May 24, 2009 1:54pm CST
I'm looking to upgrade my digital camera to either a Nikon or a Cannon camera that has the lens. Which brand do you prefer? I am looking for something that is affordable and that would be easy for someone to learn about lens and all of that stuff. I've always had the simple cameras that you just point and shoot and there isn't much to it. Any ideas? Thanks!
25 May 09
Hi dreamr. Every single day someone asks this question on MyLot, or a variation of it. What do you mean "has the lens"? Except for pinhole cameras, every camera has a lens: do you mean interchangeable lenses, or long-zoom lenses (like 10x or 20x compared with the 3x that most have); or do you mean something different, like the quality of the lens fitted? "Affordable" is a bit hard to recommend since I do not know what resources you have: to me, affordable is up to $2,500 without a lens; to my grandson, affordable is $200 if grandma gives him $50 for his birthday. What kind of photography are you going to get into? That makes a big difference, and so does what you plan to do with your pictures: if they are never going to be printed (for on-line use or on a monitor), or only printed up to postcard size, then you can spend a good deal less. If you want photos that look good at A4 (about 8x10) you want something better; and if you hope to ever see anything published in a magazine, then you need to look at a different kind of camera altogether. Do you want to shoot sports or action, or active kids? then a fast response and good burst rate are important; landscapes make different demands, and benefit from a wide-angle lens, while close-up (macro) and table-top photography needs a close-focus ability. Why not log onto www.betterphoto.com and use their camera selection tool to narrow down your search before you try to figure which brand or model you want?
• United States
26 May 09
I mean the interchangeable lens. I wanted to get into photography to see if I can sell some images like stock photos. That's what I was really wanting to get into at first and then take it from there. Affordable would be around $1,000 for now. And obviously if I can make money off of this I will just keep upgrading. I was just looking to see what brand would you recommend. And thank you for the website I will check that out and see what it says that I should use. :-)
26 May 09
Microstock agencies accept pictures from most cameras that can produce clean images printable at A4. In practice this means low ISO images from bridge/superzoom cameras, and images from just about any current SLR. Stock agencies that sell rights managed pictures (that is, where you get a larger commission because you control how the image is used and get paid for the kind of use and size of the image etc. have much more stringent demands. The very top agencies, like Gettys, are very specific: 47.5-52 MB TIFF files, (flattened, with no layers, paths or channels), 24 bit RGB Color; and only from Canon EOS: 1D(Mk1,2&3), 1DS(Mk1,2,2n&3) 5D, 30D, 40D and 50D; Nikon: D2X, D2Xs, D3, D200, D300 and the Leica M8. All medium format backs (e.g. backs by Phase One and Leaf etc) produce sufficiently high quality images to be accepted by them. There are only a few agencies that are that specific, but I would suggest that for stock, you start out with a Canon or Nikon system, so that as you grow, your system will meet the demands of the top Stock Agencies. At the moment, the Canon 30D and 40D are not much more expensive than many "starter" SLRs, and Nikon D200s and DX series cameras may well be available second hand at good prices as Nikon shooters upgrade to the D300 D700, D3 etc.
• United States
17 Jun 09
One of my good friends bought a Nikon DSLR last year, and has fallen in love with it. From the perspective of my friends, Canon is the more reputable brand. I've heard that Canon has the edge when it comes to lenses, so if you are looking to make a big investment that lasts a long time - they may be the way to go. As far as features, etc. you will probably get similar quality with either. best of luck !
• United States
27 May 09
I personally use Nikon, but both brands are excellent quality and you'll be happy with either one of them. I think what it really comes down to is what feels more comfortable for you to use. For me, Nikons just feel right! I can easily find where everything is. Canons are more difficult for me to figure out. So I would recommend going to a camera store and asking to hold and try out both a Nikon and Canon DSLR. Learn where the features are that you'll use the most, play around with the menus, and see which version feels right for you!