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  1. #1
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    Another 50D vs. D90 Thread

    Im after one. By the way, very informative website here!! I chose this site to try to avoid the brand cheerleading. If anyone has used both significantly or would like to point something out that they dont like on the one THEY own.... please chime in. I want to use a 18-200 for a walk around lens. Will be shooting mostly daytime outdoor landscape shots 80%(maybe a few critters) and 20% night and lunar shots. I dont care about video and the live view looks pretty limited for both models even coming from my old Sony. Prices are very close on both with the 18-200 lens so I am kind of up in the air on them. I have been using a 10 yr old Sony 707 so anything will be a huge improvement. Is the software as dismal as many are saying with the D90? To be honest, I dont know how much raw shooting I will be doing.
    I seriously thought about just going with an XSI, but its still a chunk ($1100.00) with the 18-200 and I figured the extra $250-$300 springing for the 50D or D90 would be worth it. Thanks for the input friends!!

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    not apples to apples here. the 50D is better compared with the D300.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha82 View Post
    not apples to apples here. the 50D is better compared with the D300.
    I agree... If I have to choose 50D vs D300 or D700 then it might be hard, but for the thread title it's the 50D. Hands down.
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    whichever feels better in your hands. personally, i'd take a d90 which is also cheaper by $300. i dont think theres anything wrong with comparing the 50d to the d90 either.
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    D90.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha82 View Post
    not apples to apples here. the 50D is better compared with the D300.
    Well, in this world right now the 90 and the 50 cost the same when mounted with an 18-200 VR or IS. I just want to get the most favorable setup for my dollar....thats all.


    The D300 is an additional $400.00 compared to the 50 with both mounted with an 18-200. Besides, I need something that I can set on auto and hand to my wife when she wants to use it. FYI, most of the Nikon junkies are saying IQ is better on the 90 when compared to the 300.

    As far as image quality goes, I think the 90 is VERY comparable to the 50 when using "stock" lenses and could possibly pass it in higher ISO's. I just dont have the option of giving each a test run. I wish someone could comment on the software from each and possibly the speed,options and ease of the menus. I dont want to sound rude, but Im looking for real world, hands on comments.....not a spec report.
    Can anyone give a "hands on" opinion on either? If you own either, please tell me your like AND dislikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammmerhead View Post
    I want to use a 18-200 for a walk around lens. Will be shooting mostly daytime outdoor landscape shots 80%(maybe a few critters) and 20% night and lunar shots.
    Then you chose the wrong lens...

    D90
    Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
    Nikkor 70-300 VR
    Tripod (required for both)

    This leaves you without a normal lens, which you can always pick up at any time. But for your stated uses you cannot go wrong with this setup. You will get much better results than the 18-200.

    Here's food for thought. I'd wager 90% of people looking at getting a DSLR end up exceeding their budget. Not because the equipment is too expensive, but because their budget was too tight for what they wanted to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visual Reality View Post
    Then you chose the wrong lens...

    D90
    Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
    Nikkor 70-300 VR
    Tripod (required for both)

    This leaves you without a normal lens, which you can always pick up at any time. But for your stated uses you cannot go wrong with this setup. You will get much better results than the 18-200.

    Here's food for thought. I'd wager 90% of people looking at getting a DSLR end up exceeding their budget. Not because the equipment is too expensive, but because their budget was too tight for what they wanted to do.

    Thank you for the lens info. Can you tell me something you dislike about your D90?

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    I'd get a used 40D for 600>700 on fredmiranda.com or photography-on-the.net.

    50D has very little going for it over a 40D and I'd put money into glass.

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmciglobal View Post
    I'd get a used 40D for 600>700 on fredmiranda.com or photography-on-the.net.

    50D has very little going for it over a 40D and I'd put money into glass.

    Tim

    Maybe I wasn't clear in my wording of thread Tim. This is a comparison on the CANON 50D and the NIKON D90, hence 50D vs. D90.

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