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manny 05-10-2009 03:28 PM

Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
I'm lookin to purchase my first slr camera. I'm upgrading from a sony dsc-h3 which has served me well, but i'm ready to take the next step. I'm going to be using the camera for some general uses such as automotive photography, family events and some basic point and shoot around the city. Other than that, i'm not really trying to go pro or anything like that. I found a deal on craigslist for used d40x body with a AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens. Also included is a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG macro lens. All of this priced together comes out to be 400, each piece is obo. I've already consulted with some friends to get some tips on what to look for when buying used cameras. IMO it seems like a pretty good price. Here lies the problem, I don't know how i'd deal with the fact that I won't have zoom. I was thinking about getting the body and the 50mm, and picking up a 18-55 kit lens some time in the near future. Opinions? Also, i've always been a fan of the xti. I've never shot with one or felt one but I guess I based my opinions off of hear say. After doing some research, i've come to realize that they are both good cameras and it boils down to instincts and ergonomics. I know that the body isn't the biggest factor in photo quality, it's the lenses. I'm still a bit tied up on which to choose. If anyone would like to chime in, with some non-biased opinions, that'd be greatly appreciated.

blam 05-10-2009 11:37 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
XS > XTi > D40x

manny 05-11-2009 12:02 AM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
i appreciate the elaboration, anyone else?

azazel1024 05-11-2009 09:13 AM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
The D40/D40x/D60 are all hobbled in that they can't use the autofocus system on a very large percentage of Nikon's lenses, so it limits you a lot in what you can use with the cameras. It doesn't mean you are up a creek if you get one, but your 'world' of lenses goes from huge to middling, unlike getting any Canon dSLR where you can use any of their autofocus lenses.

manny 05-11-2009 01:22 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
I read about having to use AF-S lenses if I wanted autofocus. How much more expensive are those lenses?

blam 05-11-2009 01:30 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
i'd even get a a new D3000 over the D40 and D60. garbagio bodies.

dL. 05-11-2009 01:31 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
You basically answered for yourself. Try them out and see which one feels right for you, and then go on from there.


manny 05-11-2009 01:36 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
I know i'm barking up the wrong tree considering the majority of the people here use canon products. Anyways, how hard is it to learn how to manually focus. I would figure that its better practice for a beginner but it doesn't sound very n00b friendly.

IrfanM96 05-11-2009 01:47 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
lol, dude if you dont get that d40x let me knoww

azazel1024 05-11-2009 01:55 PM

Re: Nikon d40x vs. Canon Rebel xTi
Manually focusing is very, very easy to learn to do. Getting it right takes a bit more practice, especially for things like sports and low light. Crap I use a 1970's 35mm film camera.

The biggest problem with manual focus on something like the XTi or D40/60, etc is the small view finder and a focus screen that isn't setup for manual focus. That is one thing that bothers me so much about just about any camera these days is that the focusing screen is not designed to manual focus. I get that 99% of people autofocus 98% of the time, but damnit man some people do and it costs little in operation and in expense to have a focus screen in the camera design for manual focus.

Anyway, I digress, manual focusing is possible, but harder in something like the D40 then it is in something like the D700 or 5D, or hell D3/D3x or 1ds MkIII or 1D MkIII. The Full frame cameras and even the prosumer crop frame (40D, 50D, D300) have better view finders that use actual prisms instead of pentamirrors. So they are brighter and larger which makes manual focusing much, much easier to do accurately.

The thing I find funny is when I am shooting with/around someone and I see them playing with their autofocus points to take a shot when I simply and quickly manually focus and take the picture.

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