Canon 350D versus Nikon D50

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Dave Addison, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. Dave Addison

    Dave Addison Guest

    I've got my choice of a new digital slr down to these two models. I'm a
    long-time Canon fan, but the Nikon looks very nice too. On the DP
    Review website, I felt the color and shadow detail of the Nikon images
    looked a little better, but the Canon images were sharper.

    I'd be looking at a 55-200 lens as well.

    Any recommendations or suggestions greatly welcome.
    Dave Addison, Nov 16, 2005
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  2. Dave Addison

    Bill Guest

    If you're buying your first DSLR and you don't have any lenses, memory
    cards, etc., then the Nikon is probably the better way to go right now
    for cost/performance.

    Six months from now that might change, but I feel the Nikon D50 is
    currently the better entry level DSLR.

    As it happens, I have the Canon Rebel XT, but I bought it to go with the
    Canon lenses I already owned, so it was a lot cheaper for me to stick
    with Canon. Not that there's anything wrong with the's a great
    camera. :)
    I agree...the 55-200 is a mediocre lense, as is the 18-55 often sold
    with the D50 body.
    I agree here too...the 18-70 is a decent lense and worth the added cost.
    Remember, the lense does 99% of the work in producing the image, not the
    camera body.

    The 18-70 covers a good range to get you started (similar to a 27-105 on
    a full frame body), and then you can consider a decent telephoto zoom
    later on when funds allow.
    Bill, Nov 17, 2005
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  3. i disagree. the price differential between the two cameras is about $25.
    like the nikon, the canon 350d is fully automatic yet had more advanced
    manual features, thus making it more versatile and something one can grow
    with. also the software for your computer that comes with the canon is
    without doubt superior. this makes for a much more positive experience for
    a first time user. the software is often overlooked as you can not see it
    in the store. you can always buy alternative software to use with either
    camera but with the canon you will not need to. that said the way the
    camera and the controls feels in the individuals hands is probably the most
    Christopher Muto, Nov 18, 2005
  4. Dave Addison

    Bill Guest

    Not in my neck of the's still about $200 or more extra, and
    for much of that price difference, the D50 can be had with the much
    better 18-70 lense.
    Growing is relative - some people will only buy one more lense for
    longer range, in which case the 350/XT has little advantage for basic

    Remember, these are considered entry level cameras and most users don't
    get deep into lenses, filters, tripods, extenders or whatever.
    I disagree, the software package is not that great. In fact, the only
    software from Canon I use at all is DPP...the rest is not very
    impressive. I use other programs instead, some of them freeware, which
    says a lot about Canon's software not being the best.

    Sure their software works, but "works well" is not a phrase I see
    related to Canon's programs very often.

    I notice you didn't address the lense quality issue which does 90% of
    the work in producing good images, but hey, whatever works for you.
    Bill, Nov 19, 2005
  5. that sounds a bit defensive as if you have a allegiance to nikon for some
    reason. i don't care what he gets as long as it makes him happy. and he
    won't know that without holding them. they are comparable camera with
    comparable lens, both companies have plenty of lens options that would
    satisfy all needs, but the 350d has more advanced features than the d50.
    read about them on as for price, if you are in
    america then you are in the same neck of the woods as anyone that is
    connected to the web... shop on line. price was recently discussed in
    another thread started 11/10. and if you think canon software is bad then i
    suspect you haven't used the nikon suite ;)
    Christopher Muto, Nov 19, 2005
  6. Dave Addison

    Martin Guest

    So long as a camera can operate in fully manual mode, that's all I need.
    I've always been a big Canon fan and own several Canon cameras, but I found
    the D50 on sale in the UK on the highstreet for £469 (with lens) which is a
    really good deal, to good to resist in fact.

    Martin, Nov 19, 2005
  7. Dave Addison

    Bill Guest

    On the contrary, I've been a very happy Canon owner for about 10 years,
    but I'm not a brand-snob when it comes to good deals.
    And price seems to be a factor, so the lower price that does the job is
    the best way to go.
    I have used some Nikon software as a friend is a Nikon user. I have the
    same opinion about their programs too.
    Bill, Nov 19, 2005
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