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Thread started 20 Nov 2005 (Sunday) 23:36
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POLL: "Why did you choose to go with Canon?"
Them big white lenses
Choice of lenses
Choice of bodies
Marketing and promotional material
A voice in the night whispered "Canon"

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Why did you choose Canon?

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May 23, 2012 13:15 |  #166

Higher quality used bodies available for cheap compared to Nikon. I'm thinking 20D, 30D, and 5D.

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May 23, 2012 13:21 |  #167

i took a nikon 3ds once, and suddenly after taking some shots ... *in a whisper voice* ... "i see dead pixel"

went canon and never looked back since :)

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May 23, 2012 13:37 |  #168

because Nikon sucks! :D

several years ago, I was looking both cameras Nikon and Canon. I checked the price of lenses from Nikon, and generally a bit more expensive comparing to Canon, and this was a main reason why I chose Canon. But boy...I was wrong now, seems like Canon is more expensive now - look at 5D mk3 and D800.

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May 23, 2012 15:51 |  #169

I liked the rebel XT better then the Nikon what the hell was it back then a D40?

I hate the D40. I worked at best buy in the camera dept at the time so I got to mess with each one A LOT. And I just loved the menu system and the controls of the Canon.

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May 23, 2012 16:00 |  #170

canon was better at the time + family members had canon, so borrowing lenses was really helpful. I've been using borrowed stuff for years with my brother losing interest in photography for the time. I'm sure he'll go back to it after he's done with school.

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May 23, 2012 16:04 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #171

Because I had it narrowed down to a Canon and Nikon and when I went into the store, the Canon felt better in my hand. The rest is history.

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May 24, 2012 11:33 |  #172

Only Canon at the time I was looking for a FF body made one 5Dc. In those days Nikon were pouring scorn on why anyone would want full frame - funny the turnabout they took duh!

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May 24, 2012 13:00 as a reply to  @ post 939730 |  #173

Let's say choice of bodies. It was between the eos 650 and the Minolta 5000. Canon had a deal on the body with the 50 f1.8 & 70-210 f4. All 3 still work after 25 years.

EOS 7D | EOS 350d | EF-S 10-22mm | EF-S 18-135mm IS | EF 70-210 f/4 | Σ 120-300 f/2.8 OS | EF 50mm f/1.8 MKI | EF 100mm Macro f/2.8L IS | Σ 2x APO EX DG TC |
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May 24, 2012 13:53 |  #174

Few years ago, when I bought my XSi, it had better ISO 1600 than any of the Nikon bodes of the same class. Then I switched to 7D, and Nikon, even now, didn't have a body that's comparable to the 7D, but their D300s was close though. I like Canon's menu system and have never liked the Nikon's menu. Now I wish that Canon would improve in the high ISO department in their future bodies.


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Jun 01, 2012 18:23 |  #175

I was a Nikon guy from way back. When I bought the sony f717 I was a gonna be a sony guy. Like the product emmensely. When I could get a digital I looked most at the Nikon, the D70 was the hot commodity, the D80 was... it was my choice but financials ended up keeping me with the Sony. I started reading up, comparing and checking out the lenses. I really like the lens selection. But it was the Camera bodies that sent me over to Canon. I liked the feel and look of the Camera in my hand over the Nikon bodies. The guts and what Canon was doing with their stuff was awesome. They were upgrading their bodies faster than Nikon, higher pixels and the AF systems were getting better and the 50D was gonna be mine. I couldn't afford the 7D. Luckily a 7D was gifted to me and I nearly dropped a load in the shorts. I feel I made the right choice for me. I have seen nothing from Nikon that has changed my mind or made me feel like I should have considered the other direction.

I am a poor fellow right now, but I have gotten another lens, a grip and a super cheap flash (for now). I am a happy camper and jealous of all you ladies and gents with the great lenses and equipment. But I'm workin' on it.

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Jun 01, 2012 18:27 |  #176

None of the above polls! When I first started in photography, I got Canon because my friend went Nikon and didn't want to "copy" him. And now he's a Canon dude too.

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Jun 01, 2012 18:33 |  #177

It was the lenses for me.

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Jun 01, 2012 18:42 |  #178

Dan S wrote in post #939519 (external link)
years ago I purchased a AE-1 program. I really liked the qualities that it possessed such as you can choose your shutter speed and it will pick the corresponding aperature or you can pick the arperature and it will pick the correct shutter. or you could shoot it full manual or total automatic. Imagine that 4 different ways. I thought this was just too good to be true.

my first digital was a Sony FD-97 that utilized floppies. Kind of a good idea except for floppies will a lot of times malfunction. And I could not have interchangeable lenses.

About a year in half ago I decided to do some searching to see if there was a camera out there that had the amenities of the AE-1 program. After doing a lot of reading I found out that the rebel did everything except used a memory card instead of film.

this was the 300d and I was totally happy. Now I am upgrading to the XT which should be arriving any day.....Dan

I ended up being a convert the same way. I had used Olympus and Pentax, and wanted to try something else. It made it easier when I decided to upgrade from the AE-1 program as I already had Canon mount lenses. I then went from a 30D to a 1D MKIIN and never looked at another brand. I have used Nikon and like them but to start over now is crazy and expensive!


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Jun 01, 2012 19:13 |  #179

I chose Canon because the Rebel was an option with Amex points! I stayed because once I had a little more than a clue about how to use it, the lenses won me over... especially the 85L.

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Jun 01, 2012 19:31 |  #180

Several for me...
Was told by several other photographers that dollar for dollar the Canon lenses will be better. Whether or not this is true I have no clue. I do know there are a ton of them out there and you can find them used all over.
Price for what I got
The body was larger and felt better in my hands. If it was uncomfortable, how much would I want to use it?

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