This age old debate has moved indoors from that windswept airfield and onto the forum.....
What have you got in your bag?
Help some of those members who have not, as yet, fallen either side of the fence, to make up their mind.
Is there anybody out there?
One vote for Nikon here-just classier all round, give better results, latest models are so useable.
Heard too many stories of problems with Canons, they are very prone to sucking in dust and have heard of too many users having focus problems.
Some of the new Pentax SLRs are worth looking at as an alternative.
Another Nikon user here.
When the first "prosumer" DSLR's came out I bought the Fuji S1 in 2000, good image quality but not a great camera but it took Nikon lenses and was half the price of a D1X!
Now on my 7th and 8th DSLR bodies with the 9th just placed on order.
I have too much money invested in Nikon lenses now to make the switch to Canon but they do have some nice equipment and I really dont think there is a lot to choose between either brand.
Well here's a Canon user.
I found the Canon 20D is great now that I'm used to it. A few problems when I started to use it, as mentioned with focusing:- problems encountered with skylight filter on the lens, so had to remove it. Focusing on the 9 point focus options was frustrating. Moving this to the centrepoint focus only option has done the trick with this one. No problems with focusing now.
And yes they are dust magnets, but nothing that can't be dealt with. Not everyone's choice, but having two of these camera's where the len's are on more or less permanently is a help.
Image quality I've found to be excellent, especially when looking at them in detail.
Compared with Nikon, the lenses especially the telephoto lenses are better supported by Canon. Although the higher 500mm etc are expensive. Also a few lenses in the range have image stabilisers which are brilliant.
Now waiting for some more reviews of the 40D, which has recently appeared on the market. Hopefully a further improvement on a decent Canon range.
Currently, I use a Canon 40D and a Canon 20D as a back-up. They take wonderful photos, but dust is a major problem. I do not know if other cameras have the same level of dust difficulties.