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Canon vs. Nikon General
I beg your indulgence if this question is not as interesting as my last one..

As I consider getting divorced from Nikon and moving to Canon, I'd like to hear from dyed-in-the-wool Canon or Nikon lovers. I'd like to know what makes you a militant Canon or Nikon devotee. What makes you loyal to brand, aside from the inertia of just staying with something you are familiar with. I know they both make great cameras, but what makes you *love* yours?.

I'd also like to know if one brand offers significantly more lenses to choose from or with a significantly higher quality.....

And to the Nikon people, have you considered moving to Canon because at the higher end there is a cheaper full-frame sensor camera in Canon that Nikon doesn't have?.

Thank you very much..

Comments (10)

Cgquilter wrote:.

...I know they both make greatcameras, but what makes you *love* yours?.

*Love* camera? It's just a tool for taking photos. You must be joking, right?.

I see: Canon vs Nikon in general... AFAIK, both make cameras... if needed, you buy one and take photos. Good/bad photos? Well, it's about photographer -not about emotions toward gear/brand..

Greetings,BogdanMy pictures are my memorieshttp://freeweb.siol.net/hrastni3/..

Comment #1

I have no brand loyalty; we have both Canon and Nikon (my wife owns a 40D; I have a D300) and have had extensive hands-on time with both..

I personally FAR prefer Nikons ergonomics; I find Canons ergonomics downright clumsy. Until one uses both extensively, they are not in a position to compare else its only what youve become accustomed. The ONLY ergonomic feature I like of the Canons is the rotating rear wheel  but thats it; I far prefer Nikons dual control wheels that sit close to your fingertips near the shutter release where your finger naturally resides most of the time while shooting, but I often wish I could have both..

Nikons lack of a high MP (18-24MP) is a real bummer for folks like me (studio and landscape shooter) printing up to 24 and 40 wide on an Epson 7880 and 9880 where Im wanting to regain the resolution I used to enjoy with my medium format 6x7 film camera. While Canon currently wins on that end, it doesnt win on highest usable ISO  the D3 handily wins there  forcing a dilemma when choosing  do I go for a low (12MP) but high dynamic range FF D3 at lower resolution or a high (22MP) resolution FF Canon and give up exceptional high ISO of the D3 and put up with Canons annoying ergonomics?.

I am sure I am not alone in this dilemma; some of us facing this question has even considered moving up to entry level MF digital if the overall cost of an entirely new MF system wasnt so darn cost prohibitive (for example, try pricing out a Mamiya 645AFDII with a decent set of lenses and entry level back and you quickly get up into the $15-$20K range for a decent system  even with a ZD or low end used PhaseOne back).

Thus, some of us are hoping for a break through from either camp  a pro FF body in the $5-6K range that provides high resolution (18-24MP) with the low noise/extended DR of the D3 - even if it means capping the FPS and keeping closer to the 18-20MP rather than the 22-24MP range to get there (the speed crowd already has their solution in the D3)..

Regards,Mike.

Polaroid Swinger; Kodak Instamatic 126 Ricoh 500G; Canon FTb; Nikon F2AS; Nikon F3HP; Hasselblad 501CM; Pentax 67II, Nikon 990; Nikon D1x; Nikon D300; PhaseOne P65+ (in my dreams ..

Comment #2

I'll throw in my 2 cents. I have neither a Nikon nor a Canon but I have used both..

I would stick with the Nikon. As far as lenses, they both have more then you would need or could afford to purchase short of being Bill Gates or a professional that can right them off on taxes..

I find the Nikons that I have used generally feel like better builds particularly on the entry and mid level equipment. On the top end they are probably about equal since getting a bad rep with pros will kill the brand at the top end. I like the Nikon controls and menus more of the ones that I have used and find them to be much more intuitive. Now being fair that really only applies when you first get the camera..

Both of these brands across all their equipment will take excellent shots in the right hands. The key point is "in the right hands". Since you have posted this in the beginners forum I am assuming that you don't have a great deal of experience. If you think simply changing brands will result in better images in general you are incorrect..

Jim.

Olympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #3

Michael Firstlight wrote:.

Nikons lack of a high MP (18-24MP) is a real bummer for folks likeme (studio and landscape shooter) printing up to 24 and 40 wide onan Epson 7880 and 9880 where Im wanting to regain the resolution Iused to enjoy with my medium format 6x7 film camera. While Canoncurrently wins on that end, it doesnt win on highest usable ISO the D3 handily wins there  forcing a dilemma when choosing  do I gofor a low (12MP) but high dynamic range FF D3 at lower resolution ora high (22MP) resolution FF Canon and give up exceptional high ISO ofthe D3 and put up with Canons annoying ergonomics?.

I would have thought that very high ISO would not have been all that significant for landscapes or studio work..

I also suspect that you can push the exposure on the 1ds3 when you run out of ISO and still get a very good shot assuming, of course, shooting in raw. I would expect that pushing, post processing and downsampling to 12 MP would be at least comparable to the D3 for most purposes. Thus the FF Canon, to a considerable extent, lets you have the best (or almost) of both worlds: resolution and ISO.Leonhttp://homepage.mac.com/leonwittwer/landscapes.htm..

