The Daily Focal Point

November 9, 2008

Let’s Talk Shop

Filed under: Week Four — cabenelson @ 11:05 pm

Nikon D80

I keep hearing Nikon or Canon? Nikon or Canon?
Here’s my two cents… and you ARE reading my blog mind you… IF YOU SPEND ENOUGH FOR A DIGITAL SLR (Single Lens Reflect) YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH EITHER! The picture quality is equally the same on comparable models (to the naked eye) and even if it WERE to be off you really wouldn’t notice a difference unless you were taking a picture of the same image with the two different cameras and comparing them side by side. (Which is a joke as most people wouldn’t normally do this) Point is if you spend enough for a Digital SLR whether Canon or Nikon D40 or Rebel Xti, you’ll be happy with your choice. I chose my Nikon D80 mainly because I had tested out and used the D70 (previous model now replaced by the D80) for a week or so. Personally I prefer my Nikon D80 over Canon’s Rebel series because of Nikon’s internal navigation screen, how the buttons are laid out over the camera, and mainly how it felt when I picked it up. I know that last part sounds lame but the Nikon D80 has a heavier sturdier feel and for a camera that I was planning on having last 10 years or so it was important to me. Not to say that the Canon Rebel series isn’t great (because it is) these are just little things that I liked in Nikon’s D80 model. Like I mentioned before, the image quality is the exact same, it’s the functionality of the camera and its feel. One thing I don’t necessarily like about my Nikon is that it tends to take very “cool” pictures. Meaning the pictures turn out to have a lot of cool blues, greens, and magentas. I’ve really had to do some “extra” things on the manual mode to make the original photo capture the proper colors. I also notice that for indoor low level light shots, the Canon exceeds the Nikon in capturing correct shades and not making the photos blurry etc. Our good friends purchased a Canon 40D a few months ago, it truly is an exceptional camera, I just have a difficult time with the functionality of the camera (reviewing photos, deleting, etc.) Nikon’s layout just seems to work perfectly to how my brain thinks a camera should function.
If you’re looking into an entry level digital SLR camera I would recommend the Nikon D60 or D40X. But frankly you can’t go wrong with any digital SLR that Nikon or Canon makes. If you want a higher end SLR, Nikon just came out with the new D90. It’s practically a glorified D80 EXCEPT it has the ability to capture HD video. “I WANT THAT” ….. “So how does the dealy-o sound?”

If you already have a digital SLR camera share your thoughts. What do you like about your Canon or Nikon? What don’t you like?



  1. I like my Canon XTi ( but I have to say that I have never tried a Nikon and it would be unfair to say anything about it)

    It was a good step up from my point and shoot but where I really need to change is getting some better lenses. That’s what I hear is really the most important part!

    Comment by Dr. Cason — November 10, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  2. Absolutely, the lens is what makes the camera and is enough to have another discussion on!

    Comment by cabenelson — November 10, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  3. I shopped for quite a while before deciding on the Canon 40D. My wife had a Nikon D40 before and we shot a lot of great shots on it. When it came down to it, I liked the feel of the Canon just a little more than the Nikon, so that’s what we bought. I love the Image Stabilization on their lenses, though they are so freaking expensive, so I’ve only got a few basic lenses right now. I promise I’m going to take time to start posting pictures.

    Comment by Danny — November 18, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

  4. LIke you said above, it’s really just what feels good to you and what you feel comfortable with. If you know your way around the camera, the results are going to be great with either line.

    Comment by Danny — November 18, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  5. We bought a D60 over the weekend–however, we are still debating on if we should spend that much on a camera instead of going home for the holidays. It’s still in the box. I’ll keep you posted.

    Comment by Jenny Johnson — November 30, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

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