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Follow-up: What’s the appeal of Nikon over Canon?

I asked why a new SLR buyer should choose Nikon, and actually didn’t get many good answers. But here are some reasons why Nikon is preferable, from the answers:

Beyond that, most answers were invalid or purely subjective. So I’m still not convinced that a new SLR buyer (especially one spending less than $2000 on a body) should go with Nikon, although it seems close enough or advantageous in enough categories that it isn’t a downright terrible idea. But my biggest fear was, for the most part, confirmed: beyond a few bright spots like the 14-24mm f/2.8, their lens lineup has many disadvantages and gaps compared to Canon’s.