The Big Showdown- Canon vs. Nikon

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This has got to be one of the biggest debates in the photography world.  Who makes the better camera- Canon or Nikon?  Well, I am here to settle this debate once and for all.  Actually, I probably won’t settle the debate even a little bit, but hopefully give some clarity and direction to those looking for a camera.

I entered the debate when I decided to sell my Konica Minolta 7D and try something new.  The 7D created beautiful images, but the shutter was very loud, and I felt it was distracting during weddings.  At the time, Konica Minolta’s future was up in the air, so I decided to move on to something else and look at the big two- Canon and Nikon.

I searched many forums and read hundreds of reviews.  Here’s what I found: the Canon users said their cameras were the best, and the Nikon users totally disagreed, claiming that  Nikon ruled.

So, who is right?  Which camera is the best to buy?  Let me ask you soda drinkers- Which is better?- Coke or Pepsi?  You probably never hear people debating about Apple vs. PC, do you?  How about you truck fans- Chevy, Dodge, Ford, or other?  The answer to all these questions is—-They are all good, depending on your preference and your purpose.

I know this may sound wishy-washy, but it’s true- Nikon and Canon both make incredible cameras.  You can’t go wrong with either one. They both make excellent lenses, flashes, and accessories.  While there are other good DSLR’s out there to choose from, most professionals either use a Canon or a Nikon.

So which one should you choose?   Here are some tips.  First, decide on a price range that fits your budget.  Next, find the camera models that fit that budget and get a list of the specs and features of each model.  Narrow your list down to a few cameras that have the features you would like.  Dpreview is a site I like to use to see camera features and reviews.  Go to a reputable camera store and actually get your hands on the cameras.  Hold them, see how the camera feels in your hands, push the buttons, turn the dials, look through the viewfinder, snap a few sample images, try some different lenses.  This may not bring you to a final decision, but you should be able to tell a lot about just by taking these few steps.

The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with either.  They are both great camera companies with incredible products.  (By the way, Sony also has a great DSLR camera system.)

P.S.  I finally chose Canon, and am happy with my choice, but I still wonder, while lying awake late at night…..Should I have gone with Nikon????

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