8
24-70 2.8
70-200 2.8
85 1.8
50 1.8
100 Macro 2.8
28-105 3.4-4.5

I picked Canon because at the time in 1992 I didn't know if Nikon's even had autofocus. At the time and still now Canon seemed the more more technological company. I love the Ultrasonic lenses

ToddHibbs
04-21-2008, 06:30
D70s, 18-200 VR
2 sb800, 2 sb600
cactus radio triggers (aka "poverty wizards")

couple stands, umbrellas, accessories.

really wanting a D300....

DeadMansLife
04-21-2008, 19:54
Oh, how I would love to lug that around for a while. Birds, here I come! :supergrin:

<-- wuss with a messed up shoulder and rotator cuff :sad:

Gonna have to hire an assistant for that trip MK

Ranger Grant
04-21-2008, 20:47
Thanks for the conformation Hokie.:supergrin:

Best, RG

medic1213
04-23-2008, 21:42
I'm shooting with a Nikon D80 with MB-D80 vertical grip, 18-200VR, 50 f/1.8, SB-600, and a Sunpak 383 as well as a couple stands and wireless triggers for the flashes for off camera use.

Took this photo the day I got the camera, before I installed the vertical grip.

http://www.pbase.com/mike_curtis/image/83338029/original.jpg

Curley
04-24-2008, 12:35
I just went through the agonizing process of deciding between the Canon Rebel XT and the Nikon D40. After handling both at stores and spending hours and hours researching and comparing, yesterday I ordered... the Nikon D40.

This was not an easy decision for me because I've always been a Canon guy. I have owned three Canon SLRs -- the Ftb, F-1 and A-1 -- and they've all been great.

There is no doubt that the Canon Rebel XT is more technologically advanced than the Nikon, but ultimately the decision came down to these factors:

1. The Nikon's 18-55 mm kit lens is superior to the 18-55 on the Canon -- at least according to every professional review I read -- in terms of build and image quality.

2. I also preferred Nikon's other lenses for this camera, which I'll probably add later, like the 55-200 mm VR and 18-200 mm VR (VR stands for Vibration Reduction, Nikon's version of image stabilization).

3. The Nikon is simpler to use. It's been simplified for people who are buying their first SLR, but it's also nice for people like me who have used SLRs before.

4. The Nikon has a cool Auto ISO setting. You can program the camera to automatically adjust the ISO setting, as long as it doesn't go below the minimum shutter speed you determine, like 1/30 of a second. Or you can select the maximum ISO you'd want to allow.

This may seem like a minor thing, but the Canon doesn't have it. You have to pick your ISO setting and stick with it until you change it, and I personally don't want to have to worry about that if I'm shooting in different light conditions. I'd rather let the camera worry about that.

Either camera is a fine choice, which is why the decision was so hard to make.

hwyhobo
04-24-2008, 14:51
1. The Nikon's 18-55 mm kit lens is superior to the 18-55 on the Canon -- at least according to every professional review I read -- in terms of build and image quality.
You could buy XT body only, and then buy the 18-55 IS lens, which is far superior to the earlier offering. Naturally, that would increase the overall price slightly.

Disclaimer: I don't have a horse in this race, I am not rooting for either make.

Curley
04-24-2008, 16:22
You could buy XT body only, and then buy the 18-55 IS lens, which is far superior to the earlier offering. Naturally, that would increase the overall price slightly.



Yes, I considered that. But the difference in price between the XT body only and the XT or D40 with the 18-55 lens is not that significant -- only about $50 or $60.

Plus, that 18-55 size is very handy, and I'll use it a lot, so I decided to go for the version I thought I'd be happier with.

Trebuchet
05-14-2008, 07:43
Canon 20D w/grip | Tokina 19-35 | Canon 70-200 f/4 L | Cokin P filters (ND grad, CP)

woodasptim
05-14-2008, 10:17
Canon 20d
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon 430EX Speedlite

Sandisk Extreme III CF cards

All kept in a Pelican 1500, but I use a Tamrac Velocity 9x Sling Pack for walking around.

Bogen/Manfrotto 190XB 3 Section Aluminum Tripod with Manfrotto 486RC2 Compact Ball Head
Bogen / Manfrotto 559B Video Monopod w/RC2 Rapid Connect Plate System

Stored in a Pelican PCTB28

Next on my list - Either a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM or a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS is

Florida Jim
05-14-2008, 10:25
When I got serious about digital I bought a Nikon D80 with Nikkor 18-135.
Also Sigma 70-300, and Nikon SB600 speed light.
Most of my film camera's were Nikon.

Revelations
05-17-2008, 11:14
Im getting ready to jump into the world of DSLR.

My old SLR is a Cannon Elan IIe and Im thinking about getting one of the Digital Canon Rebel's.

Will I be able to use my lenses from my Elan on the newer Rebels?

I know the battery pack is not interchangeable. But Im hoping the lenses are.

DeadMansLife
05-17-2008, 19:50
Im getting ready to jump into the world of DSLR.

My old SLR is a Cannon Elan IIe and Im thinking about getting one of the Digital Canon Rebel's.

