I recently bought a new camera … a Canon 7D. No big deal, right? Well, maybe not, unless you consider the fact that for the last 13 years I have been using all Nikon gear. Why did I make this choice? I have been in need of an upgrade to my Nikon D200 for quite some time, but I haven’t been able to find a camera that fits all of my needs. The majority of my photography is commercial stock imagery for iStockphoto. While I personally could care less how many megapixels I shoot, with microstock it’s a good thing to have a lot of them. Nikon does not currently have a high-megapixel camera (other than the über-expensive D3x) … so that was one thing pushing me towards Canon.
To make it simple, here is a list from my own personal experience, comparing some of the aspects that are important to me between Nikon & Canon:
|Only 12.1 mp
||Higher Megapixels (18 and 21)
|Low noise at high-ISO w/ D700 and D3
||Still has low noise with some models, but not as
good as the D700/D3
|Clunkier controls – zooming, scrolling through
|Controls are much more intuitive; I especially
like the “wheel” on the back of the body.
|Menu goes on and on … it’s easy to get lost.
||Menu shows only as much as will fit on the screen
(I just like how it looks)
|Great focusing system for fast performance
||Focusing not as good as the Nikon, but I don’t
typically shoot fast-moving subjects
|In-camera interval modes
||Needs a separate cable-release for intervals
|No HD video in the D700 or D3 (yet)
||HD video capability in the 7D and 5DMkII
Please note that this is a very small list compared to all of the differences between the two systems; I mentioned only the few that are important to me.
So … am I switching to Canon? The answer is … maybe, probably … I don’t know. Economically it seems like the right thing to do, since I have perfectly good re-sell-able lenses sitting in a camera bag (including the “hard-to-find” 24-70 f/2.8) and a Nikon camera body that probably won’t see the light of day again for quite some time.
If I could do both systems, I probably would. It’s not easy to get rid of my Nikon gear, since I feel strangely connected to it. At first I was very much intent on sticking with both systems, possibly upgrading to a Nikon D700 (or whatever comes out next) and maybe I still will. If I had all the money in the world then this would be an easy decision … but glass aint cheap.
I’m making no promises to myself … I’d like to give it some time, live with my Canon for a while, and then decide if I want to take the full plunge.