Canon XTi Vs. Nikon D40x, or maybe the Sony Alpha?

So to sum up this situation, I am in a quandary. I am an avid photographer, and I’ve been using a proc-sumer camera for about 2 years now. During this time my canon S2 IS has been a faithful and trustworthy friend, but now I’ve decided to delve further into the enchanting world of Sony alpha A1000photography. Learn the more subtle intricacies of the art which can only be achieved by taking the leap and practicing and shooting with an SLR camera. Since I’m such a die hard digital fan; a DSLR.

It’s a big investment but I think if I really want to be serious about it and end up taking some really good pictures it will worth every cent invested. In all the research I’ve done three camera’s came out as possible contenders; The Canon XTi, Nikon D40x and the Sony Alpha DSLR A100. All of them 10 mega pixel beauties!

This is where I got stuck. Which one should I go with? The Sony alpha inherits from Minolta’s vast DSLR experience. It keeps the well known Minolta’s lens mount so in addition to the vast number of lenses Sony released for this camera it’s also backward compatible with the older Konika Minolta’s lenses. On the flip side all the really good lenses are really expensive andNikon D40x way out of my beginner’s budget. Most of the reviews for this camera are from before either the XTi or the D40x came out so I can’t find any that compare the 3.

The XTi and the D40x fight a very close batter as far as the body goes. ( Canon’s ability to shoot in level 3 JPEG and its anti dust material/low pass filter vibration are definite pluses. Nikon not having Auto focus built into the body does not help its cause. It does have certain advantages to the Canon, like the bigger EV working range, user defined shutter speed, In-camera retouching to name a few.

The other main consideration is the lens. That is after all what makes or breaks a SLR. I am not going to compare the expensive higher quality lenses that are available out there simply because they are all out of my budget. No point in unnecessarily depressing myself! Instead I’ve been Canon XTi Rebelresearching the lenses that comes with the respective camera kits and other lower budget brands like Sigma and Tamron.

Every review I’ve read complains that the lens in provided in the Canon lens kit is horrible and sub par. One review I read (I’m sorry I can’t remember which one) even went as far as saying you’re better off chucking the lens that comes in the canon kit. The lenses in the Nikon starter kit seem to be pretty decent. Everything so far seems to be leaning towards the Nikon, but I guess I really want some additional advice/reassurance that I’m right or wrong before I invest so much money in it.

All comments and view will be greatly appreciated.

6 thoughts on “Canon XTi Vs. Nikon D40x, or maybe the Sony Alpha?

  1. sam

    Write down your budget, and then you know what camera you going to buy.

    When it is come to SLR decision, it’s all about lenses. Once you start with one SLR product line, it’s very hard to switch to something else because you already have invested on few lenses. And lenses can last good 10 – 20 years. Camera body is relatively cheaper to replace than lenses, down the line. Also life span on electronic is not more than 3-4 years. So my advice is look at the lens line.

    Sony have one good feature I like a lot, it have censer base image stabilization. That mean you can plug any lens and you have IS right a way without paying extra. But I don’t know how well it works compared to optical base IS. The reason I didn’t brought a Sony was, it is their first model and also I’m sure it will be expensive later on like most of other sony products.

    When I get my DSLR, I wanted to get a Nikon 70-300 VR lens instead the kit lens. But at the time, price of that lens went all the way up to 700$ from 350$. I got a Canon, with a IS lens instead the kit lens. Pretty good. Kit lens is also not bad for normal usage. But I need an IS lens on my shaky hands.

    I do not think it is good idea to buy third party lenses. Some of those third party lenses may not 100% compatible with communicating with the body.

    Canon or Nikon, no matter what brand you invest in, you will not disappoint.

  2. Raingod alias Raindog

    Sure, will spread the word. Personally speaking, I am an ignoramus regarding the intricacies of photography, though do own a moderately capable camera, but nothing special. Hope you do get some good suggestions. Cheers.


  3. Yusuf Asgerally Post author

    thanks sam and raingod.

    @sam: I am rather partial to the canon as well, just because thats the prosumer that i’ve been using and i feel a kind of loyalty to the brand. It has served me well. I see some Tamron lenses are pretty popular bundles with the Canon XTi and these are supposed to be fully compatible with the body. If the Default lens kit is as bad as what i’ve been reading, should i get a bundle which includes Tamron lenses instead?

    From everything i’ve read, they seem to be pretty decent (affordable) lenses. the only complain being that they are rather noisy when the auto focus kicks in. especially from a very wide angle position to an extreme close up zoom.

    Any opinions Tamron or Sigma lenses anyone?

  4. Curious Yellow

    They say the best camera you can get is the one you have in your hands right now!

    Don’t be so quick to dismiss the 400D’s kit lens, in the right hands it takes some stunning photographs. Check them out here

    For the price they chuck it in the bundle with it’s a no brainer really. Good optical quality and very useful focal range.

    I’ve had one Tamron and one Sigma and they’re good lenses. Unfortunately they were different focal lengths so I don’t think a comparison would be fair.

    If you’re new to SLRs then maybe get a body and a 50mm prime with it? It really helps you learn the technique and about photography as an art form because it makes you think about composition, framing and all those other things zoom lenses make people lazy about. However, if you don’t want to go the prime route and don’t want to keep the kit lens to learn with then try the Sigma 17-70mm, it’s a good lens.

    Do you not have a mate whom you can borrow the camera off to have a play with it?

  5. Raingod alias Raindog

    I got a message from a friend who is very satisfied with her Nikon and her suggestion is to go to the Flickr camera section, type in the make and model, and you get sample photographs plus review from users, and that indeed would be helpful.