Will I be able to use my lenses from my Elan on the newer Rebels?

I know the battery pack is not interchangeable. But Im hoping the lenses are.

Elan lens are EOS EF lens and will fit Canon XT, XTi, XSi, **D, & *D cameras.

In short, yes, they will fit the Rebels.

Medic721
05-20-2008, 18:14
I agree Canon and Nikon are both great choices.

I went with Canon. My first DSLR was the 20D and I liked its features than its Nikon competitor at the time. I now own and use:

Canon 30D w/ Vert grip
Canon EF 70-200 F2.8 IS
Canon EF 24-70 F2.8
Canon EF-S 10-22 F3.5-4.5
Tamron 18-200

Canon 580EX Flash

Manfrotto Tripod and Monopod with Kirk Enterprises Brackets and Ball Head

-Mike.

Glkster19
05-20-2008, 21:15
Canon XSI
18-55 IS kit lens
70-300 IS
50 1.4 (just purchased earlier tonight)

Looked at both Canon and Nikon, liked some of the features better that Canon offered. More lens availability for Canon's it seems.

Probably won't go wrong either way you go, they both have camera's that take good pictures.

Lohtse
05-28-2008, 11:31
I've been shooting Canon for a while:

Canon 5D
20mm f/2.8
50mm f/1.4
135mm f/2
70-200mm f/2.8

I love the full frame and the wide angle shots I can take with it!

Sgt. Schultz
06-03-2008, 15:42
I started shooting years ago with an old Cannon AT1 and a Nikon F2. When autofocus/auto everything cameras became available I bought a Minolta Maxxum 7000. Over the years I bought lens and accessories and eventually I upgraded my camera to the Maxxum 8000i … and the accessories continued to grow.

When I finally decided to go to a DSLR Minolta had the Maxxum 7D available however the price was over $1200 so I waited for a price drop … and waited and waited … Minolta got out of the camera business. Since Minolta’s lenses are proprietary (and high quality) the only logical step for me was the Sony Alpha.

Sony Alpha A200

Lenses:
Minolta AF 2X Tele Converter
Minolta AF 20 f2.8
Minolta AF 50 mm f1.4
Minolta (Beercan) AF 28 - 85 mm f3.5 - 4.5
Minolta (Beercan) AF 70 - 210 f4
Minolta (Beercan) AF 75 - 300 f4.5 - 5.6
Minolta 500 mm AF Mirror f8

Hoya Filters

Minolta 5200i Flash
Remote flash and shutter release cords

Minolta expansion cards (to many to list)

Bogen 3035 Tripod


Admittedly I had little choice when I went DSLR because of money I’d already invested in equipment but the Alpha is an exceptional camera. I still have the 7000 (+4000 AF flash) and 8000i bodies … locked in my safe, I haven’t used them in quite a while.

jolly roger
06-06-2008, 14:23
Nikon because of Nikon lenses already owned. Also I consider their Ittl flashes better.

Nikon D80
Nikon D50
18-135
20-35 2.8
28-105
24-85 2.8-4
35-70 2.8
50 1.8
85 1.8
105 2.8 VR
70-300 VR
SB-800 flash
SB-600 flash
SB-400 flash

Film

N80
N65
SB-28 flash
SB-26 flash

Canon point and shoots RULE though. Nikons suck...Have an S3IS and A570IS

Dyerbill
06-09-2008, 05:58
I have the Canon XTi with a 28-135mm IS lens and I am very happy I added the Canon battery pack for balance as the lens is a bit large, 72mm. I have a Manfrotto tripod. I am quite pleased. My friend has an equal Nikon set up with the D80. She loves it.
My biggest joy witn a DSLR is no more devolpement. A good printer and a computer and you can play photo store any time of day or night.:cool:

bigzebra
06-17-2008, 20:50
I guess I'll hop in. Here's my setup:

Canon 40D
EF-S 60mm 2.8 Macro
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Ef 70-200mm 2.8 L
Hoya Pro 1 Digital UV filters on all 3
430 EX
Manfrotto Tripod and Grip
Canon backpack

*soon to buy a Canon EF-S 10-22 lens, a 2X extender and hoping to sell my 28-135 for a 24-105L.

Eyescream
06-20-2008, 20:51
I have a Canon XTi. I didn't even consider another manufacturer, I learned how to take pictures on an AE-1, and have been with Canon ever since (especially since Canon's generally got better and more glass options).

This was my first DSLR, and I didn't want to spend the money a 40D cost at the time.

Aside from the camera, I have this other stuff.

FD to EOS adaptor so I can use my AE-1 lenses (a 50mm f1.8 and an 80-205 f4.5)
Canon EF 85mm f1.8
Canon EFS 18-55 (kit lens, and I like it, too!)
Original Lensbaby (with the macro kit, and it's all misskitty's fault)
3rd Generation Lensbaby (which I just got from B&H with a Hoya 37mm CPL today)
an old Sunpak 433D flash, and some other various filters

I really want to get a split-prism viewfinder. I use my lensbabies more than I use anything else in my bag.

