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Should I buy a Canon 5D or a Nikon D7000?

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Eric Arnold , Jun 03, 2011; 05:28 p.m.

disclaimer: you may not get too many pro-Canon opinions on this forum.

the 5D was a good camera in its day, but 3fps would be way too slow for what i shoot. if i wasn't invested at all in nikon, i'd look at the 5d mkII, but you'd be getting a worse AF system than the d7000, plus the price tag wouldn't leave as much left over for lenses.

i think one can easily make a strong case for the d7000 as a portrait shooter and all-around camera.

as for lenses, i have the sigma 50/1.4, but i don't really like 50 on DX for portraits (too short). i'd consider the tamron 28-75 and sigma 50-150 as "DX portrait zooms," and the 58/1.4 voitglander or tamron 60/2 macro as "DX portrait primes." also, the 35/1.8 and sigma 30/1.4 are good for slightly wider portraits on DX, with the 30 having better out-of-focus background renditions and slightly more sharpness. the 24-70 is also good on DX for portraiture, but for the price you could get the 28-75, the 50-150, and the 35. if you're not shooting events, the 24-70 might be overkill to some degree.

Bengt Rehn , Jun 03, 2011; 05:31 p.m.

Johnny, I have the Sigma 30/1,4 and like it a lot. Very sharp even at 1,7 and it have a very pleasing bokhé. Its good for portraiture when you want to show the enviroment as well. Obviously, you have a short object distance and some people will not feel comfortable with that.

barry goldberg , Jun 03, 2011; 05:32 p.m.

You're asking a Nikon forum if they prefer Nikon or Cannon. I think that your results may be skewed just a tad

Anywho, I vote the Nikon D7000. It is a fine camera.

Joseph Wisniewski , Jun 03, 2011; 05:55 p.m.

Skewed? Well, I own a D3, 5D II, and D90. I own a lot more Nikon gear than Canon, and I'd say, if you're comfortable with manual focus (and that's a big, honking "if")...

  • Canon 5D
  • Katz Eye split image screen
  • Nikon 105mm f2.5 Ai-S (about $150 on the used market), with Canon adapter. This will probably be the lens you use the most, depending on how "traditional" you are).
  • Samyang (aka Vivitar, Polaris, and one or two others) 85mm f1.4, with Canon adapter. A classic "short portrait" good for waist-up shots and couples.
  • Nikon 50mm f1.2 Ai-S or Voigtlander 40mm f2.0 for environmental shots.
  • Canon or Nikon 180mm f2.8 for something longer, tight headshots and stuff...

You could go partially autofocus with Nikon...

  • Sigma 30mm f1.4 (autofocus) for the environmentals
  • Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 (manual focus) as a "short portrait"
  • Nikon 85mm f1.8 (autofocus) or Samyang 85mm f1.4 (manual focus) for a longer portrait lens.

If you have to have auto focus on all lenses...

  • Pentax K5
  • Pentax 77mm f1.8 limited
  • Pentax 55mm f1.4
  • Pentax 31mm f1.8 limited or Sigma 30mm f1.4

JDM von Weinberg , Jun 03, 2011; 05:58 p.m.

Canon's glassware is lagging behind these days on a price-for-price basis

That ain't the way I see it.

Regardless, even if I hadn't already switched to Canon from Nikon, I'd do it all over again.
In my case, I have lots of old non-AI Nikon lenses and enjoy using them on my Canon EOS cameras as well as M42 MF lenses, and old C/Y MF lenses, and Exakta MF lenses, and ... You get the idea. Plus the current Canon glass is so good, even without limiting yourself to the L stuff.
I do architectural photography a lot, and Canon just keeps ahead of Nikon in offering lenses for these kinds of things. It was different in 1965, but today is another story.

Benjamin Schaefer , Jun 03, 2011; 07:16 p.m.

Another vote for D7000 if you're not absolutely fixed on FF. A great camera, I use it as a 2nd body next to the D700.

sunil mendiratta , Jun 03, 2011; 07:57 p.m.

Canon 5D Mark 2. Because it is full frame and if you would like to enlarge above 12X18 then you should go full frame.
Secondly if you need telephoto lenses then canon gives more options and they are less expensive then Nikon.Here i am not talking about cheap lenses, like Canon 70-200/F4 comes in 2 versions(IS and NON IS and this is 5 star lens.

One more thing about large sensor is that gives high dynamic range. but if you are not going to print big and you do not care about FX then "NIKON RULES"!!!!
All landscape photographers use Canon 5D.
**- NIKON still makes best FX , though it is very expensive.

Andrew Harto , Jun 03, 2011; 09:38 p.m.

Canon 5D classic, if you can get a good used one, is still a great camera for portraits. I agree with the opinion above about Canon's vs Sigma's 50 1.4: get the Sigma.

Richard Snow , Jun 03, 2011; 09:42 p.m.

if you would like to enlarge above 12X18 then you should go full frame

Why would you say this? I've printed as large as a 20x30 with little to no visible pixelation from a 12.1 Megapixel D300s...I've also printed 20x30 from a 6.1 MP D70s...so why wouldn't you be able to do so from any other 1.5x or 1.6x crop camera?

As far as the OP's question...I'd go with whichever camera I feel I like better. Ergonomics, handling, and controls make a huge difference to me and my reason for sticking with Nikon throughout the years... (Since my Canon AE-1 broke).

RS

Daniel Lee Taylor , Jun 04, 2011; 02:16 a.m.

First decide on the system you want to be in, then a body.

I'm partial to the Canon system for a number of reasons, but you can accomplish your photographic goals with either system. There are no major advantages either way. Look at their lens libraries, accessories, and general trends in body design.

You can do portraits equally well with either FF or crop. The Sigma 50 f/1.4 is an excellent lens. If you do go into the Canon system, so is the 85 f/1.8 and the 135 f/2L.


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