I’ll get more in detail on this someday, but I’ve just switched from my Nikon cameras to Canon after 20 years.
Funny thing is back then I was shooting Canon and switched to Nikon when autofocus first started!
And waay before that… can anyone say ‘Yashika?! in High School.
So why did I switch and what do I think so far, everyone asks:
I shoot lots of theatre, and so Canon is undisputedly better at high ISO (I just did a Geva shoot and didn’t hesitate to use 1600)
I’ve had some repair issues with Nikon’s Pro Service and my most recent two cameras had manufacture flaws that bugged me (dead pixels on the CCD)
I was ready to replace my long lens with a zoom version, since I’d need that more with my current PR shooting and I was drooling over the Image Stabilization that I could get (Nikon makes that too… but when I compared both, I liked the build of the Canon better)
The lens that kept being repaired poorly broke one last time! So I need to replace my other key lens, and after paying $1500 for it and then another $900+ in repairs, I was ready to switch
The Canon doesn’t seem to have the focusing problems that the Nikon’s I’ve owned do (I’ve had D1, D1X and D200s)…It’s a relief to just have a shot be in focus most of the time
The folks at Rowe Photo here in Rochester NY let me try everything out and my associate Ron loaned me his top-of-the-line Canon for a few shoots (Big Thanks Ron!!)… and the key was, the files were just plain better based on what I shoot and how I shoot (Both companies are fine, and your mileage may vary, but I really was impressed with the Canon).
Sorry this is so text heavy, but since folks were asking, that’s a start to the answer.
I bought a Canon 5D and it comes in a nice kit now. Total outlay around $8000… relief when photos are sharp and low grain at high ISO… Priceless 🙂
Next, I’ll bust on the Canon a bit.