MrsKitty
06-20-2008, 21:37
Canon EF 85mm f1.8

Original Lensbaby (with the macro kit, and it's all misskitty's fault)


The lensbaby was much cheaper than the 85 you convinced me I couldn't live without :tongueout:

Eyescream
06-20-2008, 21:38
The lensbaby was much cheaper than the 85 you convinced me I couldn't live without :tongueout:

But not both lensbabies and the macro kit and the CPL. I guess that makes us pretty much even. lol

:supergrin:

MrsKitty
06-20-2008, 21:40
But not both lensbabies and the macro kit and the CPL. I guess that makes us pretty much even. lol

:supergrin:

I wanna play with the 3G :embarassed:

Eyescream
06-20-2008, 22:00
It rules. It's like having the 85's glass on a lensbaby barrel that you can twist around or lock as you please.

krinkov
06-26-2008, 09:53
Canon 350D(Rebel XT)
BP-E3 vertical grip
50mm 1.4
18-55mm EF-S
Sunpak PZ42X flash
Transcend 4GB CF card(Sandisk 1GB CF back-up)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/krinkov/P4100030.jpg

MrsKitty
06-26-2008, 20:03
I forgot to add my 70-200 f/4 IS :)

medic1213
07-02-2008, 20:41
I'm shooting with a Nikon D80 with MB-D80 vertical grip, 18-200VR, 50 f/1.8, SB-600, and a Sunpak 383 as well as a couple stands and wireless triggers for the flashes for off camera use.

Took this photo the day I got the camera, before I installed the vertical grip.

http://www.pbase.com/mike_curtis/image/83338029/original.jpg

In addition to the above, I'm now the proud new owner of a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8VR and a Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens. Ahhh, fast glass...

Here's a self portrait I took looking through the 85/1.4 handheld, shot into a mirror. Check out that large aperture....

http://www.pbase.com/mike_curtis/image/98177662/original.jpg

JimBianchi
07-02-2008, 21:45
Cameras: Canon 1dM2, Canon D60, Canon G6 (Not an SLR, but shoot it in RAW this little gem can hold it's own up to 8x10! Really an outstanding camera!)


Glass: 24-70L, 70-200 2.8L, 50 1.4, 100mm 2.8 Macro, 24-85, 14mm 2.8, 1.4 Extender.

Flash: 550EX x4, 420EX, Vivitar 285V x4

A bunch of other stuff too.

Visit my website (http://www.thephotoop.com) to see th photos. Everything is either 1dM2 or D60 or D30.

http://www.thephotoop.com

blueiron
07-02-2008, 21:47
Nikon F5

Nikon D3

Nikon D70s

Nikkor 16mm fisheye, 20mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8, 60mm 2.8 macro, 85mm 1.4, 18-70mm, 55-200mm, 80-400mm.

SB-800 flash.

Related stuff and minutae.

Calhoun123
07-03-2008, 19:50
My wife started a small photography business using a Nikon D40X, which is the 10 MP versio nof the D40. The camera has rocked!!!!

Curley
07-07-2008, 17:14
medic:

How are you liking that D80? And how often do you use the exposure and white-balance bracketing?

I have a D40 that I absolutely love (especially with the 18-200 VR), but I've found that the one feature I could really use is bracketing.

I know that in the digital world where I can easily manipulate exposure and white balance on my computer, bracketing should be obsolete -- but it would be a nice feature to have.

MrsKitty
07-07-2008, 19:06
Here's a self portrait I took looking through the 85/1.4 handheld, shot into a mirror. Check out that large aperture....



I like that! :supergrin:

reewik
08-01-2008, 19:58
Nikon D300 w/ grip
18=200 VR
SB800
www.ewpix.com

mndart
08-26-2008, 01:10
Nikon D70s and D80
Old school Nikon Ftn and a couple of Nikkormats with a variety of Ais lenses.

Auto-focus for use on the D70s and D80:
Nikkor 18-70 kit zoom lens
Nikkor 17-55 VR zoom lens
Nikkor 60mm F2.8 Micro
Sigma 105mm F2.8 Micro
Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 VR zoom
Nikkor 50mm F1.8 Prime
Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 zoom
Nikon SB800 Flash
Nikon SB40 Flash <-- I love this flash!!!

I've used Nikons for 35 years, reliable, forever trouble free. Nearly all lenses are interchangeable, few exceptions. All lenses are incredible. There is no just no other camera for me.

T. Harless
08-31-2008, 20:25
Current gear:
Nikon D3 (2)
Nikon D300 (2)
14 - 24 f/2.8
24 - 70 f/2.8
80 - 200 f/2.8
105 f/2.8 VR micro
200 - 400 f/4 VR
600 f/4
TC-17 II AF-s
TC-20 II AF-s
SB-800 (3)
...and all the cords, cables, remotes and widgets that make it all do it's thing.

I've also got a D2x, 2 D1xs and a D100. They've all kind of been mothballed since I got the D3s unless I need a bunch of remote cameras.

New23
08-31-2008, 21:13
Canon XSi
Canon lenses:
18-55mm IS
55-250mmm IS
35mm f2
85mm f1.8 USM
10-22mm USM