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"Nikon D90 vs. Canon 5D Mark II" or "Cropped vs. Full Frame"

Nima Karimi , Mar 21, 2010; 04:59 a.m.

I'm about to buy my first D-SLR. now I have a "Canon PowerShot S2" and I'm really sick of the noisy shots it takes. so I want to buy a camera which has the least noise. I mostly do landscape and somehow advertising and stock work (so I guess I need more megapixels).
I'm really amazed with the Canon 5D mark II, it's really an awesome camera. the only problem is its too expensive for me and to buy that I have to wait another 4 or 5 months. (I don't have problem with it's expensive lenses, because I believe quality costs money :D and the lenses will remain for me)
I've heard a lot of nice things about D90 too. but the problem with that is it's a DX and has only 12 megapixel (I know it offers great quality at that much of megapixels), but I know myself and I wouldnt be satisfied by that. but If I buy this camera I should at least wait 3 or more years to buy a full frame. (money issues!)
so the questions are:
1. Is there much differences between "5D mark II" and "D90" in the noise and image quality?
does 5d mk II worths that much price over nikon d90?
2. What do you think I should do? go with a D90 and buy DX lenses which I'm sure I will throw them away years later? (I really like full frame) / or wait another 4-5 months and buy a 5D mark II which at least it's lenses will remain forever and dont have to sell'em?
sorry if it got too long!


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Krishna Rao , Mar 21, 2010; 05:05 a.m.

nothing will happens in 5 months...Wait for 5-10 months and take only mark II..

Enjoy :)

Jean-Yves Mead , Mar 21, 2010; 06:54 a.m.

Why would you buy Nikon now in order to switch to Canon before too long (presuming you want more than just the kit lens)? If you need a dSLR now then why not start with a mid-to-high-end Canon crop body (or a used 5D) and invest in glass that you can carry over to a 5DII or its equivalent if and when you move up?

Eric Merrill , Mar 21, 2010; 08:08 a.m.

If you want the 5DII but can't afford it now, think about buying a used 5D. It's full frame. 12 meg. Just because the 5DII came out doesn't mean the 5D has stopped being capable of recording great photos. :) That way, you'll be able to start buying the lenses you want. When you can afford the 5DII, you'll have a very nice backup.

Nima Karimi , Mar 21, 2010; 10:04 a.m.

Thanks for answering. :)
well I'm not sure if I can find any used 5D in my country (since we don't have access to eBay and Amazon or such websites here) and even if I find one, does it costs that much less than a new 5D mk II (also considering I'm accepting some risks buying a used one). I've seen some reviews about 5d and they all show it's a noisy camera in high ISOs even comparing to Nikon D90. (it's acceptable though since it's an older camera)
I think buying a canon 50D is a pretty good idea though. does anyone knows it's image quality differences to Nikon D90?

Leslie Cheung , Mar 21, 2010; 10:41 a.m.

5Dii should be compared to the d700 than a d90. Sony also has a full frame dslr.

Jon Ess , Mar 21, 2010; 05:26 p.m.

what size prints do you want to make? i used to own a d90 and found that it did quite well printing at 16x20", maybe even a little bigger. i would recommend using the 5d2 (my current camera) for really large prints...like 20x24" or 20x30" and up. if you aren't printing really really large then all those pixels on the 5d2 will be mostly wasted....save your money for lenses.

on the other hand, the 5d mark ii does have spectacular high ISO performance compared to the d90; if you're printing large from high ISO files, then the 5d2 might make sense.

Eric Merrill , Mar 21, 2010; 06:22 p.m.


If your ultimate target is the 5D II, I think you'd be happy with the 50D for now.

If your ultimate target is the D700, then the D90 makes sense, too.


Andrew Robertson , Mar 21, 2010; 08:37 p.m.

First you pick a system, then you pick a camera.

F. Simmons , Mar 21, 2010; 10:56 p.m.

I agree with Andrew. I am biased toward Nikon, so my opinion will favor Nikon---Honestly!
Pick your system based on your research, then picking a camera will be easy.

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