Canon XSi vs. Nikon D80

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  1. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking at these bodies and cannot decide which one, I really like the feel of the D80 However I have not held the XSi as no stores have yet here.

    Now Canon Uses CMOS and Nikon uses CCD, I have heard that CMOS is a lot better for noise and efficiency. But how much of a difference is there really?

    Does the Age difference really matter, is the D80 that outdated?

    I won't be purchasing for a 2 month's or so, So I have time but I would like to know what I'm looking at.

    Thanks
     
  2. disdat macrumors regular

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    I think I heard rumors that the D90 is coming out in a couple of months. Maybe by then, the D80 will be discounted. If you are going to wait, that will probably be to your advantage.

    I had a choice between the XTi and the D80, and I chose Canon because the lenses I needed/wanted at the time were less expensive. Especially the macro lens, which was hundreds less.

    I am quite happy with Canon, and will probably be upgrading to a 40D or 50D in the future.
     
  3. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    Wait for the newest and you'll be waiting forever.

    Xsi = Canon
    D80 = Nikon

    Go look through the other cameras, lenses, accessories (such as Nikon cameras can trigger off camera flash with the built-in, but Canon can't) and then choose your body.
     
  4. Fiasco macrumors regular

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    Haven't touched the XSi yet and probably won't, but here's my 2 cents.

    I had the Rebel XT before and found it to be too lightweight and rather small in my hands, so I decided to upgrade. I was going to get a 30D, but before I did I tried out the Nikon D80 and it felt perfect in my hands. I went with the D80 and love it.

    As far as the age of the D80, I would say at this time it's irrelevant. I know people still shooting with a D70 and D100 And some still going on a Canon 20D.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Here is how to decide. Ech of the two bodies are completely useless untill to attach a lens. You will likely over the course of ownership buy more then one lens to go with your SLR body. So, if you buy the D80 you will be buying Nikon lenses. If youbuy the Canon you will be buying Canon lenses. In the end you will have spent more on the lenses and flash units then on the SLR body. Lenses have more efect on the quality of the final image than the body.

    So,... think about which lenses you want. Check out new ones and see what is on the used market too. Even if you dont want a used lens you might want to check out the re-sale values. Pick out some lenses that yo might want to buy over the next year or two then buy either the Canon or the Nikon whichever fits the lenses yu picked out.

    Selecting the SLR body first is kind of backwards because it is the "bottleneck that constrains all the other buying decisions you will make. If later you find you reall want that Nikon 18-200 it wil not fit your Canon. Likewise if you want the Canon 70-200 f/4 lens It wil not fit the Nikon. Choose one or the other of these two lenses will have a much larger effect on your photography then choosing between the two bodies you listed
     
  6. Techguy172 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, Don't worry about the lenses they both have a lens I want, Both have a 18-200mm Lens and that is the only one I could see myself buying, Maybe a 50mm Prime lens. However I believe only Canon has that lens.
     
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    This whole post couldn't be more wrong.

    Nikon has an 18-200mm lens, Canon does not. Sigma makes an aftermarket version for both, but its not as good as Nikon's. Nikon and Canon both have 50mm prime lenses in f2.5, f1.8, f1.4 and f1.2 varieties.
     
  8. Techguy172 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How was i Wrong about the 18-200mm They both do have them Available to them the Sigma would be the one I would get. I just found the 50mm for the Nikon, So they both have the lenses I want then.

    Now I just need to chose a body.
     
  9. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    It may have been unclear because of the creative grammar in your posts.

    Also keep in mind that as zooms get larger in range, the quality usually dips. Shorter range zooms (24-70mm) will usually be of a higher quality than super 10-1000mm (non-existent example) zooms. The complexity of glass elements can also make these lenses much heavier.

    Not that the 18-200mm isn't a nice lens; it's a great "all-purpose" vacation lens -- but there are better lenses out there if you don't mind segmenting the focal range a bit.
     
  10. Techguy172 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, So what about the 24-120 would that be a better choice or the 18-135.
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    I wouldn't worry about the image quality of the 18-200 unless you are an expert.
     
  12. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    18-135mm (Nikon) is not a good lens. The 18-70mm, which is cheaper, is a much better kit lens.
     
  13. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a

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    I can answer your question about CMOS vs. CCD. (keep in mind that this is a layman's perspective, though..)

    CMOS sensors have been used predominantly in still cameras for the last few years because of their ability to accurately record high quality images. CCD chips can be considered inferior in that ability, but are able to be engineered to have a very high recording speed, which makes them invaluable in video cameras.

    Now that the latest generations of CMOS chips are arriving, however, they are replacing CCD chips in many high-end video cameras such as the Sony XCam and quite probably the future revision of the Z1U. This is because the new CMOS chips are now as 'fast' as the CCDs, and can give a better picture.

    As far as I know, CMOS sensors are still better for recording big, high quality images. I'm not sure how the CCD and the CMOS compare for video, but as it's a still camera you're buying it shouldn't matter much.
     
  14. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Why buy such a nice body as the D80 then put a Sigma 18-200 lens on it. It is kind of like the audiophile who buys a $2,400 tube amp and then goes to Radio Shack to pick up some $100 speakers. The key is "balance" if he had a $2,500 budget it would be best to split it even. With stereo equipment the rule of thumb is to spend half the budget for the speakers. There is something like this with cameras too. Everyone will advise to spend the money on the lens(es)
     
  15. Techguy172 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    As of Now the Canon looks like the way to go, It has most of the lenses I want, I really like there Macro's, nice and fast. They also have some nice looking Telephoto lenses.
     
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    Buy what works for you. My guess is that the next version of the D80 will come out in August / September (that is usually when Nikon announces such things)

    That said most photographers will tell you to spend more on the lens than the camera. If you prefer the range of Canon lens, go for the Canon, if you prefer the range of Nikon lens, go for the Nikon.

    The Nikon D80 is a fine camera and currently not outdated, I would recommend a D80 or wait...but you could be waiting a while.
     

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