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    Default Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography





    Hi Gang!

    New to the forum and thought I'd jump right in with a question. I have been trying to decide on an upgrade from a beginner's Kodak digital camera and a DSLR. I've narrowed it down to the aforementioned Canon T3i and the Nikon models (budget will also determine the final selection, but performance is a must). Anyone who would care to share your experiences please do so. It would be a great help.

    Flexibility/versatility to the maximum is the goal. Will be using the camera for other projects as well.

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    Default Re: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography

    for AP Canon have the advantage in terms of far superior software support (BackyardEOS or APT) for image capture.

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    Default Re: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography

    As well, the 'Magic Lantern' folks are making better and more amazing advancements in their firmware extensions for Canon!
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    Default Re: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography

    I agree, go with Canon. The software to control the camera is awesome! Not to mention I've read that Nikon has become unfriendly towards users who prefer not to take their cameras to certified repair centers for repairs. (ie, Nikon no longer sells replacement parts for Nikon cameras, you MUST have it repaired by a Nikon repair center)

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    Default Re: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography

    I'd second (third or fourth) the recommendation with going with a Canon. The software available is much better (+1 for BackyardEOS). It always pains me when I give presentations on our imaging meetings and I have to give the caveat that this stuff only works with a Canon.

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    Default Re: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 or 3200 for astrophotography

    I would recommend Canon for BackyardEOS alone. Historically, Canon's were better for low light. While this is arguably no longer the case, because early astrophotographers used them more often, much of the surrounding development focused on Canon so often using a Canon is easier now than a Nikon.

    It really pains me too because I got into photography as the same time as astronomy and all my friends have Nikon's so it sucks not being able to borrow their lenses. It's also hard to convince my wife that I need new lenses AND new telescopes . . . (I really want a macro lens so I can do very far AND very close) :-)
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