Skip to my question if you don't want to read my little rant...
Although I have enjoyed a healthy and happy relationship with my 20d and Canon lenses, I have been given a nice offer on a good Nikon body, which I was initially excited about...until I began to study their lens offerings. I guess I've just been spoiled by the overwhelming amount of options from Canon (most of which I've memorized front to back from WAY too much lens-studying/lusting), but with Nikon there seems to be a select few that pretty much everyone uses, and these are all more expensive than their Canon equivalents.
I have a relatively tight budget, being a college student, but I can still justify paying $500 or so for used pro glass (70-200 f/4 and 17-40 f/4 for example), but from what I can tell, Nikon doesn't offer anything of the sort. I guess I'm not expecting anyone here to try to sway me over to the "other side", but is Canon really as far ahead of the game (as far as lenses go) as I'm imagining? Maybe I'm just a Canon kinda guy.
I've had the impression that Canon and Nikon are both as good as the other, which I guess could be true with the select three or four high-end standard pro lenses, and not to mention their superior kit lenses, but it seems like they've left a gap between the two.
Finally my question: does anyone here have experience with any "more affordable" (being probably somewhere around $500ish) Nikon glass that they can compare to Canon's own (70-200 f/4, 17-40 f/4, 100 macro, etc...)?
Also, does the D200 really have anything on say the 30D, besides weather-sealing? I've read comparisons, but it seems like every one that I've read was written by someone who's having an affair with their D200 and won't give anything else a fighting chance. I suppose this says something for the D200, or is that simply because it was the only really good somewhat affordable Nikon body for so long? Canon users, on the other hand, have had a quality affordable alternative since the 20d, which in my opinion still stands up to most of what's out there today.
I do not want to start an argument, I am just trying to get a better understanding of the differences between the two systems. I know a lot of people will just tell me to google the subject, (which I have extensively), but I believe the best thing (besides testing everything myself, which isn't currently a realistic option for me) is to get a conversation going with people who have had experience with both systems. So if you're interested in this, I would love to hear what you have to say, and if you aren't, then I'm suprised that you've read this far in this horribly long post, which I apologize for by the way