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.

cheers,
Ken

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