Comment #4

Both have tons of accessories and lenses. Both have great cameras. I can't imagine why someone with an investment in one brand would change to the other. Nikon and Canon seem to not actually compete much in that they tend to skip every other price point. That seems to be changing lately..

That all said, I'm a Nikon fan. I think that Nikon ergonomics are better. Nikon tends to be more tactile and less menu driven. Canon, the other way around..

I think that Nikon glass is some of the best in the world. Even the consumer glass is pretty darn good. On the other hand, Canon has some stinkers mixed in and you have to pay attention to what you're buying to avoid those stinkers. I believe that Canon also has a larger sample variation with respects to quality control..

If you want the highest resolution camera for landscapes with a tripod or in a studio, Canon has it. If you want the fastest low light camera for sports and action, Nikon has it. All else seems about equal. I think that within a year, Canon will have caught up with the sports end and Nikon will have a 20+ pixel full frame, maybe much sooner.Cheers, Craig..

Comment #5

True, but even though I choose Nikon over Canon, Canon has a far better selection of IS lenses, which adds points for Canon..

Mike.

Polaroid Swinger; Kodak Instamatic 126 Ricoh 500G; Canon FTb; Nikon F2AS; Nikon F3HP; Hasselblad 501CM; Pentax 67II, Nikon 990; Nikon D1x; Nikon D300; PhaseOne P65+ (in my dreams ..

Comment #6

The high ISO is really nice for low light and nightscape work - even in landscapes. I also do occasional weddings and I can't think of a better wedding camera than the D3. Before that, the Fuji's took the lead with DR that favored bridal work..

Don't get me wrong; Canon and Nikon are both great systems - I can get the same results from either for most situations and I have (my wife and I have no problem swapping cameras when the situation calls for it). Its when you encounter the extreme situation when you really appreciate the extra flexibility the extended features of one or the other provide. For example, AutoISO control on the Nikon is far more flexible on the Nikon than on the Canon and the ability to automatically set multiple flash ratios remotely from the camera (CLS) is something you won't ever agree to give up once you've used it. Live view, while nice, is lacking on both the Canon and Nikon - I think Sony might have the edge there..

But at the same time, I am envious of some of my wife's Canon IS lens choices. So the summary is, both are very good and you have to choose based on the aggregate of the trade-offs of each..

Mike.

Polaroid Swinger; Kodak Instamatic 126 Ricoh 500G; Canon FTb; Nikon F2AS; Nikon F3HP; Hasselblad 501CM; Pentax 67II, Nikon 990; Nikon D1x; Nikon D300; PhaseOne P65+ (in my dreams ..

Comment #7

Michael Firstlight wrote:.

Live view, while nice, is lacking on both the Canon and Nikon -I think Sony might have the edge there..

The 1d3 has live view appropriate for studio or similar tripod work. The 1ds3 may have it also..

Leonhttp://homepage.mac.com/leonwittwer/landscapes.htm..

Comment #8

I think both Canon and Nikon make wonderful cameras/lenses, as they have for the past 60 years at least..

The choice is done at a certain moment when one may seem to offer what you want, if you learn to use the camera properly (I'm assuming dslrs, since you mention "lenses"), you should be happy with any dslr available in the recent past..

Are you unhappy with your camera now? Likely it's your fault, sorry to say it straight, any good photog will produce wonderful images from any of the present dslrs, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Oly, etc..

If you are really gear oriented, must have what seems the best of the moment, well, get the D3 now, then likely the 1dIV next year, then the D4 in 2010, then the 1dV in 2011, and so on ....

I chose the D80 because I liked it's VF, how it handled, etc. Besides, Nikon is going to be around for a long time, has introduced great entry-pro cameras (D300 now D700), is investing in renewing the lens line, seems to be going to do well for some time. Canon is also doing well..

At the entry-level, well, no big deal really, all pretty similar.Regards, Renato.http://www.flickr.com/photos//..

Comment #9

In another thread further down on this page, "resolution question" there's a long discussion about how IQ is related to pixel number and size in the camera. Without repeating it all here, one person said,.

"If you have $2500 for the body and your goal is very large prints, you might also consider the Canon 5D. It's only a little more than a Nikon D300, and while they're both 12 MP, the 5D has a full-frame sensor. Combined with an L lens, it offers the best IQ possible short of the way more expensive Canon 1DsMkIII or medium format.".

My experience is with a Nikon F80, and a Panasonic FZ-18. So basically I'm moving from film to digital, and while I'm not a beginner, I feel most comfortable in the beginner forum. My primary goal is the ability to make very large high quality prints. I'd be perfectly happy with Nikon's 40, 40X, or 60 if they had the internal motor for AF. Beyond that, it's a question of how far I should go. Someone kindly suggested considering Canon..

And no, in reply to someone else, I don't think a better camera necessarily means better photos. As someone I know once said, "a good tennis player can play with an old umbrella."..

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