My friend has a $500 budget for a Canon or Nikon DSLR

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
baloo_buc Veteran Member • Posts: 9,399
Re: My friend has a $500 budget for a Canon or Nikon DSLR

Damianicus wrote:

My wife has an XSI, it's pretty good, but her 18-55mm is junky...

Canon 18-55 mm lens was one of the worst lens ever made (Sony 18-70 mm was another junk). In the meantime Canon has upgraded its kit lens so now it's decent.

Based on the budget a Nikon D5100 with 18-55 mm VR or Canon 550D with 18-55 mm IS. Nikon has a better sensor while Canon puts more features in the camera. Ergonomically I prefer Nikon. Let your friend try the Canon of your wife. If she will not like the ergonomics I would rule out Canon.

If the budget can be increased I would get Nikon D5100 with 18-105 mm VR (sometimes found as a kit).

Here are a few with different lenses:

with Nikkor AF-S 18-105 mm VR (ISO 1600)

with Nikkor AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 G (ISO 100)

with Nikkor AF-S 18-105 mm VR (ISO 4500)

 baloo_buc's gear list:baloo_buc's gear list
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Nikon D7200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR +14 more
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