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Monday, November 22, 2010

Nikon D90 or Canon T2i... What Should I Buy?

Both the Nikon D90 and the Canon T2i (Canon EOS 550D) have some great deals on right now, and I've been getting a lot of questions from readers on which one of these DSLR's to buy.

I did a video post on Youtube to try and answer the question for you.

The short answer is...

If video is your primary concern, then go with the Canon T2i. The T2i is a better DSLR for video. It has manual control options, an external mic input, and 1080HD.

If photography is you primary concern, then go with the Nikon D90. The D90 is more of a photographer's camera. It has better high ISO image quality, better auto focus, and is built better.

For more elaboration, watch the video. :-)


Archikins said...

Matt, thanks for your excellent blog posts answering exactly the questions that came to mind as i started looking for a DSLR!

I am trying to figure out which lenses I should get with a D90 and I am confused as i am not familiar with the nomenclature. Could you please recommend a) a must have "all purpose" one (is it the 18-200?) b) 2 or 3 others that you would recommend for expanding out into as I get deeper into DSLR photography?


Matt Ballard said...

@Archikins - I just did a video post on this on my Youtube channel - ArtoftheImage which you may find helpful. Basically, the Nikon 18-200mm VR is very good for an all purpose lens, but you may want to consider the Nikon 18-55mm VR and Nikon 55-300mm VR combo as an alternative. Both are very good and very sharp through-out the range. You'll get both for less than the Nikon 18-200mm VR. Add a Nikon 50mm f1.8D and you've got a great starter kit!