Sunday, December 09, 2007

Nikon vs Canon

I read an amazing blog post at Photo Business News about the new Nikon D3 vs Canon 1ds Mark III. I've been a loyal Canon user since I started taking pictures 10 years ago. I regularly upgrade my equipment and until now Canon has been the best option for top of the line gear - especially in low light. Now Nikon is offering a body that is better in low light than anything Canon has to offer. I had never thought about leaving Canon until all of the recent problems with my Mark 1d Mark III. My camera body has been back to the factory for service 4 times in 5 months. For a product that costs $5k that is UNACCEPTABLE. Now I'm starting to entertain the idea of becoming a Nikon girl. I'm not happy with the low light primes Nikon offers, but the reviews of the new D3 have been VERY positive. One of my local photo friends (who shall remain unnamed) is making the switch to Nikon. It's very tempting.

8 comments:

Ashley Garmon said...

I just bought the D300. It's pretty bad ass in low light too. $3000 less....

Mary said...

I could have a lot of fun with $3000!!!

Keith said...

Mary, I have the D3 and, you're right, it is soooo badass at ISO of 24600. That is not a typo... 24600!

David Hill said...

I may or may not be the friend switching to Nikon, but I do have six really sweet Canon lenses for sale right now :-))))

Ed Verosky said...

Well, we're talking about a three stop difference "on" the camera.

from 3200 you jump to: 6400...12,8...25,6

When you get into those high range ISOs, the Nikon is pre-processing the images for Noise Reduction and it's not always pretty.

I can do that with my current 30D and LightRoom or other RAW process/conversion software "out" of the camera.

I'll keep using the glass I like.

I would never jump systems this quick. There are lots of other issues to deal with besides ISO (and I shoot in extremely low light much of the time).

Of course, if given a good enough reason I'll make a big change. But I can pull my three extra stops on my own terms. And I haven't had any repair issues yet.

I left Nikon for a reason. And I'll got back when it makes sense.

katie said...

Let me know if you switch and what you think. Although I am not a professional, I'd like to get a better SLR at the least and I haven't decided whether to go Nikon or Canon...ore even some other brand. Good Luck!

Mary said...

Canon. I'm going to stick with Canon ... for a little while.

rob fuel said...

Bwhaa? How dare you talk about switching! ;)

I'm surprised all those L lenses don't just walk out your door at that kind of talk...

The day that Nikon announced the D3, I was taking photos of all my gear to list it on fleabay. It's like they could hear my tears. Still waiting for my D3, though.