Why Canon at all

Discussion in 'Canon' started by dirk, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. lindab2323

    lindab2323 Guest

    > [All I can say is I have never had a problem with my G2. Obviously any brand can sell a defective unit. I would not allow that to disuade me from purchasing other Canon products. From SLR to digital I have always had top quality cameras from Canon, and would definitely buy one again in the future.]
     
  2. jesseli

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    I bought my first camera, Canon A-1, in 1988 because it was the most automatic camera available to me in China at that time. I was very pleased with it. In 1997, I changed to EOS50E(ElenIIe), confidence for Canon was the most reason, but I like the USM, ETTL and most of all ECF. And that was also the reason I expand my arsenal with EOS30 in 2000 and EOS3 in 2002.
     
  3. Phiggy

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    Had my first Canon back in late 1970s owned most of the A series cameras at some time and the T90 and Ftbn.
    I moved to Minolta when the 7000i was released. Shortly after Canon announced the eos 650 but by then I was into Minolta system.
    My Minolta system was stolen and I then went to Nikon with the purchase of the 801 the reason being I still owned a number of Tamron adaptall II lenses and I would be able to upgrade to Nikon AF lenses gradually as funds permited.
    I went to the Canon road show at Chester zoo and while I was there I git the chance to try out the then mewly released Canon RT with 100mm-300mm USM lens.
    After that I built up a large eos system and still own 3 RT bodies.
    Alas the Bulk of the system has now been traded since going digital with the Fuji S1pro and S2pro.
    But I have started buying FD gear again A1 AE1 FTBn etc.
     
  4. pallavidino

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    Canon is by far the most well served system in Brazil. There is some official service centers and lots of very good non official ones. I bought my first Canon in 96, an Elan II and like its logic and comands very much but used cheap zooms and picture quality was miserable.

    Now I have a A-1 and T-90 with SSC series primes and my pictures seems to be alive. I dont miss AF in any way but somethimes miss zooms but I'm producing now, the better images of all my life.
     
  5. breaker

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    Basically I chose for my PowerShot A80 because I really like the camera... I actually work for European Canon Tech Support so I know the camera pretty good as well...

    Perhaps I will go to get a digital slr as well but right now i don't have the money yet as they are expensive as hell in Belgium...
     
  6. bold_eagle

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    I think I've had one of everything (a little exaggeration), but I have mostly Pentax and then Nikon MF. For AF I needed new lenses and flash, and nearly went with Canon Elan 7, but got an N80 instead. Along came digital and I went with a Kodak for starters and quickly upgraded to a Canon G5 and then an S-50. Bought the 220EX and 420EX flash and off camera cord 2 for the G5. Then the Canon Eos Elan 7N came along and I traded off the Nikon N80 kit for the Elan 7N. Why? Several reasons: I was very pleased with the S-50 and G5, (I also have a Canon Classic 120 film P&S, which I like a lot) the G5 takes wonderful flash pictures, the Elan 7N uses the same flash system as the G5. Canon has also shown much better backward and foreward compatibility than Nikon. Nikon makes good lenses, but they don't do product planning very well. For ex&le, they brought out the FM-3A at the same time they brought out G series lenses which won't work on the FM-3A. D-TTL flash was a disaster, so they brought out i-TTL, but you can't yet get an SB-600 flash. Yet TTL and D-TTL flash won't work on a D70. Canon, meanwhile, has carried the 420EX foreward from EOS to the G5 and Pro 1, and to the 10D and Digital Rebel. An EF lens works on nearly any EOS body, film or digital since the 620 and 650. Nikon has been forced to a motor in the lens, but only some later AF models can use them. Nikon went to VR lenses (after Canon showed the way), but they only work on bodies with 5 AF sensors. So, the Elan 7N fixed some things I needed, was compatible with my existing flash gear from the G5, and I had a good feeling that it would not be suddenly incompatible in the next generation. I fully expect my Canon EF lenses and EX flash will be compatible with the next generation of Canon digital SLR's, my next step.
     
  7. mloufrost

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    I just read the latest posting and thought I would add the information that I just bought the Sigma 500DG Super flash to add to my Canon cameras. It is about the same cost as the Canon 420EX which I also own. The Sigma flash takes the place of the Canon 550(which is almost twice the cost) in that it will serve as the transmitter when I want to fire the 420EX off camera. I recently used these two flash units together while trying my hand at cave photography. The Sigma was on the camera hot shoe and I was able to lower its power to get a better balance with the 420.
    Mary Lou
     
  8. gunnargb

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    I choosen Canon over Nikon and Contax Manual Slr because of Canon L lenses. They give me more colour in my slides or look sharper or something. They say Manual Contax Carl Zeiss is sharper but I guess newer lenses has a different coating and even the Nikkor AF85mmF1.8 gave me better results than Carl Zeiss 85mmF1.4
    And the Contax 21/2,8 Distagon T is hard to find used and is very expensive buying new. I like very wide lenses.
    I use mostly the Usm 17-40 4L and that lense is so fantastic. The best most fun lense I ever have had. And good price for only one stop slower for L pro quality lense. Another reason for using canon of course is the Usm that canon has on most lenses. Nikon has not so many AFS. And where I live Nikon is more expensive than Canon. Why pay more and get less quality in the lenses, thats my opinion. The feel of Nikkor pro lenses can be better somtimes than Canon but not so important.
    It costed me a lot of money swapping from Nikon to Canon but like a said I prefer the look of the image more from Canon using slides. I guess it is a matter of taste.
    Canon seems to lead the digital battle too.
     
  9. bobbytan

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    I would give my two cents here. I switched to a Canon 10D after playing with a Sony F707 for a couple of years, and coming to like digital so much. I am done with film! I am glad that the Nikon D70 came out much later, as otherwise it would have been an agonizing decision to make between the D70 and 10D.

