What should I buy D50 or Canon 350D

Discussion in 'Canon' started by abbasam, Jul 18, 2006.

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    abbasam Guest

    I have been thinking of buying DSLR for some time now. I have narrowed down
    my search to two SLR that I like.
    The Nikon D50 and the Canon 350D.
    Which do you think I should go for and why?
    What do you like or dislike about the camera, if you are a user?
    abbasam, Jul 18, 2006
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    Steve Wolfe Guest

    I have been thinking of buying DSLR for some time now. I have narrowed down
    I think that you should pick the one that most suits your needs. Makes
    sense, doesn't it? After all, *you* are planning on using the camera, not

    Steve Wolfe, Jul 18, 2006
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    King Sardon Guest

    Very wise and accurate... but doesn't help the OP one bit.

    Like loudspeaker buying advice: just listen to them and buy the ones
    you like. Cop-out!

    Buy the Canon. (Unless you have Nikon lenses, duh..) Generally, Canon
    seems to have the lead in digital photography today.

    King Sardon, Jul 18, 2006
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    C J Southern Guest

    I'll help the OP.

    Buy the Canon.
    C J Southern, Jul 18, 2006
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    JR Guest

    Buy the Nikon....better technology in THAT camera....
    JR, Jul 18, 2006
  6. These were the 2 i was considering, but they both had very basic kit lenses,
    so I paid a bit extra and got a d70s which had a much better kit lens.
    Adrian Boliston, Jul 18, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    You go for the one that feels better when you take pictures with it.
    Really. Which one has a grip that feels better, which one feels more
    stable when you take a picture, which one you could stand to walk
    around with it in your hand all day.

    They are otherwise nearly identical. Personally, I would go for the
    Nikon. Not only does it feel better to me, but it has better lenses
    available for it and I think the buttons and menus are better laid out.

    My daughter, OTOH, went for the Canon. For the same reasons that I like
    the Nikon.
    cjcampbell, Jul 18, 2006
  8. I considered both when I was looking. Never having used a 'real' SLR
    and neither a Canon nor a Nikon, I went for the Nikon. It felt more
    tactile and fit my hands better than the Canon. Oh and I found it
    cheaper on ebay than anything else. Simple as that really.

    Dr Hfuhruhurr, Jul 18, 2006
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    Rebecca Ore Guest

    D50 body with the 18-70 lens. :)
    Rebecca Ore, Jul 18, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    There's no reason why you can't buy the D50 body with the 18-70 lense to
    get essentially the same results.

    Both cameras can provide excellent images. I think the Nikon D50 is the
    better price/performance camera right now.

    Having said that, how the camera feels in your hands is an important
    factor too. Make sure you visit a store and handle both cameras before
    you make a final decision.
    Bill, Jul 18, 2006
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    DD Guest

    In what way?
    DD, Jul 18, 2006
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    DD Guest

    You need to look at the camera system if you are planning to get more
    involved in photography. Both manufacturers have good stuff and both
    have crap stuff, but having used both sytems extensively, I'd have to
    say that Nikon has a more accessible, more affordable system than Canon

    I'll also venture that Canon are currently outsourcing their repairs to
    third party vendors and that in itself is a big problem for many Canon

    Personally...it's got to be Nikon for me.
    DD, Jul 18, 2006
  13. abbasam schreef:
    I bought a Nikon D70s recently. Why? Because i wanted to keep my Nikon
    lenses. If i wouldn't have had any lenses, chance is that i would have
    bough a 350D. Maybe, maybe not ... personally, i don't care much about

    Until 2 months ago I was using an old Nikon body released in 1980! It
    was so basic and so old and yet, i liked it and i liked a lot of the
    pictures i made with it. Both the 350d and the D50/D70 are an
    incredible technological leap for me.

