Nikon User to Canon help me I'm slipping...

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Richard Favinger, Jr., Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Hi all,
    I have been a Nikon user since my first SLR an N70 (Film), I am a semi pro
    photographer. My main body now is the Nikon F100. I am looking to make the
    switch to digital. Not being digital is killing my business.

    I have some Nikon pro glass, 24 2.8; 50 1.4; 60 2.8 Macro; 85 1.8; 80-200
    2.8 S... I am prepared to eat it, as it where, and switch to Canon Digital.
    So are there any Nikon users out there that have made the switch to Canon
    and are happy for it, and would do it again? Hey, I switched to Mac, and now
    could care less about M$.

    I can't help but feel that with even the release of the D2X, Nikon is STILL
    behind Canon, and the D2X didn't even get off the ground right. What are
    your thoughts on this?

    Am I going to burn switching to Canon, or am I really better off just riding
    it out with Nikon. Going to Digital, Canon or Nikon, will be a major
    investment for me. So I'd like thoughts on people who may have switched.

    Rich
    http://www.favingerphotography.com/
     
    Richard Favinger, Jr., Apr 21, 2005
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  2. Are you looking at low end (D70 / Digital Rebel), high speed (D2H / 1D) or
    high end (D2X / 1Ds)?

    Given the price and performance of the D70, that might an obvious choice.

    Selling your lenses now and switching to Canon may be a good idea if you
    are not happy about the performance of Nikon glass.

    For high-end, I doubt that much can be said in general. The performance
    difference between the D2X and the 1Ds doesn't seem to be very big.

    (But the D2X deserves a boycott because Nikon encrypts parts of the
    raw files. In the sense, switching to Canon may be a good idea).
     
    Philip Homburg, Apr 21, 2005
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  3. There is difference between unpublished information and encrypted
    information.

    Especially given the recent legal copyright protection for encrypted data,
    this is a very worrisome development.

    If Nikon wants to be in the hardware business, they should simply publish
    the raw format. We are not talking about a random consumer camera, this
    is their flagship model. Encrypting data sends exactly the wrong signal.
     
    Philip Homburg, Apr 21, 2005
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  4. Richard Favinger, Jr.

    SimonLW Guest

    Look at the Cameras individually and see if it does what you need from it.
    Since the intro of the EOS system, Canon has stayed ahead if Nikon exept in
    a few cases (e.g. when the F5 came out), but that does not mean you have to
    jump ship. If that particular Nikon camera does what you need, what makes
    the difference what Canon has? Both are major players in the dSLR field, you
    should be fine staying with Nikon. You said "major investment" which seems
    to indicate that replacing all that glass could be a bit painful.
    -S
     
    SimonLW, Apr 21, 2005
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    Eric Gill Guest

    I can't see how you would come to that conclusion. Nikon did what I hoped
    they would for the middle-pro slot - they leapfrogged the competition, as
    Canon did with the 1Ds MKII when it first came out. I'm hoping Canon will
    now do the same with the MKIII, vive la competition, 'cause it's us
    shooters that benefit when the camera makers have to compete hard.

    That being said, the new low-end Nikons look pretty flaccid - at least as
    an upgrade. The trouble being the units they replace are pretty good, but
    they are only a bit better, so they are dissapointing as a new release.

    Truthfully, I have no idea why you'd dump good glass to switch brands. I
    shoot Canon and like them a lot, but the current differences aren't enough
    that I can reccomend the many thousands of dollars premium (dumping old
    lenses + replacements) you will be paying to play.
     
    Eric Gill, Apr 21, 2005
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  6. Just to clarify, I would be looking into the D2X, or the Canon 1D Mark II or
    higher. I do shoot and use Contax 645AF for my wedding and portrait work. So
    I want a digital to be equivalent or damn close to it.

    A Digital Back is not an option. I do sports too, and like speed, so cameras
    like the 14n or S2 / S3 are just too slow. I am not dissatisfied with my
    Nikon glass other then the lack of IS / VR, but if I get the new 80-200 VR-S
    I think I'd be happy.

    Thanks for the input...
    Rich
     
    Richard Favinger, Jr., Apr 21, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    I switched 14 years ago when Nikon AF was so slow you might as well not use
    it. Nikon's mount is old and they keep kludging more onto it and the
    celebrated compatibility is more of a joke with every new body.
    Start by trying Canon seriously - more than a peek through the viewfinder
    at the local sales counter. Get a friend to let you try one for a day, or
    leave your Nikon stuff as collateral at a store. If the Canon interface is
    for you - switch, they are going to be far ahead in both lenses and bodies
    for the foreseeable future. If you don't think you can change interface
    (even the lens mounting is reversed) then figure you had best live with what
    Nikon has to offer.
    If you switch, start with the Canon body you need and just the one the
    lens you use most often. Unless you still see real problems with the switch
    you can sell off the Nikon gear for more lenses.
    It took me a while to have the capability I had again, but I've never
    regretted the decision for a moment.
     
    Tony, Apr 21, 2005
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  8. In that case, the only way is to try them both. The D2X has a higher
    resolution than the 1D mk II, but a worse low light performance and a
    lower frame rate. I don't know if there is a big different in dynamic range.

    Depending on the film you use in the Contax, you may want the highest
    resolution you can get. But I am not sure if either Nikon or Canon makes
    portrait lenses that are as good as medium format lenses.
     
    Philip Homburg, Apr 21, 2005
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  9. For Portraits / Studio, Fuji NPS/NPC 160
    For Wedding / Event, Fuji NPH 400
    B&W Ilford Delta 100

    Thanks for all in input...
    Rich
     
    Richard Favinger, Jr., Apr 22, 2005
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  10. Hello Rich,

    Looks like you will have to rewrite your web site a little. I would
    stick with Nikon. Good luck...dave
     
    CommanderDave, Apr 22, 2005
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