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Sorry. I know. All I'm doing is starting a Canon versus Nikon holy war. But that's really not what I'm trying to do. Read below if you want to see my reasoning, otherwise, skip to TL;DR.

I've owned a T3i since last August and I've had a blast with it. I have the 18-135 kit lens, the 50mm f1.8 prime, and a 430EXII flash. In February, I brought the camera to the Amazon Rain Forest, and long story short, T3i's don't like high levels of moisture. So my T3i is sitting at the Canon repair facility with at least a $200 repair estimate on it. Which brings me to my decision to upgrade. The T3i was nice, but it's a rebel, and I want something better. I take a lot of pictures and I film a decent amount.

With the Canon loyalty program, I could get a 60D for around $600 after tax. Not bad. And my current flash and lenses would work

A Nikon D7000 with the 18-105 kit lens, which by the numbers is a better camera, would set me back about $1,100. BUT, if I sold my flash and two lenses, I could hope for at least $425* which makes the Nikon about the same price, except I would be out a flash and a lens. I know I could get just the body and different Nikon lenses, so that is a combination to look into. I would also be buying a Nikon flash with wireless capability for sure, it would be impossible to take a 1/4 of the pictures I do now without a good flash

(*200 for the lightly used flash? 175 for the used but like-new 135? At least 50 for the same condition 50?)

The D7000 beats the 60D in weather sealing (In case I go to the Amazon again rolleyes.gif ), constant video AF (the 60D doesn't have it), dual memory card slots, image noise control, dynamic range, and it seems overall image IQ. What I don't like about the D7000 is that it has 2 less megapixels than the Canon, and it's a little awkward to hold. The 60D fits in my hands perfectly and I can still use Magic Lantern. The other negative to the D7000 is that I'm already invested in Canon.

TL;DR So, Canon 60D or Nikon D7000? The Nikon D7000 will set me back at least $300 more than the 60D depending on what Nikon lenses and flash I buy, so is it worth it? I take on average 100 pictures a week, most of them are candid party shots, but some are portraits and landscapes. I spend about half the time I do in photography making videos, so that aspect is important as well. Also keep in mind that whatever camera I go with will most likely seal my fate with either Canon or Nikon.

Give me your opinions. I like opinions. This is like buying a car. I've been stuck on this for days and I need help deciding.
Edited by Flynny - 3/23/13 at 11:22pm
post #2 of 7
when i started i wanted to buy a cannon but then after thorough study of dslrs I knew nikon would be better. if you shoot that much you might really go with d7100 since it has better grip then d7000. i have a friend who bought nikon d90 because he did not like d7000 in his hands. but d7100 has much better grip and better features.

canon seems to be rehashing the same sensor in lower end - mid range again and again. seems high end is where they reserve innovations for. as a customer i feel kind of sad

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post #3 of 7
seriously both cameras will take just about the same pictures. neither brand is truly better than the other except some fine details where canon beats nikon in some places but nikon beats canon in some others.

comparing spec sheets and weather sealing doesnt matter because unless you are shooting huricane and storm photos you have little to worry about

buy the camera that feels best in your hands and if all your friends shoot nikon then buying canon would be dumb lol. same goes for buying nikon if all your friends shoot canon. as a beginner the smartest choice is to buy into a system that you have friends that can help teach and share knowledge and gear with you
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If you already have Canon lenses and a speedlight, just buy the 60D. If you can fit it in your budget, the 7D is a much better body.
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you mention that your camera didnt like the high level of moisture.. are you sure you gave the camera time to adjust to the change in temperature such as going from inside to outside will cause any camera to fog up.
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I've got the 60D, and it feels great. The controls are easy to manipulate when it comes to changing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.

Live View shooting is fantastic as well, and I'm not sure if the D7000 has it (haven't looked into Nikons in years, I love Canon), but the swivel screen is great when focusing on objects in the sky, or taking low shots where you can't get on the ground and want to see what you're looking at.

It does have the exposure simulation for Live View, but I've found the actual results between what's simulated and what is actually capture to vary a decent amount.

In the end, go for whichever fits your hand the best. I'll be moving up to a FF eventually, but the 60D has been a great all-around shooter. I've got an adapter that even allows me to use my old Minolta MD lenses. You have to set everything manually with the lens, but they still come out crisp.



This was taken with the MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4. The only thing I did was turn down the contrast a little.
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I would say get an used 7D, or wait for the 70D.

I have the 60D, and while it's nice it's really more like a deluxe rebel to me.... 50D, 7D, and other cameras got better build quality, and they are going to make the 70D better build quality than 60D.


And since you are probably used to Canon, I would just go Canon again, much easier to use, and Nikon's control can feel confusing if you are used to Canon. But they do have some great sensors on their relatively low end camera, where Canon use the same APS-C sensor over and over again.
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