In Saturday I took a quick check-out of the Canon EOS 350D in a local warehouse in order to get a better idea of how it actually feels and behaves. And to check that my old EF lenses work with it. Oh damn. The first I tested was my old Tokina AF tele-zoom, and then it happened: the lens jammed. It just did not get off from the 350D body! There were several of the shop personnel trying their best, but it started to look like they would break it, so I agreed to leave my lens there. Lets see; they promised to contact a Canon service, and I have their phone number.
The incident really got me rethinking about the whole deal; if my old lenses do not work, I might as well got something different than the EOS. So this weekend I have spend way too much time looking at several sites and hunting for more information particularly on Nikon D70, which couple of people I know own and are happy with. For more, read Phil Askey’s review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond70/
The comparisons are really interesting, and when put to side-to-side, with real money involved, this is not an easy decision:
There are many differences, but both are clearly good cameras, so it really comes down to the possible future uses. Whether to emphasise the light weight (Canon), or more extensive range of functions (Nikon)? The decision of which lens(es) to take adds even more elements into the equation. Created an Excel sheet already to keep track of the options, oh dear…