Canon Elan 7 vs. Nikon n80

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Bob, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Hello, I'm looking into purchasing a new camera and need some
    suggestions. I think I've narrowed it down to 1 of these 2 cameras.
    The Canon Elan 7 or the Nikon n80. I am just a beginner, but want
    something I can grow with. Both of these cameras come highly
    recomennded to me. Does anyone have any input or suggestions on either
    of these cameras, or a good place to purchase a camera and equipment
    from?

    Oh and one last question. Is there a major difference between the Elan
    7 and the 7e series. There seems to be a signifigant price gap.

    Thanks for your help.
    Bob
     
    Bob, Sep 22, 2003
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  2. The only difference between the 7 and 7E is the latter has "Eve Control
    Focus," thus the "E" designation. Essentially, the camera will focus on
    whatever you are looking at in the viewfinder, a neat parlor trick, but,
    IMVHO, not essential for excellent images. But the price difference isn't
    too significant, $55US at B&H.
     
    Skip Middleton, Sep 22, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Both are excellent cameras and you couldn't go wrong with either. You really
    should try both out and pick the one that feels better to your hand --
    unless you have a specific need for some feature one has that the other does
    not.
    My wife has an Elan 7e and I like the feel, and the silence (quietest SLR
    on the market) better than my more expensive EOS 3.

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    Tony Spadaro, Sep 22, 2003
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    bmoag Guest

    You should consider lenses and pricing: Canon in general is significantly
    less expensive than Nikon. In the long run it's the lenses that tend to lock
    you into one manufacturer or the other. I am locked to Nikon but I am not
    sure I would do it if I wanted to start over.
     
    bmoag, Sep 23, 2003
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  5. I have never used the Elan 7, but I own the N80 and I can tell you it is as
    good as advertised. It really has everything a hobbyist or amateur could
    want. I especially like these 3 things pretty unique to this model

    (1) Grid-lines in the viewfinder to aid in composition (can be switched off)
    (2) Uses traditional cable release rather than propreitary release
    (3) Has spotmeter

    I will admit one thing about Nikons I don't like, and I never saw this until
    I owned them--the front command wheel to me is not as convenient as the way
    Canons and Minoltas do them. It's part of the grip, whereas the Canons &
    Minoltas park it level with the shutte release--far easier to use
    one-handed, I find, than Nikon's way. Nikon's way requires you to twirl the
    thumbwheel with the same index finger that you're holding onto the grip
    with.
     
    Larry R Harrison Jr, Sep 23, 2003
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  6. having owned both each has features that the other one doesnt have.

    elan:

    mirror up
    remote shutter release


    f80

    grid screen
    spotmeter
    lighted LCD


    if you are really into flash control then nikon f80 would be a better bet as
    you can switch
    flash modes faster than the elan.


    k.
     
    Super Mario Sunshine, Sep 23, 2003
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  7. Bob

    Dallas D Guest

    Ah...but with the Canon changing flash modes is as easy as selecting a
    different shooting mode. Besides, the E-TTL flash is so good, there is
    hardly ever a need to change modes...

    And, I might add, the Nikon does not allow for leaving the film leader out.
     
    Dallas D, Sep 23, 2003
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