Canon or Nikon?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by trailboss, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    Ok, I know this may be a Ford/Chevy thing but I thought that I would get one more round of input before I buy. I have narrowed it down to the Canon XS or the Nikon D60. These two are about the same price point. I know several on here have these models.
    I have been leaning towards the Canon but I like the fact that on the Nikon I can use any Nikon lens - no matter how old.
    Any other points to lean one way or another?

    Thanks, Steve
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Hey steve.

    We have had our D60 for several months now and it has been a great camera. While we have not had the chance to use it as much as we would like we have been very pleased with the night time ability of this camera. The deciding factor for us was the price point. I think we paid around 540 for it and I picked up a few spare batteries on ebay.

    Save some budget for a remote (I got mine on ebay) and a good tripod.

    I really dont think you will be unhappy with either one but I made my purchase at sams club knowing I could return it if I was unhappy with any aspect of it. That being said when I upgrade from this one as my skill progress I will probably look at a high end canon. I have seen absolutly stunning shots from both cameras.
  3. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    I'd take a hard look at the canon rebel XSI. For a hundred bucks more, I have that one and I paid around 640 shipped on ebay and got a lens, 4 gig card, camera bag, and I love it. It has a larger screen than the xs ( 3 inch instead of 2.5 ) higher resolution ( 12 instead of 10 ). I use my photo's for banners and my truck graphics, so I actaully wish I had the xti which has a 15 meg resolution. if you get the XS or Xsi, be sure and get the canon image stabilizer lens.

    The xsi has given me awesome night time shots with the cheap tri-pod I have. on AV mode, f8-f16, mirror locked up and 3 second timer, I am blown away. very little noise and pixelization. I am still learning how to do this right, but my first night I got some shots worthy of decking out one of my new boxvans.
  4. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    A friend of mine recently purchased a high end Canon with over 20 something mp.
    He is planning on using it professionally in his business. We went out to shoot a couple of my jobs last week. Incredible camera! I am planning on using some of these shots for a website that is in the works.
    I know this is more than what you are wanting to spend but I have also heard good things about the xsi or xti David mentioned.

  5. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183


    You will find both DSLR cameras more than adequate for photography. The equipment is important yes (especially the lenses), but really good pictures come down the ability of the photographer to use the camera properly in the manual modes. Understanding light and ISO sensitivities, f-stop settings, and shutter speeds for varying and at night often dissipating light and high contrast conditions. Even more important is the ability of the photographer to have the vision to compose "interesting" photographs. That is really the artistic part of it.
    Good luck on your new purchase, I am sure you will be happy with either selection.
    Happy shooting!
  6. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    Lots of good deals on D60's right now with multiple lenses and tri pods in the $550 range. I love my D80, 3 guys at Unique have D60's and Nate has a Cannon. All good cameras!!! Its all in the settings though, you can have an awesome camera but without the settings set right your pictures wont look good.
  7. chathamvahere

    chathamvahere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I don't have either of the models listed, but I have had a Cannon for several years and it is still going strong,always great pics, so I recommend Cannon.
  8. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    Nikon all the way!
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Canon all the way! :clapping:

    Seriously, Nikon vs. Canon is sort of like the age old Toyota vs. Ford debate (tongue planted firmly in cheek here :laugh:) Both are going to do a good job for you if you take the time to learn how to use them properly. I would also invest in a course on post production of digital photos for touch-ups, editing, layering, etc.

    Best of luck.
  10. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    Toyota Vs. Ford.....LOL.........Thats one of your jokes I did get James! LOL

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