When you get a group of photographers in a room for a presentation, the speaker will almost always (inevitably) mention the gear they use and this will spark the good natured, but never ending Canon vs Nikon debate. One group will say that their brand is better, one group will make fun of the other for using the “inferior” brand, and there will always be the lone person who says that another brand (Sony, Olympus, Pentax, etc) is really the top dog.
Personally, I shoot with Canon gear. When I worked with Lifetouch, they used Nikon cameras, so I’ve had the experience of using two of the top brands in the industry. I am in no way opposed to Nikon cameras. But for me, I feel that Canon is the right fit because I find their cameras easier to use, plus I’ve sunk so much money into Canon gear, it doesn’t really make sense for me to switch!
When it comes to the whole Canon vs Nikon debate, I really try to shut it down before it even begins. There’s really no sense in arguing which camera is better because once you get into the higher end DSLR’s, they all pretty much do the same thing. Each company creates equally awesome lenses at the same price points, and each makes DSLR cameras with the same quality in each format (full frame and cropped sensor).
In an article by Ken Rockwell, he tells us that “Nikon and Canon each are unique in having the nearly limitless resources and experience needed to develop the “secret sauce” that lets each make consumer cameras that render colors, highlights and shadows subtly better than all the other mere consumer electronics makers out there.”
Canon and Nikon both have a lot of bells and whistles, but when it comes down to it, which one is going to be the best means for you to create your photographs?
This is going to be the first in a series of blog posts dealing with all things camera. Future topics will include how to choose which camera to buy and why you should choose that camera, lens choices, and really digging deeper into the specifics of the top camera brands.