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cpopescu Silver Member  Paris, RO  Nikonian since 14th Apr 2011 Thu 12-Sep-13 09:27 AM
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"Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM"



A friend of mine has the opportunity to buy a Canon 20D (2004), 11000 actuations + 17-85 IS USM lens for about 380 USD. This would be his first DSLR. He took some sample shots with the Canon and a Nikon 5100 and asked me what do I think.

I thought I'd rather ask you what you'd think and whether or not other budget options won't be better choices.

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Reply message RE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library
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Reply message RE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas
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Reply message Why not getRE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS... pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library   Hatboro, Pa, US  Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009 Thu 12-Sep-13 01:08 PM
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#1. "RE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM"
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I have both cameras and from a performance standpoint there is no comparison. The D5100 wins hands down. However the Canon 20D can still produce very nice photos if you limit the ISO to about 400 and maybe 800 if it means you can take the photo or not.

The advantages of the D5100 are

1. Higher resolution and better Hi ISO performance.
2. The Canon 20D rear LCD screen is really tiny and just about useless to view photos.
The D5100 has the beautiful, large, articulated screen.
3. Dynamic range of the 20D is really very poor.

The advantage to getting the 20D and lens is it's a good price for a starter kit. However you can probably get a nice used D5100 with AFS 18-55mm VR lens for about $100 more.

I have nothing against Canon products but the 20D is really old technology.

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas   Richmond, US  Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004 Thu 12-Sep-13 06:16 PM
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I agree with Marty 100%. That's a no contest. A different Canon could well be a very different story, but comparing with the 20D is a complete drubbing.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Thu 12-Sep-13 10:15 PM
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#3. "RE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM"
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Hi Catalin,

In the 7 years between the introduction of the 20D and the D5100 there has been so many advances in performance in both software and hardware that even the entry level bodies of today significantly out perform the top of the line Pro bodies from back in 2004.
The other thing to consider is the age of the 20D. With older bodies, it is usually cheaper to replace them than get them repaired.

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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pjonesCET Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Martinsville, US  Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011 Fri 13-Sep-13 06:30 PM
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Why not get the D3200 as a Starter its 24 Mp and you don't have to worry about the Articulating Screen breaking down. I am a retired Electronics Technician. and anything Flexible like that is subject to breakdown due to all that Twisting and Flexibility abilities. If I were to upgrade I would skip the 51/5200 altogether and go to the 7100's. To avoid that flex screen.

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Paignton, UK  Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003 Fri 13-Sep-13 06:55 PM
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#5. "RE: Nikon 5100 vs. Canon 20D + lens 17-85 IS USM"
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I'm with the others - technology has move on so much since the 20D was released that pretty much any current DSLR will be able to outdo it in most areas.

I would not worry about the reliability of the pivoting monitor on the D5100 - there may be a theoretical risk but we simply do not hear of any significant problems in that area

Brian
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cpopescu Silver Member  Paris, RO  Nikonian since 14th Apr 2011 Fri 13-Sep-13 07:08 PM
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Thanks a lot for all your input. I was thinking along the same lines, but it's good to hear that I wasn't wrong.

Catalin

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