    I have the 17-40mm/4.0L, 50mm/2.5 macro, and the 70-200mm/4.0L lenses ... and they are all incredible performers ... almost as good as my Zeiss Distagon 21mm/2.8, 28mm/2.0, and 85mm/1.4 ... and I really enjoy the auto-focus speed and accuracy! Although I have the Contax-EOS adaptor, I've stopped using my manual-focus Zeiss lenses.

    My only issue with the 10D is the slow start-up. Compared to the D70, it seems to take forever to start up! The D70 has some cool features, like the grid screen, and more accurate exposure metering I think. The colors are very good too, and the no-lag instant-start is so great. And the cheap remote switch actually works very well!

    The Canon 10D is still a fabulous digital SLR but let's hope the successor comes with several new/cool features, more megapixels ... and maybe a bigger sensor? Okay, this is wishful thinking!
     
  10. grouchofields

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    I know that it said no posts about specific cameras here but it looks like others have done this. I purchased an EOS IX Lite (Canon's attempt to venture into the high-end APS market), new, several years ago. At first I was happy with the pictures it took but here lately, when I use it in fully automatic mode, the pictures look terrible (either washed out or to dark). I wish I could find a book specificly on my camera which would show me how to use the manual and other modes. Anybody own this camera?
     
  11. admin

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    ... does not sound logic to me. Just because some people post in the wrong thread does not mean everybody should do so [​IMG]
     
  12. grouchofields

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    Well then webmaster, tell me which one of the areas I should post in. I checked each one of the AF, MF, Digital areas and I did not see any forum for APS and definately none for the EOS IX Lite. I would be more than happy to post in the correct place if you had an area for me to post in. Thank you.
     
  13. admin

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    Hi Michael,

    do not worry about that, it was written with a smily at the end...

    As soon as we get a hint of a user wahat kind of camera is missing in the forum structure, we will add a section for that camera. Give us a few minutes and it should appear in the AF section (it is an autofocus camera, isn't it?)
     
  14. grouchofields

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    Webmaster. Could you please move EOS IX Lite from the Power... to the AF section. Yes the Canon EOS IX Lite is an autofocus camera. I think more people would be able to answer my questions if the category would me moved where it belongs. Thanks.
     
  15. elmolise

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    I heard and read many good things about FD lenses.
    Also the A1 has the capabilities of Av,Tv,and program modes. And it looks good in black.
     
  16. longbow64

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    I am in the process of switching over from Nikon to Canon. I had an A-1 in the past and did not like how the controls for the aperature were. I switched to the Nikon F3 at that time. I had to sell my F3 and lensed because of money problems at the time. I moved to Oklahoma and my wife bought an EOS Rebel G. I liked the weight of the G because of how light it was compared to the F3 with motor drive. I did not like the fact that the lenses had no aperature ring so when we got divorced I went back to Nikon. I ended up with a F5 and a N80. I soon found myself using the camera in program mode and using the variable program to get the aperature that I wanted. Now with the 20D being at 1500. I figured that I would switch back to canon and go digital all the way. I have found that the aperature controls on the lens dont get used by me anyway. I also dont like how Nikon is dragging thier feet in the tech field. Canon blows them away in that respect.
     
  17. loweho

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    I started out in photography in the service. I was stationed at Shemya Air Force base in the Aleutians, in the early 70's, and there was sure nothing else to do. My roomie bought a new camera and sold me his old yashica rangefinder and I was hooked. When I got out I bought a Canon AE-1 (not program) and it performed admirably for over 20 years with only battery changes in all kinds of weather and conditions. So a few years ago when I wanted to upgrade, why would I want to change after the brand had been so dependable for me over the years. I bought an EOS-3 and love it though recently (last Xmas) I got a Digital Rebel and have been using it almost exclusively since. More than anything else I think I just trust Canon now. I don't think they are inherently better than Nikon or Minolta but if it ain't broke don't fix it and it ain't ever broke. In fact, my old AE-1 is still alive and kicking. I gave it and all my old lenses to a friend who wanted to get into photography and she is using it now. That's 30 years without a failure. I can live with that... actually, if the new cameras last that long I'll be dead.
     
  18. dubtom

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    I've been using Canon about 10 years.My first was an Eos 5,I then got a 1n and then a 3.I got a D60 just as the D10 was introduced.I could'nt afford the 10 but the 60 still cost me 2000 IRL punts,ouch.I still use the 60 and love it,it fits well in my hand and I suppose that I'm just comfortable with it.I would never change from Canon,their lenses are excellent,(even though most of mine are sigma)and I think there simply the best.You hum it and I'll sing along.
     
  19. murchu

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    > [Despite owning two R-series Leicas, I still own and use two Canons - a Canon A1 and a T70, complete with FD lenses of various makes. I became hooked on Canon back in the 1960s and have dragged them along with me over the mountains of Scotland for some 40 years without any mechanical or optical problems in the most extreme weather conditions. My first Canon was an early Canonet (1.9 lens)and I recently re-scanned transparencies taken with that lens. I scanned at 5400 dpi,using a Minolta Dimage Scan Elite, only to be amazed at the optical excellence of those early days. Looks like my son is also infected by the same Canon 'disease', since he turned up last week with an EOS 300D fitted with a Canon 18-55mm lens. The Canon legend is unstoppable! Check out scotcolourdotcom.

    Mike Murphy]
     
  20. sphinx

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    I have a canon rebel (300D in europa) because it was the first cheap digital reflex./
    Then , now , j have also a Canon 20D because it is the best reflex for semi-pro !
    There is nothing in front of it !
     

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