    The body's not so important. The lens is important and especially,
    your talent to see great shots! :)

    kris.vandevijver, Jul 18, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Thats makes no sense, especially considering the high cost of todays
    D-SLR's, surely a sensible person would look at all of the available cameras
    in their price range and try them to see if there was one that felt just
    right, you will take far more photos with your digital than you ever did
    with your film camera why wouldn't ergonomics be high on the wanted features
    list. Considering you have to get out a pretty large magnifying glass to see
    the difference in the end result they are all pretty equal. All the
    manufacturers have a huge range of very good lenses so that is less of a
    consideration unless you already have some lenses in a particular brand.
    Pete D, Jul 18, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    If you have big hands buy the Nikon, the Canon is awful for people with
    big hands. Either camera will take good pictures, the D50 has very good
    high ISO capabilities. With the Nikon you might want to buy the 18-70
    lens, instead of the 18-55. Both are better than the Canon kit lens.
    You may also want to look at Pentax and Sony/Minolta. Pentax especially
    has a better viewfinder and a good kit lens. Go to a store, pick them
    up and see which feels best to you.

    tomm42, Jul 18, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    With film the body wasn't all that important. With digital the body is also
    the "film" and thus is of much greater importance.
    J. Clarke, Jul 18, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Well ... I would prefer the D70s over the D50 (and I have a
    D70), but (getting way out of the price range) I would like to have a
    D200 -- someday.

    However -- the first question is whether you happen to have a
    *film* SLR of either of those two lines. If so, then you have lenses
    already, and it would make more sense to get a DSLR which would allow
    you to continue to use those lenses.

    Lacking that determining factor, I would suggest that you go to
    your local camera store and *try* both cameras in the store. See which
    one fits *your* hands better, and which one has more of the frequently
    used controls where you would be able to reach them easily. I started
    with Nikon lenses, so I did not have to make that choice, but others
    have tried similar tests, and some have chosen one, and some the other,
    so it is an individual thing.

    If you go with the D50, I would suggest that you spend a bit
    more and get the 18-70mm lens which is the "kit" lens for the D70 and
    D200. It is an excellent lens for the money, and I have heard reports
    that the standard kit lenses for the D50 are not as satisfactory.

    If you intend to take photos in low light conditions (perhaps
    from a seat in a theater (without flash) where the only light is on the
    stage, or perhaps elsewhere -- with or without flash -- the D70 has a
    button to illuminate the LCD display on the top which allows you to
    check the settings. With the D50, you will have to use a small
    flashlight (perhaps as simple as a coin cell and a red LED) to
    illuminate it under those conditions.

    There are other differences between the D50 and the D70 which
    speak in favor of the latter for *me* -- such as having two control
    dials, one for the aperture and one for the shutter speed when you are
    in various modes other than full auto. I don't know how much you will
    want to control what your camera does, so this may not matter to you.

    You'll need to accept guidance from someone else for the Canon
    line, since I have no experience with them.

    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Jul 18, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Perhaps in full-frame sensors. But anyone who is choosing
    between a D50 and a 350D isn't going to care about that. :)

    DoN. Nichols, Jul 18, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Agree with that, someone getting a first D-SLR should get the one that suits
    them right now, compared with what they might potentially spend later it is
    simply not worth worrying about. If it feels good and you like using it then
    it is the right camera for you, all the manufacturers have a great range of
    lenses and accessories.
    Pete D, Jul 18, 2006
  20. Pete D schreef:
    Sure it's a high cost for a decent D-SLR, but the OP has the budget, he
    just can't decide between D50 and 350D. You agree that the end-result
    is pretty equal between them. That's correct, because i know of amazing
    photoblogs/portfolios made with either a D50/D70 or a 350D and that's
    what i meant: it doesn't matter that much. Sure ergonomics are
    pleasant, but i did without them for years, so in the end, it's not a
    big deal, only the picture matters :)
    Also -and i'm not sure about this- aren't the ergonomics pretty equal
    between these two cameras? Or does Canon have a totally different view
    about it than Nikon?

    kris.vandevijver, Jul 19, 2006
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