canon digital rebel xt vs nikon D40. which is better for first time DSLR buyer? TIA

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by joe smith, Mar 9, 2007.

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    joe smith Guest

    joe smith, Mar 9, 2007
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  2. They are both good. Without knowing more about what you want to do with
    them, we would have little to go on. Frankly I suspect you don't really
    know how you might end up using it. We all find new and different things
    once we get one. The exception might be if you own lenses or other
    equipment that may be compatible with one and not the other.

    I will make a suggestion however. You want to get each one into your
    hands. You want to make all the usual adjustments. While doing this
    consider How comfortable it feels. How it feels to you and where the
    controls are located and if they feel good or awkward, are more important
    than many people think, until it is too late.

    Good luck, you are not going to go wrong with either camera.
    Joseph Meehan, Mar 9, 2007
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    RichA Guest

    Depends. How large are your hands?
    RichA, Mar 10, 2007
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    Sheldon Guest

    Do you already have any Nikon or Canon lenses? That would make the choice
    Sheldon, Mar 10, 2007
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    Yoshi Guest

    If you have *non* AF-S Nikkors, they will work in manual focus only on the
    D40. For some unknown reason, Nikon decised to eliminate the in-camera AF
    motor in the D40 and D40x, handicapping the cameras for lenses that dont
    include their own motors. When Nikon was able to include AF motors in
    bottom of the line cameras like the N55 and N60, the decision to leave it
    out of the D40 makes little sense to me. I guess the company figures the
    market is for folks moving up from point and shoots.

    Yoshi, Mar 10, 2007
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    P Settli Guest

    I just got the D40 and from what I read here

    the problem of shooting non AF-S lenses, while real, is not /that/ big a
    deal. I'm traveling to the USA next week and plan to try out my buddy's
    85mm 1.8 on it when I visit him, so I'll be able to determine for myself.

    One thing I didn't check when choosing the D40 over the Rebel (any Rebel
    actually) was which was better in retaining information in high contrast
    scenes. Nikon uses a CCD, a Sony one at that, as I was reminded of in
    another thread, the Rebel uses a CMOS. Is one visibly superior to the
    other? The reason this is important to me (too late now if I made the
    wrong decision) is that I live in Norway, which is the far north, and
    not only the far north but a hilly, mountainous, valleyish far north.
    Even at mid-summer, the sun is low in the sky compared to uhm...St.
    Louis or Budapest. This means I live in a beautifully lit, very high
    contrast country. I'd forgotten this very important fact because the
    weather has been so shitty for so long and even on the few sunlit days
    we've had of late, the long winter, shitty weather blahs have gotten me
    so far down that I can hardly get the effort up to take out the garbage,
    let alone take snaps. Plus I didn't get the D40 until like 10 days ago
    or thereabouts.

    P Settli, Mar 10, 2007
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