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Beginner needs help choosing nikon n75 or canon T2

Peter Konyak , Aug 10, 2005; 04:46 a.m.

I've taken digital photography and digital arts courses in college but I wasn't satisfied with the digital camera. I used to hang out with friends that were on SLR and I've always wanted one myself.

Anyway I've looked around and my last two choices came down to the nikon N75 and the Canon EOS T2. Can some one tell me the main difference between them?

I hear that the EOS T2 lacks a spot Meter but that it includes a partial metering function. What's the difference? The N75 has a 25- segment 3D Matrix Metering but does the Canon T2 have one? and what is it exactly anyway?

Lastly I'm tight on cash so I just want the kit lens that come with it and I'm hoping that for the next 3 years, I don't have to upgrade or get a new lens. I basically want to take pictures of people, tribal atrifacts, and landscape.

Any help would be great.


Anupam Basu , Aug 10, 2005; 06:33 a.m.

You will get a lot of gibberish in response to your question - see this thread for a sampling. But on the Nikon side of things, I'd say that if money is a factor, buy used - get atleast an N80, preferably an N90s. And I'd suggest manual prime lenses for the N90s instead of the kit zoom.


Yakim Peled , Aug 10, 2005; 07:33 a.m.

It's the same old question - "which camera body should I buy ?" - and the same old answer. It's not the specific body which counts or the specific features it contains, it's "Which system is better for YOU?". The camera is the heart of the system so it's important to choose the one which is more suitable to you. I - personally - don't see how any other system can match Canon or Nikon. Those two are in the peak as they have a wealth of lenses, flashes and other accessories no other system can match. So, here are some system differences between them.

1. All EF (but not EF-S) lenses are perfectly mated with every EOS body. This is very different than Nikon. As far as I am concerned, this is the most important issue.

2. Canon has more AF lenses. BTW, mounting a manual focus lens on an EOS body is a bit of a chore. If this is your goal than Nikon is a much better option. They have a lot of optically excellent MF lenses that can be had for a fraction of their AF counterparts.

3. Canon has more IS lenses.

4. Canon has more USM lenses.

5. Canon has more TS-E lenses.

6. Prices of comparable items are generally cheaper.

7. MLU (Mirror lock up) is very handy feature for tripod shots. It is very rare in Nikon's AF bodies (I think that only the F4 and F5 has it) while is abounded in the EOS line.

8. Another unique feature of the Canon system is DEP mode. DEP mode allows you to designate near-far points of focus and the camera sets depth of field between those two points. In DEP mode, you merely focus on the nearest point you want sharp, then you focus on the farthest point you want sharp, then you re-compose your picture and the camera sets aperture, shutter, and focus to achieve the depth of field you designated.

Search. A lot has been written on that subject. Here are some links for a start.

here, here, here, here, here, here (click on CANON vs. NIKON? WHAT ABOUT MINOLTA? AND PENTAX?), here and here.

Happy shooting ,

Byron Lawrence , Aug 10, 2005; 12:37 p.m.

the spot meter and the partial metering are similar. except that partial metering has a spot in the middle of the frame (i think around 10% coverage) that meters, and the spot meter on the nikon is a smaller area.

the 3d matrix metering (i think) i probably comparable to the evaluative metering in canon, however I dont' know if the rebel t2 has metering choices. both canon and nikon have a center weighted metering also (i think)

these all are just methods of measuring the light to determine the exposure value for a given scene.

Read the articles on this site for the differences on camera systems and there is also one for getting started for slr systems.

I would also agree with the previous post on getting a used higher grade body. Maybe still get a kit lens for now if you aren't too picky but strongly consider upgrading in the future.

Adam Maas , Aug 10, 2005; 04:40 p.m.

Nikon's AF line is like Canon's EF line for lenses. All are intercompatible.

Spot metering and Partial Metering are quite different. Partial metering on the T2 measures everything in the centre metering circle (Roughly 9% of the frame). Spot metering on the N75 measures 2.5% under the currently selected AF point (Yep, 5 different spot meters). Spot metering is far more selective and useful.

Both Cameras use multi-segment metering. The Canon has a 35-segment meter. Matrix or Multi-segment meters measure each zone then compare the measurements against a database of correct exposure measurements. This allows the camera to handle challenging lighting situations better than a centre-weighted meter.

In general, I'd pick the Canon for shooting action (better AF, faster motor drive, higher max shutter speed. The Canon also has a better flash sync (1/125 vs 1/90) and has manual ISO setting. Overall the Canon T2 is the better camera, unless you need a spotmeter.

But I wouldn't buy either. I'd go into the used market and get either an EOS 5 (A2/A2e in the US and Canada) or Elan 7 from Canon or an F90x (N90s in the US) or F80 (N80 in the US) from Nikon. All are more capable than either, and are relatively cheap used.

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