It Appears Nikon Caught UP

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by measekite, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. measekite

    measekite Guest

    In the recent past (except for the Nikon D70/80 vs the Canon DRXT) Canon technology was a step or two ahead of Nikon in camera bodies.  Nikon appears to have always made a more substantial lens but the optical quality appeared to be on par with each other.

    Today, it appears that both Canon and Nikon are about as good as each other and Canon's technological advantage appears to have dwindled.  When looking at their DSLR offering, for the most part, I cannot see a difference where one can say one is better than the other.  Except that the Canon menu system seems, on the surface, to be more intuitive.

    However, when looking at the entire line of point and shoot cameras Canon is way far ahead.  So if one wanted to use both types then Canon might be a better choice.  Less learning and better compatibility.

    I am curious how others see the differences between Canon and Nikon today, expecially with the new models including the soon to be shipped Canon 450D.  (Too bad they did not make it a little larger in the grip area)

    I do not think one can really tell the difference in results.

    It seems to me that Nikkor lenses feel more substantial.

    Canon L lenses seem to cost too much unless you are a pro.

    So what do you think.
    measekite, Jan 27, 2008
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  2. measekite

    SMS Guest

    Now that all the users that switched to Canon have bought a whole new
    collection of lenses, they aren't going to switch back just because
    Nikon finally came out with a full-frame digital body.
    Canon really needs to come out with the next generation of 5D, which
    they will likely do sometime in 2008.
    Indeed, one of the major reasons so many professionals switched to Canon
    was the wider range of high end lenses that aren't available from Nikon,
    including the lack of anything as good as Canon's BWLs (big white lenses).
    SMS, Jan 27, 2008
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  3. measekite

    Guest Guest

    if the pain of switching to canon didn't bother them, then the pain of
    switching back won't either. plus, there are some long time canon
    users switching to nikon for the first time too. there will always be
    a little churn because some people are fixated on the camera brand,
    thinking that is the only thing that matters.
    nonsense. both nikon and canon have excellent lenses at all tiers.
    Guest, Jan 27, 2008
  4. measekite

    SMS Guest

    Cars are a bad analogy, because you generally don't have a huge
    collection of accessories that will only work with one type of car.
    I.e., I've used the same Thule racks and accessories on four different
    cars, over a period of more than twenty years, with the only expense
    being the different mounting hardware to the vehicle.

    However you're right about the apparent slow depreciation of lenses, and
    it actually extends to mid-range lenses as well. I've paid less for new
    Canon lenses than some people were apparently getting for the same lens
    used on craigslist, simply because there are enough buyers out there
    that are comparing the MSRP of the new lens to the used lens price,
    rather than the street price of the new lens to the used lens price.

    Still, with the massive switch from Nikon to Canon, there was a very
    good reason to switch as Nikon had no full frame models available.
    What's the reason to switch back? Canon definitely has the edge in
    lenses in terms of selection, and has many lenses with no Nikon
    equivalent, but Nikon has very few lenses for which there is no Canon
    equivalent. Yes, many of these Canon lenses are very expensive, but if
    you just need one on occasion, they can be rented at reasonable rates.
    SMS, Jan 29, 2008
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