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Old 01-06-2014, 11:00 PM
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I know this can become a very heated debate (at least, it can on photography forms), but I am in no ways looking to start an argument. I'm only wanting to hear your preference and your reasons behind it.

Long story short, my beloved Nikon D3100 is on it's last leg. The lens (18-55mm Nikkor) is going as well. This is pretty frustrating for me, since I've only had it a bit over two years and I take immaculate care of it. It's used daily, but is never dirty/wet/dropped/ect. I loved it hugely before it started to go, and I love the feel of it in my hands.
But if this is how Nikon's products are, I'm not comfortable dropping that much money every two years or so. Is this a common issue (it'd cost more to fix the camera than to buy a new one, FWIW) with Nikon, or did I just get a dud?

For those of you who use Canon, why do you prefer it? For those that use Nikon, how has yours held up? For those who've used both, what are the major differences you've noticed?
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:05 PM
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Oh wow, that's sad I can't imagine of mine died. But I haven't heard of a lot of people having problems with either nikon or cannon. Do you only have the one lens?
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:05 PM
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What's up with it? My D3100 has been starting to have issues as well.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:11 PM
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Yes, just the one lens. The AF on it is starting to go, and I almost always use AF. BEtween kids and dogs, I don't have enough hands to use manual.

The lens AF is going, the clarity isn't what it used to be, the flash doesn't work (not that I used it, but it was a nice option), every setting but action (in high enough light to not need flash) and auto/no flash make what I'm assuming is the flash discharge inside the camera; it makes a very odd popping sound and smells like burning plastic when you use the other settings.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:15 PM
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I have friends that like both, I would say try them both out and go with what appeals to you more, if you're thinking of switching. FWIW some lenses are known to have AF problems, I've heard the canon 50mm f/1.4 is one of them. Sure enough, mine's AF broke and I had to send it in to get it repaired. I have a Canon 7D body, I bought it off someone who had gotten it four years ago and barely used it before putting it in storage, because it was too much camera for them. So far, so good.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:13 PM
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It is normal for entry level cameras go start to go bad after a couple years. It usually needs some maintenance, just like cars, computers, and so on.

There is no real difference between Canon and Nikon in terms of quality. Lots of people feel strongly about their brand but there are always people like that.

Simply put, pick a brand, buy high quality lens, and stick with that brand. Switching costs more in the long run.

I am however surprised your lens is going bad. Are you certain? Lens usually can last decades of moderate use. That is true of both companies.

I was a Nikon user. The only reason I have a Canon is because I upgraded to full frame and my Nikon lens wouldn't work. So I just went with the company offer the best discount at the time.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:16 PM
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I've had Nikons since 2008, so only six years. I loved my D40. The only reason I sold it was because it wasn't good in low light at all and I had no choice but to buy autofocus lenses for it because the body didn't have an internal focus motor. But it was a fantastic camera and I still regret selling it. Then I bought a D90 and hated it. Mine was a lemon and had issues from the get go. I thought it was me, so I never returned it in time, but I wish I had. It didn't focus properly, was slower than it should have been, etc. Now I have a D7000 and really like it. I think I liked my D40 more still for some reason, but I can't complain about my D7000 and will not be upgrading from it unless something happens. I think I've had it for two years now and it still works the same way now as when I got it. No problems at all.

With that said, my brother had a Canon for a while and while I wasn't very good at using it because the controls are in such different places than Nikons and I wasn't used to it, I felt like it was a faster, more accurate camera than any of my Nikons. Eventhough I was inept at using it I had more success more frequently capturing clear, crisp action with his Canon (I think it was a Rebel T2i) than I do my current Nikon. Not sure why. I wish I'd had the chance to play around with it more before get got rid of it (now he has a Pentax that oddly, I've yet to use. He loves it though.).

I didn't buy Nikon because I was partial to the brand and can't really comment on which I feel is really better. I bought my first Nikon because 1) most of Chaz seemed to have Nikons at the time and I liked the image quality and 2) it was on sale. Then by the time I sold that one and got different ones, I already had Nikon lenses, so that's why I've stuck with the brand.
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I have a Nikon D40 that I've had for 7 years and it's still going! It hasn't even been babied at all - I've spent full days photographing horse shows in dusty indoor and outdoor arenas. It's had a lot of use and I must say I'm so impressed that's it's lasted me this long.

I have very little experience with DSLRs, but I went Nikon after playing with my friends' entry level Canons and not finding them overly user friendly. The D40 was much easier for me to get the hang of as a beginner photographer. I have been impressed enough with my D40 that I'm hoping to get a new Nikon next year, although I wouldn't necessarily pass up a Canon if I got a good deal and had an opportunity to try it first.

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I've had Nikons since 2008, so only six years. I loved my D40. The only reason I sold it was because it wasn't good in low light at all and I had no choice but to buy autofocus lenses for it because the body didn't have an internal focus motor. But it was a fantastic camera and I still regret selling it. Then I bought a D90 and hated it. Mine was a lemon and had issues from the get go. I thought it was me, so I never returned it in time, but I wish I had. It didn't focus properly, was slower than it should have been, etc. Now I have a D7000 and really like it. I think I liked my D40 more still for some reason, but I can't complain about my D7000 and will not be upgrading from it unless something happens. I think I've had it for two years now and it still works the same way now as when I got it. No problems at all.
I'm hoping to make the upgrade to a D7000 this year (largely because of the lack of an internal focus motor) so I'm glad to hear that you like it!
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I have a Nikon D40 that I've had for 7 years and it's still going! It hasn't even been babied at all - I've spent full days photographing horse shows in dusty indoor and outdoor arenas. It's had a lot of use and I must say I'm so impressed that's it's lasted me this long.

I have very little experience with DSLRs, but I went Nikon after playing with my friends' entry level Canons and not finding them overly user friendly. The D40 was much easier for me to get the hang of as a beginner photographer. I have been impressed enough with my D40 that I'm hoping to get a new Nikon next year, although I wouldn't necessarily pass up a Canon if I got a good deal and had an opportunity to try it first.



I'm hoping to make the upgrade to a D7000 this year (largely because of the lack of an internal focus motor) so I'm glad to hear that you like it!
I will have your D40, please.

Or, really, just keep it. Honestly it's a really nice entry level Nikon and even if it doesn't have a high MP count it's good for taking photos to share on Facebook or the forums. Having a back up camera can be really nice (I toted around 2 D90's at one point) and one of these days I'd like a D40 as a back up camera

Cool that you're getting a D7000 though!! We really will have to make a D7000 club here on Chaz, I think that's what most people are using here now
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I will have your D40, please.

Or, really, just keep it. Honestly it's a really nice entry level Nikon and even if it doesn't have a high MP count it's good for taking photos to share on Facebook or the forums. Having a back up camera can be really nice (I toted around 2 D90's at one point) and one of these days I'd like a D40 as a back up camera

Cool that you're getting a D7000 though!! We really will have to make a D7000 club here on Chaz, I think that's what most people are using here now
I'm so torn!! Half of me is like "do the smart thing, sell it and put the money towards the new camera!" but then the other half is like "well, what if I need a back up? Something to travel with?" not to mention I'm probably more attached to it than I think I am.

I'm still not totally decided on what I want next but am strongly leaning D7000. I think we'd definitely have to make a club I think I need to go handle and try out a bunch of comparable models!
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